My Digital Construction Week preview
by Rebecca De Cicco, Director, Digital Node
Next month I’m speaking at Digital Construction Week (DCW) in London – an event dedicated to innovation and technology in the built environment that believes that the tools and processes now available to us have the power to change the future of our industry. I couldn’t agree more, which is why my talk will focus on the technologies powering the intelligence in our Smart Cities.
As awareness of the concept continues to grow and cities begin to investigate the policies and principles behind it, a number of small to medium enterprises (SMEs) populate the Smart City landscape. These agile companies focus on technology and are committed to developing solutions to support how a Smart City will function, and it can work in the future.
New technologies are increasingly changing the way we live. Our love for technology has seen tech giants such Apple, Microsoft, Amazon and Facebook become the largest companies in the world. But while these giants of industry are servicing many of our desires, it’s the smaller tech companies that are developing the tools to create and drive the Smart City.
At DCW, I’ll explore more deeply into who these movers and shakers are and what outstanding digital processes they are using to impress us.
As a technology-based SME ourselves, our focus is not only on BIM and its technologies for the built environment, we also believe it is essential to offer insight to government and institutional bodies on what the future of a city landscape will be, in order to develop policies and principles around it. Which is why we work with these policy makers to help them understand that our current working methods just won’t cut it in the future, and the time to start planning is now – before we run the risk of running behind.
I’ll also be looking at programmes such as Innovate UK and the Future Cities Catapult and how these support innovative companies to create the solutions to our urban challenges. By providing support through demonstrator programmes, grant-funding competitions, network-building activities, strategy and Future Cities Missions, SMEs can seize improved access to knowledge and markets not just in the UK, but globally.
At Digital Node we took part in one of the Future Cities Missions in Melbourne earlier this year, together with some outstanding tech-focused businesses such as Westfield Technology Group who developed and manufactured a fully autonomous POD that can currently run on private roads/cycle paths and Grid Smarter Cities, an ecosystem of solutions to connect communities and people with transport, parking, goods and services.
These were but two of the businesses we connected with, and in my talk I’ll go into more detail about who we met and what intelligent platforms there are creating that will influence our future, alongside who else is championing the cause to future-proof our cities.
If this strikes a chord with you and you’re planning on attending DWC, check out my talk on Wednesday 17 October at 3.30pm: The Future Cities Mission to Australia