CIF Digital Construction Summit 2022

9th June 2022 Croke Park, Dublin

ANSWERING THE KEY PRODUCTIVITY CHALLENGES

8:00

Registration, Networking Arrival Break and Exhibition Viewing

8:30

WELCOME FROM THE CHAIR

Jonathan Healy

Jonathan Healy

Broadcaster

8:35

KEYNOTE ADDRESS

Accelerating the change

Construction in Ireland is changing. Innovation in digital technology and modern methods of construction will lead to greater productivity and sustainability in the years ahead. We now need to accelerate this change to build better longer life housing and infrastructure to endure. The need to build with more sustainable materials leading to a lower carbon footprint will be transformative towards net zero. Come with us on this journey on Project Ireland 2040 to accommodate another million people on our island. This will transform our built and social environment also creating meaningful new careers for our young people for decades to come.

 

PJ Rudden

PJ Rudden

Chairman, Innovation and Digital Adoption Sub Group, Construction Sector Group (CSG), Department of Public Expenditure and Reform

COLLABORATING TO ADVANCE INNOVATION

8:55

PANEL DISCUSSION

Collaborate to innovate

This panel will discuss the benefits of public and private organisations working together to develop digital construction solutions to answer key productivity challenges. It will explore how industry and government can support R&D in construction and innovation. There will be updates on developments in MMC and Construction 4.0, BIM mandate, value-based procurement and the Construction Technology Centre

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  • How can we accelerate the digitalisation of the planning process?
  • What are the practical applications and benefits of modernising the procurement processes?
  • What are the best practices in Europe and elsewhere?
Stephen Lynam

Stephen Lynam

Technical Advisor, Office of Government Procurement

 Mary C. Flynn

Mary C. Flynn

FSCSI FRICS MAPM MSc aBIMM, 5D BIM QS, Dublin City Council

Neil Kerrigan

Neil Kerrigan

Head, Industry Led Research & Collaboration Programmes, Enterprise Ireland (invited)

Chris Chambers

Chris Chambers

Regional Director, Clancy Construction

THE TRANSFORMATIVE IMPACT OF DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY ON THE CONSTRUCTION SECTOR

9:30

KEYNOTE ADDRESS

Build Digital Project, what’s it all about?

Robert Moore

Robert Moore

Project Lead, Build Digital Project

9:45

PANEL DISCUSSION

Driving deeper digital adoption – leading from the top

The drive towards digitalisation and innovation presents one of the biggest opportunities for the construction industry. The pandemic brought about a sea-change in the way companies conduct their day-to-day business and was the unexpected catalyst for digital adoption. As we begin to emerge stronger after some difficult years, we need to ensure that this momentum is maintained and that we continue to evolve on our journey to truly adopting digital work practices. 

This panel will discuss how companies can leverage the power of technology and innovation to tackle the challenges and accelerate business transformation.  By advocating for change and promoting best practices firms can future-proof their businesses to modernise and truly adopt digital working practices.

David Purdon

David Purdon

Technical Director, Autodesk Division, Diatec Group

Cillian Kelly

Cillian Kelly

Head of Digital Project Delivery, John Sisk & Son

Martin Searson

Martin Searson

CEO, Quality Positive

Emma Hayes

Emma Hayes

MD, Digital Build Consultants

10:20

INTERNATIONAL KEYNOTE

How Nordic countries collaborate to digitalise the construction eco-system

Using an IT platform that employs all relevant international standards for data management helps the construction industry actors to exploit the potential of product data. Fit-for-purpose and accurate product data improves quality of service, time to market and reduces time, cost and environmental footprint.
What can the Irish construction sector learn from experiences in the Nordic countries?

Lars Christian Fredenlund

Lars Christian Fredenlund

Group CEO & Co-Founder, Cobuilder

10:35

Networking Coffee Break & Exhibition Viewing

ENABLING THE WORKFORCE OF THE FUTURE

11:05

PANEL DISCUSSION

If tech powers the future, who powers the tech?

As more certainty emerges within the industry and confidence grows in there being a strong pipeline of industry projects, there is a need to consider how to structure the business and include the talent needed to employ the latest changes in technology. The CIF careers’ campaign and engagement with second level institutions are important elements of rebuilding Ireland and the National Development Plan which will require new highly-trained labour to enter the workforce. Furthermore, technology can also help in creating huge opportunities in an ever-changing landscape to create a more diverse workforce. The panel will discuss upskilling and retaining a competent and contented workforce; renewing the focus on new entrants, returners and self-employed workers and why a strong digital economy powered by Europeans with digital skills is vital for innovation, growth, and jobs.

  • What digital skills and qualifications are going to be most vital for on and off site workers in this decade of transformation?
  • Is Ireland ready for a BIM mandate?
  • How can smaller companies keep pace with digital change?
  • How are colleges and technical schools honing and upskilling a technologically competent workforce?
Kerry Pollock

Kerry Pollock

Head of Technology & Strategic Business Change, Cairn Homes

Tony Dalton

Tony Dalton

Director, Further Education & Training Services, Laois Offaly Education & Training Board (ETB)

Liz Carroll

Liz Carroll

Network Manager, Construction Professionals Skillnet

Elisabeth O’Brien

Elisabeth O’Brien

DASBE Manager, Digital Academy for the Sustainable Built Environment, Technological University of the Shannon: Midwest Midlands

GAME CHANGING PRODUCTS AND SMART TECHNOLOGY

11:40

PANEL DISCUSSION

Changing the face of the built environment

Cutting-edge technology is rapidly evolving and has a significant impact on how the industry operates and how future projects are executed. When the industry is working well there is a dialogue between designers, product manufacturers, technology inventors and construction delivery. Construction game changers are the solutions that will transform the way we build, increase productivity and profitability without compromising on quality. In this decade of disruption, the construction industry in Ireland is well placed to help lead this new era of digital, data-driven devices and solutions. This panel will look at the latest technologies that are influencing their work and changing the face of the built environment.

Veronica Mariti Sesoko

Veronica Mariti Sesoko

Assistant Engineer, Smart City Unit, Dublin City Council

Dan O’Brien

Dan O’Brien

Co-Founder and Managing Director, Lidan Designs

Magdalena Hajdukiewicz

Magdalena Hajdukiewicz

Lecturer, NUI Galway

Keith Proudfoot

Keith Proudfoot

Managing Director, MyFolio3

12:10

CASE STUDY

Better Data, Better Decisions, Better Outcomes

The Health Service Executive (HSE) manages its estate to create a high quality physical environment that will enhance wellness for patients and service users. It has an annual spend of €1.25 billion per annum and is responsible for 4,000 property blocks. It is currently rolling out the NEIS Project which involves implementation of a Common Data Environment (CDE) for their construction projects together with an Integrated Workplace Management System (IWMS) for asset management. The HSE implemented a change culture  to successfully build and manage Ireland’s biggest public sector asset. Our speaker will share the learnings from the digital transformation journey as relevant to the construction industry.

Anna Boch

Anna Boch

Business Change Manager, Health Service Executive (HSE)

HOW DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION AND SUSTAINABILITY CAN FLOURISH TOGETHER

12:25

PANEL DISCUSSION

How digital technologies can contribute to the built environment’s drive to net zero

Historically, the success of construction projects has been measured in purely economic terms. However, environmental and social objectives are increasingly becoming key elements in project briefs. With growing concerns about the rise of greenhouse gases (GHG), the built environment sector is being urged to review current approaches, design more sustainably and incorporate lean construction. The government wants to increase the efficiency rating of homes by installing low-carbon technology like solar panels and heat pumps to ensure new buildings are appropriately insulated to save energy costs. Improved ventilation is also part of the plan to ensure the safety of occupants in newly constructed homes and reduce the transmission of airborne viruses in new non-residential buildings. This panel will highlight how digital transformation and sustainability can flourish together as the industry limbers up to play a big part in the worldwide push to net zero carbon emissions.

  • What is the sector’s ability to change and adapt drastically in the face of this existential threat?
  • How can digital technologies support progress towards net zero?
  • As the green agenda gathers speed what are the opportunities for firms to advance Ireland’s circular economy?
  • Where are the challenges for construction firms? Are they ready to meet the demand?
  • How can the industry achieve business sustainability through innovative solutions?
Mary Cronin

Mary Cronin

Founder, UpThink Innovation Agency

Aisling Kehoe

Aisling Kehoe

Design Manager, John Sisk & Son

Avril Behan

Avril Behan

Project Director Build Digital Project, TU Dublin

Pat Kirwan

Pat Kirwan

Head of MMC Delivery, C+W O’Brien

12:55

CLOSING REMARKS FROM MORNING THE CHAIR

Jonathan Healy

Jonathan Healy

Broadcaster

1:00

Networking Lunch Break & Exhibition Viewing

2.00 –2.55 ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSIONS & DEMONSTRATIONS

Thematic roundtables are 55-minute-long interactive discussions in small groups. Moderated by seasoned industry experts and practitioners, they will address a compelling technology trend, issue, demonstration or an inspiring customer case. This is your chance to join insightful discussions to share experiences and get new and actionable ideas from peers and experts.

Delegates are invited to sign up to their chosen topic at the front desk on arrival or during the breaks.

    Roundtable Talk 1

 

Focusing on business transformation

Covering a range of topics, this key discussion will provide practical guidance on deploying the best digital transforming strategies for your business including digitization, project controls, EPR and emerging tech.

  • How has business transformation been implemented today?
  • What assumptions or expectations did you have ahead of implementing change?
  • What influenced the need to develop a transformation strategy?
  • Has aligning your business and project delivery tools been a challenge?
  • What unexpected challenges or opportunities came about implementing a business change?
  • What does the future hold in terms of what you feel is left to be done ?
David Purdon

David Purdon

Technical Director, Autodesk Division, Diatec Group

    Roundtable Talk 2

 

How 360° Reality Capture is Transforming Construction

OpenSpace is on a mission to bring new levels of transparency and tracking to construction. Our solutions combine simple off-the-shelf 360 degree cameras, computer vision, and AI to make it incredibly easy to capture a complete visual record of the jobsite, share it via the cloud with remote teams and process for insights. To date, our customers have used our platform to capture over 4 billion square feet of active construction projects, across thousands of sites, in dozens of countries. We will show you live examples of companies putting this revolutionary technology to use.

Tamas Borodi

Tamas Borodi

Regional Manager, OpenSpace

    Roundtable Talk 3

 

How will your firm benefit from BIM adoption?

Across the UK and Ireland, 82% of BIM-enabled firms will be using BIM on more than half of their projects by 2024, according to a new report from Dodge Data and Analytics. Learn how companies bring together best-of-breed solutions to unite office and field teams from design to planning, construction to operations to help make construction more predictable, safe and sustainable.

Jonathan Argue

Jonathan Argue

Technical Specialist: Geomatics, Topcon Ireland

   Roundtable Talk 4

 

Construction Cameras – Increase your Return on Investment.

Fixed Position Cameras – Why Record 24/7?
Camera Specification & Ownership – Pros & Cons of GC v Client
Internal v External Communications – How do you use your footage?
Health & Safety – Camera footage as prevention alongside investigation.
Using cameras for decision making insights.

Vinnie Quinn

Vinnie Quinn

Director, Evercam - Construction Cameras

   Roundtable Talk 5

 

How to tackle digital transformation onsite

Recent research from McKinsey showed that 72% of construction contractors agreed digital transformation was a priority in their business, but only 1 in 3 were actively investing in technology. Given productivity could be increased by up 60% through digitalisation in the industry, why is the construction sector still a laggard when it comes to digital?
Join us for this roundtable session where we will share real world examples of how construction companies are overcoming the challenges of implementing digital transformation onsite, as well as practical guidance on how to start your journey.

Eoghan Simpson

Eoghan Simpson

Senior Solutions Manager, Causeway Technologies

2:55

CLOSING REMARKS FROM THE DIRECTOR

Sean Downey

Sean Downey

Director – Specialist Contracting, Construction Industry Federation of Ireland (CIF)

3:00

SUMMIT ENDS