Digital Construction Week was once again upon us which could mean only one thing… Roadtrip for the team!
For those not in the know Digital Construction Week (DCW) is pitched as the leading event for innovation and technology within the built environment. It is the only event in the UK dedicated to digital construction, engineering, design, manufacturing and operation.
The event, which is based at the ExCel in London, having moved in 2017 from its previous venue at the Business Design Centre in Islington, is busting with innovative industry professionals. The two-day exhibition features the latest construction technologies from some of the biggest tech and construction companies.
Located on an 100 acres site and of with over 100 hours of free to attend seminar sessions available to attend we set off bright and early to make the most of our time there.
Upon arrival we headed straight over to the BIM village which is a great place to learn the latest and greatest news in the BIM world however, we couldn’t help but get sidetracked by some of the 150 exhibition stands offering innovative solutions from across the globe.
Throughout our time at DCW it was worth noting how there was a dramatic rise in emphasis on the digital-twin and macroscopic city-scale digital-twins for smart cities, infrastructure and holistic asset management, both evident in the seminar sessions and via the services on offer at the exhibition.
One thing that really stood out to us was the noticeable increase in attention surrounding geo-spatial data and an uplift in products tailored to handle large survey datasets. Could this be representative of how the industry is embracing these technologies and the demand for intelligent data is ever growing within the AEC industry?
We listened to some fascinating and insightful seminar sessions and met some exceptional people. Traction and awareness surrounding notion of Mark Farmer’s ‘modernize or die’ was evident in many of the sessions and there was an underlying theme of a wake-up call to the risks of under-paced industry digitization and the reality of outside advancement leap-frogging large parts of the industry.
As the day drew to a close, we started our journey home. Our feet may have been aching, but our enthusiasm for all things digital construction had truly been captured. Roll on Digital Construction Week 2020 – we can’t wait!