2023 programme and speakers

AI in construction: friend or foe?

11 September 2.30pm-3.45pm Watch on demand

This panel discussion will debate artificial intelligence’s role in and impact on construction and the wider built environment.

Will it mean improved efficiency but fewer jobs? How will AI sit within the industry’s contractual and legal frameworks? What are the ethical considerations?

On the panel will be:

  • David Philp, chair of the CIOB’s innovation advisory group;
  • May Winfield, global director of commercial, legal and digital risks, solicitor, at Buro Happold;
  • Murillo Piazzi, digital consultant at BIM Academy; 
  • Andreas Galatoulas, data, analytics and AI director at Aecom; and
  • Alex Luketa, co-founder and CTO of Xerini

Collaboration: the key to making the most of data

12 September at 10.15am-11.15am BST Watch on demand

In association with Elecosoft

Collaboration in construction is crucial for project success. But poor data transparency in the construction industry has a significant impact on project efficiency, productivity, and overall performance.

In this webinar, David Simpson of Elecosoft and Alex Elderton of VolkerFitzpatrick will offer their expert insights on why organisations must prioritise centralising and standardising their data while fostering a culture of collaboration across design, procurement, and construction disciplines from the outset so that coordination, communication and enhanced project outcomes are maximised on every project.


  • David Simpson, global product manager, Elecosoft
  • Alex Elderton, head of digital transformation, VolkerFitzpatrick

Digital and technology’s role in driving ESG

13 September at 10.30am-11.30am BST Watch on demand

In association with Cohesive

There is need for urgent action to address the built environment’s impact on the environment, a 5 billion tonnes of CO2 per year construction problem. Combining digital processes and technology with companies’ ESG (environmental, social, governance) commitments is the way forward.

Our speakers will discuss how digital processes, technology and organisational change management can help the industry not only measure its carbon impact, but also work towards reducing it.

The panel will examine what actions can be taken in a path to zero emissions from policy interventions, modern methods of construction, digital twinning to community-driven knowledge-based playbooks.


  • David Philp, chief value officer, Cohesive.
  • Emily King, director & head of consulting, LDNY People.
  • Johnathan Munkley, co-founder of Zero Construct.
  • Paul Morrell OBE, former government construction adviser.

Using data to improve project delivery on HS2

13 September at 2.30pm-3.30pm BST Watch on demand

In association with Ideagen Mail Manager

Best practice use of gathering data and analysing it can pay huge dividends on project delivery. This webinar will take a deep dive into Laminar Projects’ award-wining work on HS2 with the Eiffage, Kier, Ferrovial and BAM Nuttall joint venture (EKFB).

Laminar faced many challenges, not least siloed systems across multiple organisations, significantly high volumes of data, traditional processes (rather than digital processes) and establishing and maintaining high standards of data quality and control.

Not only did Laminar overcome these challenges, but also deliver significant cost and time savings for the EKFB JV and HS2.

This presentation will be followed by Liam Jones, senior client manager at Ideagen Mail Manager, who will focus on an often-neglected part of information management: email management. Email is by far the most common project correspondence tool, but poor management can mean project information is lost and time is wasted searching emails. Poor email management may even contribute to disputes.


  • Lampros Arvanitis, associate director, Laminar Projects.
  • Will Needham, lead data strategist, Laminar Projects.
  • Liam Jones, senior client manager, Ideagen Mail Manager.

Improving efficiency and reducing rework in construction projects with technology

14 September 10.30am-11.30am BST Watch on demand

In association with NavVis

Improving efficiency and reducing rework are holy grails that the construction industry seeks.

In this webinar, representatives from Strabag and NavVis will discuss how they are striving toward a shared goal of improved efficiency and reduced rework (with commensurate benefits of the latter: fewer defects, delays, cost increases and disputes).

Their presentations will focus on the importance of process and technology, including real world examples.

Meanwhile, George Floros, head of GIS at Skanska UK, will highlight the benefits of linking geospatial data with BIM.


  • Alex Rann, customer success manager, AEC industry at Esri UK.
  • George Floros, head of GIS at Skanska UK.
  • Eric Skrzeczek, responsible for mobile mapping/GIS/laser scanning at Strabag.
  • Laura Rehlen, advanced solution manager – AEC & BIM at NavVis.

What does good data look like?

14 September 2.30pm-3.30pm BST Watch on demand

What does good data look like? What does good data need to look like for all parts of the supply chain to take action in response to what data is telling them?

John Millar, technologist at BIM Academy, will set out his template for the fundamentals of good data.

Then, Gareth Parkes, head of data and analytics at Sir Robert McAlpine and director of the Construction Data Trust, will emphasise the need to use the data that the industry is generating.

Speakers’ biographies

Andreas Galatoulas

Andreas Galatoulas

Andreas is an award-winning data and AI specialist who heads up Aecom’s data science, machine learning and AI transformation practice for Europe & India. Andreas is at the forefront of machine learning and AI project delivery, supporting client engagement and delivering AI-led solutions to provide efficiency, quality improvements, and better data understanding and utilisation.

Murillo Piazzi

Murillo Piazzi

Murillo graduated in Architecture and Urbanism from the University of Sao Paulo and the University of Melbourne, Australia, and a Master’s degree in Construction Project Management with BIM from Northumbria University. Murillo currently holds the position of Digital Consultant at BIM Academy, working on the implementation and quality assurance of BIM processes in public and private sector organisations, with a focus on process automation and compliance against ISO 19650 standards.

David Simpson of Elecosoft

David Simpson

David Simpson has more than 10 years of experience within product management. His expertise is primarily founded upon developing clear solutions to key market challenges through building and delivering fit for purpose and commercially viable products and services across multiple industry verticals.

May Winfield, Buro Happold

May Winfield

May is the Global Director of Commercial, Legal and Digital Risks at international engineering firm, BuroHappold. The digital aspect of the role includes providing support to develop new policies, systems and procedures on all services relating to construction technology, information management and BIM, as well managing the risk of implementing new digital-related technologies and services. May is a senior construction lawyer of more than 16 years’ experience and is recognised as a leading legal specialist in BIM and construction technology. May has authored and co-authored various documents in this field.

John Millar of BIM Academy

John Millar

John is primarily responsible for the planning and delivery of information management services at BIM Academy – with a particular specialism in Scottish educational
projects adopting the Scottish Futures Trust’s Standard Information Management Plan. His typical roles include client liaison, the authoring and administration of BIM requirements and documentation, the auditing of CDEs, PIMs and structured data, technical support and other key information management functions.

Gareth Parkes of Sir Robert McAlpine

Gareth Parkes

Gareth leads the data journey at Sir Robert McAlpine, delivering its data strategy, establishing the Construction Data Trust, and enabling project data analytics, creating a new profession of Project Data Analysts. Gareth says: "This will see provide insights for people to make better use of their own judgement and experience; re-engineer processes to increase efficiency and productivity; and demonstrate new ways of collaborative working. I connect people, innovate, troubleshoot, problem-solve, appreciate experience and advocate for change. I’m intensely curious, and a firm believer in the power of collaboration and empowering people. I am optimistic for the future."

Dave Philp of Cohesive

David Philp FCIOB

With more than 30 years in industry, David is a Chartered Construction Manager by background. He has previously worked with Balfour Beatty, Mace and Aecom. As chief value officer at Cohesive, he is responsible for driving customer-centricity and creating sustainable value for our clients across their asset lifecycle and portfolios. David has been involved in delivering innovative projects, digital change strategies and digital asset management strategies across the globe from UK, Hong-Kong, Singapore, Australia and the Baltics. He was seconded to the UK Cabinet Office in 2011 as Head of BIM Implementation and has been a key contributor to the UK public sector BIM mandate (GCS 2011-2016).

Alex Luketa of Xerini

Alex Luketa

Alex is a co-founder and CTO of Xerini and is passionate about delivering working software that provides genuine business value. He has 15 years experience working with top-tier financial institutions such as Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs and more recently has worked on projects involving HS2 and Highways England, helping them realise value from their data and technology systems. Alex has extensive experience in the growing field of artificial intelligence and machine-learning.

George Floros of Skanska

George Floros

George is delivering sustainable and resilient Digital Transformation by leveraging the power of Geospatial Digital Twins.

Focusing on holistic integrations with a customer-centric approach, George delivers economic, environmental and social value for all project stakeholders, while reducing risk during operations through cross-disciplinary, connected, data-driven solutions.

Eric Skrzeczek of Strabag

Eric Skrzeczek

Eric Skrzeczek is part of the Direktion Niedersachsen / Sachsen-Anhalt of STRABAG AG in Road Construction Germany. He is responsible for mobile mapping, laser scanning and GIS.

In the GIS area, he is now the contact person for the northern half of Strabag’s road construction in Germany, as well as being involved in the further development of digitisation as part of the BIM team.

Eric comes from an engineering surveying background, where he gained his first experience with laser scanners. He then worked in the cadastral administration as well as in the road construction authority and has now been with Strabag for almost five years.

Laura Rehlen of NavVis

Laura Rehlen

Laura Rehlen is part of the Market Intelligence and Strategy Team at NavVis. As an AEC industry expert, she supports and drives the digitization of the construction sector, helping professionals address their most compelling challenges.

Laura comes from an engineering background and has experience in the planning and execution of civil and heavy engineering projects, project management, and green building certification.

Alex Elderton of VolkerFitzpatrick

Alex Elderton

Alex is Head of Digital Transformation at VolkerFitzpatrick and has over 25 years of experience overseeing complex infrastructure projects. Over the past five years, he has been at the forefront of shaping the company’s Digital Strategy, leading innovation R&D, and driving implementation efforts. From the outset of his career, Alex has championed digital technologies that enhance communication and collaboration ultimately contributing to improved project outcomes.

His time is devoted to engaging closely with project delivery teams to identify key project challenges and solutions and supports the team with upskilling and adoption. Simultaneously, he collaborates with digital support teams, introducing innovative technologies and streamlined workflows, all aimed at ensuring straightforward and efficient user experiences that tackle project delivery challenges.

Lampros Arvanitis, associate director, Laminar Projects

Lampros Arvanitis

Lampros Arvanitis is a Data & Digital Associate Director at Laminar Projects, holding an MEng in Civil Engineering and an MSc in Building Information Modelling.

Lampros has 10-plus years of hands-on experience in improving the delivery of large infrastructure projects through digital transformation.

Will Needham of Laminar Projects

Will Needham

Will Needham is a Chartered Construction Manager with CIOB and a Lead Construction Data Strategist at Laminar Projects.

Will has worked building data-driven workflows and products on some of the largest infrastructure projects in the UK and abroad.

Liam Jones of Ideagen Mail Manager

Liam Jones

Liam Jones is senior client manager at Ideagen Mail Manager.

Liam has been helping organisations globally reduce risk, improve information visibility, save time and take back control of project correspondence for 3-plus years.

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