Irkutsk Technical Research University is a co-organizer of the All-Russian Industry Conference "Construction Navigator: Course to Digitalization

National Industry Conference "Construction Navigator: the Course to Digitalization" took place in the Technopark of INRTU on June 22. The event was organized by the National Association of Information Modeling Organizations (NOTIM) with the support of the Ministry of Construction of the Russian Federation, the Government of the Angara region and Irkutsk Technical University.

The forum interested specialists of the Ministry of Construction of Russia, Glavgosexpertiza of the Russian Federation, regional agencies, representatives of customers of capital construction, construction and design organizations. Vitalii Peshkov, Director of the School of Architecture, Construction and Design, and Pavel Sozonov, Head of the TIM Competence Center, spoke on behalf of INRTU.

Pavel Pisarev, Deputy Chairman of the Government of the Irkutsk region, said welcoming remarks to the participants. Konstantin Mikhailik, Deputy Minister of Construction and Housing and Utilities of the Russian Federation, joined the participants via VCS. He emphasized the involvement of the Angara region in the processes of digitalization of the construction industry and told about the construction of the digital vertical in the regions.

The moderator of the conference was the president of NOTIM, Mikhail Viktorov, who presented the support measures for software developers, design organizations and builders implementing TIM based on domestic software.

The speech of Elena Zvonoreva, Adviser to the Minister of Construction and Housing and Communal Services of the Russian Federation, Deputy Head of the Center of Competence of the Department of Construction of Moscow, caused a lively discussion. She presented the report "Digital vertical: implementation of project management information system".

Alexander Galkin, Minister of Construction of the Angara Region, detailed the challenges and prospects of implementation of digital technologies in construction management in the Irkutsk region.

According to Vitalii Peshkov, the development of construction, as a high-tech and science-intensive industry, requires advanced training of a new generation of personnel. In his speech, he emphasized that the Irkutsk National Research University is implementing the strategic project of Digital industrial technologies (i.DIT) within the framework of the Program "Priority 2030". As a part of the initiative, the professional retraining program "Information systems and technologies in construction and architecture" was launched on the basis of the School.

"Our school graduates qualified personnel who are in demand at all stages of the life cycle of construction projects. We train students in seven bachelor's degree programs, two specialist's degree programs and 10 master's degree programs.

The strategic focus on the digitalization of the construction industry required modernization of curricula and basic educational programs. For example, we introduced disciplines on computer modeling of buildings and structures, computer-aided design of construction projects, management of information models and data of construction projects.

Given the high demand for graduates with digital competences, we launched three master's programs. Among them are "Technologies of Information Modeling of Buildings and Structures," "Digitalization of Urban Engineering Systems and Building Equipment," and "New Technologies in Design, Construction, and Pricing," says the institute director.

In order to intensify scientific research and training of highly qualified personnel, Irkutsk Polytechnic begins training in the scientific specialty 2.1.14. "Management of the life cycle of construction objects.

Vitalii Peshkov added that this academic year, the teachers at the expense of the university have passed advanced training on domestic software products, including BIM-system Renga and BIM from "ASCON":

"Domestic developers issue free licenses to students, but do not give universities preferential treatment for faculty training."

Pavel Sozonov, Head of the TIM Competences Center, made a presentation "The role of universities in ensuring technological sovereignty in the field of TIM". According to him, the main customer of technological sovereignty is the state, so it should stimulate the transition to Russian software. For this purpose direct subsidies, regulatory restrictions or changes in indirect incentives are suitable, one of which is the points of effective implementation and approbation. Pavel Sozonov proposed to make Russian universities the key promoters of domestic software, helping to work out functionality and assist business in using domestic software. This requires support from developers, including issuance of licenses, training and support of teachers on a free-of-charge basis.

As a result of the discussions, an agreement was reached with representatives of Renga Software, ASCON and CISoft Development to issue courses and materials for training polytechnic teachers.

During the conference round tables with leading construction industry experts were organized. The discussion "Digital vertical: implementation of IPMS" was moderated by Elena Zvonoreva.

Maxim Shibanov, Head of Marketing Department of Renga Software, moderated the round table "Technological sovereignty: not to lose, but to increase". There, the experts discussed the functionality of domestic software and its compliance with the Russian standards.