NEWS: Countdown to Digital Construction Week

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DCW will offer visitors a chance to meet the teams behind the tech and try out the latest developments for the AECO industry

From drone races to VR/AR demos, 3D printing to robotics, this year’s Digital Construction Week (at London’s ExCeL from 18-19 October), offers a chance to get to grips with the technologies and processes disrupting the AECO industry.

For registrants before October 1, the exhibition is free to attend and runs alongside the DCW thought leadership conference which has been co-curated by the UK Government’s Digital Built Britain Strategy, and boasts 5 themed seminar streams covering: Visualisation, Geospatial, Industry 4.0, Tech and BIM. In addition to the free seminar content, visitors will be able to meet the ‘teams behind the tech’ in each themed area – with experiential exhibition stands offering demonstrations, hands-on demos, advice & real-life project insights.

Exhibitor highlights include the newly opened Construction Scotland’s Innovation Centre, which will be showcasing the expertise and equipment available at its 35,000sq ft prototyping and training facility in Glasgow. The team from the ‘Innovation Factory’, which is available for industry wide collaboration projects, will be demonstrating tech including their AR/VR kit, Sawyer Collaborative Robot and 3D scanner, as well as showcasing a WikiHouse structure.

More developments in robotics and automation will also be on show via The Design Computation Lab – a new research laboratory at The Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London. The most current work of the postgraduate students involved in the lab will be presented, alongside demos of an industrial robot fabricating the building elements of an assembled structure live at the show.

For those interested in visualisation, stepping into the VR/AR Lab will offer a chance to focus on the business case and practical application of AR & VR in the built environment, using HTC Vives and several mobile VR systems to try out advanced applications used on real projects. While HP will be revealing its pioneering VR project ‘HP Mars Home Planet’ at the show and offering visitors the chance to try out their fully immersive and untethered VR solution – the Z VR Backpack.

In the Geospatial area, a chance to meet the teams behind key infrastructure projects including Thames Tideway and HS2 will offer insight into real-life applications of the latest innovations in this sector, and visitors will get the ultimate hands on experience in the DCW Drone Racing competition where they can take control of their own UAV and pit their drone operating skills against DCW’s ‘stig’ racer.


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