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Innovation Month keynote event: Robert Bird Group's industry-leading virtual design and construction platform

Event organised by ICE

13 May 2024
18:30 - 20:30 BST (GMT+1)
Institution of Civil Engineers
One Great George Street
London, SW1P 3AA
United Kingdom

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ICE ECN London and Robert Bird Group (RBG) invite you to the Innovation Month keynote event, featuring RBG’s Expert VDC Team who will present their advanced virtual design technologies and practices.

In this presentation, Simon Houska and Matt Marsden will share the insights of Robert Bird Group’s ever-developing and industry-changing world of virtual design and construction (VDC).

Throughout history, advances in technology have aided mankind, turning once repetitive and labor-intensive efforts into precise and dependable outcomes. The Digital Era symbolises design liberation and the era of big data. Digital design methods have revolutionised the speed of translating initial concepts into final products, empowering designers to explore diverse ideas and make informed decisions efficiently.

The presentation will delve into the profound impact of RBG’s immersive 4D animations and top-tier VR models on enhancing risk management, cost avoidance, and overall project success. The speakers will share the advantages of RBG’s in-house developed platform, Reveal, which allows project stakeholders to engage, interact, and collaborate within a virtual environment for completed or ongoing construction projects. By implementing their innovative approach to virtual design and construction engineering on noteworthy projects such as Barcelona Camp Nou Stadium, Olympia G-Gate, Paddington Crossrail station, Robert Bird Group is at the forefront of driving the industry's digitalisation. 

The event will be held at the Council Room at One Great George Street, on 13 May at 18.30. It will feature a one-hour presentation, followed by a Q&A session and networking opportunities with complimentary drinks and appetizers. Limited in-person slots are available; secure your spot by clicking the book now button.

Read more about Robert Bird Group’s Virtual Design and Construction. 


18:30 - 19:30


19:30 - 20:00

Q&A session

20:00 - 20:30

Networking with light refreshments


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Matt Marsden

Matt Marsden

Robert Bird Group UK

lead of virtual design and construction process

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Matt Marsden

Since starting with Robert Bird Group in 2006, Matt has gained over 18 years’ experience in technical drawing, detailing a variety of structural materials which include steel, concrete and timber. Matt was an early adopter of BIM modelling as we know it today and has many years of experience of the BIM process.

After working in permanent structures, he moved into temporary structures, where he is now leading a technician team with some technically complex and interesting projects. He and his team regularly manage and delivers projects to BIM level 2 standard and manages the resourcing, worksharing and validity of the projects data.

Recently Matt has taken the lead of RBG’s VDC process (Virtual Design and Construction) within the UK with the support of our VDC teams in Melbourne and Dubai. 

Simon Houska

Simon Houska

Robert Bird Group UK

pre-construction solutions director

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Simon Houska

Simon is the pre-construction solutions director of Robert Bird Group UK, heading a team of uniquely specialised Engineers, Planners, and Cost Consultants. Originally from South Africa, Simon has worked primarily in the UK but also in Australia and South Africa.

With over 20 years in the construction industry focused on concrete frames and civil engineering, Simon’s experience of working on multiple types of projects such as, high-rise residential, high-rise commercial, sports stadia, shopping centres, car parks, energy from waste and railway civils (LUL, Crossrail & HS2) provides him with detailed knowledge of site processes and construction methods. Simon’s roles progressed from site engineer to project manager, with various years as a Design Manager that recently culminated in nine years in the pre-construction department for a leading UK concrete contractor.

Now leading Pre-Construction Solutions for RBG, he is providing certainty and value to clients through an open and transparent construction advisor role. Programme certainty, considerations for cost and unlocking a projects potential for maximum early value are just some of the skills Simon brings to a project.

Simon has a strong technical background in concrete, ranging across design, workability, testing and innovative materials. With a passion for sustainability and in particular, low carbon concrete/materials and construction methods, he is a founding member of the Low Carbon Concrete Group (LCCG) and is personally responsible for signing up two companies to ConcreteZero.

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Kirsty Joyce

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