Bringing together key stakeholders to explore the future of the industry. Join developers, planners, architects, engineers and contractors at the FT's first construction event.
FT Future of Construction Summit 2017
Driving Productivity Through Disruptive Innovation and Collaboration
Herzog & de Meuron
Technological innovation is at the core of the most radical change the construction industry has been experiencing in decades, impacting the way all its stakeholders operate and perform and, as a consequence, increase profitability. According to the World Economic Forum, the construction industry accounts for about 6% of global GDP, with total annual revenues of almost $10 trillion. It also creates new jobs, drives economic growth, and provides solutions for social, climate and energy challenges. Notwithstanding, this is a very low margin industry; so increasing productivity has been a recurrent challenge.
Disruptive technologies and digital transformation are set to break through the low efficiency and productivity levels in construction. Traditionally lagging behind in embracing innovation, developments such as BIM, additive manufacturing, robotics and augmented reality, are taking the whole industry value chain to a new and exciting stage where stakeholder collaboration, energy efficiency, big data and social value are becoming the new norms.
The FT Future of Construction Summit will bring together developers, planners, architects, engineers, contractors, material and solution providers, among other actors pivotal in the global construction supply chain to explore how a technologically advanced future promises to enhance productivity and boost ROI.
Agenda - 18th May
8:00amRegistration and Networking
9:00amChair’s Opening Remarks
Gill Plimmer, Infrastructure Correspondent, Financial Times
Section One - Boosting productivity through technology innovation
9:10amOpening Keynote address - Why is technology key to shaping the construction industry of tomorrow?
Breakthrough technologies are proving to be the best solution for the much sought after efficiency and productivity boost in the sector. This opening keynote presentation will offer the point of view of a leading global construction company about the paramount role of new technologies in increasing productivity and boosting collaboration across the industry’s value chain.
Jérôme Stubler, Chairman, VINCI Construction
9:40am‘Futurecast’ Panel - From cranes to drones: picturing the building site of the future
- How is drone technology and laser scanning changing the design and building process?
- Will additive manufacturing, automation and robotics become essential tools to improve construction efficiency?
- In which ways can BIM be used on site in order to accelerate delivery and reduce costs?
- To what degree will Augmented Reality and wearable technology change the way architects and engineers work?
- How will the increasing use of off-site modularisation and prefabrication of buildings affect the way a traditional construction site operates?
- What are the legal and regulatory challenges these technology and process changes may give rise to?
Sam Stacey, Director of Innovation and Business Improvement, Skanska
Shaun Tate, Director, Construction, Mace
David Lewis, Partner, NBBJ
Martin Pauli, Senior Architect | Foresight + Research + Innovation, Arup
David Savage, Partner and Head of Construction & Infrastructure, Charles Russell Speechlys
Moderator: Rudi Klein, Chief Executive, Specialist Engineering Contractors' Group
Section Two - Increasing profitability through cross-industry collaboration
11:00amSpecial Presentation - Constructing Tomorrow with Technology: exploring the industry’s digital future
Technology has always disrupted the construction industry. From the invention of reinforced concrete, to the introduction of the mechanical excavator, to the advent of Building Information Modelling (BIM), history is littered with examples. But today the sheer pace and breadth of technological change can seem intimidating. What impact will 3D printing, infinite computing, predictive analytics, robotics, social computing, drones, gaming engines, artificial intelligence, and more, have on the way in which building and infrastructure projects are planned, funded, designed and delivered? From work pipelines driven by sensors, to estimates designed by algorithms; from printed buildings, to big data-driven scheduling; from new forms of project funding, to a new era of digitally-driven localism for our built environment – the implications for the industry might be profound. This keynote will explore the potential for emerging digital trends to radically disrupt the process of construction, the business of construction contracting, and the competitive landscape for provision of construction services.
Dominic Thasarathar, Strategist - Construction, Energy, Natural Resources, Autodesk
11:20amPanel Discussion - Achieving effective collaboration in the construction supply chain –chimera or reality?
- How will digital transformation in the industry help accelerate collaboration via paperless operations, cloud-based platforms and field-mobility solutions?
- What’s next for BIM? Exploring Level 3 BIM as a revolutionary enabler of end-to-end collaboration
- What are the main barriers for collaborating with suppliers and subcontractors in a sector where short-term working on a project-to-project basis is the norm?
- Overcoming resistance for knowledge sharing and collaboration among stakeholders in the construction industry – how?
- In which ways can smaller construction companies be incentivised to switch to a collaborative approach?
- How could such a fragmented industry work in order to agree on relevant standards that facilitate this digitisation process?
Neil Billett, Partner and Global Design Director, BuroHappold Engineering
Harry Ibbs, Head of BIM Project Delivery & Workflows, Zaha Hadid Architects
Lucy Abbott, BIM Director, Wates Group
Nicolas Mangon,Vice President, AEC Strategy & Marketing, Autodesk
Paul Neto, Managing Director - UK, H B Reavis Construction
Moderator: Michael Skapinker, Associate Editor, Financial Times
Section Three - Redefining sustainability in the built environment
12:10pmExpert Colloquy - Sustainable waste management - How is technology helping tackle waste in the construction industry?
- What are the emerging cutting-edge technologies and processes set to cut waste in the construction industry?
- Closing the loop: What technological innovations are supporting and speeding the transition to a circular economy model? And how can the main players in the construction value chain collaborate to drive value in a circular economy model?
- Maximising value and eliminating waste: using lean techniques in construction to reduce waste and improve performance
- Assessing the high cost of waste for businesses – what’s the true cost of waste beyond its environment impact?
- Regulating sustainable construction in Europe – benefits and limitations of the EU Waste Framework Directive and the Circular Economy package.
Nitesh Magdani, Group Director of Sustainability, Royal BAM Group
Terri Wills, CEO, World Green Building Council
Ken Webster, Head of Innovation, Ellen MacArthur Foundation
Robert Spencer, Director of Sustainability, Environment and Ground Engineering - EMEIA, AECOM
Diane Crowe, Head of Sustainability, Carillion
Moderator: Michael Skapinker, Associate Editor, Financial Times
12:40pmCase Study presentation - What’s next in sustainable building? Trends and opportunities in a post-carbon era
This insightful keynote presentation will explore why devising the post carbon jobsite in the construction industry is both duty and opportunity, discovering ways to reduce construction phase emissions and embodied carbon from construction materials, and analysing how construction management firms, suppliers and contractors can work collaboratively in order to minimise the environmental impact of the construction process.
Michael Deane, Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer, Turner Construction Company
Section Four – Changing culture to attract talent
2:05pmNavigating the construction industry’s sea-change
With advanced digital technologies, new industry dynamics and evolving best practices, it is clear that construction is past the precipice of change. Yet emerging innovations – poised to drive greater productivity, growth and profitability – have not been adopted at scale. Seizing these opportunities will require fundamental changes to the industry’s business models and culture.
How can organisations navigate and prioritise investments in technology most effectively? What organisational and cultural changes are needed to lay the groundwork for success? And how can owners and contractors take active, collaborative steps to realise the abundant gains at stake?
This conversation will share insights and strategies that help the industry chart a course through rapid change. Drawing on specific examples in the sector, it will explore how our evolving environment is transforming the way companies work and how all players can adapt to compete in the new age of construction.
Maria João Ribeirinho, Partner, McKinsey & Company
In conversation with Gill Plimmer, Infrastructure Correspondent, Financial Times
2:30pmPanel Discussion - Tackling the construction skills gap: Are we building the right workforce of the future?
- How could the industry improve its negative public image to inspire young people and attract new talent?
- In which ways is the construction industry failing to communicate to Millennials the benefits of working in the sector? Will the technology revolution in the industry attract a tech-savvy generation drawn by the prospect of innovation and collaboration?
- How will ‘Brexit’ impact the recruitment of construction professionals across Europe? How could the British construction sector mitigate a potential exodus of skilled labour by relying upon homegrown talent?
- How can enterprises engage with the education community in order to bridge the skills shortage?
- Are governments reacting efficiently to this skills crisis or can they be blamed for hindering the attraction of global and skilled talent through excessive red tape?
Rob Perrins, Chief Executive, Berkeley Group
Michael Buehler, Head of Infrastructure & Urban Development, World Economic Forum
Sarah Beale, Chief Executive, CITB
Mark Richardson, Director of Delivery, U+I Group
Paul Oatham, Head of UK Corporate Human Resources, Bechtel
Ibrahim Odeh, Director of Research and Founder – Global Leaders in Construction Management, Columbia University
Moderator: Gemma Tetlow, Economics Correspondent, Financial Times
3:10pmAfternoon Networking Break
Section Five – Investing wisely - global opportunities and new markets
3:40pmFireside Chat - Evaluating investment opportunities in the fastest-growing global construction markets
- How are the global trends in urban migration impacting the demand for construction both in housing and infrastructure?
- To what extent is financial instability in Europe affecting the way local construction companies are developing internationalization strategies?
- Which economies within Europe will stand out from the crowd in terms of recovery and productivity?
- How will the forthcoming UK exit from the EU influence the attraction of foreign investment? What’s the current impact of ‘Brexit’ on the housing market and infrastructure funding? Which global countries will benefit from a potential mass departure of investors in the UK?
- What are the main advantages and drawbacks of operating in fast-growing and developing economies such as China?
- What are the main barriers to foreign market entry restricting international competition? How can they be gradually mitigated by national governments?
Antti Peltomäki, Deputy Director General, Directorate General for Internal Market, Industry,Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG GROW)
Hauke Brede, Chief Risk Officer, Allianz Real Estate
Ignacio Clopes Estela, International Director Area 2 (Europe, Middle East, Asia, Australia), Ferrovial Agroman
Lisette Van Doorn, Chief Executive Europe, Urban Land Institute
Moderator: Gemma Tetlow, Economics Correspondent, Financial Times
4:20pmClosing Keynote Interview - Building for tomorrow: Managing risk in an evolving industry
Angus Dodd, Chief Executive, Quintain
In conversation with Judith Evans, Property Correspondent, Financial Times
4:45pmChair's closing remarks
Gill Plimmer, Infrastructure Correspondent, Financial Times
Jérôme Stubler, born in 1963, is a graduate of the Ecole Polytechnique and the Ecole Nationale des Arts et Métiers engineering schools in France.
He began his career at Freyssinet in 1989, where he headed the Normandy bridge and Iroise bridge projects in France, the Hibernia offshore oil platform project in Canada and the Vasco da Gama bridge project in Portugal.
In 1996, he was appointed Technical Director of Freyssinet. Put in charge of major projects in 2002, he worked to expand the company's activities in the nuclear sector and created the Nuvia company, now a subsidiary of Soletanche Freyssinet specialising in the nuclear industry. In January 2009, he was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Freyssinet and Terre Armée and Chairman of Nuvia.
In July 2012 he became Chief Executive Officer of Soletanche Freyssinet and Chairman of Soletanche Bachy. He was appointed Chief Executive Officer of VINCI Construction in July 2014, then became Chairman of VINCI Construction in december 2014.
Jacques Herzog was born in Basel in 1950. He studied architecture at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH) from 1970 to 1975 with Aldo Rossi and Dolf Schnebli. He received his degree in architecture in 1975 and became an assistant to Dolf Schnebli in 1977. He is a visiting professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Design since 1994 (and in 1989). He is a professor at the ETH Zurich since 1999 and co-founded the ETH Studio Basel – Contemporary City Institute in 2002.
Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron were born in Basel in 1950. They both studied architecture at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETHZ) from 1970 to 1975 with Aldo Rossi and Dolf Schnebli. They received their degrees in architecture in 1975 and established their own practice, Herzog & de Meuron, in Basel in 1978. Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron are visiting professors at Harvard University, USA (1989 and since 1994), and professors at ETH Studio Basel (since 1999), where they co-founded the Contemporary City Institute in 2002. Herzog & de Meuron has been awarded numerous prizes, Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron received The Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2001, followed by the RIBA Royal Gold Medal and the Praemium Imperiale, both in 2007.
Herzog & de Meuron are known for designs that are at once highly inventive and sensitive to the site, geography, and cultural context creating projects that are highly specific to their place and program brief, from the small-scale private home to large-scale public and cultural facilities. Their most recognized buildings include Dominus Winery in Napa Valley, California,(1998); Prada Aoyama in Tokyo, (2003); Schaulager in Basel/Münchenstein,(2003); National Stadium, for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing (2008) and the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion in collaboration with Ai Weiwei in London (2012). The firm's highest profile museum projects include Tate Modern in London (2000) and the new extension, The Tate Modern Project (2016); Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill, New York (2012) and the Pérez Art Museum Miami (2013). Recent projects include 56 Leonard Street, a residential tower in Tribeca, New York City, USA (2016); Elbphilharmonie Hamburg (2017) and M+, the new museum for visual culture in Hong Kong (planned completion 2019).
Angus Dodd was appointed Chief Executive of Quintain in June 2016. Quintain is the London developer behind the transformation of Wembley Park in north west London.
Quintain have completed more than 2 million sq ft of mixed use development at Wembley Park and by the end of 2017 will have 3,000 homes under construction on this site and outline consent for the delivery of a further 3,000.
Prior to Quintain, he was Senior Managing Director, Co-Head European Real Estate Investments,Lone Star Europe Acquisitions LLP, an affiliate of the General Partner of Lone Star Funds. Lone Star acquired Quintain in September 2015. Mr Dodd joined Lone Star in March 2009. Prior to joining Lone Star, Mr Dodd served as Managing Director at JER Partners for 5 years. He previously worked at Parkes & Company and Invesco Real Estate (which acquired Parkes & Company in 2001), BZW and Jones Lang Wootton. Mr Dodd has an MA in Land Economy from Queens’ College, Cambridge.
Michael Deane is Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer at Turner Construction Company and a LEED Fellow. His responsibilities include developing and implementing sustainable policies and procedures for Turner’s national and international operations, green building training, operational oversight and sales.
Mr Deane has an MS in Historic Preservation from Columbia University and 25 years of construction management experience including K-12 schools, libraries, cultural institutions and hospitality. He is a founding board member and past chair of the USGBC New York Chapter and served on the USGBC National Board of Directors from 2005 through 2008. He was a member of the Federal GSA Green Building Advisory Committee from 2011 to 2016. He is on the Board of Governors of the Design Futures Council and the Board of Directors of the Recycling Certification Institute. In 2012 he was named Recycler of the Year by the Construction & Demolition Recycling Association.
He writes and speaks frequently about sustainability and in particular the builder’s role in delivering green buildings. In 2013 he was named a LEED Fellow, the most prestigious designation of LEED Professionals.
Rob Perrins is Chief Executive of the Berkeley Group, one of Britain's most successful, sustainable developers. He joined the company in 1994 having qualified as a chartered accountant with Ernst & Young. He was appointed to the Main Board in 2001 and became Chief Executive in 2009. A year later Rob launched 'Our Vision', a far-reaching plan which challenges Berkeley to become a world class business. This evolving strategy pushes the company to create exceptional places, to maximise the social value of every development and to achieve the very highest standards of environmental sustainabilityRob is passionate about Berkeley's corporate citizenship, and in 2011 the company launched the Berkeley Foundation, a registered charity that has grown to support thousands of disadvantaged young people each year. As Chair of Trustees, Rob oversees the foundation's work on homelessness, unemployment, skills development and care. Rob regularly contributes to public debates on housing policy and construction skills, and is a member of the Bank of England's Residential Property Forum. A graduate of Aston University, he is now a member of its governing council and supports their work as a leading technical and engineering research and teaching centre.
Dominic Thasarathar is Autodesk’s primary thought-leader and evangelist for Construction, Energy and Natural Resources. Working globally, his focus is the role emerging technology trends can play in transforming these industries. A Chartered Electrical Engineer and Technology Executive, Dominic joined Autodesk in 2011 from a career spanning two decades in international construction operations – including roles with CH2M Hill (Chief Information Officer, CLM Delivery Partner), Bechtel (Asia-Pacific Manager of Project Systems) and Laing O’Rourke (Project Lifecycle Systems Manager). He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Imperial College and professional membership of The Institution of Engineering and Technology, The British Computer Society and The Energy Institute. His experience encompasses projects in the Oil & Gas, Mining & Metals, Power, Civil Infrastructure and Building sectors.
Antti Peltomäki is Deputy Director-General of the Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs Directorate-General since February 2012. In this function, Mr Peltomäki is responsible for Industrial transformation and Advanced value chains; Consumer, Environmental and Health Industries; and Innovation and Advanced Manufacturing Directorates.
Mr Peltomäki is also the Commission representative at the Management Boards of the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA).
Before that, Mr Peltomäki was Deputy Director-General in the Information Society and Media Directorate General where he was firstly responsible for research cooperation in the context of the seventh research framework (2007-2013) and thereafter for regulatory policy in the telecommunications, media and internet fields.
Mr Peltomäki has also worked as Head of the Commission's representation in Helsinki in 2006 – 2007.
Prior to joining the Commission in 2006, Mr Peltomäki worked for almost ten years in the office of the Prime Minister of Finland, initially as State Under-Secretary, then State Secretary for EU affairs.
Maria João Ribeirinho
Maria João Ribeirinho is a partner in McKinsey’s Lisbon office. She joined McKinsey in 2004 and has served clients in Europe, Latin America, and Africa focusing on the capital projects & infrastructure and electric power & natural gas sectors. She is the global leader of McKinsey’s work with the engineering and construction industry.A key area of focus for Ms Ribeirinho is the infrastructure sector, where she has helped turnaround the performance-management system for a leading construction company, supported the operational transformation of the construction business, and helped define an international growth strategy in new business. In addition, she spearheaded the optimisation of large projects, including design-to-value, sourcing, risk management, and lean construction, in several asset classes and geographies.
Neil Billett is Global Design Director at BuroHappold Engineering. He has been involved in the design, construction and delivery of many prestigious buildings including museums, theatres, galleries, offices and bespoke owner occupied facilities around the world. Neil also has a specialist background in Lighting Design, considering both artificial and natural sources. Recent exciting activity includes developing a fully digital integration tool, linking the scientific evidence of physical space with human productivity and wellness - augmented by a real time parametric solution space modelling tool and engagement with a wide array of Engineering Doctorate researchers plus an internal company group, the "computational collective".
Neil formerly led BuroHappold’s sustainability team which continues to provide cutting edge input to the serious issue of responding positively to meeting and surpassing the increasingly challenging international and national targets. The team is made up of a diverse range of researchers and consultants capable of taking on commissions which range from policy setting and “thought leadership” topics through to masterplan strategies, buildings and product design. He is still a technical adviser to the World Green Building Council and chaired a publication technical committee.
Nitesh Magdani is responsible for the development and execution of BAM's sustainability strategy and roll out across the entire group. He is responsible for coordinating and continuing to develop the Group’s sustainability expertise in every aspect of designing, constructing, managing and maintaining projects for BAM. He’s also Royal BAM Group’s key contact and lead for Ellen Macarthur Foundation’s Circular Economy 100 programme.
Mr Magdani is driven to ensure that BAM is recognised as a leader in sustainable built environments and strives to exceed customer expectations by delivering value over the life cycle of their assets. His focus is on strategic thinking, reinforcing business cases, and looking at the influence of sustainability through all key stages of a development. Mr Magdani’s 13 years in architectural practice, leading numerous sustainability-led high-profile projects has focused his commitment to designing for efficiency.
Mark Richardson joined U+I in September 2016 to oversee the strategic leadership and delivery of U+I’s regeneration portfolio. Before joining U+I, Mark was the Head of Working Winning at Laing O’Rourke’s UK construction arm. Joining John Laing Construction (subsequently Laing O’Rourke) in 1979 as an Articled Pupil, Mark held many roles during his 37 years with the Company, initially in project management and subsequently senior directorships. This included periods leading the Public-Private Partnerships Business, the Southern Construction Business and the HR function.
Mark has a wealth of experience in de-risking construction and managing relationships with consultants and contractors. He has overseen some of the capital’s most recognisable and complex projects, including One Hyde Park, The Francis Crick Institute and Ascot Race Course. Mark is enthused by the challenge and potential U+I offers as a new company with visionary ambitions. He believes that U+I’s values, future focus, creativity and specialism in regeneration and public-private partnerships provide an opportunity to address some of the complex challenges of our times.
Paul Neto is Managing Director of HB Reavis Construction UK and responsible for leading on all aspects of construction management. He was appointed to the position in October 2016. Prior to this, Mr Neto worked for VINCI Construction UK for 8 years on several high-profile projects including Heathrow & Gatwick Airports and as Regional Director for London. He has worked within the construction industry for over 29 years, beginning his career with Taylor Woodrow Construction where he undertook a number of roles across sectors. Other previous employers include Mace Group and Drivers Jonas.
Ken Webster is the Head of Innovation for the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. The Foundation’s aim is to accelerate the transition from a linear take-make-dispose economy to a circular economy. Mr Webster is a Visiting Fellow at Cranfield University and Visiting Senior Research Fellow at the University of Exeter, UK.
His latest book is The Circular Economy A Wealth of Flows (May 2015), which relates the connections between systems thinking, economic and business opportunity and a circular economy. He makes regular contributions to conferences and seminars around the world.
Nicolas Mangon is a twenty-five year leader of the global development of 3D visualization and the Building Information Modeling (BIM) process across the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industries. An accomplished structural engineer educated at the world-renowned Ecole Spéciale des Travaux Public’s Institution for Civil and Structural Engineering, Nicolas infuses his industry expertise in the continued development of innovative solutions for architects, engineers and contractors to optimize the life-cycle management of their projects.
In 2016, Mr Mangon was appointed Vice President of AEC, Business Strategy and Marketing. He is tasked with leading the company’s strategy to move the AEC industry to the cloud for greater efficiency and collaboration across stakeholders and project sites. As he often notes, cloud collaboration and building information modeling are at the heart of the future of building things.
In 2012, Mr Mangon assumed responsibility over civil engineering industries and natural resources with the primary objective to enhance business growth and ensure greater customer adoption of the Autodesk product portfolio. By 2009, he took over both business and strategy for the Building Industry segment. Joining Autodesk in 2003, he first served as a product manager for Revit Structure and quickly became a key player in Revit platform development for the BIM industry.
Prior to Autodesk, Mr Mangon worked at Graitec in Paris, where he led a team of product managers, software designers and developers to address the needs of the structural engineering market. He then immigrated to California to oversee the development of analysis software for pre-stressed concrete structures.
In his current role as Head of UK Corporate HR, Paul is responsible for HR policy and programmes in the UK for the global engineering, construction and project management company, Bechtel across three of its businesses (Infrastructure, Oil, Gas & Chemicals and Nuclear, Security and Environmental).
Paul has a wealth of international and UK experience. In recent years, his career has focused on some of the major UK infrastructure projects where Bechtel has played a key role, including Crossrail and High Speed One. Prior to this, Paul spent time in a variety of HR operational and system implementation roles in the UK, Middle East and US.
Paul is committed to improving diversity and inclusion and he leads a work stream with the Royal Academy of Engineering on Inclusive Recruitment.
Dr. Hauke Brede is Chief Risk Officer and Member of the Global Executive and Investment Committee of Allianz Real Estate (ARE) in Munich. Allianz Real Estate provides Real Estate investment and Asset Management services for Allianz Group companies worldwide, managing approximately €40 billion of equity and debt investments. Before he joined Allianz Real Estate, Hauke Brede was Director at US Consultancy Gen3 Partners (Boston), Project Leader at Boston Consulting Group (Munich) and Chief Operating Officer (COO) Risk Management at Hypo Group (Munich). He holds a Master in Business from the University of Bamberg and received his Ph.D. from the University of Berne, Switzerland. Apart from being a frequent speaker at international conferences, he is also a published author in various journals and a lecturer at various Real Estate educational programs.
Terri Wills is the CEO of the World Green Building Council, an organisation uniting 75 Green Building Councils enabling green building and sustainable communities through leadership and market transformation. Previously, she was with the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group where she spearheaded C40’s networks that have had a direct impact on policy in over half of C40 cities. She also served as the London City Director for the Clinton Climate Initiative, worked with the Government of Ontario on clean technology and creative industry development, and worked for the British Broadcasting Corporation as a Head of Strategy.
Michael Max Buehler is the Head of Infrastructure and Urban Development at the World Economic Forum. Michael is responsible for managing strategic relationships with approximately 50 global CEOs from the engineering, construction, real estate and urban services sectors.
Michael has seventeen years of international, academic and professional experience in the construction, mining and real estate industries including project management positions on major public infrastructure and public-private partnership projects. Prior to joining the Forum, Michael worked with Deloitte in the Infrastructure and Capital Projects Advisory practices in Vancouver, British Columbia. Michael managed projects for clients and industry leaders at C-suite level including major public infrastructure, mining and real estate projects as well as on capital programs and portfolios for private and public entities. Before, Michael worked for Bilfinger, a leading industry player for major infrastructure projects providing worldwide engineering, procurement, construction management, O&M and project finance services. Michael is experienced in managing project stakeholders in complex multi-contract project environments.
Michael has a PhD in civil engineering, an MBA with finance and accounting specialization, is registered and licensed as a Professional Engineer in British Columbia and is a certified Project Management Professional.
Lisette Van Doorn
Lisette van Doorn, a highly regarded real estate investment professional with experience across Europe, was appointed chief executive of ULI’s European operations in January 2015.
Ms Van Doorn joined ULI from LIRE, her own consultancy business, which advises international institutional real estate investors and fund managers on strategy, organisational optimisation and portfolio structuring. Prior to this, she was country manager for CBRE Global Investors where she managed a €1.6bn portfolio of assets in Italy and fund manager of two shopping centre funds (€ 1.3 bn) with assets in Spain, Portugal and Italy. Before joining CBRE Global Investors, she was founding chief executive for INREV, the European association for Investors in Non-Listed Real Estate Vehicles for four and a half years. She started her career at ING Investment Management, where she held account manager and assistant controller positions before being made managing director of research & strategy for ING Real Estate Investment Management Europe.
Lucy Abbott is the BIM Director for the Wates Construction Group and is responsible for the leadership and implementation of BIM throughout the Wates business. Her role includes the integration of BIM into all Wates processes and procedures, providing BIM awareness and technical and competence training to ensure our business and our supply chain successfully deliver BIM services, and overseeing technical support for project teams from bid through to handover. Having worked in the construction industry for over 15 years in Design and BIM, Ms Abbott has a broad knowledge and experience of pre-construction and construction services, business improvement and change management.
Ignacio Clopes Estela
Ignacio Clopes graduated in MSc Civil Engineering (ICCP) in 1991 from Barcelona TECH (Polytechnic University of Catalonia). He started working in 1991 with Cubiertas MZOV (now Acciona) as a young graduate during the 92’ Barcelona Olympics. After joining Ferrovial in 1992, he spent the following 7 years delivering major infrastructure projects in Barcelona. Mr Clopes began his international career in 1999 as Construction Director for the 407ETR highway in Toronto, Canada. He moved back to Europe in 2002 to become Country Manager for Italy based in Milan. In early 2003 he relocated to Dublin to launch the construction business as Country Manager for Ireland. He was appointed Managing Director for UK and Ireland in 2005, leading the launch and expansion of Ferrovial’s construction business in the British Isles for the following 9 years. In 2014 he was appointed Ferrovial Agroman’s Area 2 Director (Europe, Middle East, Asia and Australia) and is a member of the Budimex Supervisory Board and Ferrovial Agroman Management Board.
Harry Ibbs, Head of BIM Project Delivery & workflow manager at Zaha Hadid Architects, involved in the implementation and deployment of BIM projects. Formalize protocol, review and document BIM legal, risk management and strategy protocol across the company clusters. Notable projects include, Bee’ah Headquarters, United Arab Emirates and Metro Station for Riyadh, of the King Abdullah Financial District. Head a group that consists of Project Lead Architects, Senior Architects, and Visual Designers managed and embedded in design teams to deliver projects across all clusters.
Setup and develop ZHA disseminates best practice across the company’s four clusters, creating the workflows, processes and managing the people to execute the project deliveries. Analysing lessons learned, improving and finding further efficiencies within the Business and Design workflows to the project on site delivery.
Facing challenges to incorporate parametric design into BIM legislation and executions plans that specify BIM Software that cannot out of the box compute the ZHA design principles. Major research and development in bridging the ZHA design into the BIM environment, managing a team to develop and test software to execute the nurb intensive designs into BIM Level 2 projects.
Diane Crowe is Carillion’s Group Head of Sustainability, with a specific lead on the Environment. She is responsible for developing and implementing the Group’s Environmental Policy and Strategy across the UK, Middle East and Canada. With a deep expertise in environmental management, she was part of the team to integrate Sustainability into Carillion’s overall strategy through integration with Group business planning. Her role also leads on the collection and data management of the company’s sustainability key performance indicators and annual targets for verification.
She has nearly 20 years’ experience with Carillion working across a diverse business in the Highways, Rail, Infrastructure, Health and Services sectors. Prior to this she worked at the Environment Agency.
She has an MSc Environmental Management and Technology, a BSc (Hons) Environmental Earth Science and University of Cambridge Diploma – Sustainability.
David is an architect with more than 20 years’ experience designing for healthcare, sports, higher education and corporate clients. As design lead for NBBJ’s UK practice, he is acutely aware of the importance of clear design communication and strives for distinctive and functional solutions that promote better living and working. David is especially interested in how planning and design can enhance a city’s health and wellbeing. He is the design lead for the new Royal Liverpool University Hospital, which will benefit and support the city’s regeneration, demonstrating how design can impact both a city and its population’s health. Other clients include the University of Cambridge, GlaxoSmithKline and City University London.
As a born and bred Londoner, he is fascinated by the city’s evolution. With the London office’s recent move to Tech City, David and his team are focused on integrating into their new community to better understand the success and impact of the UK’s rapidly growing tech industry.
Sam Stacey is Director of Innovation, Industrialisation and Business Improvement at Skanska UK, and a Trustee of the Building Research Establishment.
Since graduating from Cambridge University in Architecture and Philosophy, Sam has worked as an architect, structural engineer, design manager and leader of innovation. He is a Chartered Structural Engineer with an MBA from Henley Business School and a degree in Civil Engineering from Imperial College. In 2011 he set up Skanska’s Innovation Centre of Excellence. Sam’s areas of interest are the digitalisation of construction, automation and sustainability.
Robert Spencer is Director, Sustainability, for the Environment business at AECOM for the Europe, Middle East, Africa region, engaging clients in AECOM’s social and environmental sustainability services. Over the last 18 years at AECOM and it’s legacy companies Scott Wilson and URS, he’s worked in China and Nigeria on community development projects, led significant parts of the UK’s industrial symbiosis network for Defra and championed business change programmes to mainline sustainability in-house. He works with clients to develop business cases, strategies, action plans and projects that integrate novel methods for incorporating climate change, resource optimisation and natural capital into decision-making. Robert is active across AECOM’s markets and geographies – from major linear infrastructure to industrial facilities, city authorities to business supply chains. In the last couple of years he’s engaged in dialogue and testing with a wide variety of business and public sector organisations actively tackling circular economy objectives, including LWARB, MI-ROG and Circular Peterborough. This work has involved developing circular economy visions and concepts to both industry and municipal actors, including strategic advice to LWARB’s London Circular Economy Route map – Built Environment working group and Highway’s England’s action plan for a circular economy, which incorporates live applications on a pathfinder road scheme. Robert is an active member of Innovate UK’s Resource Efficiency Steering Group and recently convened an inter-agency forum, MI-ROG, for the UK’s major infrastructure operators to collaborate on the circular economy as a driver for resource and asset optimisation at the programme-level.
Ibrahim S. Odeh, PhD., MBA
Dr. Ibrahim Odeh is currently a faculty at the school of engineering and the founding director of the Global Leaders in Construction Management (GLCM) initiative at Columbia University. The main contribution of Odeh's work is focused on assisting top leading construction firms with strategic management tasks in areas related to: strategy and business development; infrastructure and construction market analysis; and market entry strategy. He worked on several consulting projects and market studies with leading firms such as Skanska, AECOM, Turner, Dentons, and STV. He is also an advisory committee member and a working group lead at the World Economic Forum (WEF) on a multi-year project that is focused on studying The Future of Construction.
Moreover, Dr. Odeh also teaches several courses in the area of construction engineering and management (CEM) where he also one of the faculties at the department who direct and run the CEM program at the department of Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics for both the on-campus and on-line tracks. Classes he teaches are focused on: Entrepreneurship for Civil Engineering & Construction; Managing Engineering and Construction Processes; and Principles of Construction Techniques.
Dr. Odeh also led along with world-renowned guest presenters a specialization in Construction Management hosted on Coursera. In addition, he advises on academic programs and course curriculum development. He received several recognition and awards including the last nomination he got on the 2016 Presidential Award for Outstanding Teaching; a finalist 11 from among 700 nominations and 5,000 faculty members.
Shaun Tate is currently leading Mace’s work on integrated structural solutions; working with new digital technology to change the way the construction industry builds in the future. With over 24 years of experience in the industry, Shaun’s diverse career has seen him manage some of London’s most high profile and technically challenging projects.
After graduating with a degree in construction management, Shaun began his career with a restoration project at the Royal Opera House. Under the constraints of very traditional construction techniques, Shaun developed an interest in new and innovative methods; delivering pre-fabricated facades and introducing a more collaborative approach to working with the client and subcontractors.
In 2006 Shaun joined Mace – the international construction and consultancy company – as a senior construction manager and, over the last ten years, has gone on to manage and lead major award winning projects in London, including Ropemaker Place (a 850,000 sq ft commercial development) and Park House (a nine-storey mixed-use development), via both design and build and construction management contracts.
In January 2017, Shaun completed South Bank Tower for our client CIT, a 42 storey residential building on the Thames. The complexity of the original core challenged Shaun and the team to push the boundaries of conventional construction once again. By introducing a factory approach to elements of the project, Shaun delivered innovative prefabrication methods, raising the bar in terms of quality, cost, time and safety.
Sarah became Acting Chief Executive of CITB in January 2017. She had been Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Performance Director since 2014, having covered the Corporate Performance Director role in 2013.
Sarah has worked in a range of senior roles at CITB including Finance Manager, National Experienced Worker Assessment Manager, Head of Finance and Planning, Head of Overseas and Head of Customer Services.
Prior to CITB, Sarah worked mainly within the financial sector, in both highly commercial environments and in not-for- profit organisations. She has been the lead on several transformational programmes, which include company mergers, systems development and a variety of people and management related projects.
Martin Pauli is Senior Foresight + Research + Innovation manager at Arup Germany. Martin graduated with a Master of Science in Architecture at the Technical University in Berlin. He has strong expertise in the management of Innovation and Strategic Industry Foresight projects, particularly in the field of product and business model innovation in the Circular Economy. With his background in Architecture he is very passionate about how new technologies enable our current building and construction ecosystem to develop towards more resource effectiveness. Martin also published widely about the positive ecosystem contributions, buildings could have in order to mitigate the effects of increasing urbanisation such as Urban Heat, Air Pollution and Acoustic Noise. He has a track record of successful technical and business consulting projects with large international corporate clients and is a frequent speaker on national and international conferences.
David leads the Construction & Infrastructure sector at Charles Russell Speechlys. He is a dual-qualified barrister and solicitor, advising employers, contractors, and consultants on a wide range of construction and infrastructure projects, both domestically and internationally. He also advises the firm’s private clients on high-value residential construction projects in the UK and internationally. David has a wide experience of working on the various forms of standard conditions such as JCT, ICE, NEC, MF/1, IChemE and FIDIC, as well as bespoke forms of construction contract. He advises on the full scope of construction issues ranging from procurement/contract strategies through to dispute avoidance and resolution.
In his international work, David is particularly focussed on the Middle East region. He has delivered training on FIDIC and the IChemE international contracts in both the UK and throughout the Middle East region, including in Bahrain, Dubai, Qatar, Oman and Syria. David has had articles and commentary published in Building and Construction News, and is an editor of 'Partnering and Collaborative Working' (published by Informa Professional). He has a strong interest in how technology is impacting the construction and real estate sectors, and the legal issues that such disruption gives rise to. He was a co-author of the firm’s report on smart buildings entitled “The New Real”.
David is ranked as a Band 1 partner in Chambers 2020 for Construction.
Gill Plimmer covers infrastructure for the Financial Times, writing news and analysis on everything from the UK's Network Rail to the planned new high-speed railway line. Formerly Deputy UK News Editor and Deputy Weekend editor at the FT, she joined from the Independent newspaper in 2000.
Rudi Klein is Chief Executive of the Specialist Engineering Contractors’ (SEC) Group, an umbrella body representing the UK’s premier trade associations involved in the specialist engineering sector. He is a barrister specialising in construction law and President of the NEC Users’ Group.
Prof Klein is acknowledged as the driving force behind the changes that have been introduced over the years to improve payment performance in the UK construction industry. These have included the Construction Act and project bank accounts.
He has campaigned tirelessly for changes to the procurement process to facilitate collaborative working and project team integration. He was a member of the Strategic Forum chaired by Sir John Egan which published Accelerating Change, an agenda for efficient delivery through removing wasteful activities.
He helped draft the Construction Contracts Act in Ireland which was added to the Irish Statute Book in July 2013. He was a member of a European Commission working party drafting a harmonised code of contract law for the European Union.
Prof Klein is the author of two legal publications and countless legal articles in the construction press and in academic journals. He is Visiting Professor of Construction Law at the University of Northumbria and Visiting Law Lecturer at the University of Stuttgart.
He is an Honorary Member of the Society of Construction Law and a Special Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Building.
In 2015 the Technology and Construction Court Solicitors’ Association awarded him the Clare Edwards Award for his professional excellence and contribution in the field of construction law.
In October 2016 Prof Klein was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by SELECT, the campaigning trade body for the electrotechnical industry in Scotland. The award recognises that, during more than 25 years in construction, Professor Klein has championed the interests of all specialists in the sector - particularly small and medium-sized firms involved in engineering-related disciplines.
Prof Klein was presented with the SNIPEF Merit Award 2016.
Gemma Tetlow is Economics Correspondent at the Financial Times, based in London. Before joining the Financial Times, she spent 11 years at the Institute for Fiscal Studies - Britain's leading microeconomic research institute - where she led the Institute's work on public finances and pensions. She holds a PhD in economics from University College London and an MSc and BSc in economics from the University of Warwick.
Edwin Heathcote is the FT's Architecture and Design Critic. He is an architect and designer and the author of around a dozen books including, most recently, The Meaning of Home. He writes a monthly column for GQ Magazine and is a regular contributor for magazines including Icon, Apollo and l'Architecture d'Aujord Hui. He is currently establishing an online archive of design writing.
Judith Evans covers commercial and residential property for the Financial Times in London. She has previously covered investments at the FT and worked in Hong Kong, London and the Maldives for the newswires Agence France-Presse and Reuters.
- Learn from industry leaders about the game-changing trends and technologies impacting construction
- Discover how the technological and digital transformation of the industry can boost efficiency and profitability
- Explore how the next-generation of energy efficient buildings will look like and whether it’s time to fully embrace the Circular Economy model in construction
- Understand why achieving cultural change across the industry as well as building and retaining a talented workforce is key for a successful digital and technological transformation
- Identify the best investment opportunities in the fastest-growing global construction markets
- Find out how project owners are managing risk in an rapidly evolving industry
- Participate in the debate led by global top-notch industry leaders through keynote presentations, foresight panels and insightful interviews
- Network with your industry peers in an unsurpassed environment for exchange and collaboration
FT Live has a reputation for delivering senior level audiences to attend a wide range of world class thought-leadership events across the globe for nearly 40 years.
The FT Future of Construction Summit will be attended by (but not limited to):
- Heads/Directors of Development
- Heads/Directors of Planning, Cost Planning and Project Management
- Partners/Associates/Directors at Architecture firms
- Heads/Directors of BIM
- Heads/Directors of Design
- CEOs/CSOs/COOs/MDs/Directors/Heads at Global Engineering, Construction and Building companies
- Directors/Heads of Sustainability at Construction/Engineering/Material companies
- Management Consultants, Technology suppliers, Insurers, Accountants
- Partners/CIOs/CEOs/Directors/Heads at banks, private equity firms, funds
- Government representatives and regulators
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Standard Summit Ticket £749 +VAT
Presented by (1)
The Financial Times is one of the world’s leading business news organisations, recognised internationally for its authority, integrity and accuracy. The FT has a record paying readership of one million, three-quarters of which are digital subscriptions. It is part of Nikkei Inc., which provides a broad range of information, news and services for the global business community.
Lead Sponsor (1)
Construction professionals around the world use Autodesk Software to evaluate and improve the constructability of designs and the project delivery process. With Autodesk field management and virtual construction software, users are able to deliver more effective planning, coordination, and control through greater design insight and project predictability from preconstruction through execution. Autodesk Construction Solutions help contractors and subcontractors leverage the cloud to reduce waste, increase profit margins, produce results faster, and finish projects on budget.
Knowledge Partner (1)
McKinsey & Company is one of the world’s leading management consulting firms. For over 90 years, we have helped our clients achieve substantial, lasting improvements in their performance, including in the healthcare sector. McKinsey brings a global 360° perspective across all stakeholders and an understanding of how healthcare really works. We have the experience and scale to provide real expertise across the system.
Globally, our Pharmaceuticals & Medical Products and Healthcare Systems & Services teams includes more than 1,700 consultants, over 150 doctors with patient care or research experience, and at least 250 consultants with Master’s or doctoral degrees in the life sciences and medical fields. In addition, to fully capture opportunities, we can draw on more than 1000 advanced analytics experts and data scientists, 250 world class innovators and designers and over 2300 digital consultants developers.
Legal Partner (1)
Charles Russell Speechlys is an international law firm with offices in the UK, Europe, the Middle East and Hong Kong. We have an unusually broad range of skills and experience across the full spectrum of business and personal needs. This gives us a wider perspective, clear insight and a strongly commercial long-term view. We use this approach to secure the growth of our clients as they move confidently into the future.
Our forty person Construction, Engineering & Projects group provides the full range of contentious and non-contentious services for large scale construction and engineering projects, in the UK and internationally. We mainly act for commercial clients across a wide range of business sectors, but with a particular emphasis on real estate developers, property investment companies, contractors, and major engineering consultancies. We also advise high net worth individuals when undertaking high value residential construction projects.
Core non-contentious construction legal services include advising on all forms of construction and engineering contracts and associated documentation, insurance arrangements, and related financial security (such as bonds, guarantees and letters of credit). We also advise on obtaining suitable warranties and use of third party rights in sale and purchase agreements.
Our construction dispute resolution experience is extensive. It covers mediation, adjudication, arbitration (domestic and international), expert determination, as well as bringing and defending claims brought in the Technology and Construction Court. We focus our dispute resolution strategy on maximising the net recovery for our clients when bringing claims, and minimising or extinguishing their exposure when defending them.
Our construction specialists are based across our UK offices and internationally within our three Middle East offices. The team includes dual qualified barristers and solicitors, engineers, and accredited mediators and adjudicators. Our full-service approach ensures that our client’s priorities are identified, and an appropriate strategy adopted to achieve them. Our aim is to provide a personable and highly responsive specialist service to long standing clients in our chosen sectors.
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Established in 1980 by current Chairman Rae Borras, Borras Construction have grown into a multi-million pound contractor through a determined pursuit of excellence and continuous, collaborative client relationships. Today they utilise their extensive experience to provide tailored, effective solutions through four operating divisions based out of their St Albans headquarters.
Operating in a number of diverse sectors, including education, heritage and commercial, across London, the Northern Home Counties and South Midlands their mission is:
“To be the SME building contractor of choice in our chosen operating areas for clients, our supply chain and employees”
HB Reavis is an international real estate developer founded in 1993 in Bratislava, Slovakia. It operates in the United Kingdom, Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Germany and in Turkey and is currently the third largest developer in Europe, according to PropertyEU’s annual ‘Top Developers Survey’.
The operations have so far yielded a total of 9.88 million sq ft of modern offices, shopping and entertainment spaces and by 2019, HB Reavis is planning to hold one third of the company’s portfolio in London. HB Reavis relies on a fully integrated business model and has total assets of £1.8 billion, with a net asset value of £1 billion.
In July 2016, HB Reavis sold 33 Central to Wells Fargo for £300 million. The deal was one of the largest single office deals in the City of London market in 2016, and one of the most significant post-EU referendum commercial property transactions.
Supporting Partners (5)
Founded in Fort Worth, Texas, in 1955, the National Association of Women in Construction is one of the world's longest running organisations for women working in construction. Run entirely by volunteers, NAWIC UK and Ireland is a diverse Not-For-Profit Association with a presence in seven separate regions.
We are committed to encouraging individuals to pursue, establish and sustain successful careers in the Construction Industry through encouraging opportunities to access inside knowledge, share best practice, develop personal and professional skills and to grow professional networks.
We aim to promote the positives in the Construction Industry as a whole and to highlight the fantastic work carried out by professionals working within. Our members which, include both those working directly in the industry and those providing services to it share the team spirit which is characteristic of our industry.
Our key targets are : A shift of focus from gender to ability. Levelling the playing field across the industry. Ending of stereotypes.
To achieve this, our work focuses on: Supporting the development of members. Inspiring the young to look at the industry as a valid source for a future career. Reaching out to the entirety of our peers in order to deliver a real difference.
Construction Global is an innovative digital publication aimed at bringing business executives and others with an interest in the sector up-to-date with the latest news, information and trends from across the industry. Our digital platform includes an interactive website and magazine experience that will bring you inside the world of construction with comprehensive insight and analysis. We seek to inform, engage and interact with construction executives about key trends, technological advances and software innovation, modern construction techniques, operational excellence and more.
We strive to bring you the latest on contract awards and completion, green building, infrastructure and other major projects, equipment, architecture, industry events, managerial appointments and more besides. With a physical presence in many of the world's largest economies, Construction Global is abreast of news and developments occurring around the clock. We strive to keep our ears to the ground and our fingers on the pulse to bring time-poor executives a breakdown of the most important news updates from one of the world's largest and most influential industries.
Specialist Engineering Contractors (SEC) Group
SEC Group provides high-level, coordinated representation for engineering specialists working in the construction industry in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland - the largest sector of UK construction by value. It is an umbrella representative body comprising the sector’s premier trade associations: the British Constructional Steelwork Association, Electrical Contractors’ Association, Building Engineering Services Association, Lift and Escalator Industry Association, SELECT (Electrical Contractors’ Association for Scotland) and the Scottish & Northern Ireland Plumbing Employers’ Federation (SNIPEF).
Overall, the specialist engineering sector includes 60,000 firms – largely SMEs – employing 832,000 people. Firms represented by SEC Group account for 35% of construction output in the UK.
The Construction Alliance is the grouping of major construction trade organisations working together within the remit of the Strategic Forum for Construction. The Alliance represents over 13,500 individual companies and organisations involved in the construction industry. Alliance membership comes from across the UK and represents constructors throughout the supply chain. The founding member trade bodies are The National Federation of Builders (NFB), The Scottish Building Federation (SBF) and The Civil Engineering Contractors Association (CECA) . They have come together to work on the significant common issues that affect our industry and to devolve best practice throughout their memberships.
The Construction Industry Council (CIC) is the representative forum for the professional bodies, research organisations and specialist business associations in the construction industry. CIC’s mission is to improve the UK construction industry by collectively representing and supporting the built environment professions.
Progressclaim.com is a cloud based collaboration platform allowing both main contractors and subcontractors to save significant time and cost by automating the application for payment, valuation, variation and certification process.
The platform provides a secure, efficient environment for the exchange of information necessary to certify a contract payment. By accurately issuing conforming applications for payment and payment notices, Progressclaim.com ensures compliance with common law contracts and the Construction Act.
This easy-to-use software can be accessed anywhere at any time, on any device and can be up and running within your business in a day. Integrating with ERP and finance solutions, Progressclaim.com gives both main contractor and subcontractor a holistic approach to their billing and payment needs.