Sam Stacey - The Transforming Construction Challenge; Funding digital construction
The construction sector is a big part of our economy – roughly 9% of it – and employs around 10% of the UK workforce. Its output – the built environment – enables the services that drive around 43% of the economy. From roads and rail to offices and factories. However the way we produce buildings has not changed in over 40 years.
Imagine if you ordered a new car and it came in a series of deliveries and put together by a series of different workers on your driveway. They work from a sheet drawing and can’t tell you exactly when it will be ready. They throw away 10% of the bits that are delivered and it ends up not looking exactly like what you ordered or performing as you specified either. You wouldn’t be happy, but that is exactly how we build the majority of buildings now.
In this session Sam Stacey, Challenge Director for Transforming Construction at UKRI will provide an insight in to The Transforming Construction challenge programme and how it is helping industry overcome the innovation barriers in moving to a greater use of digital, manufacturing and integrated energy technology approaches when delivering new buildings and infrastructure.
This session will cover why the UK is a leader in digital construction, and how we plan to move out in front, plus:
• Track record of support for digital construction
• The 2018 Construction Sector Deal
• Wider investment in digital techniques inside and outside the industry