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How Technology, Innovation, and Generation Y Will Shape the Future of the Workplace
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Rebecca De Cicco
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, Neil Thompson
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Description

This panel session focuses on the key issues that are related to technological advances in the construction industry and how these advancements will influence the future of the industry. The panel draws upon the work undertaken by the CIC (Construction Industry Council UK) BIM 2050 team in the UK which was established as a group of young professionals late in 2012. The team consists of a complete cross section of the industry through the entire lifecycle of the building process. The team are passionate about technology, future gazing, and collaborative processes. We continue to embed our research in areas that allow us to understand the technical, psychological, and physical impacts of BIM adoption and future collaborative methods. There has been no government-driven team of this kind anywhere in the world and the key to the success of the group is its involvement with key political figures in the UK and thought leaders throughout the world who are teaming up with them to influence change.

Key Learnings

  • Generation Y workplace behavior and speed of adoption of new processes and techniques
  • Future processes and incremental changes in technology, leading to 2050 and beyond
  • Education drivers in BIM and how these will develop in terms of setting up the industry for the next 15 years
  • UK Government progression leading to the 2016 deadline based on all public projects being BIM by that date

Speakers

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Rebecca De Cicco is a digital design specialist who completed her honors in architecture in 2001. Her keen interest in digital technologies and how they can evolve and ultimately change the construction industry has always been at the forefront of her thinking. After a series of successful senior roles in varied architectural organizations, Rebecca now manages her own consultancy, providing advice and insight to construction professionals on advanced digital workflow on live projects. Rebecca is one of the team leaders for the U.K. Construction Industry Council BIM 2050 Group, which is a team of young professionals aiming to steer the industry and its government drivers toward a Digital Built Britain. She sits on the User Group for Building Smart U.K., and she is the founder of the Women in BIM (Building Information Modeling) incentive. Rebecca is an Autodesk University speaker and an Autodesk Feedback Community attendee.
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Neil Thompson is Innovation Lead and Principal BIM Integrator at Balfour Beatty, Vice Chair & Co-founder of the CIC BIM2050 group and MSc Construction Economics & Management student at University College London.His focus is on how the industry can accelerate its rate of production and process innovation. The framework created by the BIM2050 group splits this focus in to three integrated parts; Process & Technology, Education & Skills and Culture of Integration, this is how BIM2050 propose to approach the problem of slow innovation in the construction sector. The group is supported by the BIM Task Group, CIC and BIS. Neil's innovation role spans across Balfour Beatty as part of the business efficiency team. He is looking at how Balfour Beatty can operate optimally as an international infrastructure investment and delivery business, and how it can integrate its diverse delivery units to deliver better outcomes for its clients.
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