Leadership Forum Lecture    LF5341
Global Mega-Trends and Construction: Managing Strategy and Technology in a Changing World
Dominic Thasarathar
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The world is changing at an ever-increasing rate. This coming decade is set to see some of the most significant and fundamental economic, demographic, and technological change ever witnessed. As these events unfold, what will their impact be on the global construction industry? Covering everything from the future of the commodities supercycle, through the impending entry of the Millennial generation to the workforce, to the rising hegemony of the BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India, and China) economies, this session will identify the major external trends which will significantly shape the construction sector over this decade—drawing and coloring a "risk/opportunity view" of these macro-challenges, identifying how construction business models and practices are likely to change, and posing the question, "How might technology be a component of that response?"

Key Learnings

  • Explain the challenges of delivering the world’s infrastructure requirements
  • Describe macro-economic trends that are shaping construction
  • Describe data and IT trends that are shaping construction
  • List demographic trends that are shaping construction


 Dominic Thasarathar
Dominic Thasarathar
Dominic Thasarathar is Autodesk’s primary thought-leader and evangelist for Construction. His focus is the strategic role Information and Technology can play in helping Built, Natural Resources and Infrastructure sector contractors and owners achieve competitive advantage. Prior to joining Autodesk in 2011, Dominic worked in a range of engineering and technology roles, up to and including Chief Information Officer. His career has included management positions with Bechtel, CH2M Hill and Laing O'Rourke. He is a Chartered Electrical Engineer and Chartered IT Professional with a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Imperial College. He holds professional membership of The Institution of Engineering and Technology, The British Computer Society and The Energy Institute. His experience encompasses both large-scale international construction operations and mega-projects across the Built, Civil and Industrial landscapes.

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