Dr. Marcus Keane has extensive knowledge and experience in the development of integrated Building Information Models (BIM) that encapsulate the processes and data associated with holistic environmental & energy management in buildings and industrial processes. Dr. Keane founded the Informatics Research Unit for Sustainable Engineering (IRUSE) at University College Cork in 2000 and expanded IRUSE to be a dually affiliated research unit with NUI Galway following Dr. Keane's transfer in 2007. IRUSE has developed BIM's for a number of buildings both in Ireland and the US through collaborations with our partners in Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) at the University of California at Berkeley. The buildings of most significance include the New Engineering Building, An Spóirt Ionad, and The Nursing Library at NUI Galway and the Environmental Research Institute (ERI) at UCC. The BIM models developed by IRUSE are built around a formally designed integrated data model based on the IFC data schema which is now and ISO standard for interoperability in the AEC industry. IRUSE has extensive experience of other software/hardware applications/systems that are used to populate the BIM such as 3-D CAD modelling software, whole building and reduced order energy simulation software, and industry standard wired and wireless Building Management and Automation Systems (BMS/BAS).

Dr. Keane is the lead PI in the Enterprise Ireland BuildWise Project, Scientific Director of the Science Foundation Ireland ITOBO Strategic Research Cluster, PI on the HEA PRTL4 NEMBES project, PI on the recently established Enterprise Ireland I2E2 Energy Competence Centre (Appropriate Working Environments, HVAC modelling). Dr. Keane has published over 100 scientific papers and secured in excess of €2.5 million in research grants in 2007-2010. IRUSE industrial partners include Intel Ireland, IBM, Hewlett Packard, DePuy, Johnson & Johnson, Boston Scientific, D'Appolonia Spa, Arup, RPS Consulting and Irish SME's that include Cylon Controls Ltd., Enerit, Wirelite, Vector FM, EI Electronics... Academic Collaborators include: Tyndall National Institute, University College Cork, Trinity College Dublin, University College Dublin, Cork Institute of Technology, Fraunhofer Institute ISE (Freiburg). 

Research interests


  • Building Information Modelling; 
  • Building Energy Simulation; 
  • Building Management Systems; 
  • Energy efficient technologies and building auditing.

Contact details

Marcus Keane, B.E., Ph.D. 
Eng-1039, Engineering Building 
Department of Civil Engineering 
NUI Galway 
University Road, Galway, Ireland 

Landline: +353 91 49 2619 

Skype: marcusmkeane