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Advances in automation and digital construction present the opportunity to close the productivity gap in the infrastructure sector, but the industry’s pace of change remains slow.
What barriers are preventing us from capitalising on this opportunity and how can we break them down?
This lecture will present findings from a joint ICE and Topcon research paper to be published in January 2019 which explores current perceptions and behaviours around adopting new processes and technology.
The event will examine the most common barriers across businesses large and small and how challenges and opinions differ across of senior and ground teams.
Our speakers will present lessons from sectors that are leading the way in adopting new technology and processes and the key issues identified in the report – including fostering collaboration, up-skilling workforces and focusing on training. Speakers will talk through how they’ve successfully integrated these new aspects into their own businesses and how they’ve overcome the barriers they faced.
With a focus on how we as an industry can evolve, the lecture and subsequent audience discussion will debate the next best steps into ensuring better adoption of new processes and technology, providing practical examples and take-back-to-the-office actions for implementing change.
18:00 Registration and refreshments
18:30 Welcome from the Chair
18:35 Main lecture
19:15 Questions and answers session
19:35 Summation from the Chair
19:40 Drinks reception
Dr Jennifer Schooling OBE is Director of the Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction (CSIC) in April 2013. She is also Director of Applied Research for the Centre for Digital Built Britain (CDBB).
Jennifer works with colleagues in industry and academia to demonstrate how better data and information from a range of sensing systems can be used to improve our understanding of infrastructure, leading to better design, construction and asset management practices, and to improve our understanding of how our infrastructure serves our communities.
She is founding Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Smart Infrastructure and Construction Proceedings journal (ICE). She also serves on BSI and ISO committees developing standards for digitalisation in the built environment.
Prior to joining CSIC Jennifer worked in industry for Arup and the Modern Built Environment Knowledge Transfer Network. Jennifer has a PhD in Materials Science from the University of Cambridge.
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