'Construction 4.0 - A once in a Generation Opportunity'
Accounting for 9% of EU GDP and employing 18 million people, the construction sector is a driver for economic growth and home (pun intended) to 3 million enterprises, mostly SMEs. Digitisation offers various ways to boost a stagnating productivity: the potential in this respect is actually huge since less than 6% of construction companies make full use of digital planning tools today. Nevertheless, the construction industry is slow in moving towards its own digital revolution and continues to be one of the least digitalised sectors.
Yet the digitisation of planning, construction and logistics in addition to the digital transformation of production and distribution can prevent or remedy most systemic issues confronting this sector. In theory, Building Information Modelling (BIM) embodies a tool to deliver cost savings, productivity and operation efficiencies throughout the value chain. But a successful, fast introduction of BIM hinges on leadership and on the procurement leverage expected from the public sector, the construction industry’s single biggest client.
This particular workshop aims to identify keys to unleash the potential of digitisation in the European construction industry by way of concrete examples of how digitization can reach the building site and generate quick and tangible benefits.
The following experts have kindly accepted to launch this conversation:
• Fulvia Raffaelli, Head of Unit of Clean Technologies and Products, DG Internal Market
• Kjetil Tonning, FIEC First Vice President and President of the Technical Commission
• Adam Matthews, Chair EU BIM Task Group
• Rob van der Meer, Director Public Affairs, HeidelbergCement
• Paul Cartuyvels, Director European Affairs, Bouygues Europe
• Pirkka Frosti, President & Founder, Digital Living International Oy
• Cecilia Bonefeld-Dahl, Director General, DIGITALEUROPE