Are you working at the cutting edge, pushing the boundaries of innovation and technology in the built environment?  Or are you just starting out and have insights that could help others in the same position?  If you have insights and expert knowledge to share that could help drive our industry forward then enter our call for papers to join our roster of renowned industry experts & thought leaders, and present at DCW 2019.

Our call for papers offers you the chance to share your experiences and expertise with the entire industry.  If you have an innovative and inspiring project or story to share we'd like to hear from you.

We have 8 different seminar theatres this year focused on some of the key trends in Digital Construction including; BIM, Geospatial, Visualisation, Business Transformation, Industry 4.0. and much more.

Our Call for Papers is your chance to speak to an engaged and ready to learn audience, all looking to shape the future of the AECO industries. 




Sessions on each stage will fall into one of three categories; Innovation (exploring ideas for the future), Digital in Action (focus on practical learning, current projects, and case study), and Technology (focused on the tools and technology). 

We want case studies, research projects, debates, workshops, live demos, how-to guides, examples of best practice, new technologies and new ideas.

We'll be looking for something that hasn’t been heard before, offering new insights and encouraging debate. Above all else we want to show our audience something truly engaging, something different, that will genuinely help educate and inform them and ultimately something that will inspire and help drive the industry forward.

You can find more info about each theatre, along with entry requirements, and things to consider in the drop downs below.  To enter simply fill out the form and the bottom of this form and hit submit!


Click the pop ups below for more information and then scroll down to fill out the submission form below.




Building Information Modelling (BIM) is a process and a way of working that, implemented correctly allows for more efficient methods of designing, delivering and maintaining physical built assets throughout their entire lifecycle.

In partnership with the UK BIM Alliance both the BIM Village and BIM Workshops aim to help create an industry where BIM is 'Business as Usual'.  Sessions on both of these theatres should focus on educating attendees on the value and benefits of embracing BIM.  We're looking for sessions that offer practical insights and shared learning that can help both those starting out on their journey but also sessions that can challenge and inspire those already engaged with BIM. 



The main difference between the BIM Village and the BIM Workshops is the format of the presentations you submit.  The BIM Village offers theatre style seating for our attendees and is therefore suited to panel discussions, fireside chats, and other more traditional presentation styles.

Alternatively, the BIM Workshops allow for more interactive sessions.  Audience members will be sat around tables giving the opportunity for presenters to run more of a workshop / classroom type session.  This format lends itself well to more interactive sessions where you may want the audience to discuss and debate ideas.  Or where you may want to offer step by step training for example. 

When thinking which BIM theatre to submit for, think about the format of your session.  If it your session requires more particpation or engagement with the audience the BIM Workshops could be for you.



This year’s Digital Construction Week will feature a brand new and exclusive theatre delivered in partnership with the recently launched Construction Innovation Hub. Visitors can look forward to two days of free seminars and workshops, which will explore how we can change the way buildings and infrastructure are designed, manufactured, integrated and connected within our built environment.

The Construction Innovation Hub brings together world-class expertise from the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC), Building Research Establishment (BRE) and the Centre for Digital Built Britain (CDBB) to transform the UK construction industry. 



In the digital world, a precise understanding of the physical is essential.  It allows us to better understand, plan, predict, and deliver projects through greater access and analysis of data to help solve some of the many challenges we find in the built environment.

Advances in this area are spawning high-efficiency methods for construction and operations and, has expanded from positioning to a wider and deeper role in the construction and operation of buildings and facilities.  Geospatial technologies  are already opening up opportunities for autonomous vehicles, the future of transport networks and will be pivotal against the backdrop of Connected Buildings and Smart Cities.

Submissions for the Geospatial theatre should look not just at mapping and the collection of data but explore how this information is used in the context the wider built environment.  How can Geospatial solutions and asset data help drive greater efficiency, improve planning, project delivery and what does it mean for both the digital and the physical built environment. 

In addition to mapping we'd like to see case studies, research projects, and debate linked to smart cities, estates management, the future of transportation networks, machine controls, the connected site and more. 



Advancements in the manufacturing marketplace are driving companies to re-think their innovation strategies to maintain their competitive edge and profitability.  Industry 4.0 represents a new way of delivering a better, more efficient and ultimately profitable construction process, from modern methods of construction, offsite & prefabrication, advanced engineering, additive manufacturing, robotics, materials, and plant.

Submissions for the Industry 4.0 programme should showcase technology at the very cutting edge, the latest thinking and those at the forefront of innovation.  Submissions for this theatre should focus on the future of our built environment.  Exploring but not limited to; IoT, Cloud Computing, Robotics, Artificial Intelligence, Automation, crypto currency, cyber security, Additive Manufacturing, Computational Design, Wearable Technology, and much more. 



The Onsite Arena sponsored by Bluebeam is different to any of our other theatres.  The Arena represents a physical construction site.  The aim is to offer a platform for live and interactive demos showcasing onsite technologies and processes.  Submissions for the Onsite Arena should  have a physical and interactive element.  Think of it as a mini walkaround or site visit.  If you'd rather be running a live demo or site visit than on stage in front of a screen then this could be the theatre for you.

Submissions should focus on topics associated with onsite technologies and processes.  Due to the nature of this theatre we are limited to the number of sessions we can run.  We therefore ask that when submitting your entry you to select a second theatre that you session could run on.



The impact of innovation and technology in the built environment goes well beyond a specific product or process.  It holds the key to transforming and changing the face of our industry.  Representing a huge opportunity for the built environment and opening it up to a much broader and diverse pool of talent and skills.  Making the industry more appealing to new entrants that can help support and boost our workforce.

It also presents a challenge for the way we attract, train and upskill industry talent to make sure we retain and develop our expertise and that the UK stays at the forefront of the built environment.

The Skills Hub will feature seminars, workshops and speed networking sessions connecting industry with educators and influencers.  Submissions for the Skills Hub should focus on either the way you develop and train you current workforce, how you engage with universities, schools, and colleges, or how you work with and champion apprenticeships and grads within your business.  We're looking for individuals and companies that can help inspire the rest of the sector and help transform industry image.



The Transformation Hub will explore business transformation.  Looking at the business practicalities of digitisation rather than any specific technology or process.  We want to help companies and individuals embrace new ways of working by providing leadership and guidance on the implications of technology and innovation on their business.

Submissions for this theatre should focus on strategy and practical guidance.  Exploring but not limited to; digital strategy, business transformation/digitization, culture & collaboration, engaging with supply chain, partners and key stakeholders, innovation strategy, information management, winning work, project controls & EPR, emerging technologies (cloud, blockchain, big data, etc.) and much more. 



Technology has revolutionised the way in which we visualise the built environment and the world around us.  Innovative technologies such as 3D Modelling, Mapping, and Rendering, Virtual, Augmented, and Mixed reality allow us to see and interact with our projects offering greater insight and understanding of environments we are creating and maintaining.

As we move towards a more data rich built environment the power of these technologies grows.  Allowing us to create more complex environments and scenarios.  They also allow us to better plan, deliver, and maintain our built assets.

Submissions for the Visualisation theatre should showcase the power of these innovative new methods of visualisation and the opportunities they represent.  Past sessions have explored optioning at design stage, health and safety training, site management, stakeholder communications and project collaboration and we're always excited to see new presentations on these topics.

Above anything the visualisation theatre offers a great opportunity for visually impactful and interactive sessions with live demos and new releases.



The Tech Stage is open to our exhibitors and sponsors only. 



Note; the form does not allow you to save your progress so please check that you have all the information needed below before you start to fill out the form. 

It is recommended that you complete the criteria in a separate doc then copy and paste across.

  • Name of person submitting proposal
  • Name, job title, and company of proposed speaker
  • Take a look at the criteria in the drop down above and decide which stage you wish to present on;
    • BIM Village
    • BIM Workshop
    • DBE (Digital Built Environment) Theatre
    • Geospatial Theatre
    • Industry 4.0 Theatre
    • The Skills Hub
    • Transformation Hub
    • Visualisation Theatre
  • Session title (keep to around 10 words max) - your session title should be inform but not describe and most importantly catch the eye
  • Detailed session summary (500-750 words) - Tell us about your session, what is it about, what will people learn, why is it important, and what makes it stand out.  Will you provide case study or testimonial, who did you work with, will they be joining you on stage?  Are the facts, figures, or research to support your presentation?  What format will you session take; presentation, workshop, debate, live demo, Q&A?
  • Session description (150-200 words) - This should be a shorter, snappier version of your detailed summary.  Let your audience know what they are coming to hear about.  What will they learn, how will they interact, why is your session important for them to see
  • Speaker bio (150 words) - this should relate to your area of expertise and experience in the topic you are covering
  • 3 Key Learning Points - think about 3 key things your audience will learn and be able take away with them



Please check out the 'small print' below before submitting your paper;

  • Presentations will last up to 25 minutes including brief Q&A. 
  • Speakers and visitors will have the chance to discuss further in our networking space alongside the stage following the presentation. 
  • Proposals will be selected by our conference team. 
  • Submission does not guarantee your session will be included. 
  • Should you have limitations on what time or date your presentation takes place we will of course endeavour to accommodate you.  However, due to the number of presentations this is not always possible. In which case we may ask for an understudy to take your place.
  • Please submit your proposal before the 21st May 2019 for it to be considered.
  • Please ensure that you will be available to speak on both the 16th and 17th October 2019 at the ExCel in London before submitting your proposal.




If you've not presented before at DCW or elsewhere then frankly that's all the more reason we'd like to hear from you!  Digital Construction Week is all about sharing ideas, hearing from different people and growing the community.  We're after new technology and great case studies but we're also after stories and experiences and for people to share their journeys, good, bad, and ugly.

If you've not presented before but have a great presentation or story to share then why not invite a co speaker to present alongside you.  Or change the format from a traditional presentation to something more laid back and interactive (perhaps more of an interview style presentation, or a panel debate, or even a workshop with more audience participation). 

To help we'll also be sharing some presentation tips later in the year to help hone your session even further.  Plus, the show isn't until October, so you've plenty of time to practice! 



Think about the key learning points that your audience members will be able to take away with them.  What new information will they learn and how can they implement what they've learnt in their own work.  When submitting your session summary make these points clear so people know what they're coming to learn.

We have 9 different theatres so make sure your session stands out on the programme.  The title should be catchy, clear, and concise.  The session summary should highlight exactly what your perspective audience members can expect to get out of the session; why should they attend, what makes your session exciting, and as outlined above, what will they learn.



If feasible, your presentation should be as interactive as possible.  If you're showcasing your work with a technology such as VR, why not get someone up from the audience to have a go for themselves.  If you discussing new ways of working why not poll your audience using Sli.do or something similar and get their views.  If you're presenting a case study why not invite the client, architect, contractor, or supply chain for a live Q&A at the end. 

The best presentations are often fun and interactive but that's not always possible.  If your presentation doesn't live demos or audience participation visual aides can really lift a presentation.  Make sure images are big bright and colourful.  The same goes for graphs and charts, make sure they're big, bright and bold.


To enter our call for papers please fill out the form below and click submit. 

Note; the form does not allow you to save your progress so it is recommended that you complete the criteria in a separate doc then copy and paste across.  Good Luck!

If you have co speakers please reference them at the bottom of your speaker bio - name, job title, company name.

If you have any problems submitting you entry please email as a Word Doc to ohughes@divcom.co.uk


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