‘LYIT Construction Industry Day 2015’ bringing industry and academia together

Construction Industry‌The Department of Civil Engineering and Construction at Letterkenny Institute of Technology (LYIT) opened its doors to the construction profession on 27th November by hosting ‘Construction Industry Day 2015’.

Over 200 attended the event, including students, graduates and leading employers from the construction and engineering industry, a ringing endorsement in the level of interest in this industry in the Northwest. There was also welcome participation by second-level students, teachers and career guidance counsellors from both Donegal and Northern Ireland.

The aim of the event was to bring professionals, employers, graduates and prospective and current students together, to highlight opportunities and challenges within the industry and to raise the profile of the construction professions. The day was organised around a series of short talks followed by question and answer sessions, with 10 speakers in all – a selection of LYIT lecturers, LYIT graduates and key professionals representing the broad spectrum of the industry that the courses in the department lead to.

The seminars had three themes: The department’s connection with industry, enabling construction careers and work placement roll-out; Building Information Modelling (BIM) in a changing technical environment; and the role of professional body members in building regulations compliance.

Construction IndustryBreakout rooms were provided for employers to make presentations and network with final year students as well as those seeking work placements. The companies availing of the opportunity (who all employ LYIT graduates) included London-based Fire Safety Engineering consultants – Hoare Lea, Chapman BDSP and H & H Fire; and Contractors - Bennett (Construction) Ltd, BAM Ireland and RPS Consulting Engineers.

The speakers included LYIT graduate Kelly Treanor, BSc in Quantity Surveying (2011), who eloquently defined her subsequent career path and route to impending professional membership of the Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland (SCSI); and also Darragh Beggan, BSc in Architectural Technology (2013) who lead an animated discussion on 3D modelling, outlining his current role with 3D Design Bureau, Dublin.

Liam Innes, Chartered Architectural Technologist (CIAT) and RIAI (Royal Institute of Architects Ireland) Council member presented the issues around recognition of the Architectural Technologist as a co professional with the competencies to carry out the duties of Design / Assigned Certifier as laid down in the Building Control (Amendment) Regulation (BCAR) 2014. His presentation was followed by a succinct overview of Building Control legislation by Ardal McDermott, Donegal County Council’s Building Control Officer.

The professional bodies were well represented with continuous professional development (CPD) points were available to attendees. The Construction Industry Federation (CIF) had a particular interest in the event, with keynote speaker Seán Downey, Director of Specialist Contracting CIF, giving a personal account of opportunities in the construction industry in 2015, ending the day on a very positive and up-beat note.

The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) had an information stand on the main concourse, as did FP McCann (Building and Civil Engineering) Magherafelt, Northern Ireland. The event was also supported and promoted by Maurice Johnson & Partners Fire Safety Engineering Consultants, Engineers Ireland Donegal Branch, SCSI, RIAI, CIF and LYIT.

The Department was overwhelmed by the support and interest around this event and plans are already afoot for Construction Industry Day 2016.

Fri, 18 Dec 2015 13:28:00 GMT


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