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Digital Building Summit 2023 - Event programme

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Where are they now? Building Awards Digital Excellence finalists share their next steps

Digital innovation has long been a hot topic in the construction sector – with firms across the industry striving to implement new ways of working in order to produce better outcomes. But while many individuals and groups push to innovate it is also integral we take lessons learned from those already making strides in this area.

In this session, we hear from the finalists of the 2022 Building Award for Digital Excellence. Each speaker will share the details of the initiative that saw them make the shortlist, as well as the key challenges they faced and how they overcame them. We will also ask them to share what progress they have continued to make.

Chair: Chloe McCulloch
Editorial director
Assemble Media Group
Luke Braggins
Turner & Townsend | alinea
Gary Cowan
Head of digital construction
Kane Group
Sagal Rooble
Digital strategy coordinator
Paul Selby
Manager digital construction workspace
Royal BAM Group nv
Rob Stiles
Future Joinery Systems


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Emerging technologies: What is the state of play within the UK built environment sector?

The digital transformation of built environment industries has long been a hot topic due to the sector’s historic lack of pace when it comes to adopting new technologies. But with the industry facing a host of new challenges from inflationary pressures to net zero and building safety reform, it has never been more important that emerging technologies are accepted readily and implemented within projects. 

In this session, we look to discuss what the emerging technologies are for the sector in 2023 and how prepared firms are for their implementation. Our panel will also look to address what the major barriers to adoption are, how they can be overcome and the way in which new technologies can help firms navigate the issues currently facing the sector. They will also discuss ways in which these new initiatives can support the delivery of projects.

Speakers include:

Chair: Carl Brown
Head of content
Assemble Media Group
Bret Tushaus
VP, product management
Maria Mamoura
Director in creative technologies
Bryden Wood
Emily Scoones
Head of digital innovation – building services
Andrew Victory
Global BIM & design automation director


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How can digital construction support the retrofit agenda?

While newly constructed buildings are more energy efficient, but 80% of buildings in 2050 have already been built, so a major priority is decarbonising our existing stock. This means retrofitting the built environment’s existing assets is integral to the sector’s net zero goals.  

In this session, we look to explore how to maximise the potential of the retrofit agenda. We will look at the ways different digital and technological solutions can assist with determining best approaches, plans for intervention and how to best undertake deep retrofit for different assets. We will also discuss the tools that assist in ensuring the objectives of the project are met.

Speakers include:

Chair: Jordan Marshall
Special projects editor
Assemble Media Group
Rachel Bell
Digital product development lead
Lee Stokes
Sustainability operations director
Michelle Taute
Senior strategic sustainability lead