NBS Live

Digital Thinking, Smart Building’ took place at the Business Design Centre, London, on Tuesday 4 November 2014.


The conference was split into four streams: BIM, Design, Sustainability Business & Practice.

Hot topic areas such as smart cities, place-making, 3d modelling and what the future holds for green buildings were debated, as well as information sharing and practical advice on the real issues we face on a daily basis to secure a positive future for UK construction.

Digital Thinking, Smart Building will be back next year and we hope to see you there. If you only attend one industry event in 2015, make it Digital Thinking, Smart Building.


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NBS Live: Digital Thinking, Smart Building

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NBS Live: Digital Thinking, Smart Building

NBS Live: Digital Thinking, Smart Building

NBS Live: Digital Thinking, Smart Building

NBS Live: Digital Thinking, Smart Building

NBS Live: Digital Thinking, Smart Building

NBS Live: Digital Thinking, Smart Building

NBS Live: Digital Thinking, Smart Building

NBS Live: Digital Thinking, Smart Building

NBS Live: Digital Thinking, Smart Building

NBS Live: Digital Thinking, Smart Building

NBS Live: Digital Thinking, Smart Building

NBS Live: Digital Thinking, Smart Building

NBS Live: Digital Thinking, Smart Building

NBS Live: Digital Thinking, Smart Building

NBS Live: Digital Thinking, Smart Building

NBS Live: Digital Thinking, Smart Building

NBS Live: Digital Thinking, Smart Building

NBS Live: Digital Thinking, Smart Building

NBS Live: Digital Thinking, Smart Building

NBS Live: Digital Thinking, Smart Building

NBS Live: Digital Thinking, Smart Building

NBS Live: Digital Thinking, Smart Building

NBS Live: Digital Thinking, Smart Building

NBS Live: Digital Thinking, Smart Building

NBS Live: Digital Thinking, Smart Building

NBS Live: Digital Thinking, Smart Building

NBS Live: Digital Thinking, Smart Building

NBS Live: Digital Thinking, Smart Building

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The digital future of construction:
NBS Live gets ready to debate the issues


PRESS RELEASE

A stellar line-up from both within and outside the construction sector will gather at NBS Live on 4 November to share their thoughts on the future of the industry. The conference, entitled ‘Digital Thinking, Smart Building’ will consider how technological change is impacting the world in which design and building operates.

Tristram Carfrae, deputy chairman of global consultants Arup will deliver the morning keynote address, using a recent review undertaken by the firm to show the changes the building industry should expect to see over the coming decade. Drawing on example case studies from a wide variety of sectors including education, transport, chemicals and toys, he will outline how a new type of workforce, changing technologies and urbanisation and connectivity will fundamentally alter the context within which construction professionals work and how they need to adapt.

The afternoon keynote will be given by Patrik Schumacher, director at Zaha Hadid Architects, who will speak about architecture in the digital world and his belief in parametricism as the natural heir to modernism.

The morning and afternoon sessions which follow each keynote speech will be divided into four sessions, tackling BIM, Design, Sustainability and Business and Practice.

The Design stream will consider smart cities and the role technology and data have to play in shaping how cities are planned and perform, bringing together speakers from IBM, Siemens, Accenture and Cisco CREATE alongside representatives from Derwent London and Westfield, the public sector, academics and designers.

Other streams will look forward to Level 3 BIM, debate the role of smart buildings in meeting sustainability targets, and think about how technology is changing the way in which consultants and their supply chains operate. Tips on pitching will be given by a panel including Tim Goodall from Argent, and Innovate UK’s Simon Hart will wrap up the day and provide delegates with an overview of what can be expected from key government digital initiatives – including the urban living agenda – in the next few years.



Selected quotes

Digital Thinking, Smart Building aims to demonstrate how we can all benefit from becoming truly digital and technologically conversant and how we should immerse ourselves in the capabilities and possibilities this brings to the built environment. Richard Waterhouse, CEO, NBS
Digital Thinking, Smart Building is a multi-stream event created to deliver a uniquely packed content programme and expert speaker line-up designed to help us all navigate through the many opportunities being created for positive change by advances in digital design, use of open data and smart technology. Our aim is to equip delegates with a better understanding of the challenges and opportunities created by the evolution from analogue to digital for them and their clients. Jonathan Stock, RIBA Journal
Digital transformation is rapidly reshaping our built environment, Digital Thinking, Smart Building was a great opportunity to hear fresh ideas and share thoughts. Great event, great speakers, great organisation – cannot wait till next year. David Philp, head of BIM implementation, Cabinet Office
The building industry is on the verge of massive upheaval. Ubiquitous IT permits crowd-sourced design, robotic construction and instantaneous feedback. How will our cities respond and adapt? Tristram Carfrae, deputy chairman, Arup
We were particularly interested in sponsoring and exhibiting at NBS Live due to the digital theme (not just BIM). Lots of interesting discussions that were focused around the need for transparency and collaboration. Jay Beckham, 4Projects
A well organised event with great feedback from attendees. Sessions were well planned with useful information from industry speakers. A great location with helpful staff on the day. Anthony Harris, senior account manager, excitech
NBS Live has been a great event for CEDIA, enabling us to talk to architects and specifiers about the developments relating to integrated technology in the home and the lifestyle benefits it brings to the homeowner. Within the digital environment, how people access information and utilise their homes makes it key for smart home wiring infrastructure to be part of the design process, and NBS Live offered us a perfect platform to get this message across. Wendy Griffiths, executive director, CEDIA EMEA
A quality event with knowledgeable speakers and an impressive delegate list. Graphisoft
 
 
 

Intelligence from the RIBAJ


Read exclusive articles and insight from our experts:


Smart Cities: thinking big

The Digital Thinking, Smart Building conference explored new ways of thinking to improve our urban experience ...
read more from Eleanor Young, editor, RIBAJ


Single point design: a new practice model

Architects need to invest in the art of collaboration, through innovation and technology ...
read more from Ben Derbyshire, chairman & managing partner at HTA


Changing the way that cities perform

The objectives of Smart Cities initiatives often include highly desirable efficiency, resilience, growth and vitality. But a more fundamental objective underlies all of these: fairness ...
read more from Dr Rick Robinson, executive architect at IBM


Model city

Cities planning their future are increasingly turning to the production of Integrated Urban Models. If you want integration, you need a team to match.
read more from Tim Stonor, managing director at Space Syntax


Getting to zero carbon

Searching for a zero carbon future has focused our thinking on how buildings are made, where they come from and their disposal.
read more from Simon Sturgis, managing director at Sturgis Carbon Profiling


 
 
 
RIBA

Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists

Glenigan

Association for Consultancy and Engineering (ACE)

RIBA Insight

 
 
CEDIA

excitech

4Projects by Viewpoint

GRAPHISOFT

Nemetschek Vectorworks Inc