Philip is a Chartered Engineer and is part of the Civil Engineering leadership team within Laing O’Rourke’s Engineering Excellence Group, focussing on innovation within the infrastructure sector and beyond. As part of his role within the Engineering Excellence Group Philip works closely with clients, technology partners, centres of education, and Laing O’Rourke’s own internal supply chain, and has developed an understanding of the needs and challenges that face the industry as we move forwards into a new digital age of construction. Since joining the business three years ago he has worked closely with project teams on the A453 widening in Nottingham, the Northern Line Extension and Thames Tideway Tunnel. More recently Philip has been working on a research and development project to develop a new digital platform for the design, manufacture, construction and maintenance of bridges. Prior to that, as part of over 12 years of wider experience, Philip worked for Alan Baxter & Associates, a highly regarded Civil & Structural Engineering design consultancy, and spent over 5 years on the redesign of London Bridge Station as part of the Thameslink Programme.
The keynote is entitled "The Construction Industry: A Digital Future". The construction industry is under increasing pressure to build faster, cheaper, greener and safer. This was reinforced by the clear targets set around these headings in the Governments Construction 2025 report. How do we as an industry respond to this challenge? How do we utilise and leverage the increasing array of digital tools, software platforms, technologies and data to our advantage? It is not good enough to simply state that BIM is the answer, without either understanding the challenges that we face in deployment on real projects, or without fully grasping the opportunity that it presents to us. It is important that we first understand the obstacles that are inherent within our current traditional design, procurement and contractual processes. Let’s explore some of these issues, discuss how technology is deployed on projects today, and how digital component libraries and off site manufacturing techniques can be combined in the near future to drive change in our industry for the better.