Our conference this year was held at the Building Centre in London and was generously supported by IFS. The central venue, good weather and great agenda all conspired to make this one our most successful conferences to date.
In total we had 130 delegates from nearly 70 different organisations, most of whom attended both days of the conference. The snap general election and consequent purdah rules gave us a few last minute issues but we had a strong agenda and some fantastic speakers.
Day 1 - 24th May
Day one was jointly chaired by Chrissi McCarthy from Constructing Equality and John Pelton MBE from CH2M. Chrissi also presented on the subject of diversity in construction and introduced Cristina Savian from Women In BIM.
The first keynote on day one was by Mark Bew MBE, who set the scene on innovation and the issues with moving to level 3 BIM. The day continued with a number of great presentations and panel sessions.
As usual at COMIT events there were a number of exhibitors and technology for our delegates to try out. Those present on day one would also have noticed some filming going on in the background. This was courtesy of Colonel Duck Productions who were one of the event sponsors. They interviewed a number of delegates and the COMIT team and have produced a video round-up of the event which will be published in due course.
As well as networking breaks during the day we had a soirée after the close of the conference on the 24th. This was free for all delegates and gave them the opportunity to continue the discussions prompted during the day in a relaxed atmosphere over drinks and nibbles.
Day 2 - 25th May
The second day of the conference was chaired by Esra Kurul of Oxford Brookes University and Phil Jackson, an independent consultant and very familiar face to COMIT regulars.
The first keynote on Day 2 was from Kenny Ingram of IFS who, in reviewing the digital evolution of the construction industry, put some of the lauded UK projects into an international context.
This picked up on a theme already raised by Esra in her introduction, namely that much of the forecast growth in the industry is from China and that the UK industry faces some major challenges in the coming years. The international nature of construction innovation was a theme that reoccurred throughout the day.
Sponsors & Exhibitors
Our thanks go to IFS for being our Gold Sponsor and to all our other sponsors and exhibitors for helping to make the conference possible.
Presentations & Photographs
Photographs and presentations from the conference can be found on the main website. You can also see a blog of the day that was created live by Su Butcher.