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Emerging Technologies


Wednesday, 22 January 2020 from 09:15 to 13:00 (GMT)

Emerging Technologies

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Registration Type Remaining Sales End Price Fee Quantity
CITB Registered Employer
Only available to employers who are registered with CITB NI
17 Registrations 21 Jan 2020 Free £0.00
Non CITB Registered 5 Registrations 21 Jan 2020 £25.00 £0.00

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Why attend?

The seminar will introduce attendees to a range of different technologies including artificial intelligence (AI), future networks (IOT) and immersive technology (XR) describing their adoption and impact on the construction industry. Immersive technology (XR) equipment will be available for participants to experience first-hand the implementation of an emerging technology platform.

Who should attend?

Anyone in the construction industry who is interested in emerging technologies and their impact on design, supply chains, business models and customer development / relations.

Content includes:

  • What do we mean by the term ‘emerging technology’?
  • Technology focus: AI, IOT, and XR – definitions and implementation across construction and other industries
  • Current hardware and software platforms
  • Disruptive technology: how is technology changing sectors
  • Case studies: AI, IOT and XR uses in the construction sector
  • Demonstration of immersive technology (XR) equipment to allow participants to experience first-hand the implementation of an emerging technology platform


9:15-9:30am:      Registration, Tea & Coffee

9:30-9:45am:      Presentation on CITB NI’s Products and Services

9:45am-1pm:     Emerging Technologies Awareness Training

Speaker Profiles

Nigel McAlpine – Immersive Technology Lead, Digital Catapult Northern Ireland

Nigel is an experienced and innovative digital content producer with a passion for technology. After 20 years at the BBC, leading teams to produce unique digital projects across web, TV and Radio, he set up StoryFX, a creative consultancy bringing stories to life with the latest digital platforms, including Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality. His current role with Digital Catapult NI as Immersive Technology Lead means he is engaging with a range of SMEs, industry stakeholders and individuals to highlight the potential of Immersive Technology in driving innovative business opportunities in Northern Ireland, by showcasing the cutting edge technology available at the Digital Catapult Immersive Lab in Belfast.

Adrian Johnston – Director, Digital Catapult NI

Adrian Johnston joined Digital Catapult NI in December 2018 as the Director. He has 20 years industrial experience previously working for Seagate Technology in their Springtown facility in Northern Ireland. His most recent role was as Principal Managing Engineer for Analytics with Seagate Technology. He led a team of engineers based in Springtown, Northern Ireland and Bloomington, Minnesota identifying and implementing Advanced Analytics business solutions. With a PhD in Informatics and AI, he has continued to drive industrially led research in advanced manufacturing with both Ulster University and Queens University Belfast. He was a key contributor to the design of CARL (cognitive analytics research lab) at UU and was a board member of CSIT / ECIT’s industrial panel. Johnston has previously held the role of Chair of Londonderry YMCA from 2006 until 2014 and still remains on the Board as their Community representative. He also continues to advocate for strong community development, youth work and economic regeneration in areas of high social and economic deprivation across Northern Ireland. His research interests focus on disruptive technologies and their application across and in-between industrial sectors. He has a particular focus on AI, machine learning, IoT and data visualisation and contributes to UKRI and Royal Society AI strategy across the UK and Ireland.


FREE to CITB NI registered employers ONLY – please have your registration number to hand when booking

£25 for non-CITB NI registered attendees

Do you have questions about Emerging Technologies? Contact CITB NI

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When & Where

Park Avenue Hotel
158 Holywood Road
BT4 1PB Belfast
United Kingdom

Wednesday, 22 January 2020 from 09:15 to 13:00 (GMT)

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CITB NI is both an Industry Training Board and Sector Skills Council. Our role is to work in partnership with the industry improving the skills of those employed or intending to be employed in the industry. Our vision is to have a construction industry where skills and competence are at the core of every business plan and a training culture where skills are at the heart of each construction company to help improve the productivity of the NI construction industry. We continue to work closely with industry partners, stakeholders and Government to ensure a qualified and competent industry to ensure growth is sustained over the long term.
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