As any busy engineering or consultancy professional will admit, it can be difficult to justify time away from the job. But learning, networking and discovering are all essential to help keep on top of the latest industry insights, research, services and products.
At UK Construction Week (UKCW), engineering professionals get the best of all worlds, with bespoke content on a selection of topical issues in civils and infrastructure, but also exposure to a wider range of construction, regeneration and specialist technical learning.
If you’re still not signed up, here are three reasons why you should attend the largest construction event of the year from 8-10 October 2019 at Birmingham’s NEC.
1. Meet the disruptors
You could leave the future of the industry as a surprise. But where’s the business sense in that? This year UKCW is shining a spotlight on the change-makers in construction. To aid the search, a new Innovation Zone has been established in partnership with the Construction Innovation Hub (the Hub).
2. Your own personal industry MBA
Condense your strategic business learning into one, two or three days of insights. UKCW brings together more than 300 expert speakers, and the UKCW main stage offers knowledge, insights and debates to help prepare for tomorrow.
Major events on the UKCW main stage include a keynote session on day one looking at how digital change will revolutionise the way that the UK’s infrastructure operates. David Hancock, head of construction at the Infrastructure and Projects Authority within the Cabinet Office, Sonia Zahiroddiny, BIM Strategy Manager at HS2, Shaun Pidcock, programme director of Smart Motorways at Highways England and Dr Jennifer Schooling, director of the Cambridge Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction will all be bringing their expertise to the show.
3. Interactive CPDs and workshops
This year there will be more than 150 hours of CPD content available. Relevant workshops for engineers include a discussion on HS2 and the Northern Powerhouse, featuring Tom Veneer, commercial director of HS2, and a session which explains the difference between BIM and the digital twin to support decision making for infrastructure projects.
UKCW has multiple sections including: Build sponsored by Easy-Trim, Building Tech, Civils, Energy and HVAC, Surface and Materials, and Timber. It also features the newly launched Concrete Expo (8-9 October only) and Grand Designs Live (9-10 October only). By registering once, you have free access to all areas.