Glimpse of the Future Online Events
Nov 12th Agenda
12:00 - Zutech - Nathan Garrad
Solving problems for both the owners and construction companies, Nathan will explain 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.
Communicating clearly and involving citizens early in the planning stages of the construction projects is crucial to avoid misunderstandings and formal complaints delaying the urban planning process. 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.
12:30 - Xacom - Mick Higgins - Ignalega Case Study
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 consortiumn to provide consultancy adivice and training through the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD).
12:45 - Layer8 - Sarah Janes
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 will take you 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.
15:00 - Cora Systems - Michael Lord - Honeywell Case Study
Michael 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.
15:15 - Causeway - Lydia Brand-Williamson- Donseed case study
Anyone who’s worked in the construction industry knows that every project presents its own specific risks, and 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.
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 will describe 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.
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.