Day 1 -  September 28th

Morning Presentations:



Afternoon Presentations:


Key Note: The acceleration of disruption: opportunities and threats for construction


Due to accelerating technological innovation and convergence, the construction industry faces unprecedented disruption. The next three years may witness as many surprises as 20 years of normal-paced change. This presentation outlines a set of techniques to help companies anticipate future shocks, so they'll be better able to deal with the twists and turns that lie ahead. Audience members will hear about trend management, agile futurism, collaborative futurism, and why strategy reviews need a third column. At the end, participants are likely to feel both urgency and hope regarding looking more systematically at future disruptive scenarios.

David Wood

Chair London Futurists; Principal at Delta Wisdom

After a roller-coaster career as a pioneer of the smartphone industry – including co-founding Symbian in 1998 – David Wood is now a sought-after futurist speaker, analyst, commentator, and writer.

His background is in envisioning, designing, architecting, implementing, and avidly using smart mobile devices. This includes ten years with PDA manufacturer Psion PLC, ten more with smartphone operating system specialist Symbian Ltd, and three years as CTO (Technology Planning Lead) for Accenture Mobility.

David is the author or lead editor of six books, including “Anticipating 2025”, “Smartphones and Beyond”, and, most recently, “The Abolition of Aging”. In 2009 he was included in T3's list of “100 most influential people in technology”.

David is also chair of London Futurists, a non-profit organisation with over 5,000 members, which hosts meetups to explore technoprogressive scenarios. He has an MA in Mathematics from Cambridge University and an honorary doctorate in science from the University of Westminster.

Key Note: The Digital Factory


Alexander will describe the development process of the digital factory at VW & explain how this relates to the construction industry. He will cover the factory planning system (HLS) and the integrated factory digital mock up (Factory DMU) process. He will also show how it is connected to a cloud based collaboration platform with examples of digital plan approval and change management within VW projects.

Dr Alexander König

Planner for Volkswagen AG

Alexander studied mechanical engineering and economics at the Technical University of Clausthal and went on to gain his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering at Clausthal in cooperation with Volkswagen.

In 2009 Alexander joined the Factory Planning Department at Volkswagen and in 2010 became Head of the digital factory craft Team which is responsible for Factory Planning tools.

Digitally Building Britain

Explaining the role of the IPA within Cabinet Office and the drive for Digital Construction through the Government Construction Strategy.

Alex Lubbock

Head of Digital Construction, Cabinet Office

Alex joined the Infrastructure and Projects Authority, Cabinet Office as Head of Digital Construction on secondment from the private sector. His work involves supporting the capability development of departments in the digital procurement and delivery of capital construction projects, specifically in the area of Building Information Modelling (BIM).


Immediately prior to joining the civil service, he was responsible for delivering a change programme to implement BIM across Carillion Plc. 

First Cities To Future Cities


I want tell you today about a radical, disruptive communications technology. A technology powerful enough to change everything about the way people work with, look at and think about buildings and how they’re made. Here it is – a four thousand year old clay tablet from the city if Ur in Mesopotamia (modern day Iraq).

As well as being part of City-Insights (a mobile technology company that I’ll talk a bit about later) I’m also working with Penn University Museum in Philadelphia to put together an major new exhibition about the world’s first buildings and cities, created in the Middle East around from the third millennium BC. There are remarkable parallels between then and now and powerful lessons for how we think about the building projects we’re involved in today.

Because the faster things change, the further you have to look back in history to understand them.

Tim Gardom, MBE

Founder, Director, City-Insights

Tim Gardom is a founder director of City-Insights, a digital placemaking company providing services across the property and housing sector.


Tim’s background is in developing major corporate, heritage and cultural infrastructure projects in the UK and abroad. These include the Motorola Innovation Center in Chicago, the King Abdulaziz Center for World Cultures in Saudi Arabia, and the Gamesmaker Training Programme for London’s 2012 Olympics. 


City-Insights offers a digital engagement platform that delivers multimedia to people’s smart devices, about the place where they’re standing. In the property and housing sectors, that person could be a passer by looking at a new development, a contractor working on site, or a tenant moving in.

Tim is passionate about the untapped potential of digital communications to add value across the supply chain for major capital construction projects, social and private housing.

Photogrammetry - Is there a business value to construction?


Photogrammetry has been used extensively as a survey technique for producing 3D data using imagery collected from a drone/UAV.

At the London Bridge Station Redevelopment Project, Costain have been using Bentleys ContextCapture as an alternative data capture technique. This presentation will highlight the workflow, successes and problems with this concept.

Richard Bath - Photogrammetry, Is there a business value to construction?

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Richard Bath

Graduate Surveyor, London Bridge Station

Richard graduated from Newcastle University two years ago obtaining a degree in Surveying and Mapping Science. Since graduating he has been working as a Graduate Surveyor at London Bridge Station Redevelopment Project. Richard has been responsible for collecting and processing the laser scan data for the site over the last two years. Due to the nature of the progression of the site, laser scanning has been critical to aid design as the site progresses as well as a means of recording accurate as built information. 


More recently Richard has been experimenting with utilising photogrammetry as an alternative, accurate 3D data capture technique within a construction environment and as a simple data capture workflow for excavations and trial holes across site.  

Sensors, threats, responses and challenges


A lot of work has been done in the computer science community on the security of sensor based environments, and their resilience to compromise, risk analysis for computing systems when facing particular threats and how adaptation techniques can be implemented in a computing system to ensure an adequate response. This work and the lessons learnt may have broader applicability within the context of a built environment. This talk will introduce a few examples from our own experience, the lessons we have learnt and discuss some of the challenges that lie ahead in complex systems bringing together the physical and digital environments, and the users that inhabit them.

Dr Emil Lupu - On Sensors, Threats, Responses and Challenges

(For a copy of this presentation please contact Emil directly using the details given on the last slide)

Dr Emil Lupu

Deputy-Director PETRAS IoT Research Hub, Imperial College London

Dr Emil Lupu Leads the Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research at Imperial College London and is Deputy Director of the PETRAS IoT Hub comprising 9 UK leading universities and over 50 public and private sector partners. His work focuses on the engineering of resilient, adaptive and trustworthy computer systems across a broad range of contexts ranging from IoT systems to Cloud environments and across a broad range of application areas from healthcare to critical national infrastructures. 

He has led numerous research projects with funding from the UK research councils, EU programmes, industry and defence and has made numerous contributions on network and systems management and security. He serves on the editorial boards of IEEE Transactions on Network and Service Management (TNSM) and the Journal of Network and Systems Management (JNSM).

The 6Ds Shaping the Future of Work

Work is becoming increasing untethered. 9 to 5 is often a thing of the past, thanks to those lovely devices that are always on and always on us.  If employees can work anywhere, anytime and through any device, what are offices for?  How do leaders need to respond to the digital age? Are we all about to be replaced by robots?

Based on research from London Business School, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Cambridge, this session investigates the trends that are shaping the future world of work and the importance of leadership in bringing things together.

Nicola Millard

Customer Insights & Futurology at BT

Dr Nicola Millard heads up Customer Insight & Futures in BT Global Services’ Innovation Team.  Despite working for a technology company, Nicola isn't a technologist and combines psychology with futurology to try and anticipate what might be lying around the corner for both customers and organisations (sadly, her crystal ball is broken).

Nicola has worked for BT for 25 years. She has done a number of jobs around the BT business, including user interface design, customer service and business consulting. She was involved with a number of BT "firsts", including the first application of intelligent systems into BT's call centres and BT's initial experimentation with home working. Nicola regularly appears on radio and TV in the UK, has done a TED talk and is also a judge on a number of business award panels.

When she's not doing all that, Nicola travels around the world presenting at conferences and running workshops with BT's large global corporate clients including banks, airlines and retailers.

Tools for the Future of the Digital Infrastructure Lifecycle

As a new era of Digital Infrastructure arrives, we have to ask ourselves are we prepared?  How will we design, build and measure Infrastructure through the 4th Industrial Revolution? How will government, industry, jobs and society change to adapt? Like Godzilla gods we plan to build and destroy cities with budgets we can’t even imagine, and maybe can’t afford. The machinery of past eras, our construction equipment, our digital planning and collaboration, even our current digital drawings and methods will not be enough. We need to create a new era of ideas, tools and applications for this Era of Mass Construction – and do it quickly!

Robotics, Artificial Intelligence, Drones, Autonomous Vehicles, VR/AR, NextGen Computing, Sensors, Image capture, Data Tracking and Collaboration, User Interfaces (UX) and Measuring Tools are just a few of the technologies we’ll discuss that are emerging to conquer this Era.

Fran Rabuck - Tools for the Future of the Digital Infrastructure Lifecyle 

(If you would like a copy of this presentation please contact Fran directly using the email address on the last slide)

Fran Rabuck

Principal Technology Research Analyst, Rabuck Associates

Francis Rabuck is a technology evangelist, explorer and trail blazer. He discovers trends, connects people, beta-tests things – and then builds early prototypes of a mashup of ideas. He shares his findings in the classroom, workshops, presentations, keynotes and speeches at a variety of international conferences, and helps launch startups, create new products and develop visionary strategies for organizations. Fran has a history of delivering innovative business solutions in various roles including:  Director of Technology Research for Bentley Systems, Mobile Practice Leader at Alliance Consulting, Director - Applied Research for Willis Towers Watson and entrepreneurial roles within multiple start-up companies.

His career of work includes leadership in development and early adoption of  Wireless standards, RFID, Sensors, Data Analytics, IoT, 3D Printing and Visualization/in AR/VR, and Robots/Drones/AI.

Fran is the Conference Chairman for the RoboUniverse Conference and has spent the last two years in launching these events and learning from the best minds in the industry. The explosion of community attention in Cognitive Science and AI has rekindled his mathematical roots and interest in neuronets, R, Python and the general study of the Brain.Fran is also one of the co-authors of the book – RFID for Materials Management and Productivity Improvement.