Working Remotely – Virtual Design & Construction (VDC)

Construction 4.0 Report: Virtual Design & Construction

The COVID-19 pandemic presents one of the greatest challenges we have seen during our lifetimes, across all sectors – business, public and private.

This report will give you the latest CIF guidance on working remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic. The measures can be sustained even in a situation where industry reopens in future. These ways of working are conducive to technology uptake and utilisation in future construction projects following the successful implementation in their business. This document is not just for BIM projects but for digital working as a whole across the sector.

To access the document, please click here. We also have a poster (A4) which is available for download here.

About BIM

The CIF Lean Construction, Building Information Modelling (BIM), Innovation and Continuous Improvement Committee was established in 2016 as a sub-committee of the CIF Executive Body. The purpose of setting up this Committee was to consider policy developments, to oversee and guide the Federation’s relations with relevant national and local bodies and to develop the Federation’s strategy with regard to its evolving relationship with client organisations in both the public and private sector in the area of Lean Construction, BIM, Innovation and Continuous Improvement.

The BIM guides listed below were prepared by the CIF Lean Construction, Building Information Modelling (BIM), Innovation and Continuous Improvement Committee BIM Working Group.

Angelyn Rowan (LCi Director) speaking at GMIT Construction Management Day

Angelyn Rowan (Partner at Philip Lee Solicitors & Lean Construction Ireland Director) speaking at GMIT 10th Annual International Construction Management Day in Galway today. Angelyn presentation investigated the “Barriers and Drivers for Lean Construction in the Procurement Process.

Richard Fitzpatrick (LCi Chair) speaking at GMIT Construction Management Day

Richard Fitzpatrick (LCi Chair) speaking at GMIT 10th Annual International Construction Management Day in Galway today. Richard shard with the audience at GMIT the Lean Construction Ireland vision for Lean Transformation in the Irish construction industry.

Lean Construction Ireland Annual Book of Cases 2020 – Open Call for Expressions of Interest

LCi Annual Book of Cases 2020 – Open Call for Expressions of Interest

Calling Irish construction companies for case studies on the implementation of Lean thinking and practices within their organisations and/or on capital projects, to feature in the Lean Construction Ireland Annual Book of Cases 2020.

  • Expression of Interest Deadline – 12:00 on Friday the 6th of March 2020
  • Case Submission Deadline – 12:00 on Friday the 29th of May 2020

Please email your expression of interest to the Editor, Darrin Taylor,, on or before 12:00 on Friday the 6th of March 2020.

Lean Business Ireland 2019 awards

At the Lean Business Ireland 2019 awards in Dublin on the 17th October were (from left) Richard Fitzpatrick (Lean Construction Ireland), Kevin Wall (Kirby Group) & Jason Casey (Ardmac). Kirby Group Engineering collected the trophy for “Starting Your Journey” while Ardmac secured an award for “Customer Experience”.


Congratulations to both companies for representing the Irish construction sector at the Lean Business Ireland national awards 2019 and for being recognised for their Lean initiatives!

Lean Construction Irelands National Conference 2019

At the opening of Lean Construction Irelands National Conference 2019: Graeme Shaw (East West Rail Co. UK), Richard Fitzpatrick (Chair LCi), Amr Abdel-Azim (Michigan State University) & Jason Casey (Vice Chair LCi).

LCi Book of Cases 2019

Pictured above: Richard Fitzpatrick (Chair – LCi), Breda O’Toole (IDA Ireland) & Darrin Taylor (WIT) at the launch of Lean Construction Ireland 2019 Book of Cases in Dublin on the 2nd October.

Wednesday the 2nd October the second annual Lean Construction Ireland Book of Cases was launched in Dublin at  Philip Lee Solicitors Office, 7/8 Wilton Terrace. The new annual LCi Book of Cases will provide examples from across the Irish Construction sector where organisations and companies, both public and private, have delivered real tangible value and benefits by adopting Lean thinking and practices as part of the project delivery process.

Each Case within the LCi Book describes the project where Lean was adopted, the challenge or opportunity that led to Lean thinking and practice being implemented, and describes how this has resulted in successful outcomes and value for all stakeholders.

This Book will be a hugely valuable resource and reference for the Irish Construction sector providing detailed practical examples of Lean being implemented on capital projects within the sector, highlight those companies and organisations that are adopting Lean, as well as being a reference for individuals within the sector seeking to develop their knowledge and understanding of Lean.

Raising Awareness of Lean Construction with Cork Engagement Seminar

The Construction Industry Federation & Lean Construction Ireland through its South West Branch (The Southwest Lean Forum (SWLF)) held a regional engagement seminar on the 4th of July in the Rochestown Park Hotel, Douglas , Cork.

The seminar was entitled “Cost Avoidance and Margin Increase” . Internationally renowned Lean Expert with McCarthy Building Companies’ USA (turnover $3.7bn) Felipe Engineer-Manriquez spoke at the event giving examples of how McCarthys have used Lean Construction Practices to double team productivity throughout the Company. Felipe is a committed Lean Practitioner with over a decade of direct experience implementing Lean on a variety of construction projects and is an active member of the Global Lean Construction Institute and is a Jeff Sutherland Certified ScrumMaster.

There was also a hands on practical group training session for attendees run by Crystal Lean Solutions using Villego Last Planner Training. Attendees were shown how the Last Planner System (LPS) can be used to help deliver projects on-time and on budget. The LPS focuses on the creation of predictable and reliable workflow in construction planning and execution. By focusing on the removing of constraints attendees were shown how the LPS can help to deliver a project on time, with improved quality, and delivering your margin.

Dr. Joe Harrington, Head of School of Building & Civil Engineering at Cork Institute of Technology stated he was delighted to be involved as part of the Local Organising Committee of Lean Construction Ireland for the 2nd Lean Construction Southern Region Event.

“This event builds on a series of previous Lean Construction events held in the Cork Region raising awareness within the construction sector across the region regarding the importance and relevance of Lean Construction. We are delighted to have Felipe Engineer Manrique, an international expert in Lean Construction, share his experiences with us. The practical training session on the Villego®  Last Planner Training  hosted by Crystal Lean Solutions has proved very successful providing for a fun and thought provoking session.”

Aidan Mangan, Chairman of the CIF Cork Branch outlined “I am delighted to be involved in the Lean Construction, Regional Engagement Seminar “Cost Avoidance and Margin Increase” We at the CIF are continually supporting Lean Construction Ireland and the associated stakeholders to ensure that Irelands Construction Companies are to the fore of emerging technologies. Embracing such technologies as BIM and Lean Construction promotes confidence to indigenous and FDI companies who wish to invest in Ireland and establish state of the art Offices, Manufacturing and Research Facilities in Ireland.”

Heather Humphreys, TD Minister for Business, Enterprise, and Innovation will open the LCi National Conference 2019

On the 3rd October Ireland Will Play Host To One of the Largest European Construction events – Lean Construction Ireland National Conference 2019. Opening the event is Heather Humphreys, TD – Minister for Business, Enterprise, and Innovation.

The theme of the event is “ Lean Innovation – Inspiring our Future in Construction “. The aim of the event is to gather experts in the field of lean construction to both inspire, and challenge the industry to implement lean practices on their projects. Participants will have the opportunity to learn from others how they can leverage the benefits of lean concepts to deliver quality projects that are safer, faster and more profitable leading to increased stakeholder satisfaction and value for money.


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