Strategies for successfully embracing digital construction and for exploiting technology to unlock efficiencies across the built asset lifecycle, were explored at the 2019 Digital Construction Summit.

The event, led by PCSG’s chairman, Mark Bew, featured a series of keynote presentations from the sector’s leading practitioners and thinkers. These included Dr Sonia Zahiroddiny, BIM Strategy Manager for HS2, Sam Stacey of UK Research & Innovation (UKRI) and Dr Stephen Hamil of the NBS.

Questions explored during the event, which attracted more than 100 professionals from across the sector, included: What data is needed to leverage maximum value from assets? How should it be used and presented? What is the ‘right’ approach to co-ordinating project information to unlock the best project outcomes?

Speakers also looked to the future and the benefits that digitalised processes and technology might unlock in the years to come.

Modernisation within construction – the UK’s biggest sector employing more than 3.5 billion people – is now accelerating.

New and emerging technologies and BIM – the process of generating, building and managing data through the life of a project by using model-based technologies linked to a database of project information – are transforming the approach to planning, building and maintaining infrastructure and unlocking efficiencies across the built-asset lifecycle.

Mark Bew, who chaired the UK Government BIM strategy and the UK BIM Task Group, has been central to this process and to providing strategic guidance to organisations to enable them to identify the best route forward in this period of rapid technological advancement.

Dr Zahiroddiny explained the role of BIM in creating “the (best) customer experience” for the high-speed line and outlined how a ‘virtual railway’ is being developed during design and construction of the railway with a view to handing over a digital twin of the built asset to the operations and maintenance teams.

Sam Stacey, Challenge Director of UKRI, the body which works in partnership with universities, research organisations, businesses and government to enable innovation to flourish, outlined the Transforming Construction programme.

Under this, a £170 million R&I investment, matched by £250 million from industry, seeks to create new construction process and techniques for building manufacture in the UK.

For more information about the day’s agenda and to view the speaker slides, please visit: https://summits.ukconstructionweek.com/bim/digital-construction-summit-2019 programme-agenda

For more information on how PCSG helps organisations to benefit from the application of digitalised processes to the construction and operation of their built-assets, please contact: Olly.Thomas@pcsg.co.uk