The first ever Offsite Expo will bring together the sector’s most influential organisations, individuals, commentators and business leaders who are driving the offsite agenda forward, at Ricoh Arena, Coventry in September
From ‘Rethinking Construction’ published in 1998 to the acclaimed ‘Modernise or Die’ report – the need to improve the construction industry has been well documented over many years. The political landscape is changing, spurred on by climate change, the housing crisis and the urgent need to increase productivity. These compelling factors have resulted in the launch of Offsite Expo, the brainchild of leading industry experts who understand the vital requirement for a dedicated event that will act as a catalyst for change and drive this growing momentum forward. “Those who are challenging traditional practices from across the globe will stand alongside our home-grown talent to demonstrate what can be achieved with a progressive approach,” say the organisers. “Construction is at a critical crossroads, and it is clear that contractors need to adapt to become more like the innovative disruptors in other manufacturing sectors such as aerospace and automotive.” Offsite Expo brings together the sector’s most influential organisations, individuals, commentators and business leaders who are instrumental in progressing the industry. The event will play host to inspiring UK and international offsite manufacturers, component suppliers and digital innovators showcasing a broad spectrum of offsite systems and smart technologies.
Experience – CPD accredited Offsite Masterclasses
In an ever-changing world, the key to success is adapting and embracing emerging best practice principles. The free CPD accredited Masterclasses will be presented by the industry pioneers who are making the headlines, such as Waugh Thistleton Architects. These Masterclasses will focus on key industry innovations and provide a comprehensive and balanced perspective on this rapidly emerging sector. The Masterclasses are split into offsite and digital technologies categories – these include Pre-cast Concrete, Digital Construction, MEP & Pod, Light Gauge Steel Frame, Skills & Innovation, Hybrid, Structural Timber, Training & Skills, Volumetric Modular and Roofing. CPDs have become a vital part of professional career requirements for architects. With circa 20 hours of informative CPD accredited content, the Offsite Expo Masterclasses provide the opportunity to learn directly from those who are shaping the future of construction and help fulfil this commitment.
Expect – International Innovation at the Offsite Summit
With sessions chaired by some of the industry’s biggest names including Mark Farmer, author of the ‘Modernise or Die’ report, over 30 international speakers ranging from architects and specifiers to engineers, manufacturers and project managers will participate in the Offsite Summit. Delegates will have the chance to interact with speakers during panel Q&A sessions, structured networking and an evening drinks reception. Advanced offsite approaches and smart technologies are changing the face of construction globally, and we can learn from the way that other countries are addressing similar challenges.
Explore – Smart Technologies
Digital transformation is happening all around us, and whilst other industries have been quick to make the leap, the construction industry has been a little slower out of the starting blocks. But now, the revolution is well underway. Offsite Expo will feature the smart technologies that are changing the face of construction with a range of devices making complicated tasks much easier – from virtual reality to smart helmets and digital software efficiencies. The rate of technological advancements is accelerating at such a relentless pace, it cannot be ignored, and the combination of offsite manufacturing and digital construction technologies present a compelling proposition. Virtual Reality has transformed the way that architects present their visions. It immerses the user by making them feel like they are experiencing the simulated reality first-hand – allowing clients to play an integral part of the design process and ‘virtually’ enter the building and validate the layout. Augmented Reality, on the other hand, provides more freedom for the user, because it does not need to include a head-mounted display. Augmented Reality takes the real world and adds elements to it – for example, a new extension could be digitally superimposed onto an existing building. With over 100 exhibitors, features and offsite technology showcases, Offsite Expo will provide the opportunity to interact directly with smart technology suppliers and full-scale feature builds.
Offsite Connect – the Buyers and Specifiers Forum invites architects
Offsite Connect provides a solution to address offsite construction technology project needs, by facilitating personally selected ‘one-to-one’ business meetings. The Buyers and Specifiers Forum will provide an opportunity to network with “key offsite industry experts who have a genuine desire to conduct purposeful meetings,” say the event organisers. It will also be a chance to learn about the latest offsite product innovations. “This focused approach has proved to be highly successful in creating new business relationships.” Registration for buyers and specifiers wishing to participate in the Offsite Connect activity can be done online at www.offsite-connect.co.uk.
Offsite Expo will feature a combination of advanced offsite manufacturing approaches and smart digital construction technologies that are transforming the way buildings are designed and constructed. This conference and exhibition will provide the ideal forum for people to engage with key industry contacts, network in vibrant surroundings and acquire new offsite industry intelligence.
To book your free place at Offsite Expo visit www.offsite-expo.co.uk/book