European Sustainable Energy Week 2022

There will be an ARISE presentation at the European Sustainable Energy Week on September 21, 2022 from 12.00-13.30 CET. The title of the session is: Leveraging digitalisation and construction skills towards 2030 energy goals.




BIM Co-Ordinator Summit, Dublin, September 8, 2022

The BIM Co-Ordinator Summit in Dublin on September 8, 2022 will include ARISE Programme Manager, Paul McCormack, Barry Mc Auley from ARISE Partner, TU Dublin and Dr James Harty from ARISE Partner, KEA, Denmark as speakers.








ARISE Partner Meeting in North Macedonia-June 21-22, 2022

ARISE Partner Meeting in North Macedonia

The latest Meeting of the Belfast Met led £1.12 million EU digital construction project, ARISE is being held this week in North Macedonia, (June 21-22)

At the home of ARISE Partner IECE, (Institute for Research in Environment, Civil Engineering and Energy) in Skopje, North Macedonia, the nine core  ARISE European partners are meeting to continue their transformational work in empowering the digital transformation of the built environment.

The open session event was themed: ‘Improvement and recognition of digital and sustainable energy skills in the construction sector of North Macedonia-needs, opportunities and challenges,’ and detailed the leading role the country is playing, leveraging skills transformations to achieve carbon reductions in the built environment

The Keynote Speaker of the event was Mr Deyan Metikosh, Vice President of the Chamber of Certified Architects and Engineers of North Macedonia. Mr Metikosh spoke on ‘Digital transformations and BIM Methodology-the priority in the processes of continuous improvement of skills of certified architects and engineers’.

Also among the speakers was  Mr Vlatko Ivanov, General Manager of Civil Engineering Institute Macedonia who spoke   on ‘Needs of the construction sector in North Macedonia for upskilling the knowledge and skills.”

Mrs Dijana Likar, Co Ordinator of the IECE Project team  presented on ‘Project ARISE in perspective of national stakeholders’.

ARISE Programme Manager Paul McCormack said: “The ARISE project seeks to create a level digital skills playing field across Europe and to  support industry and individuals within the built environment to map their individual digital transformation journey. Through micro credentials, certcoins, time credits we can revolutionise the skills process for blue and white collar workers. With these new skills we can also help decarbonise construction and stimulate energy skills across all levels within  construction. Our ARISE Partners from Italy, North Macedonia, Portugal, Ireland, UK, Brussels and Denmark are all contributing to developing this new trans European skills process. Our Partner Meeting in Skopje, North Macedonia is another step in creating new learning pathways.”

The new system of training and recognition of digital skills will be valid across the EU thus increasing the spread of skilled workers in the building market.





SEAI Breakfast BIM briefing



On March 30-31, 2022 the SEAI Breakfast Briefing was held at the SEAI Energy Show in Dublin. The briefing focused on: USING BIM TO CONTROL ENERGY IN THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT


The panel members included: Dr Avril Behan, Project Director, Build Digital, TU Dublin, Michael Curran, Chairman CIBSE Ireland and Head of Building Services, Energy and Utilities, NUIG, Michael Early, BIM Champion and BIM Manager, DAA, Joseph Mady, MD, Digital Construction technologies and Eamonn Sheils, SEAI Programme Manager-Commercial Retrofit.


While digitalisation of the construction process is now recognised as the way forward if we are to realise net zero energy and carbon buildings, BIM is the enabling tool that will make the transformation possible. BIM can transform traditional information processes into data that is easier analysed and shared across the AEC sector so that architects, engineers and contractors communicate on a common platform.

However, as with all new processes and technologies, there is a learning curve for those involved. Hence, this breakfast briefing comprised a panel discussion between experts from each of the key construction disciplines who  shared their experience and opinions on how BIM can best be utilised, and the various challenges posed can be met.

The presentations and discussion covered four primary quadrants of the energy cycle – Plan: Potential energy; Design: Embedded energy; Build: Operational energy; and Operate: Sustainable energy.


Stimulating the demand for skills article

ARISE Programme Manager Paul McCormack has had his 6th article published in a series of 6 for the Dublin magazine, Building Services Engineering. The article by Paul, titled: 'Stimulating the demand for skills' is on pages 44 and 45 of the April 2022 issue. You can read it here:



ARISE Webinar-May 18, 2022: Using digitalisation to overcome vocational exclusions for training


The ARISE project are holding an ARISE webinar on May 18th, 2022-11.00-12.30 (CET)


Title: Using digitalisation to overcome vocational exclusions for training.


This webinar will present BIMcert and ARISE toolkits which provides an agile work/learning marketplace where speed and agility are critical and where the workforce needs to be provided with the tools to do their job in a continuous cycle of learning commensurate with the demands of their daily workload.

A BIM qualified building workforce is required across the UK and Europe to meet the energy challenges of construction.

The toolkits ensure that blue-collar workers and some middle and senior-level professionals across the building value chain have the required BIM, interconnect IT and technological skills, as well as practice.

Webinar Schedule


11:00 - 11:10      Introduction–Revolutionising the learning process

Paul McCormack Belfast Met


11:10 - 11:20      Digitalisation accelerating vocational engagement

Barry McAuley TUDublin


11:20 - 11:30      Task Based learning



11:30 - 11:40      Beyond Blended–adaptive learning

Andrew Hamilton/Eduardo Rebelo Belfast Met


11:40 - 11:50      Micro Pathways modules, accreditation and certification

Jan Cromwijk ISSO


11:50 - 12:00      Authentication–blockchain

James Harty KEA


12:00 - 12:10      Measurable success

Dijana Likar IECE


12:10 - 12:20      Summary–what success looks like

Paul McCormack Belfast Met


12:20 - 12:30      Question and Answer session and Event closure

Paul McCormack Belfast Met



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The benefits of a digitally informed and empowered workforce article

ARISE Programme Manager Paul Mc Cormack has had his 5th article published in a series of 6 for the Dublin magazine, Building Services Engineering. The article by Paul titled, 'The benefits of a digitally informed and empowered workforce' is on pages 10 and 11 of the January 2022 issue. You can read it here :