Mark Bew, PCSG’s chairman, will join a line-up of influential speakers at Smart Cities Week in Sydney – the event which brings together policy makers, innovators and entrepreneurs to accelerate the growth of connected cities which optimise their use of technology and data to better meet the needs of their citizens.
The conference will form the centrepiece of a two-week visit by Mark to PCSG’s offices and clients in Australia. He will use the visit, which will cover New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania, to share insights about the application of digital techniques and capabilities to the built environment from his work with the UK Government.
He will also share recent learnings from PCSG’s work supporting global clients in developing and implementing successful digital and smart strategies.
Australia is entering an unprecedented period of infrastructure investment across Transport, Health, Education, Justice and Local Government.
Affordability of infrastructure development and management is a pressing concern, with State Governments facing a widening fiscal gap due to a changing demographic. Australia’s construction industry is well established but is constrained in capacity. Productivity in the sector has plateaued over the last 20 years.
Given this context, it is vital that Australia considers significant changes to the way infrastructure is planned, delivered and operated, to optimise capital investment, reduce whole life costs and ensure the right service delivery and social outcomes are achieved.
Digital enablement can provide a platform for integrated planning, improve design, drive efficiency in construction and deliver a ‘digital twin’ to optimise asset operations.
Mark, who was awarded the MBE for services to construction in the 2011 list, has been a pivotal figure in the uptake of digital processes and Building Information Modelling (BIM) in the UK. He chaired the development of the UK Government BIM and Digital Built Britain strategy.
He was recently appointed a visiting professor to the School of the Built Environment at the University of Salford, one of Europe’s leading centres for construction education.
Around 350 individuals ranging from urban planners and real-estate executives to infrastructure advisory leads, policymakers and AEC professionals are expected to attend the Sydney conference which will showcase innovations and the successful implementation of ‘smart city’ applications from across the globe.
It will explore areas including the standards and procurement that make smart cities successful and look at how cities are successfully leveraging data to better understand and serve the needs of their citizens.
Mark will host a ‘Digital Built Nation Boardroom session’ in which he will explore how Governments and owners and operators are developing and implementing ‘smart’ strategies and the beneficial outcomes that result. He will also examine the necessary policies and standards that need to be considered and a ‘best practice’ approach.
PCSG launched its Australian-based digital practice in 2016 to help meet the demand for strategic BIM, IoT and Smart Cities services and importantly the growing need to converge these data-led strategies.
The team is led by Gavin Cotterill, former Digital Advisory Leader at Aurecon and includes Colin Mann, former Director at PwC where he helped clients across the public and private sector to drive value through the delivery of technological, data-driven business change programmes.
Gavin has been closely involved in the Smart Cities event. He said: “Australia is entering an unprecedented period of urban boom and associated infrastructure investment. What is needed is a smart approach to plan, deliver and operate our cities and built environment more effectively utilising data.”
PCSG has recently been working with clients that include the State governments of New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland, on developing their respective digital strategies.
Smart Cities Week Australia takes place from 29-31 October in Sydney and aims to provide the tools, facilitate the dialogue and build the opportunities to accelerate better, smarter cities.
If you would like to learn more about PCSG’s work in Australia, or about how we could help you with your Smart Cities strategy, please email Gavin.Cotterill@pcsg-australia.com.au
For more information on how we help organisations in the UK with the development and implementation of digital and information management strategies, please contact: Olly.Thomas@pcsg.co.uk