DCS 2021 programme

The programme for the 2021 Summit.

10 years of BIM – the lessons learned and the next steps

  • A decade on from the launch of the Government Construction Strategy that mandated BIM, we look at how the technology has developed in the industry with the people who have shaped it – plus we ask what the next 10 years will hold. The topics will include:
  • A look back at the hopes and expectations for BIM 10 years ago.
  • Who have been the fastest adopters and which sectors have seen the most progress?
  • The perceived barriers, such as interoperability, esoteric jargon, investment in software, sceptical clients.
  • The role of standards and guidance in shaping construction’s digital journey, past and future.
  • How BIM will evolve in future – climate change, whole life cycle concerns, data and digital twins.


  • Mark Enzer OBE, CTO at Mott MacDonald, & head of the National Digital Twin programme
  • John Ford, BIM & digital delivery lead at Galliford Try Construction
  • Dr Anne Kemp OBE, technical director at Atkins and chair of the UK BIM Alliance
  • Paul Morrell OBE, former chief construction advisor, led the Government Construction Strategy 2011, now co-chair of the independent review of the system for testing construction products
  • David Philp, director – digital strategy and innovation at Aecom, & digital impact director at the Construction Innovation Hub

The future of site inspections now
In association with Trimble Viewpoint

Whether tracking progress, carrying out quality assurance checks, or investigating defects, there are efficiency gains to be made by the deployment of mobile technology and remote technology to handle these tasks. This session looks at both.

The University of Strathclyde will reveal the results of the first phase of its project for the Construction Scotland Innovation Centre that proposes a framework for integration of methodologies and tools, including VR and digital photogrammetry, to collect real-time data that supports automated decision-making.

Trimble Viewpoint will reveal the latest developments to its Field View mobile solution that replaces pen and paper in the field.


  • Andrew Agapiou, senior lecturer in architecture, University of Strathcylde
  • Ben Wallbank, BIM strategy & partnerships manager, Trimble Viewpoint

Enhancing communication and collaboration with technology
In association with Revizto

Using technology to enhance communication and collaboration not just between site and office but also between different parties in a project team is a choice that built environment professionals can ill-afford to ignore. Are you making the most of it? Our speakers from Kier and Revizto will share their best practice.


  • Rhys Lewis, director, Revizto
  • Lewis Guy, VDC implementation manager, Revizto
  • Jonathan Walters, senior BIM coordinator, Kier Group
  • Russell Baker, senior BIM manager, Kier (Western & Wales)
Speakers’ biographies

Mark Enzer OBE, chief technology officer, Mott MacDonald; head of the National Digital Twin Programme at the Centre for Digital Built Britain

Mark is a champion of innovation in the context of collaborative delivery models, including digital transformation, smart Infrastructure, low-carbon sustainable solutions, platform-based delivery and design for manufacture and assembly. He is Mott MacDonald’s chief technical officer, chair of the Centre for Digital Built Britain’s Digital Framework Task Group and leads the National Digital Twin Programme.

He was awarded the OBE in 2020 for services to national infrastructure. Mark was the digital transformation workstream lead on Project 13 for the infrastructure client group, and the lead author of the Infrastructure Carbon Review, published by HM Treasury.


David Philp, impact director, Construction Innovation Hub; chair, Chartered Institute of Building Digital Special Interest Group; director – digital strategy and innovation, Aecom

David is director of digital strategy and innovation at Aecom, as well as being part of the Construction Innovation Hub team. He is passionate about the potential of digital technologies and how they can bring added value to customers and unlock new ways of working throughout the entire life-cycle.

He has completed the Virtual Design and Construct course at Stanford University, California, is a professor at Glasgow Caledonian University and chairs the CIOB Digital Technologies and Asset Management Special Interest Group.


John Ford, BIM and digital delivery lead, Galliford Try Construction

John leads business development around digital information management & modelling across Galliford Try. He is also actively involved in buildingSmart International, acting as a member of the COBie Certification Advisory Board and an expert consultant for Facility Management Handover – Equipment Maintenance MVD Development. Furthermore he is also involved with BSI as an author of various standards. He regularly contributes thought-provoking pieces to BIMplus.


Dr Anne Kemp OBE, technical director, Atkins; chair, UK BIM Alliance

Anne is technical director and a fellow of BIM, geospatial and digital engineering, providing thought leadership to Atkins and the industry. She is chair of the UK BIM Alliance and buildingSMART UKI, and convenor of international and UK standards for BIM (ISO19650 and the PAS 1192 series).

She is also a member of the management advisory board for the Centre for Digital Built Britain. She was awarded the OBE in 2019 for her significant contribution to the UK’s programme to deliver a smart digital economy for the built environment.


Paul Morrell, former chief construction advisor, co-chair of the review of construction product testing

After 38 years at Davis Langdon, Paul was appointed the government’s chief construction advisor in 2009 and instigated the Government Construction Strategy, published in May 2011. The strategy echoed the earlier Latham and Egan Reports, and told the sector to work more collaboratively and to use information technology – notably BIM – to support the design, construction and long-term operation and maintenance of its built assets.

As a result BIM was made mandatory for all centrally-procured public sector construction projects from 2016. He was the author of Collaborating for Change, an April 2015 report published by the Edge Commission on the future of professionalism among the built environment institutions.

In October 2016, he was appointed to lead a review of industrial training boards, with the future of the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) central to the review. And in April 2021, Morrell was appointed to chair an independent review of current systems for testing construction products.

Rhys Lewis, director, Revizto; chair, UK BIM Alliance Wales

Rhys Lewis is a director at Revizto and also the chair of the UK BIM Alliance Wales community. He has spent the last 15 years in the construction technology space, encouraging and helping the industry to create better experiences in design, construction and facilities management.

A unique career that spans across both vendor and end-user has enabled Rhys to fully understand the core challenges the industry faces and then deliver innovative technology that directly addresses these pain points. Rhys is passionate about empowering project teams with solutions and ideas to improve collaboration.


Andrew Agapiou, senior lecturer in architecture, University of Strathclyde

Andrew’s work focusses on physical-digital design, and he has a track record of over 80 publications encompassing digital interaction and simulation gaming technologies. He has led several research projects combining integrated Architecture-Engineering-Construction Interfaces and ICT collaborative technologies.

Andrew is currently PI for a Construction Scotland Innovation Centre-funded project involving the development of an online building defect identification platform, combining image processing, VR and BIM technologies.

Russell Baker, senior BIM manager, Kier Construction Western & Wales

Russell Baker is a senior BIM manager at Kier Construction Western & Wales. He has been on the BIM journey a very long time, and starting to get the grey hair to prove it.

With over 39 years working in the construction industry, he has a wealth of technical knowledge spanning many different roles, qualified as an architectural technician, and then progressing into CAD/BIM management, and IT management and IT support.

He is responsible for managing change within a business that has adopted BIM, and implementing industry standards, and improving collaboration with its supply chain.

Jonathan Walters, senior BIM coordinator, Kier Construction Western & Wales

Jonathan Walters is a Senior BIM Coordinators at Kier Construction Western & Wales. He has worked in the construction industry for over 18 years. He started his journey as an apprentice carpenter when he was 16 then found himself applying for an Architectural technologist course at the age of 24.

As an Architectural technologist, he started his BIM journey. He is responsible for the delivery and dissemination of clash detection/issue reports while managing clash issue reporting process and ensure participants are contributing. He also supports design and construction team members with BIM/modelling related issues.

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