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Script&Go attends 3 UK construction events : Ecobuild, ConSIG, COMIT

This month Script&Go had the pleasure of attending three UK construction events in London to develop its understanding of the current issues facing the UK construction industry. This included attending and reporting from the second day of the annual 3 day CPD accredited ecobuild” (#ecobuild) event that attracted 25,400 visitors. It was held at London ExCel and organised by Futurebuild events. 

Using Digital Technology to Generate Value

Later than day, Script&Go also attended and reported from an informative evening event “Using Digital Technology to Generate Value.” This event was held by the Construction Special Interest Group (ConSIG) of the Chartered Quality Institute (CQI) in conjunction with the International Register of Certificated Auditors (IRCA) at the Chartered Quality Institute in London;

The following day Script&Go supported, attended and reported from the CPD accredited all-day “COMIT Spring Community Day” (#COMITDAY) organised by COMIT and held at Bentley Systems in London.

UK construction : Ecobuild magazines

Ecobuild exhibitor magazine selection

We visited many of the 450 exhibition stands and spoke to their representatives at ecobuild, including several from industry trade associations, including the OffSite Hub, MPBA, Structural Timber Association (STA), National Federation of Roofing Contractors (NFRC), and the Concrete Centre (part of the Mineral Products Association (MPA)) and discussed the relative need and issues for their sectors to digitise their work processes.

To end our visit we reported live via #ecobuild on the conference Construction Quality in a post-Grenfell world,” arranged by the Good Homes Alliance and The Edge. Following an address by the Conference Chair from the RIBA, we heard informative and thought-provoking speaker presentations from the Good Homes Alliance, Lendlease, Home Owners Alliance, the Construction Products Association and Cullinan Studio. These responded to the key conference subtheme “how can we ensure we learn and implement the lessons learnt and bring about systemic change in our industry?” Some takeouts from this conference are reported below.

Ecobuild

The speaker presentation given by :

  • Good Homes Alliance expressed a ‘radical need for industry change’ and ‘improved focus on placemaking and verification of processes and outcomes.’
  • The Home Owners Alliance asked “why is it that UK new home consumers don’t have access to data such as the ‘average number of snags’ that a developer has?”
  • The Construction Products Association outlined how ‘digital technologies and manufacturing provide some answers to current needs but underlined that wider cultural change is required.’
  • Cullinan Studio revealed the ‘changing relationships of a low carbon UK construction industry.’

In the panel session, all speakers agreed that new home construction quality needs to be improved and some conference attendees have since commented on the strong debate the conference aroused and appetite for legislative changes required in a ‘post-Grenfell’ world – which we see as ‘part and parcel’ of the need for the industry to improve it’s productivity.

For a closer insight into the challenges affecting housebuilders and housing associations today, see our recent articles, “the productivity conundrum facing UK housebuilders today” and “the productivity dilemma facing UK housing associations.

Chartered Quality Institute / IRCA (Construction Special Interest Group)

The CQI/IRCA ConSIG Using Digital Technology to Generate Value construction event provided around 30 delegates with a real insight in to how digital technology in the construction industry can enhance quality and generate value in construction. Critically it revealed experiences and best practice from those at the forefront of implementing digital tools and in particular tablet solutions for the field.

We reported live via #conSIG. Three interesting presentations were given by quality leaders from leading contractors, Balfour Beatty and BAM Nuttall (of Royal BAM Group) and a third from an ICT leader from civil engineering firm Taylor Woodrow (of Vinci).

  • The first presentation by Taylor Woodrow succinctly highlighted the use a tablet solution for creating “continuous improvement checklists,” as well as the “sacrifices” and “pros” of using mobile digital solutions in the field
  • The second presentation by Balfour Beatty comprehensively detailed their “Tactical Implementation Strategy” for tablet deployment.
  • The third presentation by BAM Nuttall dynamically highlighted the value of big data, smart data, the role of predictive and prescriptive analytics obtained through tablet technology and revealed key insights into the latest visionary technology serving the architecture, engineering and construction sector.

All three presentations were comprehensive and informative, comprehensively showing how digital technology can generate value. For information on the development tablet solutions reference can be made to our earlier investigation “the evolution of tablet and smartphone solutions.”

COMIT Spring Community Day

Since Script&Go has entered the UK construction technology market it has enjoyed participating in COMIT community days as revealed in this news update.

This “COMIT Spring Community Day attracted around 97 members and guests from both the AEC and IT fields as well as academia. During the COMIT Spring Community Day we reported on many of the speaker presentations live via #COMITDAY. We also participated in a collaborative workshop led by the British Army investigating the critical role of technology deployment in a natural disaster situation. This certainly reinforced the importance of user friendly and easily deployable solutions in the world today.

Coming away…

Together these three UK construction events: ecobuild, CQI/IRCA ConSIG and the COMIT Spring community day, confirmed to us three issues, being :

  • the need for new home construction quality 
  • digital technology can generate value
  • the importance of user friendly and easily deployable solutions (such as our own BatiScript and Site Diary solutions).