1st October 2020, Virtual Summit
How can the industry improve, better prepare and prosper in a changed world?
Welcome and opening remarks from the Chair
radio and TV broadcaster, author, entrepreneur and former politician
Resetting amid Covid-19
Most of us are still coming to terms with the effects of the pandemic on our sector. But, is there an opportunity in the crisis to introduce changes to the system? Is there a “Covidend” where Government removes barriers to delivering essential housing and infrastructure enabling our industry to accelerate our journey towards a digitalised, green, modular-led diverse and inclusive industry to learn, improve and better prepare for the future?
B.E. C.Eng F.I.E.I., President, Construction Industry Federation
Government address from An Taoiseach, Micheál Martin TD
Micheál Martin TD
What’s the economic outlook in the short, medium and long term?
ECONOMIC OUTLOOK PANEL:
With a contracting economy, a collapse in private consumption and an uncertain Brexit beckoning, what is the outlook for an economic rebound? And, what contribution can Ireland’s construction sector make to economic recovery?
Director, EY-DKM Economic Advisory Services
Dr Martina Lawless
Research Professor, the ESRI and member of the Fiscal Advisory Council
Chair, Land Development Agency and Chair, SME Recovery Ireland
Is the post Covid-19 world the “new normal” for our future built environment?
MORNING KEYNOTE ADDRESS:
The next normal in construction: How disruption is shaping the world’s largest eco system
Construction, which encompasses real estate, infrastructure and industrial structures, is the largest industry in the global economy, accounting for 13% of the world’s GDP. A closer look at its underlying performance highlights the industry’s challenges in good economic times, let alone in times of crisis. We’ll hear from the lead author of a recent McKinsey report that outlines a set of 9 shifts to radically change the way construction is done. Companies that can adjust their business models stand to benefit handsomely, while others may struggle to survive.
Maria João Ribeirinho
Partner, Global Leader of Engineering, Construction and Building Materials Practice, McKinsey & Company
INTERNATIONAL GUEST SPEAKER:
How digital innovation can fight pandemics and strengthen democracy
A special interview with Audrey Tang, Digital Minister of Taiwan
Ivan talks to the Digital Minister of Taiwan, who is a globally known democratic innovator, with a background as a civil activist and a technologist. At age 35, Audrey became the youngest minister in Taiwanese history. She believes that digital tools can be effectively used to build stronger, more open, more accountable democracies. Taiwan is demonstrating the best ways technology can be used to marry the energy and talents of civil society with the administrative powers of government bureaucracy. She is a fervent believer in open data, open governance, and civil society-government collaboration and discusses how tech can build trust, tame mis-information and strengthen democracy. Ivan will seek to learn from Minister Tang how society in Taiwan is transforming through radical transparency, civic participation and rough consensus
Digital Minister, Taiwanese Government
11:05 Networking break
How the disruption from the Covid-19 crisis will accelerate change in Ireland’s construction industry and our built environment
This won’t be the first time in history that the built environment will be reimagined in response to an increased understanding of disease. How will the pandemic reshape property demands? What could it mean to design buildings for a world that will never be quite the same, especially when it comes to how we gather in and use large public spaces, like airports, hotels, hospitals, gyms and offices. Could the pandemic be the driver for new approaches to how we build in a post-coronavirus world?
Managing Director, Astra Construction Services Ltd
Chief Operating Officer (COO) Ireland & Europe, MD Ireland East, John Sisk & Son
Managing Director-Residential & Advisory, Sherry Fitzgerald
Associate Professor of Urban Governance and Development, School of Geography, UCD
Niall Gleeson discusses Irish Water’s investment plans under Project Ireland 2040
CEO, Irish Water
Welcome back from the Chair
radio and TV broadcaster, author, entrepreneur and former politician
Productivity and the impetus for change
INTERNATIONAL CASE STUDY:
Could Covid-19 be the catalyst for the shift to off-site construction?
The construction industry has yet to address a fundamental structural problem at the heart of how we build things. At the moment most construction is as it has always been – by hand, brick by brick, out on site come rain or shine. Unlike almost every other sector, construction has yet to update how it works and take full advantage of advances in technology. Now we need to change that. It’s time to embrace a new way of building
CEO, Entekra, USA
How do we accelerate effective innovation and increase productivity
With many industry professionals forced to work remotely, is now the perfect time for construction to invest in R&D and get up to speed with all things BIM and digital and modular?
Senior Technical Consultant, Diatec/C-CAD
Sales Manager Geomatics, Topcon Positioning Ireland
Chairman Innovation and Digital Adoption, CSG/DPER and Managing Director, Aengus Consulting Ltd
Executive Director, Enterprise Ireland
People are the answer to the construction productivity challenge
Our panel explores:
- What new skills are capabilities will be essential to shape and deliver the projects of the future?
- Is the construction industry prepared to work from home?
- Could remote working hasten gender parity in the industry?
- Could remote working promote gender equality in the industry?
Construction Director, Walls
Partner and Head of Construction and Engineering Group, Arthur Cox
Chief People Officer, Cairn Homes plc
Director, Downey Planning & Architecture
Project Ireland 2040: The future of housing and infrastructure
Darragh O'Brien TD
Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage
PROJECT IRELAND 2040:
Project Ireland 2040: Challenges to the vision
Is balanced growth and regional investment and development elusive?
Economist and Lecturer, Cork University Business School (CUBS) and Director, Spatial and Regional Economics Centre, CUBS, UCC
Creating certainty in the infrastructure pipeline to ensure we can deliver a renewed NDP and Project Ireland 2040
Investment in infrastructure is likely to be a critical pillar of economic revitalisation. But returning the businesses, projects and supply chains to operational health are immensely
challenging. How do we ensure that our most pressing construction-related needs are met?
Honorary Fellow, TCD and Adjunct Professor, the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, UCD
Chief Executive, Cork City Council
Secretary General, Department of Public Expenditure and Reform
Associate Partner, Strategy and Transactions, EY Ireland
Closing remarks and conference close
Director General, CIF