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RICS Digital Built Environment Conference 2019

Join leading experts to learn how technology can enhance your practice, save you and your business time and money and provide a better service to your clients.

Achieving efficiencies in cost, time and resource and meeting changing client demands

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Wed 5 Jun 2019
08:30 AM - 05:30 PM
etc.venues St. Paul’s, 200 Aldersgate, London, EC1A 4HD
6 hours formal CPD
£265 + VAT


Fundamental disruption in the form of increased digitisation continues to drive change throughout the built environment sector. As the surveying profession sits on the precipice of a digital revolution, we have no choice but to find new ways of working which will streamline processes and deliver better outcomes in radically new ways. RICS Digital Built Environment Conference is your opportunity to explore the latest innovations dramatically reshaping the way we work, enabling you to harness their positive impact and take away new ideas and strategies to implement in your own business practices to achieve efficiencies in both cost and time as well as providing added value to your clients.

Now in its second year this future-looking event will bring together thought leaders and pioneers from within the profession to demonstrate the benefits of new technologies in practical terms, delivering case studies from across the life-cycle of a built asset.  Don’t miss your opportunity to hear about the latest developments in your sector and ensure you remain at the forefront of an industry which is changing at a rate faster than ever before.


Conference highlights

Join the conference to:

  • Ensure you remain at the forefront of your profession by hearing about the latest technologies and innovations look set to disrupt the built environment sector now and in the coming years.
  • Benefit from a better understanding of the true ROI and measurable benefits of these new technologies for both your business and that of your clients.
  • Understand the need for a shift in culture and attitudes towards technology to successfully embed new digital solutions and devices within your business, team and workplace.


  • RICS Future of the Profession and Project Neo. BCIS has been running for over 55 years and is the leading independent provider of cost and price information to the construction industry.  This session will demonstrate the value that BCIS can bring as well as exploring the drivers behind a recent project to redevelop the platform and the benefits this is bringing to current users and the wider industry.
  • 360-degree view of a project. Join our expert speaker, Jeff Belk, Head of Estate Projects, University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust as he explores the digital evolution and life of a building component or asset from initial briefing through to removal or demolition.
  • Using 5D BIM to enhance project collaboration. What are the fundamentals of 5D BIM?  This session will seek to provide clarity to this question, as well as looking at the progress of implementation and how 5D BIM can really help enhance project collaboration, bringing benefits to project leaders and key stakeholders within the project team.
  • Automation: Job transformation or job replacement? New technologies have paved the way for greater use of robotics within the construction industry and the benefits appear to be wide reaching.  This session will explore how robots are already being used to automate construction practices and reduce material consumption on site, as well as looking at the use of 3D printing tools.
  • Blockchain masterclass. Attend a series of short and engaging presentations on how blockchain has the potential to transform every aspect of the built and natural environment sector. Hear insights into revolutionary new practices in supply chain management, real estate transactions and materials use. 
  • Digital Twins – optimising performance of your real estate asset. This session will provide expert insight into how digital twins are being utilised in practice to enhance the relationship between owner and tenant within the commercial real estate sector.
  • Panel debate: How to get stakeholders engaged with technology. Instilling any sort of culture change in an organisation can be challenging and perhaps never more so when it comes to implementation of new technologies.  How can we, as an industry, ensure that we embrace the benefits that new technologies can bring and enable implementation at the scale and pace required for them to be realised?


To present the sessions, we have invited industry leading speakers, including: 

  • Ann Bentley, Global Board Director, Rider Levett Bucknall
  • Stefan Webb, Director of Digitising Planning, Future Cities Catapult
  • Kevin O’Grady, Associate Director – Aviation, ARUP
  • Jeff Belk, Head of Estate Projects, University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust
  • Professor Jennifer Whyte, Data-Centric Engineering Strategic Leader, The Alan Turing Institute
  • James Fiske, Director of Data and Information Product Group, RICS
  • Pawel Krecz, Product Manager – Construction, Bentley
  • Dr Yingli Wang, Senior Lecturer in Logistics and Operations Management, Cardiff University
  • David Willbe, Partner, Lewis Silkin
  • Ahmed Zghari-Sales, Chair, Construction Blockchain and Smart Contracts Committee
  • Dr Lee Elliott, Partner and Lead – Commercial Research Team, Knight Frank

See the programme

Build your surveying network

You’ve told us that networking is an important part of your conference experience. So, we’ve set aside times in the day to give you a chance to network with like-minded professionals, including your peers and our expert panel of speakers. One of these is a two-course hot lunch while you connect with colleagues old and new.

As part of our conference exhibition, sector-specific exhibitors will introduce the latest products and services to you to add value to your business.



Group discounts

  • Book three or more places and get 10% off
  • Book five or more places and get 15% off
  • Book seven or more places and get 20% off

Only one discount available per booking. This cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer from RICS.


  • RICS Professional Standard Rate £265 + VAT
  • Non-RICS Professional Standard Rate £357.75 + VAT
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