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Information Technology for Site Workers



Information exchange between clients, design teams, builders and finally facility managers is increasingly carried out digitally using Information Technology (IT). The growing use of Building Information Modelling (BIM) and the focus on Lean Construction processes are driving this, while the growing availability of internet access and wireless technologies on Irish building sites is accelerating the trend at site level.

Key advantages of IT on site are that it facilitates a high level of communication exchange at all times, the easy recording of a wide range of information and greater accuracy in a number of processes. This is invaluable for efficiency, for controlling resource use, and for quality control and certification under the Building Control (Amendment) Regulations. However the adoption of IT on Irish building sites is as yet uneven.

It is only when foremen, supervisors and site managers have developed knowledge and skills in the use of IT through wireless devices that the many benefits of BIM, Lean Construction and quality control processes will be fully realised to the benefit of construction companies and their clients.

Programme description 

The CPD Certificate in Information Technology for Site Workers is a one semester, part-time, upskilling programme for construction site workers. The programme is suitable for site workers who wish to carry out their existing work in a more efficient and inter-connected way; or to expand their role, to progress their career, re-skill or seek employment.

Content will be delivered via lectures, practical workshops and tutorials. The programme has been structured and resourced to provide a positive student experience, underpinned by best practice curriculum design and appropriate support services. A teacher-to-student ratio has been selected that will ensure good learning and student retention for students who may be quite unfamiliar with many IT concepts and tools.

The programme delivery will be taught one day a week for 13 weeks, mostly on half days (afternoons). This pattern should allow students to remain fully engaged on construction site. Attendance on the programme will be closely monitored.

Entry Requirements:

The programme is suitable for site workers with QQI Level 6 Advanced Craft Certification, or other relevant QQI Level 6 or 7 awards. Site workers at QQI Level 5 may be admitted where evidence of relevant prior learning is provided for assessment.

On completion of this module, the learner will be able to:

  • Work within a cloud-based Common Data Environment (CDE) for the purposes of construction site and office activity.
  • Connect to a Common Data Environment to download and upload suitable data and information for the purposes of construction site and office activity.
  • Access and navigate a three dimensional digital model using a Building Information Modelling (BIM) viewer and extract suitable data and information to inform construction management activities.
  • Use the internet to access supplier specifications and manufacturer instructions, selecting and using appropriate mobile technologies and related apps.
  • Use digital technologies to carry out on-site activities pertinent to the operating trade
  • Use scanning applications (apps) to identify bar codes and QR codes for site data check lists and data recording
  • Select and use appropriate mobile technologies and related apps for use in the construction field including, but not limited to, new survey and setting out technologies and construction activity recording

For further information

Joseph Little - Assistant Head of School
Dublin School of Architecture
College of Engineering & Built Environment
Dublin Institute of Technology, Bolton Street, Dublin 1


CPD requirements of CIRI

It provides suitable continuous professional development (CPD) under Pillar 3 (Technology & Innovation) for Supervisors and Craft Workers. The hours will exceed the annual requirement for CPD for Supervisors and Craft Workers.

Programme attendance

The module requires 100 learning hours over 13 weeks in one semester.  The teaching will take place one day a week.  The timetable is structured so that full days (09.00 - 17.00) are on the first, middle and last weeks of the programme, and half days (14.00 - 17.00) for the remaining.  The student should do four hours of self-directed learning each week.  This results in 48 hours of formal teaching and 52 hours of self-directed learning.

Programme fee

CPD module fees 2017/18: €1050 (amount includes registration fee)