The new age of construction: technology as an enabler

Join our inaugural virtual conference to discover how advancements in technology are boosting productivity, streamlining construction processes, generating data to inform strategic decisions and supporting whole-life performance.

Background
The construction sector is undergoing rapid transformation as organisations exploit new technologies, innovations and techniques. While policy continues to be a key driver, COVID-19 is proving an accelerator. Collaboration and a concerted industry effort are needed to capitalise on this potential; not only for built environment and asset management outcomes, but for wider society and the economy to reap the benefits.

This conference will consider the recent advances in good practice and performance improvement and explore the industry’s response to global trends, challenges and opportunities through illustrative case studies. Participants will also have the opportunity to discuss what changes the industry needs to make, and what technology and innovations it should adopt and develop to modernise the ecosystem.

Why attend
Understand the trends and policy impacting the construction industry
Learn how technology and processes are reshaping the sector
Be inspired by case studies demonstrating how various technologies and
approaches deliver better value and support whole-life performance
Discover relevant CIRIA guidance aimed at driving digital transformation
Debate what technology and innovations industry should focus on next
Earn valuable CPD

Who should attend
Clients
Consultants
Contractors
Civil engineers
Digital experts
Property managers
Infrastructure asset managers
Building and facilities managers

Sponsorship opportunities
For more information about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Susan Richards.

When
Wednesday 9 December 2020
09:30 - 16:30

Programme
09:30 Welcome and introduction
Sam Stacey, Challenge Director – Transforming Construction, Innovate UK

09:40 Keynote: How are technology and processes reshaping the construction industry?
Hear about the trends, challenges and opportunities facing the industry
How are process and technology contributing to productivity
and performance?
Keith Waller, Programme Director, Construction Innovation Hub

10:10 Part I: How are technology and processes enabling whole-life asset performance?
A series of case studies demonstrating how various technologies and
approaches deliver better value and support whole-life performance.

Advanced numerical modelling
Tony O’Brien, Global Practice Leader – Geotechnics, Mott MacDonald

Structural health monitoring
Donald Pearson-Kirk, Technical Director – Structures Investigation Group, WSP

Deterioration modelling
Leo McKibbins, Technical Director and
Chris Power, Engineering Geologist, Mott MacDonald

10:55 Break

11:15 Part II: How are technology and processes enabling whole-life asset performance?

Non-destructive evaluation
Dave Cousins CEng MICE, Principal Engineer, James Fisher Testing Services

Detecting hidden defects
Amrit Ghose, National Framework Director, Waterman Group

Unmanned aerial vehicles
Peter Kinghan, Technical Director, SLR Consulting

12:00 Expert panel: The path to whole-life performance
What is really going on in industry? Is it adopting a whole-life approach?
Why should the industry adopt a whole-life approach mentality?
What is key to achieving this?

Panellists:
Tony O’Brien, Global Practice Leader – Geotechnics, Mott MacDonald
Donald Pearson-Kirk, Technical Director – Structures Investigation Group, WSP
Leo McKibbins, Technical Director, Mott MacDonald
Dave Cousins CEng MICE, Principal Engineer, James Fisher Testing Services
Amrit Ghose, National Framework Director, Waterman Group Peter Kinghan, Technical Director, SLR Consulting

Moderator:
Dr Jennifer Schooling, Director, Centre for Smart Infrastructure and
Construction, University of Cambridge


12:30 Lunch

13:30 Welcome back

13:40 Delivering net zero carbon in the built environment: how can technology help?
How will industry achieve net zero across the whole value chain by 2050?
What technologies and business models will evolve to meet this target?
Stephen Boyle, Strategic Programme Manager, Zero Waste Scotland

14:10 Data: driving the construction revolution
How does data enable construction to plan projects, improve operational
efficiency, reduce and predict downtime, and drive better outcomes?
Tom Butcher, Head of Industry Consultancy, Met Office
Paul Wilkinson, Technology Group Chair, UK BIM Alliance;
Managing Director, PWcom.co.uk Ltd; and Editor, ExtranetEvolution.com

14:40 Break

14:50 Interactive workshops: Technology to improve productivity, processes,
customer experience and sustainability

Identify challenges: where are the gaps?
Explore opportunities: what should technology focus on next?
Ivor Barbrook, Head of Digital Construction, BAM Nuttall
Additional discussion leaders to be confirmed

15:35 Break

15:50 Report back: Modernising the construction ecosystem: what will drive
the revolution?

What changes does industry need to make?
What technology and innovations should industry be adopting or
developing?
What does the future of construction look like?

Panellists:
Ivor Barbrook, Head of Digital Construction, BAM Nuttall
Additional panellists to be confirmed

Moderator:
Sam Stacey, Challenge Director – Transforming Construction, Innovate UK

16:30 Closing remarks

Fees CIRIA members £65 + VAT Non-members £130 + VAT
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When
09/12/2020 - 09/12/2020
Where
Virtual conference, UNITED KINGDOM
 
 

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