Industry stakeholders ready to take the lead in digital construction

Published 16/4 at 15:36

The European construction industry has moved one step closer to its vision of a common European digital construction strategy. For the first time, four organisations representing four major industries (CECE, Construction Products Europe, FIEC and EBC) combined to invite their respective members and other partners to a digital construction seminar on 22 February, 2018.

Held in Brussels, as part of the European Industry Day, the digital seminar dealt with key issues affecting digitisation, as well as contributing to the fine tuning and proposed implementation of the European Industrial Policy Strategy. Opened by the Bulgarian minister of economy, Emil Karanikolov (Bulgaria currently holds the EU presidency), who stated in his opening speech, that digital innovation was key for the European construction sector to remain competitive, a global leader and to achieve the EU’s ambitious targets.

In a series of discussions, various panels of experts and representatives of the organising industries, made clear that the construction sector is ready to embrace digitisation, whether it be building information modelling (BIM), IoT, big data, drones, or autonomous driving. These all possess an increasing relevance due to climate change commitments, with the motto being adopted being ‘to do more with less’. One of the other major challenges identified will be the development and standardisation of digital networking solution which will enable cooperative, safe and efficient collaboration of all parties on a construction site.

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