CIF Digicon 2019

June 13th, Croke Park Stadium, Dublin

8:00

Registration and coffee

8:40

Welcome from the morning Chair

Emmet Ryan

Emmet Ryan

Editor of Connected, business and technology reporter, The Sunday Business Post

8:50

OPENING MINISTERIAL ADDRESS: An update on our strategy for increased use of digital technology

Paschal Donohue

Paschal Donohue

Minister for Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform (TBC)

THE ROAD TO CONSTRUCTION 4.0

9:10

OPENING KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Digital innovation poised to disrupt the construction industry…

The construction industry stands ripe for disruption to reverse some challenging trends. Currently, large capital projects are on average 20 – 40% behind schedule and up to 80% overbudget. Yet, R&D in the construction industry is less than 1% total spend vs. other industries such as auto with 3.5% and aerospace with 4.5%. We see advances in several major digital innovations that will disrupt the industry to include advanced surveying and geospatial, 5-D BIM, digital collaboration, advanced analytics, and future proofing design. As a leader of McKinsey’s work in major projects, Chris helps clients develop, implement, and deliver major capital programs. He serves leading organisations in the global infrastructure sector, as well as in other sectors with large capital programs, such as real estate and energy. Chris has more than 30 years of experience in successfully delivering major capital infrastructure projects worldwide. His experience spans all modes of transportation infrastructure—including rail, highways, airports, and ports—as well as housing and real estate, gas pipelines, wastewater systems, and resiliency programs.

Chris Toomey

Chris Toomey

Vice President – Major Projects, McKinsey, Boston, USA

9:35

Vertical Construction, Now and next…

Chris Emery

Chris Emery

Senior Manager, Vertical Construction, Topcon Positioning Group

9:55

PANEL DISCUSSION: Assessing the readiness of the sector to embrace the “Digital Transition” of Ireland’s construction industry

  • BIM: A solution in chaos?
  • How do we make BIM 2 business as usual?
  • Beyond playing catch-up…
  • In which ways is IoT transforming the way buildings are shaped, managed and experienced?
  • Is Big Data really the new currency for the industry?
David Purdon

David Purdon

Diatec’s Autodesk Applications & Digital Project Delivery Manager

Dr Alan Hore

Dr Alan Hore

Founder, CiTA

Ralph Montague

Ralph Montague

Managing Partner, ArcDox

Emma Hayes

Emma Hayes

Managing Director, Digital Built Consultants

10:35

Morning Break

DRIVING DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION THOUGH DISRUPTIVE INNOVATION

11:00

To build a smarter future, we must change the way we build

Phil Clapperton

Phil Clapperton

Sales Director, Magnet Networks

11:25

Can Digital procurement management systems help build a sustainable construction industry?

In basic terms, all construction is an assembly of components, producing a finished product designed to meet a specific need. A straightforward concept – but essential that it is undertaken correctly. So how do we ensure that the design and assembly our built assets is informed and managed efficiently, whilst at the same time supporting the ongoing management and maintenance of the facility? It is essential that we collaborate with manufacturers and the wider supply chain to ensure that our digital aspirations are met. This presentation, supported by case studies, will focus on the importance of manufacturers and the wider supply chain to meet the needs of the designers, consultants, engineers and constructors who use them. Underpinning the presentation will be a demonstration of the benefits to the ultimate customer – the client – who in addition to the obvious need for a well-constructed finished product, wants value for money, control and visibility of their investment.

Joe O’Sullivan

Joe O’Sullivan

Regional Director, John Sisk and Son

12:00

INTERNATIONAL KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Artificial Intelligence and the Built Environment: The Good, The Bad and the Ugly

Increased use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) can bring major social and economic benefits to Ireland’s construction sector. With AI, computers can analyse and learn from information at higher accuracy and speed than humans can. offers massive gains in efficiency and performance to most or all industry sectors, from drug discovery to logistics. But what does AI really mean for the Built Environment? Join us for an exploration of how AI is being used in the processes of design, construction and facility management by showcasing real world examples of use in Smart City real estate developments in China, the Middle East and the USA.

Paul Doherty

Paul Doherty

President and CEO, The Digit Group, Inc. (TDG), USA

12:20

INTERNATIONAL CASE STUDY: Dubai’s museum of the future is shaping up as the world’s most complex building

Dubai is rightly famous for its modern glass-and-steel skyscrapers, such as the unparalleled Burj Khalifa. Yet no matter how sleek and tall you make it, a skyscraper is still a traditional building form, with its familiar repetitions and verticality. Dubai’s new Museum of the Future, however, takes a ground-breaking approach to architecture and what it means to be a museum.

Paul Brennan

Paul Brennan

Head of Digital Construction, BAM Ireland

12:45

Lunch

1:55

Welcome back from the afternoon Chair

Emmet Ryan

Emmet Ryan

Editor of Connected, business and technology reporter, The Sunday Business Post

2:00

BIM & The Digital Built Environment at Kingspan

The last great transformation in construction might well have been the elevator, which enabled us to reach for the skies. The digital revolution now promises to bring the next wave of change. At the heart of this are the component manufacturers and their potential to accelerate it. In this presentation we take a look at Kingspans strategic direction for this changing landscape of the Digital Built Environment, from structured data to dynamic object creation and the ultimate development of a golden thread and single source of truth for the industry.

Brian Glancy

Brian Glancy

Head of BIM Strategy, Kingspan Group

2:20

Digital in Action and exports for Ireland

Stephen Creaner

Stephen Creaner

Executive Director, Food, Industrial, Life Sciences and Innovation, Enterprise Ireland

NEXT LEVEL BIM AND BEYOND

2:40

UK CASE STUDY: Digital Built Britain

  • An update on BIM level 3 in the UK
  • Improving efficiency across the industry
  • What needs to happen to take BIM to the next level?
Alexandra Bolton

Alexandra Bolton

Deputy Director, Digital Built Britain

3:05

PANEL DISCUSSION: Robots vs. humans – What does the future hold for the construction workforce?

McKinsey estimates that the automation potential for unpredictable physical work in construction is 38% compared to predictable physical work which has a 70% automation potential for construction and extraction workers. They also predict that only 5% of all occupations across all industries have the potential to be completely replaced by robots. So, are robots coming to steal our construction jobs? What does the workforce of the future look like?

Dr John Pender

Dr John Pender

Senior Lecturer, Social Policy, Politics and Futures, Sligo Institute of Technology

Professor Conor McCarthy

Professor Conor McCarthy

Faculty of Science and Engineering, University College Limerick

Allan F. Beechinor

Allan F. Beechinor

Group Chief Executive Officer, Advanced Meta Data

3:50

Q&A

4:00

Closing remarks and conference close