The Digital Construction Expo: Facing the future of construction in Africa

The Digital Construction Expo: Facing the future of construction in Africa

The annual Digital Construction Expo (DCE 2017) is the only event showcasing digital construction and its growth in Africa. This innovative platform is now in its second annual edition, held as part of the African Construction and Totally Concrete Expo.  Several new features will be introduced at this year’s Digital Construction Expo to help the continent’s built environment specialists unlock future industry development and earning potential.

Now in its second year, the annual Expo – taking place on 23 and 24 May 2017 at the Gallagher Convention Centre in Johannesburg – is designed to promote the use of, and standards for, technology in the built environment.

Vaughan Harris, DCE2017 Digital Director says: “The event, co-located with the African Construction and Totally Concrete Expo, will include the Drone Zone. Here, attendees will get to see why unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are being increasingly used within the building industry for progress monitoring and structural inspections. UAV specialists will also be on hand to educate the construction community on product applications for the sector as well as to help develop the skills of those interested in employing this technology.”

Another new addition to this year’s Expo is the Digital Knowledge Lounge which will see local and international experts from public and private institutions taking part in a series of panel discussions focused on exploring how technology is changing the face of the built environment. “Topics to be unpacked include the importance of upskilling employees for digital transformation, the pros and cons of utilising mobile apps in construction and the South African Building Information Modelling (BIM) landscape,” adds Harris.  Some of the leading industry supporters of the African Construction and Totally Concrete Expo such as the Association of Quantity Surveyors of South Africa (ASAQS), the South African Institution of Civil Engineering (SAICE) and more will also participate in the Digital Knowledge Lounge’s thought-leadership programme that is set to explore how digital is changing the face of the built environment and how processes such as Building Information Modelling (BIM) can transform the construction industry in South Africa.

Free workshops will also be provided during the two-day Expo in order for attendees to gather greater insight, choice and value from software solutions and BIM tools.

DCE2017 workshop topics have been designed to complement the African Construction and Totally Concrete training programme to provide the local construction industry with an extended opportunity for training and capacity building.  Workshops taking place on 23 May will concentrate on estimating, planning and accounting with demos on the latest software applications that are cutting costs, ensuring accuracy, driving project efficiency and enabling the prediction of future expenditure.

The following day, design and BIM tools will come under the spotlight in workshops educating participants on operating systems that are revolutionising digital design and construction. All workshops seat a maximum of 30 people and, with these already at 80% capacity, bookings must be made urgently.

An additional aspect of this year’s event is the Smart Building Village, where authorities on virtual and augmented reality will be sharing how these technologies are being used to transform the way buildings are being constructed.

“This year’s Expo is an unprecedented opportunity to access the entire digital technology world of construction and gain insight into new and improved solutions. It is events like these that allow the construction industry to rethink our current business models, look into market best practices and adapt to new trends to boost our future value,” concludes Harris.