4 Firms We Met At Digital Construction Week 2019

Posted by Deltek on October 22, 2019

Digital construction week

Twitter Tweet it: '4 Firms We Met At Digital Construction Week 2019'

Were you at this year's Digital Construction Week conference and exhibition at the London ExCel Centre?

If you were one of the 6,000+ in attendance, you were unlikely to have been disappointed. This year featured drones racing, leaflet wielding robots, and the opportunity to expand the limits of your imagination with augmented reality goggles. The general atmosphere of excitement around new technology and the sheer amount of interactive innovation on show, kept the crowds energised as they connected with the 200 firms exhibiting and bounced from the 'Innovation Stage' to 'BIM Workshops' to the 'Geospatial Theatre'.  

The Deltek team had some great conversations with industry professionals looking to begin their digital transformation journey - starting with the crucial foundations of information management

Over the two days, we also took the opportunity to catch-up with fellow exhibitors and get their take on the main conversation themes at this year's event - see what they had to say below!

 

[Report] Digitalising Construction


Get insights from industry leading contractors.


Download

 

1. Klaus Rieke, Reality Capture Technical Specialist - Leica Geosystems

Leica

What's your key takeaway from this year's event?

"What has caught my attention the most, is how amazing it is that the technology now exists to automate every process in Construction - looking around me, there's so much that helps you do everything faster, in an easier fashion. Take for example the laser scanners we offer at Leica - they sound complex, but a lot of thought has gone into creating products that offer an incredibly simple user experience. It's now easier than ever to get your team started with such technology."

What do you think is the top challenge for the Construction industry right now?

"I think the top challenge is around documentation and collaboration. So much time is spent checking the work of contractors. Firms need to focus on how they can attain single information capture that facilitates multi-use."

 

"Firms need to focus on how they can attain single information capture that facilitates multi-use."

 

Tell us about Leica Geosystems

"Revolutionising the world of measurement and survey for nearly 200 years, Leica Geosystems, part of Hexagon, creates complete solutions for professionals across the planet. Known for premium products and innovative solution development, professionals in a diverse mix of industries, such as aerospace and defence, safety and security, Construction, and manufacturing, trust Leica Geosystems for all their geospatial needs. With precise and accurate instruments, sophisticated software, and trusted services, Leica Geosystems delivers value every day to those shaping the future."

What's your top tip for firms looking to digitally transform?

"I think the key piece of advice right now is 'start by starting'. If firms don't get started, they will be left behind."

2. George Dey, Business Development Manager - Bluesky

Bluesky stand

What's your key takeaway from this year's event?

"For me, it has been very interesting to see how much the Construction industry is starting to embrace technology like 3D modelling. The technology has been around for so long and not been taken advantage of - but it seems like the industry is finally ready to get going with it."

What do you think is the top challenge for the Construction industry right now?

"I think the top challenge is taking on new technology in the right way. Many seem to be attempting to take on new tech, but they aren't fully committing or they're just not implementing it in the right way - and so it's not becoming a part of their culture in the way it should."

 

"We’ve had 3D data for years – but people have been afraid to even look at what's out there."

 

Tell us about BlueSky

"Bluesky is the leading aerial survey company in the UK providing a range of survey, geographic and CAD data, including aerial photography, mapping and LiDAR. Our continuous investment in cutting edge technology enables us to offer the most accurate, current and highest resolution datasets available. Customer focussed and committed to innovation our products and services are constantly evolving to meet the needs of a broad range of market sectors in the 21st century. These include 3D building models, National Tree Map™, topographic mapping, thermal surveys and a range of specialist data analysis. In addition to this we are Ordnance Survey partners."

What's your top tip for firms looking to digitally transform?

"Embrace the new technology that's coming out. We’ve had 3D data for years – but people have been afraid to even look at what's out there. Now is the time to take action."

3. Sarah Crawford, Operations Director - Chalkstring

Chalkstring team - updated

What's your key takeaway from this year's event?

"Aside from the fantastic Katsu Curry? ...

My key takeaway is based on the responses of my audience during my keynote presentation. Only 4 out of 40 in attendance were currently implementing software - the rest were considering it. And only those currently implementing it said they see software implementation as a ‘change project’. It’s really made me question how we can better educate the industry on how to implement and adopt technology successfully, so that companies can reap the benefits much faster. I’m not convinced it’s being approached right at a high level – people seem to consider an implementation as 'training' and forget that by virtue of introducing technology, processes will often need to change. To me, training is simply one part of the implementation jigsaw."

What do you think is the top challenge for the Construction industry right now?

"Digitalisation. We are second to the bottom when it comes to adopting tech. Agriculture and fishing are the only industries performing worse than us. Technology is so fast moving - the industry can't seem to keep up."

 

"People seem to consider an implementation as 'training' and forget that by virtue of introducing technology, processes will often need to change."

 

Tell us about Chalkstring

"Chalkstring is powerful software to help Construction contractors and subcontractors to price, manage and deliver all financial aspects of their projects easily. Designed specifically for Construction projects, Chalkstring provides real-time information on how each project is performing, what costs you are liable for and if the project is on track to be profitable."

What's your top tip for firms looking to digitally transform?

"I really recommend that those companies introducing technology consider their implementation as more than just training. Change really doesn’t need to be onerous if you ask the right questions, consider the right factors and plan it properly, covering both people and process. To me, these are the success factors for any business wanting to reap the benefits of tech."

Sarah has written more about her experience at last week's event here.

4. Ray Smith, CEO - Rotor Pilot

Drone simulation

What's your key takeaway from this year's event?

"My key takeaway was just how much growth there's been around the understanding of how drones can be applied in the Construction industry. Attendees this year have been very receptive as to how drones can help. This perhaps shows a change in industry mind-set towards technology overall."

What do you think is the top challenge for the Construction industry right now?

"We are currently working with the CITB and through this relationship we've been able to see that the rise of technology has brought about a real challenge around how we train people up to use that tech and how we bring the right people into the industry to meet the new skill set that’s needed."

 

"Make sure you are partnering with the right companies who will help you get to where you want to. You can’t do it all on your own."

 

Tell us about Rotor Pilot

"Rotor Pilot helps users learn to fly commercial drones & practice flight tests. Develop piloting skills in real world commercial drone scenarios. And evaluate drone applications requiring pilot and response team coordination. With drone use becoming common on Construction sites across the UK, Rotor Pilot are seeking to offer the proper training to teams looking to make use of this exciting technology."

What's your top tip for firms looking to digitally transform?

"Make sure you are partnering with the right companies who will help you get to where you want to. You can’t do it all on your own. Partner with companies that have the right skill sets."

Start By Starting

With such a vast - and somewhat overwhelming - array of innovation at their fingertips, many firms are asking 'So, how can we get started?'. The truth is, many Construction firms are not in a position to fast-track straight to implementing drones or geospatial scanners. Working with many clients in the sector, at Deltek, we often see companies adopting technology for fear of missing out. Whilst we do suggest breaking out of the ‘wait and see’ pattern, we strongly believe organisations should start small. Our recent study into the professional services industry perhaps puts it best in advising leaders to “Focus on the basics – but there’s no hiding place from the transformative effects of AI, big data and Cloud computing.”

One of the key mantras repeated by many that we spoke to over the two days, and echoed by our Director of Product Management, Nick Nieder, during his keynote session, is that the best way to get started is by starting. Our recent White Paper explores how several industry leading contractors have done just that - download a copy below!


[Report] Digitalising Construction

Get insights from industry leading contractors.

Download A Copy