Game-changing technologies to be discussed at London construction conference


Know where the construction sector is headed at this highly anticipated event in London

What is the future of construction? The Financial Times will hold summit on the technological and digital transformation of the industry. Maneerat Nattakorn/Shutterstock
Financial Times will hold a summit on the disruptive, innovative ways a technologically advanced future promises to enhance productivity and boost ROI in the construction sector.

Various stakeholders in the global construction supply chain are expected to fly to London for the FT Future of Construction Summit on 18 May at One Great George Street.

VINCI Construction Chairman Jérôme Stubler will be speaking. His much-awaited keynote presentation will be on the paramount role of game-changing technologies in boosting efficiency and productivity across the sector.

Jacques Herzog, senior partner at Herzog & de Meuron, will speak on the blurring lines between design, architecture and engineering. He will delve at length into the widening adoption of new technologies (BIM, 3D printing) and the creation of next-generation building materials, as well as their impact on architects’ design processes.

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Quintain CEO Angus Dodd will close the affair with a highly anticipated keynote interview on “Building for tomorrow: Managing risk in an evolving industry.”

An esteemed roll-call of speakers also includes Michael Deane, vice president, chief sustainability officer at Turner Construction Company; Rob Perrins, chief executive at Berkeley Group plc, Dominic Thasarathar; Dominic Thasarathar, strategist – construction, energy and natural resources at Autodesk; Maria João Ribeirinho, partner at McKinsey & Company; Neil Billett, global design director for BuroHappold Engineering; Paul Neto, managing director at HB Reavis Construction; Hauke Brede, chief risk officer at Allianz Real Estate; Terri Wills, CEO of the World Green Building Council; Michael Buehler, head of infrastructure & urban development at the World Economic Forum; Lisette Van Doorn, chief executive for Europe at the Urban Land Institute; Harry Ibbs, head of bim project delivery & workflows at Zaha Hadid Architects; and Robert Spencer, director of sustainability, environment and ground engineering at EMEIA.

Gill Plimmer, infrastructure correspondent at the Financial Times will be chairing the affair.

The FT Future of Construction Summit is sponsored by Autodesk, with associate sponsors Borras Construction and HB Reavis.

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