Having made the move across the capital from the Business Design Centre in Islington to the ExCeL Exhibition centre in London’s Docklands, the organisers made the most of the extra space and facilities to stage the third - and only - annual event of its type in the UK.
The main conference programme, prepared in partnership with the Digital Built Britain initiative1 and Innovate UK2, presented the latest advances in digital construction, engineering, design, manufacturing, and operation. Also under discussion were topics such as investment in R&D and innovation, industry strategy, industry image, training funding & delivery, productivity and predictability, industry fragmentation, change management, client alignment, and the innovative solutions and technologies that can assist this transformation. Headline speakers included Mark Bew, Chair of the UK BIM Taskgroup3, Andrew Wolstenholme, Crossrail’s CEO, and Alex Lubbock, Head of the Government’s Digital Construction, Infrastructure and Projects Authority4. International representation included speakers from Denmark, Estonia, Hungary, Germany and The Netherlands among other countries.
Emerging trends were also covered in more than 90 hours-worth of free-to-attended seminar sessions. These were conducted in six areas located on the exhibition floor, each dedicated to a specific topic: Industry Transformation, BIM, Geospatial, Smart Buildings, Visualisation, and Industry 4.0. Almost without exception, these non-stop sessions were filled to capacity. Summaries and visuals from a number of conference and seminar presentations have since been posted online at https://twitter.com/digiconweek
The accompanying exhibition featured some 120 ICT solutions providers, government and standards agencies, businesses involved in architecture, engineering and construction, plus academic and representative trade and industry bodies.
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