Smart Contracts in Construction: True collaboration and real change at last?

Date: 13 September 2017
Venue: Bristol Business School, Frenchay Campus
Time: 9:00 - 15:30


Background

Law and management were traditionally separate disciplines in the construction sector until the advent of a new approach. The realisation that law and management could co-exist has driven contractual developments in the last twenty plus years dating from the Latham and Egan agenda. The next breakthrough in the field is likely to involve the connection of law, management and technology. UWE Bristol is ideally placed to provide thought leadership and research in respect of this paradigm shifting development.

Dr Jim Mason's recent paper entitled 'Intelligent Contracts in the Construction Industry' is the first in a series of research projects scoping out the potential of these initiatives. Examining barriers to implementation and prevailing stakeholder attitudes are also crucial in envisioning this departure for construction and engineering contracts.

Purpose of the event

This event is designed to launch the collaboration between industry and UWE Bristol in the field of smart contracts. UWE Bristol wishes to establish that it is 'open for business' in terms of research and development for attracting projects and funding. A key outcome is the attainment of its partners' goals in terms of what is possible.

The benefits of attending the launch include the following:

  • Being part of the dynamic movement promoting smarter contracts
  • Defining the key issues/concerns and deliverables in this field
  • Learning about existing technologies in related industries and identifying their transferability
  • Hearing from speakers engaged at the cutting edge of law, management and technology
  • Setting the agenda and timescale for future conferences and events

Delegates

This event is aimed at professionals within the construction and engineering industry. The purpose is to develop and encourage networks and relationships with organisations and individuals in the region and beyond. UWE Bristol appreciates the work of professional organisations within the field, and wishes to work alongside them in promoting this event.

Schedule

  • 09:00 Arrival and Refreshments
  • 09:30 Welcome and Introductions main room - Dr Jim Mason
  • 09:45 Keynote Speaker main room - Richard Saxon, CBE
  • 10:30 Keynote Speaker main room - Tony Bingham
  • 11:00 Coffee Break cafe
  • 11:30 Concurrent Sessions

Workshop 1 Contract Management Software breakout room 1
Workshop 2 Smart Contract Demonstrator breakout room 2
Workshop 3 Collaboration and Technology breakout room 3

  • 12:30 Lunch - Examples of Technology from other Sectors cafe
  • 13:30 Concurrent Sessions

Workshop 1 Contract Management Software breakout room 1
Workshop 2 Smart Contract Demonstrator breakout room 2
Workshop 3 Collaboration and Technology breakout room 3

  • 14:45 Coffee Break cafe
  • 15:00 Plenary Session and Future Targets main room
  • 15:30 Close

How to attend

In order to attend you must register via this online form.

Cost: £50
Contact: Felicity Cargill, CDP Team Manager
Telephone: +44 (0)117 32 86303
E-mail: professional.fet@uwe.ac.uk

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