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Don't miss this year's Future Tech Forum

Future tech forum

New Civil Engineer’s Future Tech Forum is back and promises to be even better than last year – with more clients, more technology pioneers and more live demonstrations.

Taking place over 14 and 15 September, the Future Tech Forum is returning to the spectacular Crystal in south east London.

Once again it promises to be an exciting gathering for the thought-leaders, decision-makers and emerging minds of the entire built environment community to share and analyse the latest technologies and innovations that will make a mark on the industry in the next five years.

The Forum brings together 150 attendees with 50+ thought-provoking speakers and facilitators for a packed day and a half of inspirational Ted-style talks, spotlight projects, panels and world cafes.

Watch highlights from last year's event

Key clients speaking this year include Network Rail transformation director, digital railway Patrick Bossert, Highways England chief engineer Mike Wilson, Tideway asset management director Roger Bailey, HS2 Ltd director of asset management Mark Morris, London Underground programme director Miles Ashely, Anglian Water @One Alliance director Dale Evans and many more.

Visionary technologist Erik Schlangen will kick off the Forum. As professor of experimental micromechanics at Delft University of Technology, Schlangen will offer an inspirational view of the future by sharing with delegates his work to create a self-healing material that could revolutionise our roads in the future.

He’ll be followed by Future Cities Catapult chief executive Peter Madden who will set the challenge: what will the built environment look like in 2030 and how will that impact on the shape of the industry?

His future-gazing speech will explore how the design, delivery and maintenance of our built environment will change over the next 15 years and the role that technology will play in this. Find out how this this industry leader perceives the design, delivery and maintenance of infrastructure and the impact this could have on the future engineer.

Its then over the clients with the return of our popular panel debate. Here, the question will be: what role do they see technology and innovation playing in the future and what would they like to see technology solving in the next five years?

The Forum then splits into breakout sessions, with lightning talks and world café workshops tackling data and digitisation; automation and robotics; industrialisation; and smart materials. Breakouts will also feature exemplar project case studies.

The Forum will reconvene as one for the final session, when three tech companies, shortlisted by New Civil Engineer, will pitch their great idea. A second client panel will draw together learning from the day and finally the Forum will hear conclusions from an industry working group that will have been tackling technology’s impact on skills needs throughout the day.


Ahead of the main day a smart assets seminar will bring together seven leading industry clients to set out the role they see technology playing in asset management with a series of presentations and world café discussions.

VIP Breakfast

And just before the start of the main day, Join London Underground programme director, construction Miles Ashely for an informal breakfast session to hear exclusive insight on how procurement strategies should be revamped in order to allow technology, innovation and collaboration to flourish in the design, delivery and management of infrastructure assets.

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