Get ready for “Disruption in Construction”

SMART Construct is a first of its kind full day conference, in the City Hotel, Armagh. SMART Construct will educate, inform and inspire you, giving you an insight on how to embrace digital technology to drive your business forward.


Technology is revolutionizing the Construction Industry and on the 23rd November we look into the latest trends and methods currently shaping the sector and the methods it must grasp looking to the future.

Until recently the construction industry has been one of the least digitised sectors in Northern Ireland. Largely avoiding any technological change over the years.

However, in recent times talk has begun of the construction industry’s transition, in moving towards exploring ways of embracing digital transformation.

Our keynote speakers and industry experts will take you through a journey of discovery. Giving you an insight into their experiences and case studies. We have a mix of lectures, interactive workshops and open mic panel discussions, so have no doubt, you will leave with the new learnings that you can apply to your business.

The focus of SMART Construct is to look at global best practice and real examples of construction businesses engaging in digital innovation and technology.

With a core focus on the following content pillars:

  • Security
  • Marketing
  • GDPR
  • BIM
  • Technology
  • Drones
  • Industry 4.0
  • Education

We have a range of hot topics, that will get you excited about moving with the times and embracing innovation for your business!

The Agenda

08:30   Registrations

09:00   Introductions

09:15   Steven Wood // Digital Catapult // Industry 4.0 “Data as the new Factor”

09:45   Q&A with Steven Wood // Digital Catapult // Tim Monroe // Smiley Monroe

10:00   Gary McCausland // Richland Group // “From a Developers Perspective”

10:30   Q&A with Gary McCausland

10:40   Elevator Pitches

10:50   Coffee

11:00   Peter Craven // Bluesky Video Marketing // “Virtual Reality – Beyond the   Gimmick”

11:20   Marketing Panel Discussion

  • Peter Craven // Bluesky Video Marketing
  • Elaine Donaghy // Terex
  • Paula McCloskey // Specialist Joinery Group
  • Tim Monroe // Smiley Monroe

11:45   Richard Kirk // Institution of Civil Engineering // “ICE – State of the Nation”

12:00   Michael McLornan // Central Procurement Directorate // “BIM in Procurement”

12:20   Industry Panel Discussion

  • Richard Kirk // ICE
  • Michael McLornan // CPD NI
  • Michael Taggart // The Designer Builder
  • Simon Bell // HLM Architects

12:40   Martin Heaney // Supply Buy // eProcurement

13:00   Elevator Pitches

13:10    Lunch

13:45   Maria Glover // Napier and Sons // “An essential guide to the GDPR for the Construction Industry”

14:05   Data and Analytics Panel Discussion

  • Maria Glover // Napier & Sons
  • Prof. Adele Marshall // Queens University
  • Simon Cole // Automated Intelligence
  • Rich Dale // Flowlens

14:20   Simon Bell // HLM Architects // “Delivering the Digital Asset as well as the Physical Asset”

14:40   Chris Acheson // CADshare // Golden Eggs & Silver Bullets – how some manufacturers are cutting through the Industry 4.0 noise to deliver real customer value”

15:00   Coffee

15:15   Tim Hegarty // Ardvisory // “Beimcraft: Digital Skills for Construction Industry 4.0”

15:35   Matthew Bradley // Flyte Technologies // Drone Integrations and Process Design”

16:00   Tech and Education Panel Discussion

  • Tim Hegarty // Ardvisory
  • Chris Acheson // CADshare
  • Daniel O’Reilly // AmmA Centre
  • Matthew Bradley // Flyte Technology

16:30   Closing Remarks



Our amazing speakers will provide an insight into the latest technologies and how its changing the face of construction for the better. Highlight case studies and experiences of integrating SMART innovation within the industry.

Steven Wood
Senior Commercial Manager at the Digital Catapult

Gary McCausland
CEO, Richland Group

Simon Bell
Director, HLM Architects

Timothy Hegarty
Principal, Ardvisory / Co-Founder, BeIMCraft

Simon Cole
CTO, Automated Intelligence

Martin Heaney
Director, SupplyBuy Limited

Peter Craven
Founder, Bluesky Video Marketing
(formerly CDE Global)

Chris Acheson
CEO, CADshare

Richard Kirk
Regional Director, Inst. of Civil Engineers

Adele Marshall
Professor of Statistics, QUB

Maria Glover
Partner, Napier and Sons

Daniel O’Reilly
Creative Learning Co-ordinator
The AmmA Centre

Paula McCloskey
Marketing Director, SJ Group

Michael McLornan
Central Procurement Directorate (Architect)

Elaine Donaghy
Global Marketing Manager, Terex

Matthew Bradley
CEO, Flyte Technologies

Tim Monroe
Marketing Director, Smiley Monroe

Michael Taggart
The Designer Builder