Speaker Spotlight: Paul Doherty


Paul Doherty, President and CEO of the digit group

An interview with Paul Doherty, Keynote Speaker, BCS Europe 2017.

“Smart Content: Smart Cities”

Paul has worked with smart cities, considered high performance multi-BIM environments, for over 8 years. The collision of many types of industries in an environment (i.e. the smart city) is something very new and exciting.

Session Synopsis: Providing accurate and useful content for a single building using BIM is a challenge that we are all facing every day. But imagine scaling this issue to include every aspect of an entire city. Join us for an exploration of the world of Smart Cities and how one firm is tackling the issue of City-wide data and its implications on Climate Change, Governance, Design Aesthetic, Construction Means and Methods and Facility/Urban Management by showcasing real world examples of 30+ greenfield cities being developed from scratch from China, Australia, Southeast Asia, Middle East and the USA. You will be exposed to the lessons learned, best practices and value propositions that designers, manufacturers and software/innovation developers will need to know in order to position themselves for success in today’s Brave New World of Smart Cities. Welcome to the world of the Internet of Buildings.


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What are “Smart Cities” from your perspective?

It is the 4th Industrial Revolution. At the moment near to 85% of the world’s population live in urban environments (cities), and this changes the way we are looking at cities – it is starting with the (building) content. We see it today with apps that e.g. switch lights on/off – defines how you experience an interior and exterior space.




What will happen to the design of cities?

The lift (or elevator) changed the design of building and so will autonomous cars; so there is a lot to consider for the future. Data from products and from spaces in which the products and people operate will define the master plan. Machine learning (data) will be put into building components to become intelligent buildings. The building can talk to the home owners and to other part of the city and BIM is the driver for this development.


What does it mean for designers, manufacturers and software/service providers?

From micro level to macro level – data ties together. People making money of inefficiencies will not like the message – entire professions and subcontractor industries will disappear. People will need to rethink: ‘What is my role?’.



What key challenges & trends will you address?

  • The trends: What data brings and the life of data as an organism
  • The challenges: Ownership of data, and once integrated in modelling, who owns it and how will this affect the data of other components/products & people.


What are a couple of cliff hangers that will make people WANT to hear your keynote?

  • A smart city is about trusting data and block chaining data to design and operate the smart city
  • With this brings alternate revenue streams
  • Smart cities don’t have to be designed within grids
  • Digital data must come alive like blood in the veins – it must flow and make the smart city perform at its best potential.


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