by Richard McPartland
Get the lowdown on this year's Digital Construction Week, with everything you need to know on one handy page...
What is Digital Construction Week?
Digital Construction Week (DCW) is a full two-day conference programme, free-to-attend seminar series, and interactive exhibition.
When is Digital Construction Week?
Digital Construction Week is being held on Wednesday 26 October and Thursday 27 October 2016.
Where is Digital Construction Week being held?
The event is being held at the Business Design Centre in Islington, London.
What registration options are there for Digital Construction Week?
A seminar and exhibition pass is free - though you must register online before 15 October when a £25 charge will apply.
A two-day package conference pass is available for £200 plus VAT. A modular conference pass is available allowing you to choose the conference sessions you wish to view at a cost of £25+VAT per session. Find out more and register on the DCW website.
What are the highlights of Digital Construction Week?
DCW’s main conference will feature experts from across the industry including Paul Morrell, John Pelton, Anne Kemp, David Philp and Sadie Morgan.
Digitising the construction industry involves a lot of transformation and new ways of working. DCW’s conference reflects the dynamism with panel sessions on innovation strategies, understanding and creating client value, developing new digital skills and winning work overseas.
What seminar sessions should I attend at DCW?
The exhibition floor will feature four dedicated seminar streams – the BIM Village, Digital in Action, Innovation Theatre, and Tech Stage.
The Digital in Action seminars will showcase the use of new technology in a series of case studies, including the Severn Tunnel, BAM’s Wharfedale Hospital, the M8 motorway and Rio Tinto’s global mining estate
The Innovation Theatre offers cutting-edge tech set to shape the industry over the next five years; wearables, immersive visualisation, city-wide modelling, computational design and smart materials.
Can I learn more about BIM at DCW?
Organisers have partnered with the UK BIM Alliance for an entirely free BIM seminar programme, helping the industry grow and develop its BIM expertise. There will be sessions for both BIM Level 2 beginners still finding their way as well as BIM experts.
I hear the UK BIM Alliance will be launched at DCW - tell me more!
Digital Construction Week will also play host to an invite-only evening reception at the Irish Embassy in Westminster which will feature the official launch of the UK BIM Alliance with presentations from Head of BIM at the UK BIM Task Group, David Philp and the UKBA’s Chair Anne Kemp along with the Cabinet Office’s Head of Construction David Hancock.
This industry alliance has been set up with the aim of driving awareness, education and adoption of BIM Level 2 across the wider industry over the next four years, providing the foundations for a shift to BIM Level 3 towards 2025. It will act as point of reference for built environment companies of all disciplines, with a view to enabling and supporting their BIM journeys.
Building on the activity of the UK BIM Task Group over the past four years, the alliance will focus on transitioning from mobilisation for BIM Level 2 to creating ‘business as usual’ for the entire industry – and not just for the centrally procured public sector projects.
Which exhibitors should I not miss?
DCW’s exhibition will house more than 80 exhibitors, displaying a wide range of exciting new solutions and technologies including robotics, BIM, AR/VR, PIM, High Performance Computing, 3D Printing, Cloud Computing and Big Data.
This year the exhibition features a blend of major construction firms and consultancies such as Arup, BAM, Bond Bryan and Kier as well as Price Waterhouse Coopers.BAM and Kier will be revealing what technologies they are adopting in the digital age while Arup’s stand will include a special visualisation installation. Other features on the show floor include our exclusive HS2 Pavilion and interactive exhibits.