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28 Nov 2023

Productivity Club Scotland

How AI can improve productivity within the construction sector

BE-ST factory

Open to All

This event will look at how AI and technology can be used in the construction sector and embedded in the business strategy and processes.

This event is in partnership with BE-ST and is only open to those working in the construction sector

Location: Built Environment – Smarter Transformation, 3 Watt Place, Unit 3B, Blantyre, South Lanarkshire, G72 0AH

There has been an increase in the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and new technologies in industries and business which can revolutionise the way we work.

This event will look at how AI and technology can be used in the construction sector and embedded in the business strategy and processes. It will also focus on how leaders support their workforce get the most from new technologies.

You will hear from academics and businesses from the construction and manufacturing sectors who will share their learnings and outcomes. You will have the chance to engage with the speakers directly and to discuss how their insights might be applied to your business.

Speakers for the panel discussion are: Alexandros Veloudis, Associate for Austin-Smith:Lord Ltd; Colin Lindsay, Professor, Work, Employment And Organisation, University of Strathclyde; Fiona MacDonald, Impact Manager- Digital Team, BE-ST

Speakers for the case study presentations are: Steven Traynor, Framework Manager, Robertson Group; Stefan Mordue, Senior Consultant, Cohesive; Ben Murphy, Compliance Manager, Robertson Group; Bobby Kane, CEO and co-founder, Autonomous iOt.

Attendees will also get a behind the scenes tour of the BE-ST factory.

About BE-ST

Built Environment – Smarter Transformation (BE-ST) is Scotland’s national innovation centre for the built environment and one of Scotland’s seven innovation centres supported by Scottish Government, Scottish Funding Council and Scotland’s Enterprise Agencies.

Its mission is to accelerate the built environment’s transition to zero carbon, and does this through a range of innovation, R&D, knowledge exchange and service design programmes. Collaboration partners can access the innovation ecosystem as well as a range of flexible tools and support services including an extensive network of academic experts and the Innovation Factory; the UK’s first dedicated digital manufacturing, prototyping, and future skills centre of excellence.


Event Agenda:

10.00 – 10.15 Registrations, teas/coffees

10.15 – 11.15 Panel discussion- Balancing Innovation and Inclusion: Embedding AI for Enhanced Productivity Without Disengaging Employees

11.15 – 11.30 Break

11.30 – 11.50 Case study: Robertson Group – Journey to not quite AI

11.50 – 12.10 Case study: Cohesive

12.10 – 12.30 Case study: Autonomous iO Ltd

12.30 – 12.45 Q&A

12.45 – 13.15 Group discussion

13.15 – 14.00 Networking lunch

14.00 – 14.45 Optional factory tour

Slide to  read speakers’ bio

Colin is Professor of Work and Employment Studies at Strathclyde Business School and Director of the ‘PROPEL Hub’, a £2m UK Research and Innovation project that deploys cutting edge research to inform people management practice promoting productivity and innovation in the workplace.

Fiona is an Impact Manager within BE-ST and is responsible for project development and delivery, with a focus on Digital Transformation within the Built Environment. She has supported numerous digital and data related projects at BE-ST within a business development and project management capacity. Fiona is qualified with a BA in Marketing & Management Science, and a Post-Graduate Diploma in IT and Project Management. She has a solid knowledge base, and the skillset required to connect both systems and people. In addition, she has the backing of the wider BE-ST expert team, and the established industry and academic network, to serve projects with the benefits of experience and exposure.

Alexandros is currently the Project Architect for the Ayrshire Hospice redevelopment. He also provides design development, conservation consultation, BIM draughting, and graphics across various projects. Alexandros is part of the Austin-Smith:Lord Conservation Team and the Knowledge Management Team. With a keen interest in emerging technologies and their implementation in the industry, Alexandros, as part of the Austin-Smith:Lord team, has been researching the impact of AI on the construction sector.

Steven is an experienced and driven senior manager having spent almost 20 years leading operational construction, business development, bid management and framework delivery across the consultancy and contracting sectors.
Steven’s current role is to develop framework solutions that enable Robertson Group to deliver for their customer base. Steven has overseen over 80 projects valued at £600m to date. Since 2023, he has held a role as a Lay Member of Court and Trustee of Abertay University

Stefan is a Construction Project Manager, Change Agent, Architect and Award-Winning author. He is Senior consultant for Cohesive, with international experience of Information Management, Digital Estates, and Digital Transformation, working on national and large-scale change programmes. Stefan is the vice chair of the CIOB Digital Asset Management Group, and co-author of a number of books, including BIM for Dummies and Building Information Modelling for Construction Health and Safety

Ben is working as Compliance Manager for Robertson Group looking at their Compliance on our Framework Project and Project Managing the roll out of their Business KPIs. Ben has increasingly been involved with data since 2019 when he started using PowerBi as a tool to make him more productive and data driven in his role. This resulted in him taking on the mantel of Projecting Managing the role out of Business Wide KPIs based on the Robertson Data Warehouse. This has resulted in Ben taking a leading data role within Robertson spreading the culture and increasing the understanding of its value.

Bobby has a diverse background of engineering and business. He started his career in 1987 in the High-Tech industry with start-up Apollo Computer in Livingston, later purchased by Hewlett Packard.
He gained his MBA from the University of Edinburgh in 1997 and transitioned to the US to work for Hewlett Packard in Silicon Valley California in 2001. In 2019, back to Scotland Bobby decided to start-up Autonomous iOt and share his knowledge with the next generation of engineers.
His mission is to use his skills to develop an Intelligent Technology Platform that tackles climate change and solves actual customer problems.