Alongside Guilhem Ensuque [ATTESTIS], Nicolas will present the CSTB’s latest research on Thursday afternoon.
Nicolas is an IT project senior manager with a strong technical background and engineering culture. He is evolving in various domains such as energy, construction, sustainable development and international environments. He is experienced in leading developer teams to complete ICT projects meeting cost, schedule and quality requirements.
Blockchain For Facilities Management And Operations
Building lifecycle planning is too often an afterthought for owner / operators in the AECO industry. I will discuss the reasons why investments in capital real estate projects should have project management / supply chain transactions via blockchain technology in order to demonstrate value for owners in operations, leasing and real estate transactions.
Brittanie is a Construction Management Professional who works with Corporate Real Estate owners and operators to reduce uncertainty as they make decisions on their construction projects. She is passionate about servicing the engineering and construction management industry and has being doing for 10+ years Project Management. Brittanie is the Managing Director of Constructrr and the host of The Constructrr Podcast.
Brittanie also participated in the CBC Research Discussion on Friday. [Watch Video].
Guilhem Ensuque [ATTESTIS]
Guilhem will present on ATTESTIS during the CSTB Research Presentation, co-delivered by Nicolas Bus.
Guilem is the Founder and President of Attestis, a digital solution to protect building owners against objections to their construction projects via a patent-pending system that continuously proves the presence of building permit notice signs.
Blockchain In Construction: What Are The ‘Breakthrough’ Use Cases?
According to McKinsey & Co., Blockchain may change the World. The characteristics of Blockchain (which include immutability, traceability and transparency) may answer many of the challenges faced by the Construction Industry. These include low productivity, dysfunctional procurement models, fragmentation, and the need for payment and regulatory reform. What are the targets for its earliest adoption? And how likely is it to succeed?
David is Professor of Construction Management in the Faculty of Engineering and Environment, Northumbria University in the UK. Before entering academia he worked for some 10 years as Site Engineer and Senior Estimator in the Construction Industry. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Building and former Chair of the Association of Researchers in Construction Management (ARCOM). He is co-founder and director of BIM Academy, a joint venture company that won the 2017 Times Higher Education Award for most innovative collaboration between industry and academia.
He has over twenty years of experience in consulting, training and lecturing around the world for commercial and governmental organisations and is an active promoter of initiatives that create better practice in the construction industry. He has authored over 150 publications, authored and co-authored several textbooks and has held research funding from the EPSRC, AHRC, UK and international government agencies.
David will join the Friday evening discussion panel on Blockchain and Contracts.
David's practice focuses on advising clients in the public, utility and private sectors on procurement law. He has wide experience in structuring major public sector works and services projects. David has particular expertise in large scale regeneration and infrastructure projects, including competitive dialogue and structuring transactions outside of the relevant regime. He frequently advises on related public law and competition issues in procurement activity. His work includes advising on public sector trade, funding and investment models across PPP, PF2 and other sourcing or joint venture arrangements. In procurement disputes, David works strategically alongside our market-leading litigation team.
David took part in Friday’s panel discussion on Blockchain and Contracts. [Watch Video]
DR. GAVIN JOHNSON [AGENIUM]
CBC Research Presentation
Along with CBC Director Dr Abel Maciel, Gavin will present the CBC’s latest research into blockchain for the construction industry.
Gavin is a solicitor and member of the Policy Project Committee for the Construction Blockchain Consortium (CBC) advising on a range of issues including legal, regulatory, whitepaper development and general policy.
Gavin is the Founder and CEO of aGenium, a LawTech Consultancy, providing services for the legal, professional services and technology sectors. His professional work lies at the intersection of law, technology and process efficiency. He is also involved in several start-ups developing blockchain solutions for a range of financial, asset and self-sovereign identity applications.
Gavin took part in Friday’s CBC research panel discussion. [Watch Video]
WILCO KAIJIM [IBM]
Practical Applications For Blockchain In Construction
Wilco will present IBM’s latest blockchain applications for construction and their practical use cases.
Wilco Kaijim is lead partner for the engineering and construction industry in IBM Europe. An engineer by profession, Wilco has worked almost his entire career in the Engineering, Construction and Operations (EC&O) industry with a variety of roles including project management, supply chain management and consulting prior to joining IBM. As lead partner for the EC&O industry, Wilco is responsible for the business development, solution development and growth of IBM’s presence in this industry across Europe.
Blockchain In Action: How Digital Catapult Is Supporting DLT Uptake By UK Industry
Dr. Rob Learney will present the unique role of Digital Catapult in the UK economy and how this has provided deep industry insights into DLT uptake across the UK. The talk will also cover current problems facing the sector and how Digital Catapult is addressing these.
Rob is the Lead Technologist in Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technology. He is involved in developing new programmes to help groups from multiple sectors explore the potential of this technology to unlock economic growth for the UK. Prior to joining the Catapult, Rob co-founded the Imperial College Centre for Cryptocurrency Research and Engineering in 2014, aiming to create a cross-disciplinary academic focal point for blockchain research in London, and has been following developments across this sector ever since. He is an active member of the UK Government’s Blockchain APPG and the Community of Interest in the subject, and has been invited to speak on the transformative potential of blockchain and distributed ledger technology at multiple international events.
Rob took part in Thursday’s panel discussion on Blockchain for Construction. [Watch Video]
ANDREW LINDSEY [ALPHA CORP.]
Leveraging Distributed Ledger Technology To Drive Efficiency And Transparency In Facility Management
In his talk, Andrew Lindsey will discuss how Alpha Corporation is assessing the distributed autonomous organisation (DAO) model in facility management through the use of smart contracts, blockchain enabled procurement, ledgered asset and claims history, and digital wallets. Through this, Andrew will outline Alpha’s approach through risk management and liability, their challenges to implementation, and legal considerations for personal data management when operating internationally.
After nearly a decade as a serial entrepreneur in the media and technology sectors, Andrew Lindsey now serves as the Director of Applied Research and Development at Alpha Corporation, a multidisciplinary construction consulting firm located in the Washington DC Metropolitan Area. Since joining Alpha, Andrew has focused his strategic efforts on identifying growth opportunities in domestic and international markets with an emphasis on technology and sustainability in the built environment.
How Disruptive Technologies Are Transforming The Built Environment
Abel will present on the CBC’s activity with blockchain and the built environment. He will deliver an opening keynote on the Thursday and close the symposium on Friday. Together with Gavin Johnson, he will present the CBC’s progress with its white papers on Friday morning.
Abel is an Architect and Senior Research Associate at the University College London. His research interests include Computational Design, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Distributed Ledger Technology (Blockchain). He is Director of Design Computation, a specialist consultancy based in London. There, he focuses on the development and delivery of complex Building Information Modelling, Programmatic Design, and Digital Fabrication. Abel brings extensive experience in architecture and research on a wide range of design typologies and scales, working with some of the world's leading design practices, such as Arup, Foster and Partners, Heatherwick Studio and Zaha Hadid Architects. He is a Founding Director of the Construction Blockchain Consortium (CBC) and Faculty Member of the UCL Centre of Blockchain Technologies.
Abel took part in Friday’s CBC research panel discussion. [Watch Video]
MALACHY MATHEWS [TU DUBLIN]
Having had a 35 year career straddling both the design and construction industries, Malachy brings unique insights into teaching. He started full time lecturing in TU Dublin in 2007 and has overseen the move from 2d representation to 3d simulation in the Architectural Technology program. Malachy played a central role in the creation of Ireland’s first MSc in applied Building Information Modelling/Management. He is currently a PhD candidate at TU Dublin researching BIM Anthropology with a side research interest in the synergies between BIM and Blockchain. He is a founding board member of ICAT (International Congress for Architectural Technology) and is the BIM Integration Advisor for IEBC (Integrated Engineering Blockchain Consortium).
Malachy took part in Friday’s panel discussion on Blockchain and Contracts. [Watch Video]
EMMA MCCLARKIN MEP [EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT]
Blockchain And Supply Chains: An EU Perspective
As the ECR Group Coordinator for the European Parliament’s International Trade Committee, Emma has been the lead MEP in the group on Trade matters. Having argued strongly for the adoption of blockchain technology in this capacity, she will share her experiences and convey the EU’s perspective on the regulatory and business potential aspects of blockchain in supply chains and international trade.
Emma was first elected as a Member of the European Parliament representing the UK in 2009. In 2014 she was re-elected as one of five elected MEPs for the East Midlands region. She is the ECR Coordinator on INTA (Committee on International Trade), a substitute member on IMCO (Committee on Internal Market and Consumer Protection), a substitute member on CULT (Committee on Culture and Education), a Member of the delegation to the US, and Co-Treasurer of the ECR (European Conservatives and Reformists) Group. She is also Chair of the Commonwealth Forum.
Having joined the European Parliament’s International Trade Committee in early 2012, Emma was appointed as the ECR Group Coordinator for the committee in 2014, meaning that she is the lead MEP in the Group on Trade matters. She has argued strongly in favour of the adoption of blockchain technology to help boost international trade.
Nicolas will present on KROQI, a free access tool associated with a real ecosystem of applications. The system allows you to work together around digital models and BIM at all stages of the building life cycle, and thus: work in a digital and reliable environment; improve the management of your schedule and your resources; improve responsiveness and productivity; and optimise your costs.
Nicolas has been the head of the Smart/Connected Buildings Division at the CSTB since 2015 and the CTO of Think&Go NFC since 2011.
Marta serves as the Director of Ecosystem at Hyperledger. Marta obtained her BSc in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Warsaw University of Technology and a double Master from Computer Science and Informatics at Technical University of Berlin and Warsaw University of Technology. Marta received PhD in User-Informed Design of Privacy Tools while working at one of the hottest startups in Sillicon Valley – Blockstream. Marta also taught at Technical University of Berlin as a Post-doc. As part of her role in Hyperledger Marta evangelizes the technology and Opensource at conferences around the world and helps enterprises with applying permissioned Blockchains to their use-cases.
Marta chaired Friday’s panel discussion on Blockchain and Contracts. [Watch Video]
SYLVAIN RISS [GRAND PARIS EXPRESS (ASSYSTEM)]
Change Management In Complex Infrastructure Projects
The purpose of this presentation is to introduce what we might expect as a strategy for complex infrastructure projects. Sylvain will join the Thursday afternoon panel on Blockchain for Construction.
Sylvain is the director of the master's degree specialising in construction project management in BIM and numerical modelling at the CESI engineering school. He worked for ten years in project management (design and execution) before joining the CESI to accompany the engineering school on project engineering topics. He has a doctorate in education and has specialised in educational engineering issues. His current work focuses on change management, the smart city and the integration of digital in construction companies and their projects.
Sylvain took part in Thursday’s panel discussion on Blockchain for Construction. [Watch Video]
FERNANDO SANTIAGO [BIG INNOVATION CENTRE]
Fernando leads the All Party Parliamentary Group on Blockchain (APPG Blockchain), ensuring it is designed and delivered in accordance with the vision of the APPG Chairs, Officers, and Advisors. As part of his core responsibilities, Fernando conducts the background research and compiles the evidence gathered by the group in order to inform Parliamentarians and other key stakeholders. He also runs the Blockchain for Government Council programme. He is in charge of the design planning and delivery of the projects under the umbrella of APPG on Blockchain as Blockchain Live Showcase along with the Big Innovation Centre Team.
Fernando has more than twelve years’ experience in Project Management, business processes and operations planning. MEng Civil Engineering at Alfonso X el Sabio University, BEng Civil Constructions at Salamanca University, executive education at IESE Business School and Prince2 Practitioner.
Fernando took part in Thursday’s panel discussion on Blockchain for Construction. [Watch Video]
RICHARD SAXON [JOINT CONTRACTS TRIBUNAL]
Industry Challenges: How Can Data Assist?
UK construction faces a daunting array of difficulties. Some of them may be addressed by the new digital possibilities; others await disruptive change.
Richard Gilbert Saxon CBE is the Chair of the Join Contracts Tribunal (JCT). He was chairman of Building Design Partnership (BDP), chairman of BE (a fore-runner of Constructing Excellence), a vice-president of the Royal Institute of British Architects (2002-2008), Master of the Worshipful Company of Chartered Architects (2005-2006), and president of the British Council for Offices (1995-1996). He was awarded CBE in 2001 for services to British architecture and construction.
Richard took part in Friday’s panel discussion on Blockchain and Contracts. [Watch Video]
JULIEN SOULA [CSTB]
Julien will co-deliver the opening keynote for the symposium on Thursday afternoon.
Julien is Head of the BIM division (since 2015), Director of the KROQI project (since 2016) and head of the “Digital and Data” research Programme at the CSTB. He was the Digital Cities Group Leader (2010 to 2015) and has served as a Project Manager (2008 to 2010) and R&D Engineer (2005 to 2008). He is passionate about digital technology and its potential to transform the construction / urban planning sectors.
Duncan is Professor of Connected Environments at the UCL Bartlett Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis. His research focuses on how emerging technologies such as connected sensors and cognitive computing can augment our understanding of the built and natural environment.
The Connected Environments research at CASA feeds into the Future Living Institute at UCL East and focuses on three core research vectors; cognitive computing - AI at the edge of the network on resource constrained devices; extra sensory computing - novel methods for capturing data and humans receiving it; and spatial reasoning systems - how we can augment / improve our world models with continuous post occupancy information.
Duncan took part in Friday’s panel discussion on Blockchain and Contracts. [Watch Video]
DR SONIA ZAHIRODDINY [HIGH SPEED 2]
Blockchain For Construction
Sonia will join the Thursday afternoon panel on Blockchain for Construction.
Sonia is BIM Strategy Manager at HS2. She applies her theoretical grounding in Computer and Information Sciences and practical knowledge in Building Information Modelling and Research and Data Analysis in the Rail and Construction Industry. She is passionate about Data and Information Management efficiency and determined to improve the Rail and Construction industry processes through digitisation, standardisation, collaboration and better use of technology.
Sonia took part in Thursday’s panel discussion on Blockchain for Construction. [Watch Video]