Day 1 - May 24th

Space Construction: It's not Rocket it?

Dr Ravi Margasahay, NASA Engineer & Spokesman

Dr. Ravi N. Margasahayam, currently serves as VIP tour Guide and International Public Speaker at NASA’s John F. Kennedy Space Center in Florida. As an official KSC tour guide for the Public Affairs organization, he has provided technical and historical tours to astronaut families, foreign ambassadors, government dignitaries, international visitors, and military officials – including British Royalty.


In his 28+ year career at NASA KSC, Ravi has supported or worked on over 100+ Space Shuttle missions and launched 700+ astronauts to space, while building the International Space Station and sending 400+ payloads. He is NASA’s leading expert on Rocket Launch-induced Noise and Vibration Technology. Ravi is the recipient of NASA’s prestigious Silver Snoopy Award for exceptional engineering and safety improvements. His multilingual ability, coupled with the knowledge of world cultures, and global promotion of NASA’s mission and vision, earned him the unofficial title of KSC’s “Global Goodwill Space Ambassador” from Dr. Roy Bridges, Astronaut and former Centre Director at NASA Kennedy Space Centre.


He has travelled and lectured in 40 countries and over 50 universities globally. More recently, he was invited to write the last chapter in “Infinite Worlds” book on the last Hubble Space Telescope mission STS-125. His photograph standing on the ‘Moon Launch Pad” – Complex 39A, atop the Solid Rocket Booster’s Main Flame Deflector, is permanently displayed in a $100-Million-dollar museum dedicated to Space Shuttle Atlantis at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center Visitor Center.

Earth is a cradle of mankind. But one cannot live in the cradle forever – quote from Konstantin Tsiolkovsky, father of Russian rocketry. Advance of civilization has been realized through the ages by exploration of unknown parts of the Earth and by exploiting new resources thus acquired. As a natural continuation of this process, humans will now explore and exploit new areas beyond Earth, i.e. in space for resources.

Habitation on these new Space bodies most definitely will necessitate construction of outposts on these bodies. Assembly of the International Space Station (ISS), is a remarkable achievement, through which humankind has maintained a continuous presence in space for over 20+ years. We have learned much about construction and how humans and spacecraft systems function in Low Earth Orbit (LEO). We have a long way to identify Space resources to improve quality of life for all on Earth. This presentation is designed to take the audience through a video journey of humankind’s most daring adventure – living and working in space – that presents link and synergy between construction in Space and on Earth.


Space is the ultimate canvas for orchestrating the art of robotics, artificial intelligence, augmented reality, communications technology trends and innovations to benefit construction industry on Earth. The talk will conclude with key takeaways that assures Aerospace industry innovations.


BIM and the Productivity Challenge

Nick Tune, Digital Engineering Director, Atkins

Nick is a recognised leader and expert in the field of digital engineering and data management within the AECO sector. Nick has led national and international organisations that have developed and delivered information management programmes via international standards, such as IFC.

Nick is the UK BIM Alliance’s lead on data requirements and management. In 2017 Nick published guidance for clients on how to set data requirements that support them with effective management of their assets. Coupled with this, Nick has supported high profile organisations with establishing their digital delivery programmes, such as the Ministry of Justice, the Welsh Government’s Highways Department, Skanska, Willmott Dixon and BAM.

From 2015-2018 Nick established a multi award winning company that developed software to specify, deliver and validate data throughout the lifecycle of construction to operation. Nick is currently the Digital Engineering Director for Atkins (EDPM) transportation, where he is leading the strategy and implementation of digitally enabled information management. 

Productivity has not increased in construction over the last 50 years, the introduction of BIM over the last 5 years was meant to fix this problem, but it hasn’t, yet. So Why hasn’t it? Nick will explore this question and will look to provide the reasons and the solutions that utilise BIM/Digital Engineering to make the productivity leap


ICE Project 13 - A Better Approach to Delivering High Performance Infrastructure

Jennifer Macdonald, Mott MacDonald

Jennifer is a Principal Information Consultant within Mott MacDonald’s Smart Infrastructure team. She is an expert in digital technologies, collaborative teamwork practices and innovation in the construction industry, and currently specialises in the areas of information advisory, BIM, smart infrastructure and digital cities.

She has over 15 years’ experience, established across a variety of industry and academic roles in both the UK and Australia. She holds a Bachelors’ degree in building design engineering, a Research Masters’ degree in Construction Information Management, and has recently completed a PhD in Collaborative Design Education utilising BIM Tools and Processes.

She is passionate about improving the performance of the construction industry, and the individuals within it, through harnessing new technologies in an efficient, strategic manner. 


Nicknamed 'the Cyborg Ethnographer', Felicity specialises in the immersive study of material, social and political relations between technology and people.

Felicity carries out ethnographic research in order to capture rich insights unavailable to light-touch research methodologies. Felicity brings proven experience from long term ethnographies in the financial sector. Felicity also specialises in organisational culture, providing recommendations on culture shift and long-term organizational change.

Understanding how and why people work the way they do, what are the drivers of a workplace culture, a set of behaviours or the ways in which we use technologies, is the first step in instigating change. As organizations revolutionise their client offerings and their internal processes in response to a digital age of revolution and ‘appification’, ethnographers who specialise in human-technology relations are becoming a desirable USP.

Felicity Heathcote-M@aacute;rcz, Cyborg Ethnographer to Atkins, will explain what this role involves and why the crossing point of digital solutions and the political and social worlds of people in organizations is vital to understand for organizational success, whether for enabling organizational change or to provide innovative and insightful solutions for clients.

Atkins Intelligent Mobility is often the bridge between new technologies and traditional construction projects, currently involved in leading MaaS (with TfGM in Manchester) and CAV projects in the UK (Venturer, Flourish), among other data-driven ventures (Human Drive).


Get digital. Get mobile. Get productive. To Improve Sustainability & Well-being

Benoît Jeannin, Founder & President, Script & Go

Benoît has 20 years of experience in the creation, recovery and development of technology companies. As a leading member, he piloted Orange Business Services activities for 4 years after the buyout of Orange in 2006 from Silicomp.

In 2011, he created Script&Go software Editor in mobility with intuitive input (, In 2016, Appear Networks's Site Diary application integrates the Script&Go assets to complete the product line. To date, the workforce is composed of more than 40 employees.


In 2016 he created Learn&Go Company dedicated to digital learning with Kaligo notebook for pupils, and Kassis, always with handwriting and stylus as a communication medium. Benoît is an engineer of the ESSTIN (1992) Options Telecommunication and the Higher Institute of Management (1994). 

There has been much ‘noise’ about the continued need for change, to improve the productivity and to modernise the UK construction industry, let alone sustainability and the mental health of its workers. More and more sophisticated ways are being promoted to capitalise on big data and smart data emanating from the built environment and new roles to harness it.

Daily it seems we are informed on the numerous benefits of advanced technology, internet of things (IoT), drones, robotics, virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), nanotechnology, design for manufacture and assembly, BIM and so on.

These are all fascinating and important innovations while in the background some nagging concerns remain. Sustainability and well-being questions arise. We ask what can the construction industry easily and efficiently do about these concerns? Surely every paper-saving action counts on the road to achieving zero carbon construction processes? Should not easily recognisable steps be taken day-by-day by as many as possible to reduce worker stress?


If banking can go digital, why not construction contracts?

Sarah Fox, Contract Strategist, 500 Words Ltd

Sarah Fox is an international speaker, author and contract strategist. She focuses on helping companies in the construction industry to write simpler contracts, so they can build trusting relationships and avoid disputes.

Over a coffee at Euston she decided to create a series of robust and workable contracts in just 500 words to prove just how simple and effective contracts could be. Sarah has written two books on “How to Write Simple and Effective Contracts in Just 500 Words.” She is challenging the construction industry to use simple effective contracts as tools to manage relationships, not reams of boring clauses that merely safeguard rights. 

Most construction companies use contracts to safeguard their rights and to enforce remedies when projects go wrong. However, this mountain of wet-signed paperwork has done nothing to reduce the cost or frequency of construction disputes. Contracts should play a critical role in building trust and creating success.

This talk considers how the digital revolution will force construction to take a technological approach to contracts and to change its mind-set and embrace newer forms of contracting and reduce the burden of paperwork on their business.


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 start-ups, 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.