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Digital construction conference focuses on the vital role of technology to the industry

By David Porter

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Delegates from the north-east construction sector will come together virtually this month to discuss the role of technology and digitalisation in building a sustainable future for the sector.

The Build It — Aberdeen Construction and Property conference and exhibition, which runs this year each morning from November 17 to 20, was launched three years ago.

It brings together professionals to celebrate projects, skills, knowledge, and experience.

Jennifer Young
Jennifer Young

After two successful years of bringing more than 180 delegates together, Build It 2020, sponsored by Scottish full-service law firm Ledingham Chalmers, was due to take place at P&J Live in the city, but plans changed as a result of Covid-19.

Aberdeen-based event organisers, Mearns & Gill, took the decision to run Build It 2020, but as an online conference instead, ensuring the north-east construction community could still come together.

Mike Wilson, managing director, Mearns & Gill said: “Face to face events form a large part of our business, and in March we were forced to postpone over 25 events as we waited to see what the impact of Covid-19 would be.

"Very early into the pandemic, we could see that there was more need than ever to bring people together, we just had to find new ways of doing that.

“The construction industry prides itself in facing challenges head on, and finding creative, innovative solutions to problems, and we applied the same attitude to Build It.

"Once again, the industry has rallied round to support the event, and we now have over 20 industry professionals coming together to talking about projects including the NHS Louisa Jordan hospital, set up to help with the Covid-19 pandemic, the impact of Black Lives Matter on the workplace, and post-pandemic planning in city centres.

“This year’s programme will absolutely reflect the challenges of 2020, as well as some of the unexpected positives that have come as a result, and it would be great to bring as many people together to share ideas and experiences from this time.”

Jennifer Young, Ledingham Chalmers’ managing partner and Law Society of Scotland-accredited construction law specialist said: “It’s never been more important for us involved in the construction sector to come together and share what we’ve learnt, look at industry innovations and discuss what’s next, what works, and what doesn’t.

"And that’s why events like this are crucial.”

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