As a business our focus is on global interactivity, but sometimes it pays to stay in one place – even for just a short while. Which is why our founding Director, Rebecca De Cicco, based herself in London for all of October.
We may as well rename October as the ‘digital’ month, because London just went crazy for digital construction in these past four weeks with an abundance of conferences and shows.
Having been originally founded in the UK, we know the British digital scene pretty well. We make it our priority to stay ahead of the curve and to be at the forefront of British ingenuity.
We love to share our knowledge and experiences in the BIM/Digital Construction space which is why we made sure Rebecca was on stage at as many of these London-based conferences as possible.
Starting with Digital Construction Week (DCW) – and wow, what a fantastic week this was – Rebecca was invited to present on our Future Cities Mission and explain our take on how Innovate UK helped us to enhance our export strategy. DCW was also great fun; we connected with old BIM friends and made new ones, in particular those that support our Women in BIM initiative. Glider BIM helped us to host a breakfast networking event which was fantastic; we met some great people all very interested in supporting the group.
The second main event we were supporting was London Build. We attended both days and Rebecca presented twice within the BIM and Digital Construction Zone. We also participated in the Women in BIM panel session as well as the Women in BIM Breakfast, both supporting the diversity piece for both ourselves and Digital Node. It was a great few days of networking and integrating with the wider built environment.
In addition to the large conferences, we also attended a number of private sessions on BIM delivery within leading UK organisations to support their uptake and education on digital construction.
One of such session was with Hurley Palmer Flatt, organised by Thomas Lindner to discuss how cultural change is required to impact BIM.
This echoed our great passion for education and we were able to interact with and speak to industry leaders on the importance of new and innovative technologies. Rebecca’s presentation focused on these new technologies at a very high level, and how they impact on the wider BIM/Digital landscape.
In addition to the events, we also made it a priority to engage with BIM groups, ensuring we were kept up to date with UK BIM initiatives to allow us to forecast new opportunities for 2019.
One of the key highlights of the time in the UK was also our meeting with NBS to formalise our new working relationship to support NBS in Australia – exciting times ahead!
As a small consultancy we were able to connect and build new relationships, creating new opportunities in education. Speaking to groups such as the CITB and Pearson to strengthen our existing relationships and potentially support future projects. Watch this space for updates over the coming months, and to find out where Rebecca is jetting to next on her digital quest.