Big data and master planning discussed at first Innovate! Lecture

The first lecture of the Innovate! New Technologies and the Built Environment Series saw speakers discuss exciting new ways that the industry can use data to assist in the construction process

From Left to Right: Nathan Baker, ICE, Alistair McMahon, Telefonica, and Damien McCloud, Arup.
From Left to Right: Nathan Baker, ICE, Alistair McMahon, Telefonica, and Damien McCloud, Arup.

The first lecture of the Innovate! New Technologies and the Built Environment series, supported by Bechtel, looked at how the planning process can be revolutionised by using big data. The lecture was held on Monday 22nd February in the Telford Theatre of One Great George Street.

The lecture, chaired by Nathan Baker, Director of Engineering Knowledge at ICE, saw Alistair McMahon from Telefonica and Damien McCloud from Arup examine how the civil engineering community can use new technologies to provide a better service to infrastructure users.

Lecture on big data
The Lecture provided the opportunity for the audience to ask a number of questions about the use of big data

Alistair McMahon began with a presentation on how mobile technology can generate metadata that can be used to determine how infrastructure is used, thereby showing where and when new investment is required. He showed how big data can be utilised by planners to make more effective decisions and how open data released by the Government and private sector can help build collaboration.

Damien McCloud discussed what Arup is doing to assist organisations in master planning through the use of data. Damien stressed the need to ensure that data was easily accessible and spoke of success stories like in Manchester and Croydon, where using data has led to better transport decisions and more effective services. Damien explained what data is useful to planners and how greater precision on the location and time of data increases its value to those using it.

The Lecture is the first in the series and will be followed by two more:

Lecture 2 will examine Design and Construction, particularly BIM and data capture, the use of structured and unstructured data and what skills are required to harness these new technologies.

Lecture 3 will look at Asset Management with speakers discussing risk based modelling, computer vision and insight from earth observation.

More information on both will be provided on the ICE London website in due course.

ICE London would like to thank Bechtel for supporting us in providing the Innovate! Lecture series.

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