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Western BIM Region

Committee Chair: Mark Costello

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Mark Costello is Director for BIM in RPS. He has over twenty years’ experience of large infrastructural projects at all stages. He is an industry leader in BIM and has given a number of lectures and seminars in Ireland and the UK on BIM processes. Mark is currently managing BIM delivery of major roads, water, pharmaceutical, healthcare and education projects. He was Project Director for an innovative Building Information Modelling (BIM) approach on the M8 Motorway Improvements Scheme in Scotland, with project partners Ferrovial Agromam AMEY and BIM Director on a number of other road schemes in the UK including the A684 Bedale in Leeds and the A9 Dualling in Scotland. Mark recently completed work on an intensive 4-month tender for High Speed 2 Main Works Civils Contracts DB, on behalf of a contractor client. He graduated with honours from the multi-award winning Higher Diploma in Engineering in BIM (2016), is a Fellow Member of the BRE Academy and is Director responsible for achieving BIM Level 2 Business Systems Certification for RPS from BRE in 2015. Mark is also a part-time lecturer in the Department of Building and Civil Engineering at the Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology. He is co-author of several academic papers on BIM and represented Engineers Ireland at Digital Construction Week in Westminster, London 2015 to discuss the evolution of BIM in Ireland & the UK.

Committee Chair: Michelle Fahy

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Michelle has over 15 years’ experience in the construction industry, with a wealth of knowledge across varying industries including Commercial, Mixed Use Developments, Education and Healthcare sectors. Working as a Project Manager and Quality Manager with JJ Rhatigan & Company since 2002, she worked on many live environment projects, including the award-winning Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) Library Building and Athlone Town Centre, as well as the Medtronic Customer Innovation Centre project where she was involved in implementing LEED to Gold Certification. More recently, Michelle has taken on the role of BIM Implementation Manager at the company, supporting the integration of BIM at JJ Rhatigan & Company since they embarked on their BIM journey in 2013. Michelle managed the company through the BSI BIM level 2 accreditation, verifying the company’s alignment with PAS 1192-2.Michelle graduated in 2002 with an honours degree in Construction Management. Michelle has qualifications in the following: MCIOB, Dip in Quality Management, Cert in occupational H&S, Autodesk Revit Architecture Certified Associated, she has completed the Architectural Module on the Higher Diploma in Engineering in Building Information Modelling in GMIT, Galway. Michelle is also BIM Certified through the BRE Academy.

Jim O'Connor

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After completing an apprenticeship in carpentry and joinery Jim undertook a teacher training course in Wood and Building Technology. In 1976, he joined the staff of the Dept. of Building & Civil Engineering in Dundalk IT. In 1981, he moved to Galway Mayo IT. For the following years he taught a range of subjects in the Dept. of Building and Civil Engineering. During this time, he developed an interest in emerging new technologies and began teaching AutoCAD to technician groups. From 1987 as Head of Department of the Letterfrack Campus Jim played a central role in establishing the level 6,7 and 8 courses in wood and furniture technology. When he returned to the Galway campus in 1998 he led a small inter-campus group to develop a course in foundation studies. Following the successful completion of this project he later promoted and led the development of the level 7 programme in Architectural Technology and contributed to the course content in his specialist area for the Level 8 programme. Most recently in 2014 he led a small group of staff in the development of a new modular Higher Diploma in Building Information Modelling specifically targeted at providing BIM up-skilling to industry. He has a lifelong interest in complex Plane and Solid geometry specifically conics and planes in space. Over the past thirty years he has developed a specialist knowledge of AutoCAD and in recent years Revit Architecture as it applies to building information modelling. He has a strong belief in on-going professional development and applied research to inform teaching and learning. He continues to upskill and keep abreast of new software upgrades and new BIM related software. Jim has an MA degree in interactive multimedia in education and virtual learning environments.

Gerard Nicholson

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Gerard is a lecturer in the Department of Building and Civil Engineering at the Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology. Previously he was BIM Manager and Design Engineer on a number of projects with RPS. He graduated with a Masters by research in Building Information Modelling from GMIT. Gerard has lectured for both GMIT and Mikkeli University of Applied Sciences (Finland) in BIM and 3D Studio Max. Gerard was BIM trainer for RPS; in addition, he contributed to the design of a new programme in GMIT - Higher Diploma in Building Information Modelling (Level 8). Gerard was BIM Manager for the Deployment of BIM on M8/M73/M74 Motorway Improvements Project with the responsibilities for co-ordination and monitoring the production of models. Gerard was also BIM Manager for the production of Animations to facilitate traffic management solutions for Scotia Gas and for managing the integration of the BIM models and developing workflows, standards and protocols.