First speakers for NBS Live: Digital Thinking, Smart Building conference announced

Press Release
29 July 2014

A diverse mix of construction industry experts will lead the speaker line up at this year's NBS Live. Titled "Digital Thinking Smart Building", the one-day conference will consider how the industry needs to evolve to maximise the opportunities presented by the digital revolution.

As with last year's successful inaugural event, the day will be split into four major themes – BIM, Design, Sustainability and Business & Practice – each led by an expert in the field.

Confirmed speakers include: David Philp, Head of BIM Implementation Cabinet Office; Dan Hill, Executive Director Futures & Best Practice Future Cities Catapult; Maria Slowinska, Innovation Programme Manager Cisco CREATE; Andy Redfearn, Director of Housing & Development YMCA London South West and Simon Cochrane, Director of Design – UK / Europe Westfield.

They will be joined by leading architects, engineers and other professionals to discuss and share thinking on how design and construction can continue to thrive in a digital age. With the 2016 deadline for the adoption of BIM for public sector projects rapidly approaching this will be a key topic, but other areas to be tackled include how the 'internet of things' will impact on design how technology can be used to change the way cities perform.

The Sustainability stream will look at new metrics and the potential for off-site construction, whilst how to become a 'future practice' will be considered by experts in Business & Practice.

Early bird tickets are now available for the conference which is being held on 4 November 2014 at the Business Design Centre is Islington, London. More speakers will be announced in the next few weeks.