Mar 21

Construction bit by bit: getting the industry to adopt digital


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Construction bit by bit: getting the industry to adopt digital

Thu, 21 March 2019, 09:30 – 14:00 GMT


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Thu, 21 March 2019

09:30 – 14:00 GMT

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Universities Centre, Faraday Wharf

Innovation Birmingham Campus

Holt Street


B7 4BB

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For the construction industry to modernise through the adoption of digital will require both innovation, new skills and greater collaboration. This event will focus on practicalities and funding and collaboration opportunities associated with developing skills and innovation to enable the construction industry to adopt digital practices to make their work more efficient and productive. CITB, the West Midlands Combined Authority and Innovate UK will all talk about funding opportunities, and construction industry representatives will talk about their experiences of opportunities from and barriers to digital adoption. A workshop session will enable participants to explore and share ideas for joint action/ projects.


Speakers include CITB, Knowledge Transfer Network and the West Midlands Combined Authority, and there will also be a panel of leading practitioners from the industry that have been using digital technologies to enhance their businesses already. There will also be parallel workshops at which will be an opportunity to identify potential projects to take forward after the event. You can register via the link below and if possible, please feel free to circulate the invite to any contacts who may be interested in attending.


09.30 Refreshments and networking

10:00 Welcome and introduction
Andy Robinson, Colmore Tang

10:10 Funding opportunities for training on digital in the construction sector
(followed by Q&A)

10.40 The benefits of digital in the construction sector
Kevin Vashi, West Midlands Combined Authority (followed by Q&A)

11:10 Refreshments and networking

11.30 Funding opportunities for R&D, innovation and digital in the construction sector
Overview of the Construction Sector Deal
Mike Moseley, Knowledge Transfer Network (followed by Q&A)

12:00 Panel discussion: Experiences of applying digital in the construction sector

Susan Fletcher, Bam Nuttall
Andy Robinson, Colmore Tang
Cliff Dennett, Innovation Birmingham

12.40 Parallel workshops: Opportunity to develop ideas for collaborative projects to enable the construction sector to improve using digital technologies

Includes lunch

Workshop 1
Project ideas relating to R&D digital innovation in construction

Workshop 2
Project ideas relating to improving digital skills in construction

13.50Next steps – development of project ideas



· - Weblink to a press release advising of the increase to apprenticeship grants


· - Weblink to the press release around the construction growth & Brexit


· - Weblink to the press release of a plan to work within what happens around Brexit


I have also added the weblinks to our site for further useful information that supports the industry -


· - Weblink to the forecast of construction growth 2019 - 2023


· - A slightly more detailed link of various sectors with access to a regional breakdown



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Please note that photography will be taking place at this event, please email Keerti on if you would like to be omitted from any shots.