Digital Innovation and Delivery to Improve Construction Productivity

Digital adoption and collaboration as the driver for engineering excellence

11 - 12 Nov 2019Novotel Ellerslie, Auckland
Event Details
separately bookable workshops
Workshop 1: Creating a robust framework for BIM implmentation
9.00am - 12.30pm

The key benefits of BIM as an all-encompassing methodology are to deliver assets efficiently, to programme, through the optimisation of technology, sound processes and collaborative team working.  If this goes to plan the potential to generate useable and reliable asset information is greatly enhanced as is the likelihood that assets will function and operate as intended.


Who should attend?

This workshop is relevant to anyone who is involved in the delivery of construction projects – clients, designers, engineers, consultants, contractors and specialists.


Why you should attend?

No matter what your role is within a design and construction project you will receive information and generate information in some format.  The way you work with others and the way you structure, present, share and manage your information is fundamental to the benefits of BIM being realised.  But there has to be a robust framework in place to give project teams insight into the client’s information requirements and there has to be a strategy in place for collaborative production, management, exchange and use of information.  Without these, the benefits of BIM may only be realised by chance.

This workshop will help you to understand the more detailed processes within BS EN ISO 19650 Part 2, particularly how they encourage the creation and implementation of a framework that cascades from the client and throughout a project team.  It will ask you to consider current ways of working in New Zealand, their effectiveness and what the opportunities are for alignment with ISO 19650. It will also require you to critically analyse your own specific role and how you work with other people within a collaborative project team.   

It will be an interactive session with all delegates contributing through discussion and participating in activities. Primary learning outcomes are to enable delegates to:

  • Understand the principles of the information management framework as set out in ISO 19650-2
  • Contrast these with practical and successful ways of working in New Zealand
  • Examine existing information-based practices and evaluate opportunities to improve effective and efficient methodologies

Sarah Davidson

Associate Professor, Faculty of Engineering

University of Nottingham

Sarah Davidson is an Associate Professor at the University of Nottingham and is a Fellow member of the RICS. Before joining the University Sarah worked in the construction industry for both consultant organisations and contracting bodies. More recently Sarah has focussed on information management processes, construction cost data modelling and industry performance analysis. Alongside her academic career, Sarah continues to work with clients to embed building information modelling and management into business as usual – her focus is public sector clients working with complex projects in the scientific and defence arenas. Sarah is also a member of the UK BIM Alliance Executive Team – she is currently working with a collaborative group comprising BSI, CDBB and the UK BIM Alliance developing guidance for the new ISO 19650 standards.

Workshop 2: How to educate and train your employees in BIM related processes and methodologies
1.30pm - 5.00pm

How to educate and train your employees in BIM related processes and methodologies

Training in BIM requires strategic planning and a managed and controlled process. This workshop will explain the principles of a training strategy in BIM and Digital Engineering to allow you to go away and implement a training strategy within your organisation. Looking at technical skills is only one component of a BIM training strategy and Rebecca will explain all of the components of a BIM training strategy and how it can be effectively implemented to enable your people to grow skills.


Who should attend?

This workshop is relevant to anyone who is involved in the development of BIM skills within your organisation and/or those who work on construction projects with BIM deliverables in mind – clients, designers, engineers, consultants, contractors and specialists.


Why you should attend?

Many organisations are working hard to upskill their employers in terms of BIM skills and knowledge but are not sure where to start. This session will explain the importance of a well-planned and strategically guided BIM Training plan which will help you to implement training across your organisation which supports your current knowledge as well as the requirements for future skills. Far too many companies are neglecting the importance of a strategic framework for training in BIM and Digital Engineering and therefore it is crucial this is addressed to support your company’s future.

This workshop will help you to assess your current skills and where training is required across your business in terms of the particular roles, people and technologies you use to support BIM projects. As an expert in the BIM Training space, Rebecca will explain the importance of a variety of differing training methods such as workshop (face to face), online and virtual classrooms which all form part of an effective training strategy.

This will be an interactive / workshop style session where delegates are encouraged to interact and come away with their own strategy for a BIM training plan which can support how your staff learn and grow. Primary learning outcomes are to enable delegates to: 

  • Create and develop a BIM strategy for your organisation.
  • Assess your company’s current BIM Skills in terms of their knowledge in BIM Process as well as technology to create focused training based on individual skill requirements.
  • Understand how training can be implemented across differing divisions of your company and supporting differing role requirements.
  • Review the importance of a consistent set of learning outcomes to base your training around and what the training content looks like.

Rebecca De Cicco


Digital Node

Rebecca's career began as an architect but naturally bled into technology roles where she was able to influence organisations and employees on the benefits of digital in the workflow when designing and constructing. After a series of successful senior roles in Architectural practices she gained her Masters in Construction Management and became a leader in BIM in the UK. Rebecca founded Digital Node in 2013 after working in the Construction industry in the UK and the organisation aims to provide advice and insight to construction professionals all over the world on BIM, Digital Engineering and Technology led productivity. As a keen advocate for knowledge share Rebecca also volunteers with groups like Building Smart and the UK BIM Alliance as well as local groups in Australia such as BIM/Build SA. She also regularly speaks at industry events all over the world as well as supports the Autodesk Developer Network and feedback community and other educational focused groups. Rebecca has a strong passion for diversity in the built environment and founded the global community Women in BIM (WiB). She saw a need to create this group to address the global skills crisis in BIM and her knowledge of the amount of women leaving industry. It is her aim to be remembered as the advocate for BIM Diversity and supporting the global skills crisis by promoting and retaining Women in BIM related roles. Beginning as a not-for-profit in the UK and a community on LinkedIn, by 2019, it had grown to over 800 members, extending to women in Europe, the US, Australia, the Middle East, and south-east Asia.

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