The site visits were the highlights of this meeting. They included:
- The operating Engineering Building at NUI Galway, a living laboratory for engineering
- The construction site of the Human Biology Building at NUI Galway, the 8000 m2 building designed by Scott Tallon Walker Architects and constructed by BAM Ireland in the precast concrete technology supplied by Oran Pre-Cast, one of the partners in the Built2Spec consortium
- The Oran Pre-Cast facility for the design, manufacturing and supply of bespoke precast concrete structural products
They were made possible thanks to Mr. Aodh Dalton (NUI Galway), Mr. Brian Holmes (BAM Ireland) and Mr. Dave Holleran (Oran Pre-Cast) who explained in detail the building design, construction, commissioning and operation processes.
Those informative presentations and discussions focused on the drawbacks of the construction processes in terms of quality assurance. Furthermore, the afore mentioned visits showcased the use of advanced technologies in the construction industry, such as smart construction materials with embedded sensors, BIM, virtual project management platform, GPS enabled heavy plant machinery, automatic machine guidance and the use of automated processes in the manufacturing of precast concrete elements.
The 2nd project meeting comprised of the project management and coordination briefings, as well as technical workshops focused on innovative technologies and solutions for self-inspection and quality assurance on a construction site.