Day 2  - September 29th

Morning Presentations:


Afternoon Presentations:


Key Note: The Impact of Digital Engineering


Professor Tim Broyd of the Institute of Civil Engineers and the UCL will take us through a history of the impact of digital engineering. Looking at key moments during our digital evolution, identifying why they made an impact and how both the UCL and the ICE will be leading us into a digital future.

Professor Tim Broyd

Vice President of the Institute of Civil Engineers

Tim became Vice President of the Institution of Civil Engineers in November 2011 and is scheduled to be President in 2016/7. He is a Fellow of both the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Institution of Civil Engineers and a Visiting Professor at both the University of Reading and the University of Dundee. He has been actively involved in the development and deployment of BIM techniques for over a decade, is Vice Chairman of BuildingSmart (UK) Ltd and sits on the UK Government’s BIM Task Force. He is a Director of CEEQUAL Limited. 

Tim has substantial experience as corporate director of technology, innovation and sustainability for globally operating engineering design consultancies, including Atkins and Halcrow. He was CEO of construction industry research body CIRIA from 2002 to 2007. He recently moved to UCL where he is Professor of Built Environment Foresight and Honorary Professor of Civil Engineering. 

Tim now works with leading individuals in industry and government to understand and prepare for the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. This recently included responsibility for the ‘foresight’ input to the UK Government’s new Construction Industry Strategy as well as currently leading the strategic planning of the UK’s development and implementation of BIM.

Key Note: Automated Drone Virtual Reality

Drones have been making headlines for a few years now, most of those haven’t been very positive. The commercial world is looking at ways to automate the technology and enable it to deliver value to their businesses. This COMIT project is looking at how construction can automate their drone usage and deliver value throughout the lifecycle of the asset. Working with a group of technology experts, enthusiastic contractors and supportive clients, COMIT intends to prove that automation is first possible and then drive the legislation to support it.

Iain Miskimmin - Automated Drone Reality Project

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Iain Miskimmin

Director, COMIT Projects Ltd

Iain Miskimmin wears many hats in the industry, combining a passion for creating a Digital Built Britain with his strong interest in innovations in construction. As one of the Directors of COMIT, Iain is forever seeking out instances of using new technologies to resolve old issues covering a wide range of topics.

His day job is to run the BIM advancement academies program for Bentley systems, educating and advising a global audience in the processes and methods needed to fulfil the vision of a digital asset.He also runs the Infrastructure Asset Data Dictionary for the UK group, as well as being an Ambassador for the Bloodhound Super Sonic Car team.

Process Pains


The fragmented Construction Industry requires our attention more than ever. A massive digitalisation is taking place but without being able to rethink our processes to alleviate or heal the Industry pains the automation might bring additional uncertainty and waste.

Process Innovation Forum is a software and company agnostic, not-for-profit, process oriented industry led initiative with the goal of braking the silos, injecting the cross-industry thinking, and bringing methodology innovation to the digitally driven project management space.

The Process Innovation Framework is a structured approach to funnel and accelerate the innovative thinking and problem solving. Any “process pain” can be channelled, alleviated or resolved by leading a community driven Innovation Workshop, producing Innovative Knowledge and/or conceiving any other Innovation.

This presentation will show you how the Framework can be utilised to selfishly better your business performance by selflessly lead an industry wide problem solving.

Jakub Wachocki, Franco Pittoni, Alain Waha - Process Pains

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Jakub Wachocki

Founder of Process Innovation Forum; Global BIM Consultant - Solution Advisor at Bentley Systems

Jakub Wachocki's focus oscillates around the business processes optimization, performance improvement and value extraction from digital transformations. He acts globally supporting some of the major programmes within the construction industry. He is also part of a number of industry organizations, groups and initiatives (B/555 committee, APM BIM Group, CIOB, ARB, 4D UG, and others). During his 9+ years of professional AECO experience he has led several multi-disciplinary, multi-organizational and multi-cultural world-class projects and digital business transformations.

His personal research focusses on the lean business improvement mechanisms, change management, process innovation, process automation techniques and integrated operations enabled via cloud solutions, crowdsourcing, democracy, out-of-the-box thinking and big data.

He studied MSc in construction management, architecture and building engineering in Italy and Spain graduating cum laude.

Franco Pittoni

Director at FP Opera

Franco Pittoni, Mechanical Engineer, is currently offering consultancy services in the Project Management and BIM areas. His main strength is the combination of the technical, Project Management and Information management skills. Having worked in many different Industry Sectors (Rail, Airports, Power, Process, Buildings), in substantially different environments, geographically and culturally, he has acquired the ability to understand and provide solutions to reoccurring challenges and difficulties.

His previous working periods within and for large international organisations (Bechtel, Siemens, Balfour Beatty, Parsons Brinkerhoff at al.) have given him access to corporate processes. His ultimate objective is contribute to bridging the gap between BIM, the PM world, maintaining a continuous contact with the academia.

Alain Waha

Global Head of BIM & Digital, BuroHappold Engineering

Alain Waha currently holds the role of Global Head of BIM and Digital Design for BuroHappold Engineering, alongside other advisory positions with PWC and digital start-ups.  After a career in Aerospace and Automotive with roles in Europe and Asia, Alain transferred to the construction industry in 2008.


Alain created his first BIM team in 2008, and started offering BIM services, giving him experience of BIM transformation and digital implementation that spans the AEC value chain. His work includes VDC in the Middle-East, Scan to BIM and Design project in Europe, and Supply Chain enablement in the United States. He currently advises and steers BuroHappold Engineering’s global initiatives in Digital adoption and delivery.

A BIM-enabled collaborative platform in practice


This presentation reports some of the findings of a 3-year project which was funded by Innovate UK and ended in April 2016. The project partners were Willmott Dixon Construction, Scape and Oxford Brookes University.

The aim of this project was to develop an innovative approach to using Building Information Modelling (BIM) to enable continuous process and product development through collaboration between key members of the supply-chain. This approach was tested in the delivery of standardised school designs.  The project outcomes address directly the very challenging targets of the UK Industrial Strategy for Construction 2025, e.g. 33% cost reduction, 50% reductions in both time and greenhouse gas emissions.

The presentation will focus on the following key findings:

  1. The creation of a generic model for a particular pre-designed school type generates significant savings in time and cost for model development for site-specific BIM models. Efficiency is achieved through data sharing and data reuse as the model is used in multiple projects.

  2. Companies need to consider the implications of their BIM implementation strategy in different contexts as peculiar to their businesses. Project characteristics such as type, scale, complexity, procurement method, and the ease with which internal processes such as H&S reporting can be incorporated in the use of field applications such as 360 Field, should be taken into account.

Tim Carey, Dr Esra Kurul - A BIM-enabled collaborative platform in practice

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Tim Carey

Product Director, Willmott Dixon

Tim is Product Director for Willmott Dixon, responsible for Innovation and Improvement – including the development of new products and services, and the strategic procurement of key Off Site Manufacturing (OSM) suppliers.

A key focus of Tim’s role is to identify and promote innovative methods and products that constructively challenge Willmott Dixon’s existing approaches and improve the quality, efficiency and cost effectiveness of our end product.

In addition, Tim is the Director responsible for Sunesis - a Joint Venture between Willmott Dixon and Scape providing pre-designed educational buildings. In addition to delivering substantial savings against traditional alternatives via innovative design, Sunesis also benefits from a fully OJEU-compliant procurement route.

To date, Sunesis has delivered over £120m of educational facilities, providing in excess of 9,000 new primary school places across the UK.

A Fellow of the CIOB and a Chartered Environmentalist, Tim studied at the University of Greenwich, before being subsequently awarded both an MBA and a RICS Post-Graduate Diploma from the University of Reading.​

Esra Kurul

Senior Lecturer  BArch, MA, PhD, MIHBC, 

Programme Leader MSc Project Management in the Built Environment, Oxford Brookes University

Esra is a Senior Lecturer in Construction and the Subject Co-ordinator for MSc Project Management in the Built Environment (MSc PMBE). She trained as an architect in Turkey, prior to joining Oxford Brookes University in 2004. She also holds a PhD in Environmental Studies from the Bartlett, UCL (2003) and MA in Conservation Studies from the University of York (1997). Esra contributes to the Department in the areas of research, teaching and management of masters programmes.

Esra's research is interdisciplinary and wherever appropriate it is undertaken in collaboration with the industry. Her current research interests include sustainability in the built environment, adaptation of innovative business models, and the relationship between social capital and the effective management of knowledge in project environments.

Esra has research expertise in adopting collaborative BIM, managing complex projects, the role of social networks in project environments, adaptive re-use of existing buildings and conservation of the built environment.

Safe Dig Packs improving utility safety


According to figures recently published by the LGA, there are over 2.5 million ‘road openings’ per year in the UK. Usually these are aimed at the care and replacement of the infrastructure supporting a service provided by a single Utility, however the operating space is shared by many suppliers and their contractors. It is imperative therefore for any contractor to be aware of the assets onsite when planning a job as access to accurate information about the utilities and services results in jobs taking less time, less unintended disruption and a safer working environment.

Unfortunately, the information needed is held by a plethora of organisations, in a wide variety of systems making it difficult and expensive to gather when planning a job, and almost impossible to get to site for an emergency repair. 

In this presentation we will look at how Balfour Beatty Utilities overcame this issue using integration and workforce automation tools to access the Utilities’ different mapping systems, garnering the necessary data and bringing it back so that it can be passed to those planning and delivering repairs.  

We will look both at the technology, the business case and outcomes, along with the challenges faced by the project. We will then look to the future, exploring the wider implications of integration and automation technology as we move towards the implementation of Building Information Modelling (BIM) systems and how we can bring information together from disparate sources in the wider supplier network.

Declan Grogan, Nick Boyle - Safe Dig Packs improving utility safety

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Declan Grogan

Managing Director, NDL Software Ltd

Managing Director at NDL Declan Grogan has spent over 30 years in IT, specialising in networking and communications, bringing innovative vison and leadership to the business. Initially from a sales and marketing background, Declan previously developed a successful services business offering consultancy and support services to a wide variety of enterprise customers. Joining NDL in 1996, Declan was appointed to the NDL board in 1997, leaving in 2000 to set up a security software company before returning to acquire NDL in 2004. 

Since then the focus has been on transforming NDL from its heritage as a mainframe and communications software supplier into the successful Integration and Mobile tools provider whose products are used today by over 150 public sector organisations.  This has been achieved through continuous investment in research and innovation as well as mergers and acquisitions, focussed on supporting the UK Public Sector in its drive to Digital Transformation

Nick Boyle

Technical Solutions Director, Balfour Beatty

Nick’s primary role at Balfour Beatty is to lead all technical and engineering aspects in civil engineering in major projects, supporting tenders and projects. Technical solutions comprises engineering technical support, surveying services including laser scanning, temporary works management, design and assurance. He leads the Balfour Beatty Safety by Design & Engineering Forum that shares engineering knowledge, innovations and best practice across the division and across the business worldwide. 

Nick leads BIM/Virtual Design & Construction within the civil engineering sector and promotes the use of digital technologies to improve the way we go to work for better business outcomes for both client and customers. He is an active member of BB UK BIM leadership team, BB representative for BIM 4IUK and the national Temporary Works forum and CONIAC working group "preventing catastrophic events in construction". He is also an active participant with the Network Rail Safe by Design Group.

Nick recently completed the Lands End to John O’Groats - Ride Across Britain – nearly 1000 miles in 9 days raising with colleagues over 185k for charity J. If you would like to make a donation to great charities, Barnardos, the Princes Trust, and Coram, match funded by BB please go to

Ecological Analysis & Visualisation using GIS to Inform Planning for Large Infrastructure Projects


Infrastructure is continually growing, however, it isn’t always clear what affect this growth has on our physical environment. Although surveys are undertaken to assess if any special species are present on site, this process tends happens once a contractor has been awarded the project. Challenges can arise from this, costing the company time, money and its reputation. Therefore, this engineering doctorate project aims to use GIS and spatial data to identify potential “sensitive” habitats. The project has developed into a three stage tool to be used during the early planning of a construction project. The project, currently in its third year, has used the A465 road widening in Wales as the prototype study, recommended due to the ecological importance of the surrounding area. Stage 1 identifies conservation designations and Stage 2 displays ranges of previously recorded EU protected species. The more complex Stage 3 is an in-depth statistical analysis of the landscape, which successfully produced a 2D map along with an ecological code of three digits for habitats within that landscape. The model has been successfully tested on site with managers, designers and engineers through demonstrations and focus groups. The model will be used on further study sites in the future.

Katie McCausland

GIS Research Engineer at Costain/University of Reading

Katie is a third year engineering doctorate student at the University of Reading, collaborating with Costain Group plc. Upon completing a Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture, focusing on Wildlife Science, she obtained a Masters in Landscape Ecology from Cranfield University specialising in GIS and spatial analysis in natural and semi-natural landscapes. Since working with Costain, Katie has won a CETI (Celebration of Engineering and Technology in Innovation) award for her biodiversity visualisation project in April 2016, has presented at international conferences and is to be featured in the Summer 2016 addition of the IET magazine. Katie has, and continues to impact not only the civil engineering procedures in Costain for the physical environment and biodiversity, but is working to set new standards within ecology and environmental advising.

Visualisation for the AEC Sector: Past, Present and Tomorrow

Ever increasing amounts of data is causing construction projects to ‘drown’ with no easy way of communicating visual, model and asset information to end users or engineers.
The rise of technologies such as Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality (VR and AR), driven by the gaming sector, are becoming simpler to use and deploy on live project data. However, adopting this technology can be daunting and fraught with pitfalls for those new to the tools.
Join this talk to find out how; to deploy these technologies, how they can benefit your company, the potential return on investment (ROI) and how to avoid employing a computer programmer just to make them work!
This talk will cover:
•         What is visualisation, and why do I need it?
•         The rise of head mounted displays (HMD’s), Augmented Reality and game engines
•         How best to use immersive VR team environments, such as the FULmax from COINS:FULCRO
•         How you and your clients will benefit from these technologies

Max Mallia-Parfitt

Virtual Reality Lead at FULCRO eng

Dr Max Mallia-Parfitt is an Applied Technologies Specialist at COINS:FULCRO. With experience built over the last decade in Computer Science, Virtual and Augmented Realities as well as Robotics, Max moved to the construction sector 3 years ago to develop turnkey visualisation solutions. Working directly with major infrastructure projects and academic institutions, Max’s skills enable COINS:FULCRO to develop fully integrated BIM workflow solutions that link ‘Siloed Data’, enabling project integration with fully immersive visualisations.

Max has developed a range of hardware solutions that enable teams to collaborate within a virtual model at life scale, with work winning a CIOB Innovation & Research Award in 2014. As an active ‘Thought Leader’ on social media, Max is always happy to talk tech, discuss challenges and ‘geek out’ when the chance arises, so look out for him on Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube.

Toys for Techies 2016 (a sneak preview)

The world of toys and play become the launching pad for our imagination as children. The world of toys has changed through the generations and this 10th annual presentation on the topic will take a whimsical look back at the history and also preview some of the sure to be favorite tech toys for the holiday season.

Fran Rabuck - Toys for Techies 2016 (a sneak preview)

(For 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.

Experiences and lessons learnt from working collaboratively with an SME on a major infrastructure project


With the Crossrail tunnels bored and the stations making good progress, the ATC (Alstom, TSO, Costain) joint venture is tasked with the Systemwide fit out of the underground route in order to finish the decade long, £15 Billion Crossrail project by mid-2018.

Spread out over 21km of London, with over fifteen sites to work from, ATC are up against logistical and communication challenges on a daily basis. ATC are to install the track, mechanical, and electrical systems, along with the testing, in order to turn the empty tunnels into the fully functioning Elizabeth Line.

Focusing on the particular challenge of drawing management on such a large and diverse project, and our chosen solution BaseStone, ATC will share their experiences and lessons learnt from working collaboratively with an SME on a major infrastructure project.

With collaboration, procurement and demonstrating value to the project on the agenda, the presentation hopes to elucidate the cultural and procedural challenges to innovation and change on such a large infrastructure project. Importantly, however, it aims to extol the benefits of working with creative and high energy SMEs to bring forward solutions to common needs in engineering and construction.

Alex Siljanovski, George Holder - How working with an SME on Europe's largest project is making a difference

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

Alex Siljanovski 

CEO, Basestone

Alex Siljanovski is a Chartered Engineer with nearly a decade of experience within the construction industry. He holds a Masters in Technology Entrepreneurship and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and is the 2012 winner of the Malpas Bursary from the Royal Academy of Engineering. He founded BaseStone after experiencing firsthand the difficulties and inefficiencies on construction projects, which allows engineers and construction professionals to review, communicate and collaborate over engineering drawings efficiently wherever they are. BaseStone has been featured in City AM, Evening Standard and New Civil Engineer. They have won multiple awards and have most recently been nominated as a finalist for the prestigious British Construction Industry Awards, alongside Skanska.

George Holder

Graduate Business Improvement Manager at Costain

George, a Graduate Business Improvement Manager within Costain, has 2 years’ experience as an apprentice introducing innovative technology and processes on the Crossrail Systemwide fit out contract. Working within the ATC (Alstom, TSO, Costain) joint venture as the project Innovation Champion George has worked with start-up companies, universities and clients to accelerate innovative products into the industry. He is interested to share knowledge and hear experiences about innovation on major infrastructure projects throughout the industry