Our Presenters

OpenCities Planner

Presentation date: 12 of November, 2020

Communicating clearly and involving citizens early in the planning stages of construction projects is crucial to avoid misunderstandings and formal complaints that delay the urban planning process. In the post-COVID era public consultations have to apply digital technology to engage with residents virtually to deliver clear messages 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.

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SPL Powerlines Case Study

Presentation date: 13 August 2020

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.

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Introducing Cleopatra

 Presentation date: 27 July 2020

This presentation will go into the fundamentals of process improvement and will sketch the necessary steps towards improving your Project Controls approach. It will not only go into the integration of the various phases in the project lifecycle, but also explains the triangle of Process, Tooling and Knowledge. Stefan Bakker will also share a case of how their professional project controls software Cleopatra Enterprise has helped the international industry leading company Heineken deliver their projects on time and within budget.

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Introducing Turbo Chart

Presentation date: 5 June 2020

Santosh showed how his client John Holland used Turbo-Chart to visualise their linear project schedules, transforming existing data into Time Location charts in minutes.

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Ramboll Case Study

Presentation date: 27 July August 2019

Insight is a Connected Planning platform that brings together all colleagues in the project portfolio eco-system onto a secure, real-time Cloud database. The platform uniquely enables the bi-directional connection of Excel™ spreadsheets while overcoming their well-known limitations. Find out how Ramboll Group saw a 90% reduction in reporting effort, 70% reduction in time to finalise the monthly Board Pack and achieved sustainable cost reduction across the top 100 projects of over €4m per year.

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Advanced use of Synchro

Presentation date: 8 Oct 2020

Case studies of recent examples of the advanced use of 4D to include RFID tracking of deliveries and installations to update the 4D model in near-real-time. The use of HoloLens to perform clash-detection will also be demonstrated.

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Keynote on the State of Digital Construction

Presentation date: 5 June 2020

DJ discussed his experiences and opinions on how digital ways of working reduce the likelihood and severity of disputes.

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Reconstruct – A Visual Command Center for Construction

Presentation date: 12 November June 2020

Mani of ReConstruct joins Glimpse of the Future on the 12th of Nov 2020. Today, 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), paired with ever more aggressive delivery schedules, calls 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 higher level of predictability through the real time analysis of production, resources and jobsite conditions. This talk will present how a visual command center can be formed for achieving production efficiency on construction sites. Specifically, I will present 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 project timeline. Using projects in the US and Europe, I will also demonstrate 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.

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Briefing from Infrastructure and Projects Authority

Presentation date: 9 July 2020

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.

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AECOM case study on Easing Congestion

Presentation date: 5 June 2020

Mark showed distributed data capture as a method for controlling complex projects, large programs and portfolio management.

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Decommissioning a Chernobyl sister reactor

Presentation date: 12 November 2020

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).

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ZEISS Real Estate Management Case Study

Presentation date: 13 August 2020

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. 

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Atvero Chapman Taylor case study

Presentation date: 9 July 2020

Chapman Taylor Architects is 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.

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Introducing Predict!

Presentation date: 8 Oct 2020

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.

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Introducing APDocs

Presentation date: 5 June 2020

Brian showed how the APDocs platform enables organisations to reduce costs and improve efficiency with intelligent automation, flexible workflows and robust document storage in a modern, mobile software solution built on the AWS platform.

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Fehmarnbelt tunnel case study

Presentation date: 8 Oct 2020

At 18km The Fehmarnbelt tunnel connecting Germany with Denmark 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 insure 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.

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HS2 Case Study with Mott MacDonald

Presentation date: 13 August 2020

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. Learn from Greg where and how the platform has been applied successfully.

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London Waterloo Station and Bejing Subway LEGION case studies

Presentation date: 13 August 2020

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. The London Waterloo Station and Beijing Subway deployments will be discussed in detail.

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Practical Cybersecurity for AEC Firms

Presentation date: 8 Oct 2020

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 anomised stories of close calls and how you can avoid them to secure your business.

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The Sablono Platform

Presentation dates: 12 Feb 2019 and 13 Aug 2020

The Sablono Platform for process and supply chain management has been implemented in major projects across the UK, Middle East and Europe and provides an unprecedented ease of management of complex processes throughout the supply chain across company borders. Learn how projects like London Greenwich Peninsula, Louvre Abu Dhabi or Humboldt Forum Berlin gained real-time insights into project delivery by implementing one central digital platform for process management of all trades involved.

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Kiewit Construction Case Study

Presentation date: 13 August 2020

This session introduced 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.

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BP Shah Deniz Case Study

Presentation date: 8 Oct 2020 

Projects don’t get any larger than this. 4Berri Consulting will give 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.

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Introducing Buildots

Presentation date: 9 July 2020

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.

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Introducing NeuralRays AI

Presentation date: 8 Oct 2020 

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?

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Flowledger: Closing the gap between construction and manufacturing project productivity

Presentation date 8 Oct 2020

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.

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Liverpool Lime Street Case Study

Presentation date 8 Oct 2020

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.

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NHS Property Services PMWeb case study

Presentation date: 5 March 2019

In 2011 the National Health Service established a new organisation to bring property and facilities management expertise to the NHS estate. The organisation embarked on an ambitious business transformation programme. The programme was to feature the implementation of new technology for real estate management.

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Keynote on the state of BIM market

Paul Wilkinson is a technology writer and blogger, covering construction-related developments in cloud computing, SaaS collaboration, BIM, data and mobile. He is deputy chair of the digital transformation panel at the Institution of Civil Engineers. Paul is also involved with COMIT, ThinkBIM, the UK BIM Alliance and Constructing Excellence. He is a past chair of the construction and property group of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations. His opening talk will set the scene for the morning’s discussions.

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Introducing Resolving International

Presentation date: 5 June 2020

Resolving is a digital platform allowing project delivery, asset operation and construction teams to access and collaborate on critical design, construction and operational data. Chris presented a case study about supporting a large owner operator with over 4,000 logistics buildings worldwide.

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Introducing iTwins

Presentation date: 9 July 2020

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.

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Kings Cross case study

Presentation date: 9 July 2020

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. Specialist Project Integration (SPI) are undertaking this massive £250 million project. Find out from Simon how success is being assured through the use of their digital twin platform.

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