Hi there,

A year ago, blockchain and especially cryptocurrency was the talk of the town during BILT Europe’s social functions. Bitcoins, Ethereum and the likes were skyrocketing (and has since come down) – and that got me thinking ‘How can we utilize a technology best known for cryptocurrency and wreaking havoc amongst financial institutions to create value in the construction industry? Is distributed ledger technology hope or hype?

And from interactions with some of you, I know I’m not the only one with these questions. So to share some light (and pave a potential way forward), I have invited Mat Colmer, a UK-based specialist in digital transformation, to join me on stage at the Friday morning plenary. For the past years, he has been researching how distributed ledger technology can be applied in the UK construction industry. I have asked him to present his research and join me in a conversation where we will explore the practical applications of this, for many, futuristic topic.

Allow me to introduce you to Mat Colmer, an expert in advancements that shape our urban and built environments. He has a particular interest in how new processes, data, and technology can tackle the challenges of compromised performance, low productivity and supply chain complexity that blight the AECO sector. His particular experiences are in the potential of emerging new technology – sensor tech, IoT, new communications networks, remote surveying, immersive technology, distributed ledger technologies – and the associated skills and behaviors required to deliver the changes needed for our future construction industry.

Mat operates as an independent consultant and undertakes several specialist roles within the innovation sector in the UK. He is the built environment specialist for Digital Catapult, an executive director for Process Innovation Forum and a project assessor and mentor for Innovate UK.
Previously Mat was Innovation Lead for Innovate UK delivering their portfolio of building performance activities and Head of Technology at the Energy Saving Trust, spearheading field trials on low and zero carbon technologies. Mat also has undertaken specialist consultancy roles with Future Cities Catapult, Oxford Brookes University, Revo and Zero Carbon Hub.

Mat is an active member of many industry groups including leading the Tech London Advocates PropTech working group. He is an advisor to the Institution of Civil Engineers digital transformation campaign, a member of the CIBSE build2perform advisory group and a regular speaker on digital transformation.

Mat has a Masters degree from Imperial College London and a Joint Honours degree from King’s College London. He is a Member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology and a Member of the Global Association for Transition Engineering, where he is also a Trustee.

This is a going to be a session you don’t want to miss :-) See you at the Day 2 plenary!

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