Offsite manufacturing and digital technologies
Date & Time

13 May 2021
18:00 - 19:15 GMT

Price
Free
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Offsite manufacturing and digital technologies

Lecture
Date & Time

13 May 2021
18:00 - 19:15 GMT

Price
Free

Availability ONLINE ONLY

Transforming the construction industry through offsite manufacturing and digital technologies: the future of professional identities in project delivery.

The last decade has been marked by an increasing shift towards technology-based prescriptive measures – leading to the directive to make the use of Building Information Modelling (BIM) mandatory for all public sector projects. The recent farmer review of the construction sector’s productivity recommended an increased uptake of modern methods of construction (MMC), with digital technologies and offsite manufacturing (OSM) at its heart. 

This online presentation will highlight the potential implications that developments around OSM and digital technology applications.

This will be followed by an interactive discussion about the relevant capabilities that construction professionals/firms could consider exploring in order to remain relevant and competitive in a digitally enabled and OSM driven environment for project delivery. 

Speaker

Dr Kwadwo Oti-Sarpong
Dr Kwadwo Oti-Sarpong is a Research Associate at the Cambridge Centre for Housing and Planning Research, Department of Land Economy, University of Cambridge. He is part of a team investigating the non-technical inhibitors to an industry-wide uptake of digital technologies in the construction industry.

Kwadwo's research seeks to understand why digital approaches have not yet become mainstream despite their widely acknowledged benefits, and to make suggestions as to how industry-wide changes can be made. Additionally, the research explores how emerging digital technologies can be integrated with off-site manufacturing (OSM) to increase the potential for widespread uptake in the UK construction industry.

Inspired by his interest in construction technology and its application in project settings, Kwadwo studied for a PhD in the Department of Real Estate and Construction, University of Hong Kong (HKU). He used the social construction of technology (SCOT) approach to explore the complex interactions embedded in a project-based technology adoption processes in a new environment.

Kwadwo previously worked as a post-doctoral researcher at Hong Kong University where he investigated how small and medium construction firms were responding to a government mandate for compulsory building information modelling (BIM) use on all public works projects. Specifically, he examined these developments through the ‘digital divide’ theoretical lens. With industry experience in both consulting and on-site roles serving clients and contractors on various building projects, Kwadwo has extensive teaching experience at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

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