Friday Plenary: Introducing Steve Burrows

DBEI is incredibly proud to announce Steve Burrows, as our Friday morning Plenary speaker. Steve Burrows CBE is a Professional Engineer. He advises firms about the impact of change in the construction industry driven by technology. Steve has worked in Europe, Asia and the US on projects such as the Birdsnest Stadium, the new Apple Campus and Stanford’s Graduate School of Business. He was a member of the Americas Board of Arup, led AECOMs America’s Building Engineering business and then WSP’s US Buildings business before joining Katerra as an Executive and leader of Engineering.

Steve was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire by Her Majesty the Queen in 2009 and received an Honorary Fellowship from his alma mater Liverpool John Moores University in 2018. He is adamant that this is the greatest time in history to be in the AEC industry and he presents TV shows such as Time Scanners, Engineering the Impossible and recently Dream Big a 3D IMAX movie narrated by Jeff Bridges as a way to broadcast this. Steve is passionate about the potential for AEC in a digital future revolutionizing construction from first principles creating a quantum shift in quality and speed with a fraction of the labor and substantially lower cost.

His session for this year’s Plenary is entitled “Why this is the greatest time to be in the Construction Industry” and focuses on why Architecture, Engineering and Construction is ripe for disruption, the drivers of change and the opportunities for people and technologies in a digital future. To curate what we’re sure is going to be an amazing plenary session, Steve will be joined by Devon Tilly from Digital Built Week’s official podcast partner, Art of Construction, who’s podcast focuses on helping contractors and affiliates grow their business by exploring the world of construction. If you haven’t heard of the Art of Construction, make sure you go check out all the info here

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COVID-19 Update

20th May 2020

DBEI has been closely monitoring the COVID-19 (coronavirus) situation around the world. While some parts of our society are beginning to open in baby-steps, none of us know how the situation will develop over the coming months. As such, DBEI has now made the decision to postpone all our 2020 events to 2021 as the well-being of all our partners and participants in our events remains our utmost priority. For new details on each region please visit our event pages. We have also sent communications to all registered attendees, speakers or sponsors for all of our 2020 events.

In the interim, DBEI will be launching several exciting virtual events and webinars in 2020 to continue to deliver the same expertise, insights and knowledge to the AEC industry during these uncertain times. We also have some other exciting initiatives we are working on to continue to provide value to our community, which we look forward to sharing with you all shortly.

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