Past Glimpse of the Future Events
Past Event – Nov 12th 2020
Bentley Systems - Olga Alexandrova
Communicating clearly and involving citizens early in the planning stages of the construction projects is crucial to avoid misunderstandings and formal complaints leading to delays. Olga Alexandrova of Bentley demonstrates case studies from Bentley’s OpenCities planner.
In the post-COVID era, public consultations have to apply digital technology and engage with residents virtually, clearly deliver a message, and collect feedback. OpenCities Planner is a cloud platform that streamlines the urban planning process, engages different stakeholders in project discussions, federates different data and publishes this for citizens to receive feedback and generate ideas. This digital process is efficient and easy to implement.
Reconstruct, Inc. - Mani Golparvar-Fard
Mani of Reconstruct examines how many construction companies are striving to align their production efficiency with scheduled activities through the use of reality capture and BIM-enabled workflows. The exponential growth in data acquisition and application of Building Information Modeling (BIM) is paired with ever more aggressive delivery schedules. As a result, there is a need for the introduction of new solutions that transcend the current algorithmic capabilities and venture into Artificial Intelligence (AI) territory with the goal of achieving better control and a higher level of predictability through the real-time analysis of production, resources and Jobsite conditions.
This talk will present how a visual command centre can be formed for achieving production efficiency on construction sites. Specifically, Mani discusses how images and videos from 360-degree cameras, smartphones and drones are used to automatically generate 3D reality models of indoor and outdoor environments over the project timeline. Using projects in the US and Europe, Mani demonstrates how reality models are integrated with BIM and project schedules in the form of digital twins such that AI algorithms can track progress and project risk.
Zutec - Nathan Garrad
Solving problems for both the owners and construction companies, Nathan explains how Zutec helps with the collation of all documentation and supporting information required to operate facilities compliantly. This reduces the risk of delays associated with handover due to the many quality assurance inspections necessary on complex projects. Several case studies will be referenced, particularly regarding the construction of hospitals which are notorious for overruns.
Xacom - Mick Higgins
Mick Higgins of Xacom discusses his experiences on this major nuclear decommissioning project. As part of the Lithuanian accession to the European Union it was agreed to close down the Ignalega Power Plant due to its similarities in design and lack of containment building to that of the Chernobyl Power Plant. The popular HBO mini-series Chernobyl was partly filmed on the Ignalena Power Plant site.
A key part of the 1.2billion euros de-commissioning programme was to incorporate Project Controls to not only provide robust tracking and monitoring but to provide development opportunities to employees who previously operated the site. Xacom was engaged with a consortium to provide consultancy advice and training through the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD).
Cora Systems - Micheal Lord
Michael of Cora Systems is a former Global Operations Excellence Director for Honeywell Building Solutions, part of Honeywell Home and Building Technologies (HBT), a global business with more than 44,000 employees worldwide. HBT is a leader in the Internet of Things (IoT) and creates products, software and technologies found in more than 150 million homes and 10 million buildings worldwide.
Michael was part of the team tasked with implementing a PPM tool to help HBS with a number of challenges around consolidating systems, global standardisation, project deviation, resource/capacity management and financial control. After evaluating over 30 systems, they chose to work with Cora Systems. During his talk, Michael will walk us through Honeywell’s journey to global project excellence.
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Causeway - Lydia Brand-Williams
Lydia Brand-Williamson presents Causeway. Anyone who’s worked in the construction industry knows that every project presents its own specific risks. Failing to address these challenges sensibly and efficiently can expose a business to serious time and cost overruns. Dominant among the digital solutions enabling contractors to better manage these challenges is facial recognition technology, which can help to save time and money. In this 15-minute slot, Lydia will share practical customer examples of how well-established UK contractors have achieved significant benefits since implementing the Causeway Donseed facial recognition solution, whilst also providing a brief demonstration of how the technology works.
Layer8 - Sarah Janes
Sarah Janes of Layer8 discusses online security. A study has shown that phishing emails have increased more than 600% since the start of the pandemic. Cybercriminals are masters at manipulating our human emotions and see ‘people’ as an easy way into an organisation. Considering the security implications of a project at the outset has become increasingly critical. Sarah takes us through an example of integrating security into the project lifecycle using methodologies Layer 8 have implemented at clients including international insurance firms, businesses providing critical national infrastructure, technology and retail companies.
Adept Management - Paul Waskett
Project design teams are often made up of dispersed discipline-based specialists. Is it then any wonder that there is often inconsistency in the way work is planned, reported and managed, with delays as a result? Paul of Adept Management discusses Flow, a web-based system for achieving an integrated design plan and for reporting and managing the design process in a consistent manner, and make reference to recent case studies in both the UK and the US where the system has been used to capture root causes of delays and actions to mitigate those delays, enabling a very high level of performance by the project teams.
Past Event – Oct 8th 2020
Bentley Synchro - Greg Demchak
Metisplan - Nathan Targett
Nathan Targett demonstrates how Metisplan produced a fully logically linked and coordinated 4D model of all work train movements into and around the worksite and contractors workspaces along the 2km rail re-modelling project between Edge Hill and Liverpool Lime Street station. This complex infrastructure project using a 4D Programme became the Winner of Synchro Software Digital Construction Awards. Find out how Metisplan enabled substantial savings and accurate time management on the project.
NeuralRaysAI - Tony Scott
Tony Scott of NeuralRaysAI looks at how digital transformation involves the integration of innovative technology into all areas of the enterprise, fundamentally changing how it operates and how it delivers value. Data science can extend aspirations beyond design and construction into whole life asset utilisation, but this requires letting go of traditional time-based revenue models. The two key questions to answer are: Who in the C-suite should be leading this transformation, and once we’ve identified them, how do we help them?
Coubari - Derrick Madir
Derrick Madir of Coubari explains that practical cyber security doesn’t have to be expensive or confusing. Coubari specialises in providing IT infrastructure and support for firms in the construction and engineering space. Derrick will share anonymised stories of close calls and how you can avoid them to secure your business.
Thinkproject - Michel Kraaijeveld
Join Michel Kraaijeveld of Thinkproject for a look at the 18km Fehmarnbelt tunnel. Connecting Germany with Denmark it will be the longest road and rail tunnel in the world. This case study will cover the key figures, the parties involved and how the Thinkproject portfolio will ensure data consistency across the asset lifecycle. Asset owners are increasingly turning to Thinkproject’s integrated contract management and BIM solution to be sure all data moves smoothly and accurately from planned, to as-built and then to operation and maintenance.
Risk Decisions - Val Jonas
Val Jonas discusses how Risk Decisions help visionary leaders embrace risk to shape the future. They collaborate with global organisations, disruptors and thought leaders, whatever the stage of their journey. Through their Beautifully Simple Predict! risk software, services and experience, they enable customers to create risk strategies that positively transform their businesses.
4Berri Consulting - Richard Rowberry -BP Shah Deniz case study
Projects don’t get any larger than this. Richard of 4Berri Consulting gives an overview of the recent Shah Deniz Phase II mega-project and highlight how assurance enabled fast-track contractor schedule turnaround on an already time-constrained programme of works. There are resultant schedule benefits which can be deployed across a multitude of industries.
Flowledger - Rhys Tanner
Rhys Tanner of FlowLedger: From several years of studying the approaches of lean and six-sigma application in manufacturing, the team at FlowLedger have developed a unique type of smart ‘pull system’ that translates these principles into a performance efficiency web application that promises to save significant time, money and world resources. As the platform’s data warehouse grows, machine learning makes the recommendation engine smarter, continuously improving project performance.
Past Event – Aug 13th 2020
Bentley Systems LEGION – Eduardo Lazzarotto
Eduardo Lazzarotto of Bentley Systems LEGION demonstrates their latest simulation software. Ongoing social distancing requirements present challenges for planning, design and operations of diverse buildings, such as rail stations, airports, shopping malls, etc. Using simulation and BIM design powered digital twins, owner-operators and consultants are helping public spaces reopen faster while still safe and commercially viable. Bentley is making market-leading software OpenBuildings Station Designer and LEGION Simulator available for free until September 30th to help new users do the same. The presentation will cover case studies from London, Beijing and Madrid to illustrate how simulation enables more resilient buildings, from preparedness, through responsiveness and recovery after disruptions such as Covid-19. London Waterloo Station and Bond Street Station will be discussed in detail.
InEight Schedule – Dan Patterson
Dan Patterson of InEight Schedule introduces the latest thinking in next-generation scheduling – enhancing the already proven science of CPM. Overcoming traditional forecasting challenges, a new AI-based approach to modeling schedule and driving towards a more achievable risk-adjusted forecast is discussed. A case study of how Kiewit Construction use the system will be covered.
Nodes and Links – Greg Lawton
Learn from Greg Lawton where and how the Nodes and Links platform has been applied successfully.Mott MacDonald are using Nodes and Links Aegis on HS2. The Aegis platform from Nodes and Links helps project experts make better decisions using data-driven predictions and visualisations. The world’s first hybrid-collective intelligence, Aegis understands what drives project success, learns from history and across projects, and works with people to deliver project outcomes successfully. Aegis allows Complex Projects to achieve performance levels previously considered impossible.
Sablono – Lukas Olbrich
Lukas Olbrich explains how Sablono offers the first Construction Execution Platform to manage and collaborate on tens of thousands of activities during project delivery. The solution is implemented in major projects internationally such as 150 Bishopsgate in London, Dubai Uptown Tower and Tour Mohammed VI in Morocco. Get a glimpse at what project delivery looks like when construction projects are executed on a digital production management system.
PMWeb – Stefan Hollak
Stefan Hollak of PMweb explores the ZEISS case study focusing on the corporate real estate management processes. Learn how ZEISS harmonised the brand experience, provided greater transparency and improved data management relating to requirements, effort, costs, space and services. This resulted in faster decision making based on defined gates within their matrix organization.
eviFile – Luke Allen
Luke Allen explains how SPL Powerlines partnered with eviFile to deliver digital progressive assurance across all of the built assets on the programme. This case study looks at the challenges of rolling out the technology and the lessons learned. We’ll also take a look at the opportunities the completion of the project has generated in utilising connected applications to put assurance at the very start of any major infrastructure programme.
Past Event – Jul 9th 2020
SPI – The Remodelling of Kings Cross Railway Station – Simon Wray
London’s King’s Cross railway station is one of the busiest stations in the United Kingdom, serving close to 40 million passengers each year. But it has been 25 years since any major intervention has taken place on the railway, and it is now in need of some major renewal and remodelling work.
Bentley Systems – Project iTwins – Glen Worrall
While there is plenty of talk about how the National Digital Twin is targeted at physical assets, Bentley have been working with projects on how to use Risk iTwins and Cost iTwins to provide immediate feedback to project teams on iTwins. Glen Worrall will work through two scenarios where users are seeing immediate feedback from their iTwins.
Infrastructure and Projects Authority – Dr David Hancock
Dr David Hancock of the Infrastructure and Projects Authority explains the future of infrastructure. Following the COVID crisis there is a golden opportunity to change the face of construction for the better; deliver sustained value for money, be more stable, more productive and more competitive. The government’s side of the bargain is to bring to market between £29 billion and £37 billion of contracts across economic and social infrastructure over the next year.
Buildots – Patrick Scannell
Patrick Scannell explains how Buildots AI leverages the capacity of a simple hardhat mounted camera and state-of-the-art computer vision algorithms to track all activities on-site, and provide you with the information necessary to make the best decisions. As well as this, the footage is overlaid with the BIM model ensuring a constantly updated digital twin of your project.
Chapman Taylor – Andy Hudson
Andy Hudson speaks from Chapman Taylor Architects, a global practice of award-winning architects and masterplanners. In the post-COVID era, their clients will benefit from even higher standards of quality and consistency of design information due to the consolidation of their existing information management systems and data silos within the Microsoft365 platform.
A key aspect of the company’s switch to the new format was a collaboration with AEC technology expert Nittygritty to develop Atvero. Microsoft365-based Atvero is a record management system which provides a single pane of glass for contractual deliverables, capable of being authored and published from anywhere. Technical Director Andy Hudson will recount Chapman Taylor’s digital transformation from inception to deployment while providing a glimpse of the future direction for www.atvero.com.