Landmark programme launched on the modernisation of construction
The construction market contributes nearly £90bn to the UK economy, and is increasingly solving today’s complex urbanisation challenges with smart technology and intelligent buildings.
The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) has launched a landmark news-style programme in partnership with ITN Productions entitled ‘Building Tomorrow’ exploring new technologies that have transformed the face of the industry and disrupted traditional models. The programme was launched at the International Inspiring Construction Conference on 24 November.
Introduced by national newsreader Natasha Kaplinsky, ‘Building Tomorrow’ is an in-depth online programme featuring key industry interviews and news-style reports along with sponsored editorial profiles of some of the leading organisations in the sector. The series of films examine the scale of investments and advances made in the areas of technology as well as sustainability, training and recruitment that reflect the UK Government’s drive for a modern digital industry.
Building Information Modelling (BIM) is at the top of the agenda. In 2011 the Government Construction Strategy mandated the use of Level 2 Building Information Modelling on all public sector projects by 2016 in an effort to boost the economy and streamline the industry. So far BIM has been identified as a significant contributor to savings of £804m in construction costs in 2013 and 2014. ‘Building Tomorrow’ features testimonials from a number of major players in the sector who have embraced the use of this technology and observed its benefits in productivity, cost-efficiency, quality and safety.
The programme also explores the introduction of additional innovative technologies such as robotics and information management systems, which have contributed to a more joined-up, efficient, and sustainable industry.
Digital innovation also starts in the classroom. The UK Government forecasts the construction market to grow and some organisations have been fostering the next generation of construction and engineering professionals, and attempting to close the skills gap, by investing in training and career development. Digital gaming and software are among the educational tools which are attracting the next generation into construction careers.
Chris Blythe Chief Executive at the CIOB said: “Construction is so much more than what most people think. Its impact on society, the economy, jobs and other industries is massive. It touches everybody’s life in some way. This is an innovative industry that uses smart technology and systems to overcome today’s challenges and to adapt to whatever the future may hold. It deserves to have its story told and in doing so we hope ‘Building Tomorrow’ will attract the next generation into one of the most exciting careers out there.”
Simon Shelley, Head of Industry News, ITN Productions said: “Construction is everywhere as our communities and landscapes develop, but each project requires good management, innovative people, and cutting-edge technology. Our aim was to explore the story of construction and engage with professionals from across the sector.”
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