Webinar: Rethinking the business model for offsite construction

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The Transforming Construction Network Plus warmly invites you to its first Webinar.

Webinar: Rethinking the business model for offsite construction

Join us for our first webinar and hear about the latest initiatives in the field of business models for offsite construction.

Featuring Dr Daniel M. Hall and Dr Wei Pan and moderated by Prof Jennifer Whyte, the webinar will explore alternative sustainable business models throughout the world and how they can be implemented in the UK. Participants will have the opportunity to engage with the speakers at the end of the session.

This event is the first of four international webinars from the Transforming Construction Network Plus (N+), which is part of the Transforming Construction Challenge.

The N+ is funded by UK Research and Innovation through the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund. The N+ unites construction’s academic and industrial communities to create a new research and knowledge base, dedicated to addressing the systemic problems holding back the sector.

Registration for this webinar will close on Monday 27 May.

A recording of the talks and discussion from the webinar will be available to watch online after the live event.

About our speakers

Dr Daniel M. Hall

Dr Daniel Hall is Assistant Professor of Innovative and Industrial Construction at ETH Zurich, Switzerland. The overarching theme of his research is to enhance governance, productivity, and innovation in construction projects through a transformation from fragmented project delivery methods to new organisational models that integrate the supply chain of the vertically and horizontally fragmented construction industry. Dr Hall concludes that, to foster more innovation in products and processes, the AEC industry must embrace new governance strategies and organisational models.

Dr. Hall holds a Doctor of Philosophy (2017) in Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) from Stanford University. He conducted his research within the Global Projects Center. His dissertation investigated the development and institutionalization of Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) in North America, and the associated impact of IPD on the adoption of systemic product and process innovations. While at Stanford, Dr. Hall was awarded the Charles H. Leavell Fellowship for Civil Engineering in addition to research funding for three projects from the Center for Integrated Facility Engineering.

Dr Wei Pan

Dr Wei Pan is Executive Director of Centre for Innovation in Construction and Infrastructure Development (CICID) and Associate Professor in Construction Engineering & Management at Department of Civil Engineering of The University of Hong Kong (HKU). Dr Pan is also Chairman of HKU Civil Engineering External Relations Committee and Teaching and Learning Quality Committee, and of Hong Kong CWRB Data Analysis Committee.

Dr Pan specialises in sustainable construction engineering and management. His research interests cover off-site prefabrication, modular integrated construction, construction automation and robotics, zero carbon building, building energy use and life cycle analysis. He has attracted over HK$65 million research funding from a wide range of bodies including Research Grants Council (RGC), Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), Europe Social Fund (ESF), Central Policy Unit (CPU) of the HKSAR Government, Development Bureau of the HKSAR Government, Construction Industry Council (CIC), and Hong Kong Housing Authority.

Dr Wei Pan has authored over 185 publications, and has over 24 years of working experience in academia and practice internationally in building engineering, construction project management and innovation, and strategic management. He is a Chartered Builder, Chartered Environmentalist, Fellow of Higher Education Academy, and Member of Hong Kong Institution of Engineers.

Professor Jennifer Whyte

Prof Jennifer Whyte is a Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Imperial College London. Her research is on systems integration, digital engineering and production systems linked to the construction and built environment sectors. She is Director of the Centre for Systems Engineering and Innovation and is the Laing O’Rourke/Royal Academy of Engineering Professor of Systems Integration. In the 20 years since her PhD at Loughborough University, Prof Jennifer Whyte has held many research grants, published high-impact research papers, authored a book, and led multidisciplinary research teams. She was Shimizu Visiting Professor at Stanford University in 2015.

Prof Jennifer Whyte is a member of the Transforming Construction Challenge Advisory Group and also a co-investigator on the Transforming Construction Network Plus. She also leads research on data-driven design in the Alan Turing Institute /Lloyds Register Foundation Data Centric Engineering Programme; and co-curates the World Economic Forum Engineering and Construction Transformation Map. She is a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) and a member of the EPSRC Engineering Strategic Advisory Team (SAT), and the Digital Framework Task Group (DFTG). She was recently invited to join Construction Leadership Council, and was previously a member of the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government Industry Safety Steering Group.

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