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Hear from experts in application of digital technologies from the University of Cambridge (UoC) that are helping SMEs in the construction sector overcome digital transformation challenges. Using practical examples that are backed in research you will gain knowledge and inspiration for how your business could implement digital technologies in your operations. 

Digital solutions on a shoestring budget

Hear examples of how low-cost technologies have been used to create solution to everyday construction challenges developed by experts at the UoC.   

Understand your priorities

The workshop will help you to reflect on your own business priorities, identify potential digital solutions to help address these priorities and outline a priority digital solution for your individual business.

Get your questions answered

Get your questions answered by experts who are implementing low-cost digital solutions in construction SMEs.

Who should attend? 

The workshops are aimed at senior managers, operations leaders and those who are keen to explore the possibilities for low cost digital solutions in their business, including Managing Directors, Manufacturing Directors and/or Operations Managers from SMEs involved in construction and manufacturers supplying the construction sector.  

Digital Construction on a Shoestring - 4 FEBRUARY 2021, 12:00-13:30

Throughout this series of events, the I-Construct team will speak alongside leaders within the field to help you explore areas including accessing new market opportunities, overcoming barriers to innovation, and improving your profitability and sustainability.

On 4th February meet us online as we collaborate with the Institute for Manufacturing (IfM) to understand the potential for improving your on-site operations with low cost and off the shelf proven digital technologies such as sensors and cameras.

This session has been developed to help small and medium sized businesses engaged in on-site construction activities explore how they can improve their processes and drive increased productivity and profitability through the adoption of simple and proven digital technologies.

At this interactive workshop, you will learn how simple low-cost technologies can be combined to provide practical digital solutions to specific and real operational and business challenges. You will also see examples of successful pilots and demonstrator solutions in other businesses and identify potential pilot solutions for your company.

Derek Godfrey, an I-Construct industry expert, will chair the session and use his on-site experience as an owner/managing director of an SME contractor to discuss common on-site issues that would benefit from digital solutions, as well as discuss how I-Construct can help companies going forward.

Those taking part in this workshop may choose to engage further with IfM and I-Construct to support the development of their pilot solutions.

Learning outcomes/take-aways:

  • Reflect on your own business priorities
  • Identify potential low cost, low risk digital solutions to help address these priorities
  • Outline a priority digital solution for your individual business

AGENDA - 4 February 2021  

12pm - Welcome, Derek Godfrey, I-Construct Industry Expert
12.10pm - Aims, approach & structure
12.30pm - Digital solution priorities
12.45pm - Exploring user stories and features
1pm - Demonstrators
1.15pm - Q&A, Derek Godfrey, I-Construct Industry Expert           
1.30pm - Closing words

Details of the Full Workshop Series:

2 Feb 2021 - How to use digital technologies to improve productivity in construction - Hosted by Construction Futures Research Centre

4 Feb 2021 - Digital Construction on a Shoestring - Hosted by I-Construct

11 Feb 2021 - Digital Construction on a Shoestring Lunch n Learn - Hosted by Supply Chain Sustainability School


The workshops form part of the Centre for Digital Built Britain’s (CDBB) work at the University of Cambridge within the Construction Innovation Hub (CIH) which brings together world-class expertise from the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC), BRE and CDBB to transform the UK construction sector. The Construction Innovation Hub is funded by UK Research and Innovation through the Industrial Strategy Fund. 

Thursday, 4 February, 2021 - 12:00 to 13:30
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