4th Oct 2021
After a two-year break, the award-winning UK Construction Week (UKCW) is to return to the NEC in Birmingham on 5-7 October.
Construction Global reports that each day of the show will have a theme, with day one focusing on sustainability, day two on diversity, equality, and inclusion in construction, and day three on the big issues around quality, social value, and building safety. There will also be the UKCW’s well-established half-day summits on Quality and Wellbeing.
Attendees will be able to find over 150 hours of continuing personal development (CPD), product demonstrations, digital technology, and MMC (Modern Methods of Construction) solutions, innovative materials and technology.
With the pandemic halting any such expos and trade shows, exhibitors will be wanting to showcase two years’ worth of exciting new product launches, innovative technology developments, and will be providing product demos and offers on over 6,000 products.
Major brands such as Google, HS2, Geberit, Hanson Plywood, Ford, Xero, Procore and the Construction Innovation Hub will be taking part. The Innovation Zone will also return this year – a collection of the most interesting and inventive products to have recently launched onto the specification market.
The UKCW main stage, sponsored by COINS, developers of software for the construction industry, will see keynote presentations by senior leaders from, among others, McKinsey, the Construction Products Association, CIOB, Willmott Dixon, Barratt Homes, Bioregional, Grimshaw, the Sustainable Energy Association and the Construction Leadership Council.
A series of seminars from COINS, titled ‘Future of Construction’, will focus on how the pandemic has changed how we build, and how that can be used positively. The seminars will cover updates in technology such as collaborative urban design via augmented reality, procurement, sustainability, wellbeing and more.
There will be a Digital Construction Hub at UKCW which will be hosting over 30 presentations over the three days, including over 10 hours of CPD for architects.
Highlights at the Hub will include an interactive workshop from Birmingham City University exploring the usefulness of Augmented Reality as a visual design tool for urban design projects, plus a practical session from one of the leading legal specialists in BIM (building information modelling) to review common risks, causes of disputes and how to mitigate them.
One of the presentations will take a closer look at how Manchester-based engineering consultants Buro Happold has adapted BIM and unskilled its workers, to provide practical advice around skills and development, and how the firm dealt with key legal and contractual risks.
There will also be sessions on the UK BIM Framework’s standards and guidance and the national digital twin programme.
The Digital Construction Hub is sponsored by Procore, which will deliver practical case studies and high impact training sessions every day, and is curated by the UK BIM Alliance. All seminars are free to attend and will be suitable for architects’ CPD.
A single entry badge will provide access to multiple sections: Build sponsored by Easy-trim, Modern Methods of Construction, Building Tech, Timber, Civils, Energy and HVAC, and Surface and Materials, as well as Grand Designs Live.
Visit the UK Construction Week website for free registration.
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