Online booking for our conference in September (28th & 29th) is now open. The draft agenda is on the conference page and we have a number of great speakers already confirmed. We are also breaking with tradition and can announce that we will have joint Chairs on both days of the conference. We are lucky enough to have four very talented and well-known faces from the construction community bringing their unique insights and rigour to our proceedings.
Day one of the conference will be chaired by Anne Kemp, Director at Atkins for BIM Strategy & Development and Neill Pawsey, Head of Information Management at EDF Energy NNB.
Day two will be jointly chaired by Jennifer Whyte, Professor at Imperial College London and Phil Jackson, Royal Academy Visiting Teaching Fellow at University of Surrey and a regular chair at our conferences.
Among the confirmed speakers we have keynotes from David Wood, Chair at London Futurists and from Alexander König of VW - who brings a very interesting angle from another industry which has more relevance to construction than may at first meet the eye. For more speakers please see the draft agenda. Day 1 is essentially confirmed, but there may still be some minor changes to Day 2.
You may notice that we have not quite managed to separate the two days between CAPEX and OPEX as originally intended. However, Day 1 is still more owner/operator focused and on Day 2 we will be hearing more from construction organisation. Even better is that on both days we will be hearing from Fran Rabuck - a regular presenter at COMIT conferences and a firm favourite among those who love their gadgets.
As promised we have built in more opportunities for networking this time around. There will be a pre-conference dinner at the Union Jack Club on the 27th from 19.30 until 23.00. This is an exclusive venue with private bar BUT numbers are strictly limited. When you book online you can express your interest in attending the dinner and we will contact you separately. Priority will be given to COMIT members and conference sponsors and exhibitors - so book early!
There will also be a networking soirée immediately after the conference close on Day 1 until 19.30. This will be held on CH2M's premises and alcoholic drinks and light refreshments will be served. This event is FREE for all delegates attending the conference.
If you are interesting in sponsoring or exhibiting at the conference then at the time of writing some spaces are still available - but we are limited to 7 exhibition spaces this year and some are already taken, so don't delay. Details of the Sponsorship and Exhibitor packages can be downloaded from the conference page.
More updates will be posted as the details emerge. I look forward to seeing you all at a great conference!