Video: NXT BLD London conference – Paul Nichols, Skanska

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Skanska’s virtual journey – NXT BLD London, June 2017


Paul explains how Skanska is utilising the latest VR and AR technologies to influence behaviours on site and to assist its next generation of engineers in visualising their designs and for interaction and learning. By using VR for learning, for example, Skanska has found construction workers are able to retain site training info for longer as VR uses a different part of brain. Paul also shares how Skanska is testing the latest Mixed Reality tech and where it can be applied.

View the other NXT BLD presentations

■ Tom Greaves, DotProduct

Reality modelling with phones and tablets

■ Tim Geurtjens, MX3D

To print a steel bridge in Amsterdam


■ Faraz Ravi, Bentley Systems

Virtualised environments in infrastructure

■ Mike Leach, Lenovo

Enhancing performance through the workflow

■ Martin McDonnel, Soluis / Sublime

VR, MR, real time viz and the Augmented Worker

■ Dan Harper, Cityscape

Virtual Reality (VR) beyond the hype

■ Rob Charlton, Space Group

The positive impact of accelerating technologies

Arthur Mamou-Mani, Mamou-Mani

Constructing (and deconstructing) buildings with cable robots

■ Philippe Paré and Akshay Sethi, Gensler

Seeing is believing: using game-changing tools to discover the soul of design

■ Johan Hanegraaf, Mecanoo Architecten

Communicating the certainty of conceptual ideas through immersive means



NXT BLD is organised by AEC Magazine and brings next generation architecture, engineering and construction technologies to life in an exclusive conference and exhibition. These emerging technologies facilitate new ways of designing, enhancing the use of 3D models, applying Artificial Intelligence (AI) and offering new possibilities in digital fabrication and construction.

NXT BLD London took place on 28 June at The British Museum, London in association with Lenovo. The conference covered innovations in Virtual and Augmented Reality, design visualisation, digital fabrication and AI.


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