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Do you have the skills needed to Thrive in the Smart New World?

The inaugural meeting of BSRIA’s Smart Network, held in London in October 2017, included a very productive workshop which highlighted a number of key themes that the industry needs to come to grips with if it is to make the most of the smart technology that is becoming available, and even more to cope with the more far reaching changes that are likely to follow.


Henry Lawson, Market Research Consultant on Energy and Smart Technologies at BSRIA
In particular there are several worlds of expertise that desperately need to be brought together:

On the one hand those professional responsible for the design, construction, commissioning and operation of buildings already have a wealth of knowledge about how buildings function from the point of view of fabric, mechanical, electrical and hydronic services. However these people do not necessarily have a  similar level of  knowledge of how data and analytics can be used to create more comfortable, secure and efficient buildings.

On the other hand, a range of companies, from start ups to industry giants, are developing ever more sophisticated analytics which can be used to monitor, predict and prevent faults and can even allow buildings to ‘learn from experience’.  These players often lack the deep technical understanding of how buildings function, or how people behave within them.

The challenge is not just to bring these two worlds of expertise together, but to add  other important areas of knowledge. For example the truly smart building puts people and their needs centre stage, which means that it  need to take account of the psychology and sociology of human behaviour, so these disciplines will also be needed.

The second Smart Network meeting will focus on ways to build up these skills and bring them together, and includes the views of a range of industry experts.  This is your opportunity to continue to shape the future of building services.

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Agenda

09.30 - Registration & Refreshments
10.00 - Welcome - Tracey Tilbry, BSRIA
10.05 - Introduction – Henry Lawson BSRIA
10.30 - The use of data - Chris Pountney, AECOM
10.55 - An Engineers perspective - Willem Bosman, Skanska
11.20 - Coffee & Networking
11.40 - Qualifications and the educational landscape – David Pye, Lead Technical Advisor, City & Guilds
12.05 - Discussions – All
13.00 - Networking Lunch
14.00 - Close

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