Information exchange between clients, design teams, builders and finally facility managers is increasingly carried out digitally using Information Technology (IT). The growing use of Building Information Modelling (BIM) and the focus on Lean Construction processes are driving this, while the growing availability of internet access and wireless technologies on Irish building sites is accelerating the trend at site level.
Key advantages of IT on site are that it facilitates a high level of communication exchange at all times, the easy recording of a wide range of information and greater accuracy in a number of processes. This is invaluable for efficiency, for controlling resource use, and for quality control and certification under the Building Control (Amendment) Regulations. However the adoption of IT on Irish building sites is as yet uneven. It is only when foremen, supervisors and site managers have developed knowledge and skills in the use of IT through wireless devices that the many benefits of BIM, Lean Construction and quality control processes will be fully realised to the benefit of construction companies and their clients.
The CPD Certificate in Information Technology for Site Workers is a one semester, part-time, upskilling programme for construction site workers. The programme is suitable for site workers who wish to carry out their existing work in a more efficient and inter-connected way; or to expand their role, to progress their career, re-skill or seek employment.
Content will be delivered via lectures, practical workshops and tutorials. The programme has been structured and resourced to provide a positive student experience, underpinned by best practice curriculum design and appropriate support services. A teacher-to-student ratio has been selected that will ensure good learning and student retention for students who may be quite unfamiliar with many IT concepts and tools. The programme delivery will be taught one day a week for 13 weeks, mostly on half days (afternoons). This pattern should allow students to remain fully engaged on construction site. Attendance on the programme will be closely monitored.