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The inaugural Digital Built Consultants Bishopland Beginners Polo Tournament – Mens Match

(L to R: Team West Wicklow Hunt: Ronan Brophy, Lena Wegner, Ray Fisher, Neil Kinsella, Ella Stynes (Support Team), Alejo Tagle (Umpire/ Bishopland Polo), Ana Tagle (Support Team), Team South County Dublin Hunt: Andrew Stynes, Shane Cowley, Jimmy Byrne, Niall Clancy. Foreground: Lily the Beagle (Bishopland Polo Mascot)) Photo Emma Hayes

Amidst the beautiful backdrop of the Wicklow hills, Bishopland Polo, Ballymore Eustace was the stage for the Mens match held on 12th Sept 2018. Yellow Team; West Wicklow Hunt (WWH): Ronan Brophy, Lena Wegner (Honorary man for the challenge), Ray Fisher & Neil Kinsella took on Grey Team; South County Dublin Hunt (SCDH): Andrew Stynes, Shane Cowley, Jimmy Byrne & Niall Clancy for two adrenaline filled ten minute chukkas. Bishopland Polo owner Alejo Aita Tagle had the challenging task of adjudicating between the two teams and their interpretation of the rules.   The Mens match brought the tournament to an end and closes the beginner’s polo season. Alejo’s expert and patient coaching along with his experienced polo ponies has taken a mixed group of equestrians from their hunting, eventing, show jumping, dressage and hacking backgrounds into the exciting world of polo. The teams competed for the prestigious Bishopland Polo medals sponsored by local business Digital Built Consultants (

A balmy Indian summer evening provided perfect conditions for the encounter where spectators enjoyed watching an exciting sport along with some light refreshments. With cheers from the sideline the teams lined up and Alejo threw in the ball to get the game underway.

Laken local, Neil Kinsella, wasted no time and scored for Team WWH in the first few minutes. Despite the challenges by Team SCDH Neil put the ball between the post for a second time for WWH. The game was on now with high octane tackles from Andrew (SCDH) and Lena (WWH). Heavy hitters for both sides ,Hollywood Horse and Pony Trekking owner, Ray (WWH) and local Ballymore man Shane (SCDH) got the game moving. The teams charged up and down the pitch aboard their skillful polo ponies for a very exciting first chucca. WWH kept the pressure on but through roars of ‘foul’ and ‘c’mon ref’ SCDH were awarded a penalty which went wide. Unperturbed Jimmy challenged the goal again and scored for SCDH. Another goal for WWH just before the whistle blew to end the first chucca had the scoreboard at 3:1 to WWH.

L to R: Ray Fisher, Jimmy Byrne, Andrew Stynes, Neil Kinsella, Niall Clancy, Ronan Brophy (Photo Emma Hayes)

After a ten minute break in the evening sunshine and a few refreshments the rested polo ponies and riders went into battle for the second and final chukka. It was all to play for now and both teams came out goal hungry. WWH won the ball from the throw in and a ride off between Ray and Niall earned SDCH the ball. The ball passed between Niall and Jimmy who was challenged by Ronan. A full shot from Shane lobbed the ball down the pitch to Andrew who placed it between the posts. Ray kept the pressure on SDCH with a massive shot down the pitch for WWH which was chased down by Niall and Neil. A tackle from Ronan got the ball back but a quick move by Lena and her nimble steed stole the ball from SDCH which resulted in another goal on the scoreboard for WWH. Leading 4:2 WWH were gaining confidence only to be put back in their place with another goal from Andrew for SCDH. As the pressure mounted long hits from Ray and Shane were chased down by Niall and Neil for an exciting second chucca. Tackles from Jimmy, Andrew, Ronan and Lena kept the supporters cheering. Another score for Team SCDH evened up the scoreboard and a final challenge from Shane put the ball between the posts just before the final whistle blew. The final score for this thrilling match was Team South County Dublin Hunt – 5: Team West Wicklow Hunt – 4.

The Bishopland Beginners polo season takes a break for the winter but will be back in full swing in April 2019. Roll on next season!

(L to R: Niall Clancy, Neil Kinsella, Shane Cowley, Ray Fisher, Lena Wegner, Andrew Stynes, Jimmy Byrne (Photo Emma Hayes)

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Digital Built Consultants sponsor the inaugural Bishopland Beginners Polo Tournament

(L to R: Alejo Tagle (Umpire/ Bishopland Polo), Team Digital Built Consultants: Felicity McCartan, Emma Hayes (Sponsor: Digital Built Consultants), Jimmy Byrne, Clodagh Brophy, Steve Hayes (Sponsor: Digital Built Consultants), Team Hollywood Horse and Pony Trekking: Noella Beaumont, Aishling Doyle, Ger McCarthy, Karyn Jamieson, James Sheeran (Umpire)) (Photo Ray Fisher)

The polo pitch in Bishopland Polo, Ballymore Eustace was the battle ground for the Ladies match last Wednesday (5th Sept 2018). Black Team: Digital Built Consultants (Jimmy Byrne (honorary lady for the evening), Clodagh Brophy, Emma Hayes, Felicity McCartan) took on Yellow Team: Hollywood Horse and Pony Trekking (Aishling Doyle, Karyn Jamieson, Geraldine (Ger) McCarthy, Noella Beaumont) in an exciting match of two ten minute chukkas. The game was closely umpired by Bishopland Polo owner Alejo Aita Tagle and local Equine Vet James Sheeran. The tournament closes the beginner’s polo season, where under Alejo’s expert and patient coaching along with his experienced polo ponies, keen horse riders can get a taste of the very exciting sport of polo. The teams battled it out for the prestigious Bishopland Polo medals sponsored by local business Digital Built Consultants (

(L to R: Emma Hayes, Felicity McCartan, Alejo Tagle, Karyn Jamieson, Jimmy Byrne, Aishling Doyle, Clodagh Brophy, Ger McCarthy) (Photo Steve Hayes)

The teams lined up for the throw in from Umpire James Sheeran which kicked off the first match of the Bishopland Polo Beginners Tournament.  Team Digital Built Consultants took an early lead with a goal scored in the first few minutes of play by hard hitter Jimmy and his agile polo pony. Following the rules of polo the teams switched sides after a score. Hollywood Horse And Pony Trekking (HHPT) played well to defend against the goal hungry Digital Built Consultants (DBC) team for the next few minutes. A brave tackle from Ger and a pass to Aishling gave HHPT a chance at goal but DBC’s defence was too much for HHPT. A foul by DBC gave HHPT another chance at goal with a penalty shot but the ball was wide. The ten minute chukka could not end soon enough for HHPT after a pass from Clodagh to Jimmy ended in another goal for DBC. Heavy rain did not deter the two teams from battling it out to the end of the first chukka but all were relieved when the whistle blew.


(L to R: Karyn Jamieson, Emma Hayes (Photo Steve Hayes)

After a ten minute break sheltering from the rain in the back of James’ horse lorry and few refreshments the rested polo ponies and riders braved the slippery ground conditions for the second and final chukka (the professionals play four chukkas with a different pony for each chukka). Once again, the teams lined up for the throw in and HHPT won the ball. Aishling cantered up the field towards their goal with Karyn supporting and defending the whole way but a tackle by Emma passed the ball back to Clodagh who took off at full speed towards the goal where Jimmy completed the play by putting the ball between the goal posts for a third time. Keen marking by Felicity and Noella kept the pressure on both teams throughout the match but Team Digital Built Consultants where not to be beaten with a final goal by their hired assassin Jimmy Byrne to seal the deal. The final score was Team Digital Built Consultants – 4: Team Hollywood Horse and Pony Trekking – 0.

The next match of the Bishopland Polo Beginners Polo Tournament will be held on the 13th September between the beginner’s men’s teams of the West Wicklow Hunt and South County Dublin Hunt.

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Emma Hayes appointed to the CitA Board


Emma is Managing Director of Digital Built Consultants, a BIM and Digital Information Management Consultancy. She brings over 20 years’ experience in the AEC industry in Ireland and internationally to her role on the Board. She is a Chartered Architectural Technologist and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Architectural Technology from Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT), Bolton Street and a Master’s Degree in BIM Management from Middlesex University. Previously, Emma was the Group BIM Manager with PM Group where she was responsible for the development and implementation of the Group BIM strategy and roll-out of procedures and workflows for BIM adoption across the organisation’s network of offices in Europe, Asia and the US.

Emma told that she “is very honoured to be part of the CitA Board as they are actively involved in driving progress in BIM adoption in the AEC industry in Ireland.” CitA are a not-for-profit organisation that focuses in the promotion of Digital Construction in Ireland since its inception in 2002. CitA’s activities predominantly include the provision of events, training and research activities in response to its members’ needs. CitA has grown over the years to in excess of 300 businesses across the architectural, engineering and construction supply chains in Ireland, which includes in addition a large number of specialist IT vendors, governmental departments and agencies. It has a very close working relationship with all of the main stakeholder bodies in Ireland, such as, the RIAI, SCSI, CIF, ACEI and Engineers Ireland.

For the past two years CitA have been fortunate to be given the opportunity by Enterprise Ireland to work on the BIM Innovation Capability Programme in 2016 and 2017. This important project sought about collating data that would assist the newly formed National BIM Council in creating an informed and internationally respected Digital Construction Roadmap for Ireland, which has at its core the vision that Irish AEC businesses would be provided with a platform of support for the innovative use of Building Information Modelling (BIM) by 2021.

Emma notes that “CitA continues to drive the adoption of Digital Technology and the implementation of BIM processes through their Skillnet training courses, monthly seminars and annual conferences.”

Emma also spoke to about the fantastic CitA network “where people and organisations can connect with industry thought leaders and peers to share ideas and support throughout their BIM journey.”

Emma was a BIM Judge for the 2018 ICE Awards. You can read more about Digital Built Consultants in a recent Irish building magazine interview here:

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PM Group Wins BIM Initiative of the Year 2017 Award for DWtE

PM Group was delighted to be recognised at the Irish Building and Design Awards and to receive the BIM Initiative of the Year award for the Dublin Waste to Energy (DWtE) Facility.

PM Group was delighted to be recognised at the Irish Building and Design Awards and to receive the BIM Initiative of the Year award for the Dublin Waste to Energy (DWtE) Facility.

“DWtE is the largest project of its kind in Ireland to date. The delivery of this project required an innovative Building Information Modelling (BIM) Initiative to not only achieve the complex design but to facilitate collaboration by multiple stakeholders in different geographical locations. All of these factors were necessary to deliver such a high profile project,” said Emma Hayes, Group BIM Applications Manager.

The BIM Initiative of the Year Award recognises the DWtE project’s multi-disciplinary team comprised of experts from PM Group (Ireland and Poland) and specialist process contractors from Hitachi Zosen Inova (HZI) (Switzerland). The project was based on design criteria set out by the client, Covanta Europe Engineering Ltd.

The DWtE Facility is a Public Private Partnership (PPP) between Dublin City Council and Covanta, a provider of sustainable waste and energy solutions, to provide a thermal treatment plant to treat municipal waste that cannot be reused or recycled.

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BIM QnA with Emma Hayes and Dr Barry McAuley

Emma Hayes, Group BIM Applications Manager for PM Group, and Dr Barry McAuley, Dublin Institute of Technology Lecturer and BICP Researcher answer your BIM Questions on AR and VR on Irish sites and the prerequisites for postgraduate BIM courses, in our first BIM QnA of 2017.

Question: When will AR and VR become common on Irish construction sites?


AR and VR could be used on Irish Construction sites tomorrow! The technology is available and with many projects being executed with Building Information Modelling (BIM), virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) are already possible for construction sites. The hardware such as VR headsets and movement sensors are becoming more mainstream and much more cost effective. In PM Group we are using VR for clients to walk through a virtual simulation of their facility at concept stage which helps speed up the design decision making process.

But why would Irish construction sites need to use VR and AR? The emergence of virtual and immersive technology allows the user to overlay a virtual environment or a BIM model with a real environment such as a construction site. For example, a construction worker can view a virtual model of building services hidden above an installed ceiling or behind a constructed wall without disturbing the fabric resulting in less remedial work. But it does not stop there! Imagine being able to send a drone out to a construction site to do a laser scan survey to map progress which can then be viewed using VR to compare with the anticipated progress of the construction. There are also Health and Safety benefits one of which is the development of AR smart construction helmets. These helmets have sensors and visors that relay virtual and real data to the wearer notifying them of any potential health and safety risks. These helmets also provide the user with access to the BIM data as they walk around the site.

Virtual and augmented reality are already starting to change the way we interact with our building designs and with the many benefits they bring to the construction process it is only a matter of when and not how they will become common on Irish construction sites.

Question: Are there any general prerequisites for doing a postgraduate certificate or master degree in BIM in Ireland?


Focusing on the MSc in Applied BIM and Management course offered in DIT the current entry threshold is either a level 8 honours degree with a 2.2 qualification which will enable you to enter straight onto the programme, or a level 7 ordinary degree plus five years of experience. There is also a for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process. This involves the student presenting a portfolio of their prior experience and on the basis of an evaluation with this respect they may be offered a place on the programme. This allows for people who are established in the sector to move on to the programme. Once you have registered on the first year of the programme you can graduate with a Post-Graduate Certificate in BIM Technologies, second year is a Post-Graduate Diploma in Collaborative BIM, and the third year is the Master of Science in Applied Building Information Modelling and Management

For the Higher Diploma in Engineering in BIM offered in Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology, you must hold a relevant Level 7 qualification or equivalent in a cognate area within the construction and built environment industry. Applications will also be accepted from mature applicants who have worked at an appropriate level within the construction industry and who may gain entry by the RPL process.

The HEI programmes on offer can be found on the BICP website:

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BIM People – Emma Hayes, PM Group

Emma Hayes is the Group BIM Applications Manager for PM Group. Emma holds a BSc Honours Degree in Architectural Technology from Dublin Institute of Technology and a Master’s of Science Degree in BIM Management from Middlesex University.

She has 20 years’ experience in the architecture, engineering and construction industry in Ireland and the US and joined PM Group in 2002. In 2010, Emma was one of a small number of students to win a scholarship from Middlesex University, which are awarded to postgraduates for academic excellence. Emma recently spoke at the International Congress of Architectural Technology (ICAT) 2016 in Spain where she presented ‘The Virtual Interactive Relationship Between BIM Project Teams – Effective Communication to aid Collaboration in the Design Process.’ talked to Emma about her work with PM Group and her BIM education and research.

Can you tell us about your work as Group BIM Applications Manager at PM Group?

I have responsibility for driving the Group BIM strategy as well as the development and roll-out of BIM processes across the organisation’s network of 18 offices in Europe, Asia and the US. This involves communicating our Group BIM goals both internally with our operations teams and externally with our clients. The role is both challenging and exciting as it gives me an opportunity to get involved in a wide variety projects in different sectors and to engage with people across the organisation. The role also involves travel to our offices around the world, my last international trip was to our office in Singapore and I have more recently returned from a visit to our office in Wroclaw in Poland.

In your experience what are the main advantages of using BIM?

The main advantages of using BIM that we have experienced in PM Group are improved efficiencies in dynamic documentation production and greater collaboration between teams. Our clients benefit from early visualisation of designs, enhanced building performance through analysis/simulation and synchronisation of design with construction resulting in the delivery of comprehensive data at project completion.
Please tell us about PM Group’s BIM adoption?

PM Group have been executing intelligent 3D process modelling on pharma projects for over 20 years. So therefore, the adoption of BIM has not been seen as a major change to project workflows. Also, PM Group is a multi-disciplined organisation which has been a huge advantage to our BIM adoption since inter-disciplinary collaboration is already the norm. One of the challenges to our BIM adoption is interoperability between software platforms as we have specific engineering tools which do not easily interoperate with BIM tools. We have overcome these challenges with robust model management workflows. BIM is such an important enhancement to our business. My main responsibility is to continue its development aligning it with client needs and industry requirements.

What are the main projects on which PM Group has utilised BIM?

To date, PM Group has implemented BIM on a number of projects in the pharma, food, energy and mission critical sectors. We are working on several large projects using BIM processes such as the waste energy plant at Poolbeg, Dublin and for clients such as Alexion and GSK.

Can you tell us about PM Group’s success in delivering BIM projects?

BIM in PM Group is about People, Process and Technology. Our BIM data is produced by skilled personnel using advanced modelling software which we can integrate with data from third-party project stakeholders through PM Group’s comprehensive model management. These processes deliver accurate, coordinated and clash resolved information throughout the project lifecycle. In PM Group we use a wide range of BIM tools such as Autodesk Revit and Navisworks, Intergraph PDS, Smartplant 3D and Smartplant P&ID and Venturis TriCAD for model authoring along wit

h Autodesk Navisworks Timeliner with MS Project for 4D simulations and Exactal CostX for 5D. We also use tools such as Autodesk Robot, CFD and IES for building performance analysis and simulations.

Please tell us about Continuous Professional Development at PM Group?
At PM Group, we have an excellent CPD programme and it means that we all view on-going learning as a natural part of our day-to-day lives. I am keen to continue to develop my BIM knowledge, which I do through attending CPD seminars and conferences and continuous research. I am also aware that I can help colleagues and others in the industry sharing my knowledge and experience through involvement in BIM task forces. I have recently volunteered for the BIM Innovation Capability Programme (BICP) Client Working Group.

Please tell us about your Master’s Degree in Building Information Modelling Management at Middlesex University and the knowledge and skills you gained?

I studied part time for two years through distance learning. The course lectures were delivered via webinar for three taught modules. The modules were a) Technical BIM which improved my understanding of collaboration and coordination of project teams, b) Operational BIM which enhanced my knowledge of quality control, risk assessment and project delivery and c) Strategic BIM which developed my skills for strategic thinking for BIM adoption and implementation at a project level and also at an organisational level.

The final module also included a research dissertation. The modules are delivered by a combination of college lecturers and industry expert guest lecturers such as David Philp, Mark Bew and Mervyn Richards from the BIM Task Group. My journey through the Master’s has given me the skills and confidence to critically analyse and think strategically about how to improve BIM processes now and in the future. It has also given me a great opportunity for networking with industry peers. We still keep in touch through social media and although we’re recent graduates, are already planning a class reunion before the end of the year!

What recommendations would you give professionals looking to do a BIM course?

There are a number of postgraduate BIM courses available in Ireland and the UK so I would recommend reviewing the course content to ensure that the modules meet expectations. If a professional is looking to enhance technical or collaborative BIM skills then it would be important to choose a BIM technology-focused course. Whereas if like me, you are interested in a management focused course then an MSc in BIM Management may be more suitable. It is also worth noting that having previous AEC industry experience and knowledge of BIM technology is a prerequisite for many of the postgraduate BIM Management courses.

What advice would you give to a company considering BIM adoption?

Research has shown that people’s mind-sets and attitudes are one of the main impediments to BIM adoption. But in my experience, it is also essentially about good communication, especially in virtual teams. BIM technology will become easier to use but unless the team are willing to engage with the processes it will be more difficult to implement BIM. I would advise companies considering BIM to have an adoption strategy with clear goals for implementation. Change management models such as Prosci’s ADKAR model can really help define a clear structure for BIM adoption. After that, the first step is to create an awareness of the need for BIM, support change and encourage a desire for adoption. Coaching, practice and time will help lay the groundwork for adoption. It’s important to keep reinforcing and measuring so that corrective actions can be taken as you build BIM into the culture of your organisation. It’s a team effort.
What advice would you give to a client considering BIM for a project?

I would advise a client to clearly define their BIM goals for a project. For example, do they want BIM purely for improved coordination between the design team or do they want BIM for the whole lifecycle of the asset? Whole lifecycle BIM requires all project stakeholders from the client, the design team and contractor to the facilities management team to collaborate and share information throughout the process, which would need to be clearly defined at the initial phases. Having an Employers Information Requirement (EIR) document will ensure all stakeholders are informed of the BIM goals and the client’s expectations for the project. Once the decision is made, the rest should fall into place with the right tools and team.

BIM People – Emma Hayes, PM Group