Since 1975 the British Group of IABSE have held a two day colloquium every summer to exchange views on a structural engineering theme of topical importance. This year’s Henderson Colloquium
looked at the impact of digital tools and technology in construction
. Delegates included leading engineers, architects, contractors and academics.
The emergence of digital technology has undoubtedly influenced the way we work and the skills that we need to have. It has led to great opportunities in terms of design creativity, complexity and efficiency. However, we are faced with daily challenges about how to get the best from these tools. The pace of progress is rapid and leads us to question how the construction industry prepares, evolves and adapts for an increasingly digital future.
The discussions at the colloquium were wide-ranging and covered the following key subject areas:
– parametric modelling
– design optimisation, visualisation, and documentation
– design collaboration
– construction automation
– the impact of big data and open source design
– the impact on education, training and skill development
The purpose of this seminar is to share the outcome of the colloquium, and to debate the key messages and areas for future focus.