Dr Avril Behan is Assistant Head of the School of Multidisciplinary Technologies at the Dublin Institute of Technology, Bolton Street where she is responsible for the management of programmes and collaborative modules in the area of BIM & Lean, Digital Construction and Advanced Analytics for Engineering & the Built Environment. She also teaches on undergraduate and postgraduate programmes across DIT’s College of Engineering & the Built Environment and supervises final projects on DIT’s MSc in applied Building Information Modelling & Management, MSc in applied eLearning and MArch programmes. Avril is a Chartered Geomatics Surveyor and holds a PhD in the application of geomatics to medieval architectural studies.
Her research interests include all aspects of building information modelling & management, particularly integration of geomatics technologies & spatial information, applications of analytics & Machine Learning in Engineering & Built Environment contexts, collaborative education, and full asset lifecycle management. The integration of lean construction with BIM is also an area of special interest and links with Avril’s role as a Director of Lean Construction Ireland, a not-for-profit organisation.
Avril is DIT’s Lead Investigator on the Horizon2020-funded BIMCert project which will produce training materials to enable construction personnel at all levels to utilise BIM to achieve EU Buildings Directive energy targets. She chairs the Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland BIM inter-professional working group and is a Member of both the UK and Irish BIM academic fora. She is also the international representative on the survey4bim working group of the UK BIM Task Group.