Published: 11:43, 10 September 2019
| Updated: 11:22, 23 September 2019
A major, free event focused on construction design, build and product innovation is set to take place in Kent in early October.
Kent Construction Expo is the South East’s leading construction event and will return on Thursday, October 3 at the Kent Event Centre in Detling, bringing together over 2,000 construction professionals, contractors, developers and specialist suppliers.
Kent Construction Expo is backed by Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce, in collaboration with Kent County Council and Medway Council, and is an annual gathering specifically for those involved in the construction industry.
A networking breakfast - between 7:30am and 9am - will precede the exhibition which will get underway between 9am and 4pm. The gala dinner reception starts at 5:30pm with dinner served at 6:30pm.
Kent Construction Expo’s practical workshops will provide visitors with fresh insights into current construction industry challenges and opportunities on the horizon along with emerging technologies, practices and innovations.
There is also a brilliant opportunity for attendees to make valuable new contacts and build their businesses via the unique Meet The Buyer feature, while the roundtable stream provides a focussed platform for discussion where visitors will have the opportunity to hear different perspectives from their peers, share new ideas and learn from each other’s experiences.
Some of the fascinating topics covered by this year’s free seminar programme include future technology and innovation in the industry, women in construction, skills shortages and collaboration in construction.
In his opening keynote, award-winning architect, broadcaster and academic Piers Taylor will be challenging visitors to consider the key issues facing the construction industry over the next two decades.
These issues include overcoming environmental challenges such as waste management and CO2 emissions, harnessing new technologies to rethink how we build and creating collaborative networks to re-engineer outmoded methods of procurement.
Matthew Griffin - who is the founder of 311 Institute and a futurist, disruption, futures and innovation expert - will delve into the future and deep future of construction, providing insights and critical thinking that will help people in the industry to envision it, build it and lead it.
Free workshops will focus on areas such as designing entire communities with Artificial Intelligence (AI), 3D printing, the Internet of Things and Smart Buildings – plus additional insights into autonomous construction sites and robotics, the future of energy & transportation and recycling buildings.
Like most industries, gender diversity continues to be a key discussion with Cheryl Causebrook, who is Chair of Constructing Excellence Kent Club and a prime example of a woman defying the odds to achieve success in a traditionally male-dominated profession.
Today, Cheryl works collaboratively cross-industry with all stakeholders and will be at Kent Construction Expo to speak passionately about how collaboration and communication are imperative to successful projects.
Continuing this theme, female crane operator and recruitment consultant Katie Kelleher will take guests on a fascinating journey into construction from an onsite perspective, examining gender balance and why it is so important to have female role models in construction firms.
Many more guests will make up an exciting line-up of inspirational keynote speakers and, alongside the South East’s largest exhibition of construction suppliers, will be on hand to provide a unique opportunity for those in attendance to get the inside track on major infrastructure projects and the latest industry developments.
For more information about Kent Construction Expo, visit the official website.
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