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DIT programme in IT for Construction Site Workers opens for applications

Posted: 19 May, 2017

Construction sites are busy, complex workplaces and Information Technology, used well, creates efficiencies and saves time.

A successful 13-week pilot programme in Information Technology for Site Workers was introduced by DIT in 2016 and is now being rolled out to future groups of students.

The participants in the pilot programme included employees of a range of general builders and specialist sub-contractors from around the country: in most cases the course fee (€1,050) was paid by the employer.  The academic team who devised the programme were aware of the need to keep class content interesting and to ensure that the learning element was relevant to the day to day work of foreman and supervisors on-site. The objective was to show the value of improving site communications and efficiencies and to provide site workers with the skills and knowledge to move to a more streamlined workflow based on wireless access to the internet and digital building information.    

The response from participants on the programme and their employers was extremely positive.  Joseph Little, Assistant Head, School of Architecture, said the students quickly absorbed the course material and came up with a range of innovative applications and early wins using the knowledge they acquired.  “For instance, one student came up with a quick discreet way that anyone on site could log safety incident reports (thereby reducing health and safety incidents on site); another proposed sticking QR codes to the side of builders’ site helmets that could then be scanned (with a QR reader app on a tablet) to provide immediate access to a spreadsheet he had created of Safepass training and renewal dates.”

The students’ own comments were extremely positive too – e.g.:

“Quicker at getting things done. Better use of IT on site without always having to go back to the office: real time saver!"

“Uploading info to drive, taking iPad out on site. Completing Diary on site rather than later on in the day when you have no interest. Navigating BIM models.”

Applications are now being accepted for the programme – contact Aileen Mullane, Dublin School of Architecture for details at aileen.mullane@dit.ie