17 Must See Talks at Digital Construction Week 2023

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Every year, I waltz into DCW full of beans, looking forward to catching the talks from construction’s leading experts.

And every year, I’m thwarted by analysis paralysis, decision fatigue and general busy-ness.

But not this time. I won’t waste this opportunity to learn from the best minds the UK has to offer.

That’s why I put together a list of 17 DCW talks I’m either attending or getting my team to attend and take notes.

I thought, why not send this to others coming to the show…

Here it is:

Adam Lisik - Head of Software Operations & Automation at Waterstons Ltd

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Talk Title: How code could kill your practice

About: Programming but don’t have a software developer? Creating code that sits within your business operation can generate significant efficiencies but, when not done right, could leave you open to risks.

Join this session to understand the major risks and common pitfalls associated with non-professional coding, as well as how you can take full advantage of the benefits of custom code to help your practice thrive.

When: 18th May @ 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Where: Transformation Hub

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Ajoy Dua, Senior Project Manager at Heathrow Airport Ltd

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Talk Title: Heathrow cargo tunnel project rebooted: The recipe for success

When: 18th May @ 12:00 PM - 12:30 PM

Where: Innovation Stage

About: This presentation will explore the £200m project’s requirements, constraints and approach to governance.

He will demonstrate how the strategy influenced stakeholder engagement and decision-making throughout the early conceptual design, spatial coordination, detailed technical design and now into the delivery phase.

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Alastair Powell - Director at Bryden Wood

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Talk title: Accelerating laboratory design for the bio revolution

About: The life sciences sector is evolving rapidly due to advancements in technologies and various socio-political shifts.

The UK's life sciences investment has grown by over 1000% in the past decade. Laboratories, crucial for this transformation, are in high demand. In this talk, Alastair will share how Bryden Wood is tackling these emerging challenges.

When: 18th May @ 11:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Where: Innovation Stage

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Alexandra Spencer - Data Scientist at Gleeds

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Talk: Construction project cost data engineering, cost prediction and data extraction – The power of a KTP

About: Three challenges the industry is facing, each a task on its own.

This session will take you through the journey undertaken by Gleeds in its Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) with the University of Nottingham, supported by Innovate UK, that has tackled them, and the lessons learned. 

When: 17th May @ 12:30 PM - 1:00 PM

Where: Innovation Stage

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Alice Ampolo - Senior BIM Manager at Mace Consultancy

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Talk Title: Plan–do–check–act… digitally!

About: In this session, Alice will present a few digital strategies to enable producing and reviewing information against clients’ requirements. 

Plan-Do-Check-Act is the base for efficient lean processes at the core of the UK BIM Framework according to the ISO 19650 series.

When: 18th May @ 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Where: Information Management Stage

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Clare Taylor - National Rehearsal Lead at MWH Treatment
Dr. Melanie Robinson - Senior Digital Consultant at BIM Academy
Giulia Pustorino - Associate | BIM Manager at Weston Williamson + Partners
David Philp - Global BIM/IM Consultancy Director at AECOM

Panel Talk: WIB – How to address the low representation of women in digital leadership?

About: This panel will discuss one of the key themes of the progress report for the United Nations Sustainable Development goals – Women in Digital Leadership. They will touch on how as an industry we can overcome the challenges and barriers to address this challenge as well as key criteria to enable successful digital leadership across a business.

When: 17th May @ 3:30 PM - 4:15 PM

Where: Information Management Stage

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Dan Rossiter - Sector Lead at BSI Group

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Talk Title: Trouble at Tracey Island 2: Electric Boogaloo

About: In this presentation, Dan explores this scenario and how utilising the golden thread of information could have helped Parker save the day.

When: 17th May @ 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Where: Information Management Stage

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Nick Leach - Head of Digital Construction at Sir Robert McAlpine

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Talk Title: How to unlock the full potential from your digital platforms

About: Learn how SRM have maximised the benefits from standardising their digital tools across different types of sectors and adoption from their project teams.

When: 17th May @ 12:00 PM - 12:30 PM

Where: Innovation Stage

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Aaron Atkinson - Regional BIM Manager at John Sisk

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Talk Title: Pioneering digital delivery in healthcare

About: Aaron will provide insight into how technology has shaped and directed a digital strategy that has transformed the design and delivery of Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Cancer Centre.

The presentation explains how digital construction methods inspire, connect and engage the client, end user, contractor and design teams.

When: 17th May @ 4:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Where: Innovation Stage

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Edward Howlin - Director of Digital at Turner & Townsend

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Talk Title: SMARTer collaboration

About: SMART technology is often held up as both the future, but also concurrently as a perceived expensive ‘nice to have’.

This session is dedicated to discussing some of the wider industry challenges, what we can do to address those, and some suggestions on the ‘next steps’ to ensure that we create a sector in which everyone wins

When: 17th May @ 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Where: Asset Management Stage

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Anna Wendt - Partner at Buro Happold

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Talk Title: Diversity + digital technology = profitability

About: How can construction technology, coupled with a diverse workforce, influence your business’ profitability?

And why, as an industry, are we so behind our peers when it comes to the adoption of new technologies which can increase efficiency and productivity?

This women-only panel, made up of some of the industry’s biggest names, will highlight the benefits of adopting a diverse and technologically-advanced workforce, and where you should start to make this a reality for your business

When: 17th May @ 3:15 PM - 4:00 PM

Where: Main Stage

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Brittany Harris - Co-founder & CEO of Qualis Flow

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Talk Title: Decarbonising construction: The what, why and how

About: Transformational change is needed in the construction industry. There are new technologies, new talent, and more drive in the built environment. 

Achieving low carbon and reaching the UK’s 2050 net zero targets has never been more imperative.

Brittany Harris will explore the topic of Decarbonising Construction. She will uncover lessons learnt, some shocking stats and how to become more sustainable without breaking the bank.

When: 18th May @ 12:30 PM - 1:00 PM

Where:  Net Zero Stage

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Paul Surin - Associate Partner - Global lead Engineering, Construction, Operations, PLM, IBM

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Talk Title: Future of sustainable smart cities

About: The session will also look at the potential of new technologies such as AI, edge computing, 5G and the Internet of Things (IoT) to enable sustainable smart cities.

Paul will discuss and demonstrate how these technologies can be used to optimise resource use, improve mobility and increase citizen engagement.

When: 18th May @ 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Where:  Net Zero Stage

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Edwards Gibbs - Director at Arcadis

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Talk Title: Asset Management for building safety compliance

About: This talk will help the built-asset management community understand the context, requirements and challenges presented by the new Building Safety Act that comes into force this year

Edward will demonstrate an approach for achieving the ‘Golden Thread’ of information as outlined in the regulation.

When: 17th May @ 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Where: Asset Management Stage

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Sangeeta Shenoy - Associate Director and BIM Lead at Fraser Brown Mackenna Architects

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Talk Title: The true meaning of “value engineering” – Innovations, measured outcomes and industry takeaways from the BIM lifecycle at the University of East Anglia

About: Building 60 at the University of East Anglia is a state-of-the-art STEM facility, created using Building Information Modeling (BIM).

This session explores the project's innovative use of digital construction, collaboration, and information sharing methods, which resulted in significant savings, streamlined facilities management, and promoted wider BIM adoption.

When: 18th May @ 3:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Where:  Information Management Stage

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Emma Hooper - Head of R&D at Bond Bryan Digital Ltd

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Talk Title: Information chaos theory revisited – Principles and concepts of information management

About: This presentation explores information management in the built environment by treating information as an asset.

It envisions a collaborative approach with industry, client organisations, and delivery teams, uniting processes and data.

The talk applies this to specification, planning, and delivery of information models, and explores future technologies like knowledge graphs, linked data, machine learning, and ChatGPT.

The challenge is getting the industry to solve this 'jigsaw puzzle' together.

When: 18th May @ 11:15 AM - 12:00 PM

Where:  Information Management Exchange

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Paul Wilkinson - Director of pwcom.co.uk

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Talk Title: Delivering valuable data

About: This talk introduces the Interoperability Code of Practice for Technologies, created to enhance data sharing and collaboration within organisations.

Developed by an industry group, it outlines five key principles and technical requirements for software and technology evaluation. Launched in 2023, the first edition encourages industry feedback for future refinement.

Attendees will learn about the code, interoperability principles, technical requirements, and opportunities to contribute to future developments.

When: 17th May @ 2:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Where:  Information Management Exchange

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Find Archdesk on Stand D342

Our team will be at our stand on both days. If you have any questions about construction software or the industry in general, please come and say hello.

They’re a friendly and knowledgeable bunch.

I will be there both days too. I’d love to talk construction with you so feel free to introduce yourself at the show.

See you there.

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