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Information Session: UCD Prof. Cert in Digital Facility Layout Planning

Thursday, 15 February, 2024

An image of an uncluttered factory floor

Date: 23rd January 2024

Time: 13-14 pm via Zoom

The (opens in a new window)Advance Centre - Professional Education for Digital Transformation would like to invite you to our next in series lunchtime webinar. This time we'll discuss opportunities for learners in a new, innovative and flexible Professional Certificate in Digital Facility Layout Planning (DigitalPlan).


The digitalisation of manufacturing activities goes hand in hand with improved management practices and corporate performance but a vast majority of the engineering and manufacturing workforce lacks the necessary digital skills. This Professional Certificate is an opportunity for academic / technological institutions and companies to upskill students and staff towards expanding their digital manufacturing capabilities.

Professional Certificate in Digital Facility Layout Planning (DigitalPlan) will offer a learning path that will equip engineering and manufacturing employees, especially from SMEs, as well as engineering students and professionals to understand in depth the theory and practice related to facility layout design and planning, using digital manufacturing solutions.

This is a fully online flexible professional certificate where learners will receive the content fully online via (opens in a new window)skillsmove.eu learning platform (managed by (opens in a new window)European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT)). Upon completing the designated learning paths on (opens in a new window)skillsmove.eu platform, the learners will apply the acquired knowledge on a case study which will help them sharpen their skills further. 

The flexible nature of this professional certificate makes it a perfect fit for applicants with rather tight or inflexible workload, especially industrial practitioners.


Dr Pezhman Ghadimi

Pezhman  received the M.Eng. degree in industrial engineering from University Technology Malaysia (UTM), in 2011 and the Ph.D. degree in industrial engineering and operations management from University of Limerick (UL), Limerick, Ireland, in 2015. From 2012 to 2015, besides his Ph.D. research, he was employed as a researcher at Engineering Research Centre (ERC), UL, to conduct research in the area of knowledge management and product lifecycle management.

He is currently employed as an assistant professor of manufacturing systems at the School of Mechanical & Materials Engineering at the University College Dublin (UCD). His research interests span a number of areas with Circular Economy and Sustainable Development as an overarching research theme.

He has been active in Sustainable Manufacturing, Sustainable Supply Chains, Operations Research, Data Analytics, and Risk Analysis.

He has won competitive grants including 2.56m Marie Curie Doctoral Network for a project called Intelligent circular life cycles of industrial robots outdoor power products and electric vehicles (iCircular3).

Dr. Barry Twomey

Barry has been the Centre Director for the Advance Centre since May 2021. He completed his Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering UCD in 2004, and subsequently his PhD in the same department in 2009. Including his PhD, he has over 17 years experience in new material processing techniques, across a wide range of sectors and company types.

It is the implementation of new and novel techniques that furthered his interest in manufacturing transformation, and in particular, the integration and use of new, digital technologies within existing process lines.

Through the Advance Centre for Professional Learning and the modular, accredited, learning approach, he hopes to enable the digital transformation for individuals and organisations across multiple industries.

UCD College of Engineering and Architecture

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