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Buildoffsite MMC Conference #BuildingForImpact

Join us for our inaugural virtual conference on the offsite sector and the opportunities for Modern Methods of Construction. With awareness of MMC continuing to grow, and as the sector navigates the current pandemic, this conference will focus on the benefits that MMC brings to projects across multiple sectors.

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Buildoffsite’s inaugural virtual conference brings together emerging policy, strategy and practical approaches to meeting the challenges faced by Government, industry and supply chain. Focusing on MMC and offsite’s increasingly leading role in delivering vital infrastructure, housing and transport projects, the #buildingforimpact programme offers insight into the Client strategy, alongside opportunities to hear about the new ways industry is working to address old challenges.

BEIS will review The Construction Playbook, with insight into the focus on getting projects right from the start and how key policy changes will enable offsite. A briefing on the recently launched Smart Construction Network will outline how it enables easy engagement with experts in MMC for a range of businesses across industry. Systems engineering methodology will be shared to enable cross-industry improvements in the design and construction process. Additionally, a true showcase on how MMC is delivering permanent, positive transformation across sectors, and how we can steal the march on delivering Net Zero, and potentially negative, carbon targets. And last but most definitely not least, an opportunity to be among the first to hear the outcomes of a recent industry wide survey on offsite and the challenges and barriers to increased adoption.

Why attend
Understand the trends and policy impacting the offsite sector
Learn how Government initiatives are looking to drive the increase of MMC delivery
Be inspired by case studies demonstrating how various techniques and approaches
deliver better outcomes
Discover organisational strategies that are helping to shape better outcomes for the
construction sector
Earn valuable CPD

Who should attend
Architects & Designers
Academics & Students
Material Suppliers

Tuesday 26th January 2021
10:30 - 14:30

10:30 Welcome & Introduction to the mornings session; MMC at the centre of policy
and strategy – planning for impact

Professor Tim Broyd, Head of Industry Foresight – Buildoffsite & Director of
Institute for Digital Innovation in the Built Environment, UCL

10:35 Keynote: #BuildingForImpact & MMC’s role
Sam Stacey, Challenge Director – Transforming Construction, Innovate UK

10:55 Aggregating & standardising for MMC adoption
MMC through The Construction Playbook lens
Fergus Harradence, Deputy Director for Construction,
Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

11:15 Tapping into the Smart Construction Network
Government, clients, major contractors, and their professional advisers are all
working together to build a more modern, productive, and sustainable
construction sector.To do this we all need to change, but to do that we need
help.The Smart Construction Network supports the construction industry to
make full use of digital technologies and industrialised manufacturing techniques
to improve productivity, minimise whole life cost, improve sustainability and
maximise user benefits.
Shelagh Grant, Chief Executive, The Housing Forum

11:25 Panel Session: MMC at the centre of policy and strategy – planning for impact
Chaired by Professor Tim Broyd, a chance to pose questions to this morning’s
speakers and understand more about how Government driven
initiatives and strategy are benefiting the sector.

11:50 Break

12:20 Welcome Back & Introduction to the afternoon’s session
How MMC can deliver Carbon Net Zero, innovative methodologies
and practical approaches to meeting future challenges
Professor Tim Broyd, Head of Industry Foresight – Buildoffsite &
Director of Institute for Digital Innovation in the Built Environment, UCL

12:25 Designing to Deliver
By taking a different approach to designing for MMC
which focusses upon clear definition, verification and integration;
significant improvements could be made in the design and
construction process. This session will look at this methodology,
and where it has been implemented successfully, with a view to
enabling cross-industry improvements. This session will include a
Q&A with the panel, chaired by Nigel Fraser.
Nigel Fraser, Industry Advisor – Buildoffsite
Dr Chris Millard, Technical Director, Europe Hub R&D Lead – Laing O’Rourke
Tomas Garcia, Head of Civil Structures – High Speed Two (HS2)
Vince Fenson, Managing Director – Polypipe Offsite
Professor Jennifer Whyte, Director of the Centre for Systems Engineering
& Innovation – Imperial College London

13:05 Decarbonisation through quality
The construction industry is the biggest contributor to the UK’s
carbon emissions. Government and industry strategy states that within
the next five years both construction-related emissions and project
delivery times must be halved. How can changes in offsite delivery
meet and exceed these ambitious targets across residential,
infrastructure and commercial projects?
Lara Young, Group Carbon Manager – Costain
Gemma Smith, Managing Director – Homes by Strata

13:40 Challenges for MMC and setting the scene for wider adoption
Following an industry wide survey in late 2020, hear the outcomes of
this which will highlight the main challenges and barriers to increased
adoption of MMC and begin to look at how the sector can find
solutions to these.
David Button, Senior Account Director – BECG

13:50 Panel Session: Addressing the barriers to increase adoption
Chaired by Fareita Udoh, Buildoffsite, an opportunity to pose questions
to this afternoon's speakers, and understand how carbon and other
challenges facing the sector are being overcome with the use of MMC.

14:20 Closing Summary & Insights from the Day
Professor Tim Broyd, Head of Industry Foresight – Buildoffsite &
Director of Institute for Digital Innovation in the Built Environment, UCL

Buildoffsite members: Free
CIRIA members: £65 + VAT
Non-members: £90 + VAT

*Buildoffsite members: please contact Hanifa Qamar to register your place.

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