The full programme is currently under development and will be available to view in the coming weeks. If you are interested in speaking opportunities, please contact content director Thomas Lane,

Below are the key themes discussed in 2017:

Digitising Construction

BIM, offsite and transforming built environment productivity

The construction industry is noted for its poor productivity and inefficiency. It lags behind other industries with projects and costs often overrunning. A key problem is the industry is highly fragmented with project teams often working in isolation on projects then moving on.  This fragmentation leads to inefficiency and holds back innovation.

Labour shortages and the risks from Brexit means achieving the government’s 2025 productivity goals will be impossible without establishing new ways of working. BIM and digital construction processes coupled with offsite manufacturing are a key part of the solution.

More that two-thirds of those using BIM believe it will reduce whole life costs of buildings with 60% saying it will enable faster project delivery.  BIM also has the potential to better integrate data on building performance with management and offers not only more efficient building delivery, but also improved occupant health and wellbeing. It can help realise the potential of smart cities by digitally linking different buildings systems together.

Offsite manufacture is seen as a key part of faster project delivery deliver, improved quality and building performance. It also has the potential to lower costs. By adopting a modern manufacturing process which includes designing for manufacture and assembly with BIM, lean thinking the industry will transform how the built environment is designed and constructed.

This conference will explore:

  • Digitisation of construction and the streamlining of processes to connect the supply chain

  • Which construction methods are more fast, cost effective, safer and sustainable?

  • Making construction smart – the processes and technologies to enable this

  • Organisational change to leverage the benefits of BIM

  • Where does the real values of BIM lie?

  • The role of design for manufacture and assembly in creating a more productive and efficient construction industry

  • How can industry adopt lean thinking and maximize offsite fabrication and onsite assembly, minimizing construction onsite?

  • The importance of a common approach to data across the supply chain

  • New technologies, innovations and what this means for the future of construction

  • Best practice case studies and panel sessions to explore the challenges and opportunities presented by digital construction processes

  • The risks – the likely threats and cyber security

Digitising Construction Programme

8:45 am - 9:15 am

Registration and Refreshments

9:15 am - 9:20 am


Theme 1: BIM best practice With BIM mandated on all Government projects since April 2016, the streamlining and productivity benefits offered by digital processes are now universally recognised by industry.  However, is industry realising the full potential of BIM? Where do the opportunities for streamlining and modernising processes and joining up the supply chain lie,... Read more »


  • Thomas Lane Editor, Group Technical Editor - Building Design, Building

9:20 am - 9:50 am

Keynote Address: Digitisation, value chain, Dfma, the smart environment and a Digital Built Britain – what is the economic case?


9:50 am - 10:10 am

BIM Level 2 implementation and adoption roadmap – in conversation with:


10:10 am - 10:45 am

Panel: Plugging the gaps to deliver the full potential of BIM



  • Fiona Moore Director, Cirrus and Level 2 Programme Co-ordinator - Digital Built Britain

10:45 am - 11:15 am


Theme 2: Data: the DNA of BIM and digital construction How information is gathered, stored and shared is fundamental to leveraging BIM. Data is the DNA of BIM, yet this has been one of its biggest stumbling blocks. Better quality data is required to build and operate better buildings. However, a lack of consistency between... Read more »

11:15 am - 12:00 pm

The importance of consistent data for joining up the supply chain



  • View full profile for Alex LubbockAlex Lubbock Head of Digital Construction, Infrastructure and Projects Authority - Cabinet Office

12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

Case study: using data effectively for decision-making and asset management


12:30 pm - 1:00 pm

Data, Smart cities standards, the IOT and a Digital Built Britain


  • Simon Hart Digital Built Britain Task Group - Innovate UK

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm


Theme 3: Design for manufacture and assembly (DfMA) DfMA is gaining traction given the cost and time benefits, and the promise of a more productive construction industry. Following the Farmer Review and The Housing White Paper productivity and factory processes are seen as solutions. But how can industrialisation of construction through digital design, offsite manufacturing,... Read more »


2:00 pm - 2:20 pm

DfMA: creating a more productive construction sector


2:20 pm - 2:40 pm

Case study: Dfma and driving innovation and value through the supply chain

Case study 1

2:40 pm - 2:50 pm


2:50 pm - 3:40 pm

Panel: Digitisation of construction and DfMA: what are the implications for the supply chain?


  • View full profile for Richard CrosbyRichard Crosby Director, Blacc Consulting, and - Consultant to The Education Funding Agency
  • Stuart Whiting Technical Director - Prater
  • Rob Ewen Delivery Director, Heathrow Expansion Programme - Mace
  • Alex Small BIM and Digital Platforms Manager - TATA Steel
  • Ian Heptonstall Director - Offsite Management School


3:40 pm - 4:10 pm


Theme 4: Technologies for a future digital built environment The potential for new technologies to deliver real business transformation has been demonstrated in many sectors, what is the vision of the future for a digitally enabled construction industry?  What does game changing innovation mean for the built environment?  How can disruptive digital technologies be embraced?... Read more »

4:10 pm - 4:20 pm

Creating a ‘digital twin ‘ of a physical asset for better building operation and maintenance


4:20 pm - 4:40 pm

Digital disruption and construction: digitising the supply chain


4:40 pm - 4:50 pm

Artificial intelligence and construction


4:50 pm - 5:00 pm

Cyber security


4:55 pm - 5:30 pm

Further details to follow

5:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Closing panel: delivering the digital built environment