Event Organiser: ICE

Joint ICE and Topcon Lecture: What are the barriers to change in the construction industry? London


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  • London
  • 06 February 2019
  • 18:00 - 20:00
What are the barriers to change in the construction industry?

About this event

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
20:15 Finish


Dave Bennett

Dave Bennett

Managing Director, Topcon Positioning
Alison Watson

Alison Watson

Founder & Chief Executive, Class Of Your Own Limited
Andrew Evans

Andrew Evans

Product Manager for Mass Data Capture, Topcon Positioning Europe
Simon Navin

Simon Navin

Head of Innovation Programmes, Ordnance Survey
Simon Navin is the Head of Innovation Programmes at Ordnance Survey, Britain’s National Geospatial Advisor.

He leads a team who are discovering and developing the geospatial requirements of the future for Intelligent Mobility, Advanced Connectivity and Adaptive Infrastructure, focusing on emerging markets such as Autonomous Vehicles, 5G, Smart Cities, the Internet of Things and Digital Twin.

Simon is a chartered Surveyor through RICS and CICES and represents OS on a number of built environment, intelligent mobility and geospatial committees and initiatives.


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