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Transforming Construction Skills Conference

DASBE: Delivering Innovation, Integration, & Impact

09 May, 2024

Midlands Park Hotel, Portlaoise

Welcome to the Transforming Construction Skills Conference

The Digital Academy for Sustainable Built Environment (DASBE) is at the forefront of efforts to upskill the construction sector across energy efficiency, digital technologies, circular economy and sustainability. DASBE is a  collaboration between two Technological Universities (TUS & ATU) and two industry partners (Irish Green Building Council & Tipperary Energy Agency) and  exemplifies the collaborative effort required to innovate how new skills can be developed in the sector.

The Transforming Construction Skills Conference brings together leading educators, industry representatives and experts to showcase collaborative efforts to respond to the multiple challenges of the decarbonising buildings, expanding the circular economy and adapting digital technologies. Speakers from Ireland and EU will highlight their experiences in responding to these challenges and reflect on what else needs to be done in the transformation journey.

Conference Themes

The conference has three parallel themes: 

Impact –  This will focus on emphasising the impact that the DASBE initiative has had on learners, partner companies and organisations. It will also explore future needs and responses needed across the sector

Innovation –  These sessions will showcase current and emerging technologies which have been applied within the DASBE project such as Virtual Reality.  BIM speakers will emphasise how the use of these technologies can be used to enhance the educational experience and deliver high quality sustainable buildings. 

Integration – DASBE has worked extensively with multiple stakeholders Nationally and Internationally to identify opportunities to enhance learner pathways. The speakers in these sessions will demonstrate the value of further and higher education collaboration, opportunities for professional training and present examples of EU initiatives addressing education, training and skills.

Who Should Attend?

This conference is for those who are interested in finding solutions to the skills challenges within the built environment. Meet with industry experts, explore the solutions developed by the DASBE team and their partners and discuss new and emerging opportunities for collaboration and innovation.

Registration

Our DASBE Consortium partner, Irish Green Building Council (IGBC), are undertaking registrations for this conference. On clicking the Register button you will be taken to the external IGBC events registration page.

70+

Programmes

25+

Speakers

8+

Sessions

20+

Industry projects

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Agenda and Information

The conference will focus on the themes of Impact, Innovation and IntegrationTopics covered will include the impact of DASBE on employees/employers; collaboration and connections between further and higher education; micro-credentials and digital badges as well as future trends and developments.

Opening Session

09:30 -

10:00

Administration

Registration
Registration

Sign in to the conference, and pick up your name badge, and conference information pack.

10:00 -

10:20

Speech

Speaker TBC
Opening Address

10:20 -

10:40

Speech

Adrian Joyce
Secretary General of EuroACE
Key Note - Skills and Training for the Clean Transition - a European Perspective

10:40 -

11:00

Presentation

Seamus Hoyne
Dean of Flexible and Work Place Learning, TUS
DASBE - The Transformation Journey

11:00 -

11:30

Break

Tea/Coffee
Tea/Coffee Break

Take a pause from the stimulating discussions and presentations for brief interlude!

Morning Sessions

The Morning Sessions will deal with Current and Completed DASBE activities and results. Sessions are divided into three categories; ImpactInnovation, and Integration. Please note that Sessions are running concurrently.

11:30 -

11:35

Administration

Speaker Introductions
Speaker Introductions - Morning Sessions

Each speaker in these sessions for Impact, Innovation, and Integration brings a unique perspective, expertise, and dedicated interest to their topic of discussion.

Impact

11:35 -

12:00

Presentation

Ronan Lynch, Electrical Instructor, & Geraldine Daly, Civil Engineer
Insights from DASBE Learners

12:00 -

12:25

Presentation

Kevin Martin
Taylor McCarney Architects
DASBE Supporting Industry Capacity Building

12:25 -

12:45

Presentation

Virginia Teehan
Chief Executive, Heritage Council
The Value of Traditional Building Skills

Innovation

11:35 -

12:00

Presentation

Stephen Bolger
DASBE VR Team
Virtual Reality Tools to Enhance Green Skills

12:00 -

12:25

Presentation

John Kerrigan
Ireland Manager at Leica Geosystems
Reality Capture Solutions in Construction

12:25 -

12:45

Presentation

Jimmy Fahy
DASBE Programme Manager ATU
Creating Digital Twins of HEI Campuses

12:25 -

12:45

Presentation

Paul Vesey
Digital Twin Project TUS
Creating Digital Twins of HEI Campuses

Integration

11:35 -

12:00

Presentation

Richard Gallery
Sustainability Projects Senior Manager, TU Dublin
Building Change: Designing a Resilient Future through Architecture Education

12:00 -

12:25

Presentation

Anne Molloy
Learning & Development Lead, IGBC
Professional Development & Green Skills

12:25 -

12:45

Presentation

Lis O'Brien
DASBE Manager, TUS
Further & Higher Level Education Collaboration

12:45 -

14:00

Break

Lunch
Lunch & View Exhibition Stands

Refuel with some lunch in the EXPO area! View the available Exhibition Stands!

Afternoon Sessions

The Afternoon Sessions will deal with Future/Emerging Trends and Training Needs. Sessions are divided into three categories; ImpactInnovation, and Integration. Please note that Sessions (excluding the Panel Discussion) are running concurrently.

14:00 -

14:05

Administration

Speaker Introductions
Speaker Introductions - Afternoon Sessions

Each speaker in these sessions for Impact, Innovation, and Integration brings a unique perspective, expertise, and dedicated interest to their topic of discussion.

Impact

14:05 -

14:30

Presentation

Declan Daly
Head of Engineering, Electric Ireland Superhomes
Industry Growth and Training Needs

14:30 -

14:55

Presentation

Stephen Lynam
Office of Government Procurement
What the BIM Mandate means in terms of Skills

14:55 -

15:15

Presentation

Juley McGourty
Technical Officer, DASBE Digital Platform
DASBE Platform - Evolution as a Central Hub

Innovation

14:05 -

15:15

Discussion

Dr. Mark Kelly
ATU, Panel Moderator
Build Digital - Exploring the Circular Built Environment Research Landscape

Topics will include: Modular Circular Solutions, Skills Mapping, Regenerative Design, Adaptive Reuse of Buildings, Deep and Circular Renovation, Bio-Based Construction, Sustainable Infrastructure, Biochar Cement, Value-Centric Approaches, and Built Environment Roadmap.

Dr. Mark Kelly, ATU; Patrick Daly, TU Dublin; Gloria Callinan and Martin Breen, TUS; Dr. Emma Campbell, Queens University Belfast; Liam Heaphy, University of Galway; Joseph Little, TU Dublin; Dr. Aimee Byrne, TU Dublin; Dr. Joe Harrington, MTU; Dr. Damian Coughlan, University of Limerick; Dr. Rory Doherty, Queens University Belfast; Dr. Claudia Roessing, Maynooth University.

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Integration

14:05 -

13:30

Presentation

Sinead Hughes
Programme Manager IGBC
BUSI2030 Project - Roadmap for Future Skills Development

14:30 -

14:55

Presentation

EU Speaker
New BauHaus Initiative

14:55 -

15:15

Presentation

Dr. Sharon Carroll
Net Zero Cities Project Co-ordinator
NetZeroCities Project in Galway - A skills & Training Focus

Panel Discussion

Panel Discussion

Emerging Trends, Needs, and Opportunities in Training in the Construction Sector

15:15 - 16:05

Panel Discussion Moderator:

Seamus Hoyne

Dean of Flexible and Work Place Learning, TUS

Vivian Patterson
Head of Skills & Engagement, Higher Education Authority (HEA)
Greg Byrne
Digital Project Solutions - Business Partner BAM Ireland
PJ Rudden
Managing Director, Aengus Consulting
Prof. Vincent Cunnane
President TUS

Closing Session

16:05 -

16:15

Speech

Prof. Vincent Cunnane
TUS President
Closing Comments

16:15 -

16:15

Administration

Close
Close Conference

Close out of the Transforming Construction Skills Conference 2024.

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Conference Speakers

Listen, Learn, and Be Inspired by the Impact, Innovation, and Integration taking place in the construction sector!

Speaker TBC
Adrian Joyce
Secretary General of EuroACE
Seamus Hoyne
Dean of Flexible and Work Place Learning, TUS
Stephen Bolger
DASBE VR Team
Ronan Lynch, Electrical Instructor, & Geraldine Daly, Civil Engineer
Richard Gallery
Sustainability Projects Senior Manager, TU Dublin
Kevin Martin
Taylor McCarney Architects
John Kerrigan
Ireland Manager at Leica Geosystems
Anne Molloy
Learning & Development Lead, IGBC
Virginia Teehan
Chief Executive, Heritage Council
Jimmy Fahy
DASBE Programme Manager ATU
Lis O'Brien
DASBE Manager, TUS

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Partners and Funding Contributers

The Digital Academy for Sustainable Built Environment (DASBE) project is funded under the Human Capital Initiative Pillar 3 programmeDASBE, coordinated by the TUS, with partners in ATU, Tipperary Energy Agency and Irish Green Building Council.

Exhibitors

A number of exhibitors will be present at the conference. If you are interested in being an exhibitor, please contact the DASBE Project.

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Venue Information

The Midlands Park Hotel is in the centre of Portlaoise located right in front of the train station and a short 5-minute walk from the bus station. The hotel has access to the M7 meaning Dublin Airport is easily accessible at an hour’s drive away.

Location

The conference takes place at the Midlands Park Hotel, Portlaoise, Ireland. See the map for further details, or click below to go straight to the hotel's website.

By Car

Get on the M1 from R132.Take the M50 to the N7 in Dublin. Take exit 9 from then M50. Continue to Kildare. Follow the M7 to Laois. Take exit 16 from the M7. Take R445 to Jessop St in Portlaoise.

By Train

Portlaoise Train Station is located in front of the Midlands Park Hotel. Dublin Heuston to Portlaoise with Irish Rail.

By Bus

Portlaoise Bus Station located a short 5-minute walk from Midlands Park Hotel. Dublin Airport to Portlaoise with Dublin Coach.