Innovative solutions for information exchanges in Digital Construction

Thursday 26 May 2022 | 15.00-16.30 [IST Dub]

The exchange of information in the construction industry is facing some challenges. These challenges are mostly originating from the fact that information exchange is most often performed through files or documents of various types and format.

This webinar based on a recent collaboration between Innovation Value Institute (at Maynooth University), and Arcdox- BIM Consultancy Company, to develop innovative solutions to tackle digital information exchange challenges.


Moderator: Paul Vesey, Lecturer in BIM, Project Management and Information Technology, TUS


Ralph Montague, Director, ARCDOX

John Egan, CEO, BIMLauncher

Mohammad Shana’a, Co-Founder and CEO of Morta

Cluster Lead: Dr. Zohreh Pourzolfaghar, Innovation Value Institute

Roshmita Kanungoe, Maynooth University


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Ralph Montague

Ralph Montague is a director of ArcDox, a specialist BIM (Building Information Modelling) consultancy practice based in Dublin, Ireland, providing professionally managed advice, production, support and training services to the construction and property industry. A registered architect with almost 30 years’ experience in managing large projects, Ralph endorses BIM as a more cost effective and highly efficient way of producing and managing design and construction documentation. and improving the building process.

Ralph is a member of the National BIM Council of Ireland and coordinator of the Construction IT Alliance (CITA) BIM Group. In these roles, he has been instrumental in leading the development and adoption of BIM in Ireland since 2009. As past chairman of the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland (RIAI) practice sub-committee for BIM, Ralph has represented Ireland on the Architects Council of Europe (ACE) BIM Working. He is also the current chair of the National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI) Technical Mirror Committee on BIM, monitoring the work on European Committee for Standardization (CEN TC442) and International Organization for Standardization (ISOTC59) technical committees on BIM standards. Ralph is also a part-time lecturer at Trinity College Dublin School of Engineering Post-Graduate Diploma in Project Management.

Dr Zohreh Pourzolfaghar

Digital Construction Cluster Lead

Zohreh Pourzolfaghar is Assistant Professor for the School of Business in Maynooth University. She is a members of Lero, the Science Foundation Ireland Research Centre for Software. Zohreh formerly has been Research Fellow at Innovation Value Institute (IVI), Maynooth University’s digital transformation research centre. She is a senior research member of the Business Informatics Group. She is the theme lead in a project investigating the application of Enterprise Architecture in Smart Cities, funded by Science Foundation Ireland (SFI). She has been Principle Investigator for an Industry Fellowship Programme, funded by SFI. Zohreh presented her work at international conferences and has published research in Journals and Conference Proceedings. Zohreh is also leading research within the Cost Action CA16222 (WISE-ACT), a European-wide network.  She has been thematic lead in a successful European Marie Curie PERFORM project. She is a member of the supervisory board of the EU project PERFORM, that focuses on Digital Retail. She has been awarded the SFI industry fellowship (2018) working with industry on topics related to Smart Cities and Building Information Management. She is the Co-PI for submitted H202 Techland proposal. Zohreh received her Ph.D. in Project Management in design process of building projects. Zohreh has years of experience working with project-oriented construction companies to improve organisatioanal productivity and their work processes.

John Egan

CEO and founder of BIMLauncher

John is the CEO and founder of BIMLauncher, a construction technology company focusing on solving interoperability issues within the information management (BIM) space for AEC sectors.

As an active committee member of BuildingSMART UK and Ireland chapter he participates in open standards groups to establish interoperability standards for documents between CDE systems. He is also the co-founder of AEC Hive, the podcast aggregator platform for the AEC sectors online.

Mohammad Shana’a

Co-Founder and CEO of Morta

Mo is the Co-Founder and CEO of Morta, a software provider helping organisations across the built environment leverage their data and automate processes. Morta provides a platform with the familiarity of spreadsheets and the utility of databases, enabling construction professionals to create powerful customised tools that fit their needs quickly and easily.

He is a Civil Engineer by background, has an MPhil in Engineering for Sustainable Development from the University of Cambridge, and contributes to the UK BIM Framework Guidance. Talk to Mo on or on Twitter @Mo_Shanaa.