Launch of Construction Innovation Lab

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15 October 2013: Two postgraduate research students have gathered support in DIT and with industry to found The Construction Innovation Lab (CIL).  Paul Ebbs and Vincent Gibson, under the auspices of the School of Surveying & Construction Management in DIT, have developed the initiative to assist undergraduate and postgraduate students with research topics identified by industry.  Outlining its purpose they said: “We believe the revival of the Irish construction industry will be decided through innovation by research. The primary function of the lab will be to align postgraduate research students with industry to solve problems identified by their commercial partners.  It will complement DIT’s commitment to excellence in research and dramatically increase the level of R&D in the AEC industry. We want to highlight how academic research can not only benefit industry but lead to innovation and create jobs for the sector.”

Highlighting the recent Forfas report on Ireland's construction sector (19/7/13), Ebbs and Gibson have noted that from a total of €1.9 billion in industry R&D in Ireland, only €4.6 million of this has been attributed directly to the construction industry. They believe research will be a key driver towards recovery and that the commitment of other industries to R&D needs to be matched by the Irish built environment.

The Construction Innovation Lab will be launched formally tomorrow, Wednesday 16th October, in DIT Bolton Street.  President of DIT, Professor Brian Norton and the Dean and Director of the College of Engineering & Built Environment, Dr Mike Murphy will join representatives of the Construction Industry Federation (CIF), the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) for the launch, which has the support of major industry firms such as PM Group, BAM, Sisk, Walls, Collen, MDY, Siac JohnPaul & ECOCEM. Any companies wishing to engage with CIL in relation to corporate partnerships should contact Garrett.Keenaghan@dit.ie

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