People Count - the culture of digital construction

Welcome to the 2016 Tekla Conference

After the success for the 2015 Conference, we once again invite you to take a day away from your desk to be inspired and to consider some of the challenges our industry is facing. This Director level event will focus on the people aspect of collaboration and digital construction. Here at Trimble we can provide you with some of the best software in the world, but it is people who make the difference and the way we work together will enable our industry to progress.

Our line-up of top industry and Trimble speakers will talk about the different aspects of the culture of digital construction from the academic perspective and today’s graduates, to real world examples and from Trimble the technology perspective. We are also pleased to welcome Chris Boardman MBE as our keynote speakers. You will also have opportunity to network with you peers and the Tekla team.

To register for this invitation only event please click and complete the registration form.

“Time well spent”
Scott Chambers, Mezzanine International Ltd


The Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC)
Ansty Park

Thursday 1st December 2016


Over the course of the day

09:00 Registration
09:30 Welcome
09:40 Keynote – The psychology of winning 
10:40 Keynote – Construction, collaboration and people - changing the perceived norms
11:20 Q&A  
11:30 Coffee and networking
12:00 Case Study –  Collaboration in action
12:45 Q&A
13:00 Lunch and networking 
14:00 Product - The importance of communication flow in collaboration and how Tekla Structural Designer can help
14:30 Product - Delivering Excellent Structural Design: Rethinking The Business of the structural design office
15:00 Case Study - A culture change for engineering
15:30 Q&A
15:50 Wrap up
16:00 Exhibition and networking
17:00 Event close


“Impressed, good speakers that were very informative and engaging”

James Disney,
Laing O’Rourke

Our conference guest speakers

Richard Ogden - Chair

Richard has had a long and distinguished career in the construction sector, particularly working with clients and developers. His employment has included Balfour Kilpatrick Industries, British Rail, British Transport Hotels, Ladbroke Entertainments, McDonald’s Restaurants UK Ltd (1980-2002) and McDonald’s Europe Ltd (2002-2003). McDonald’s Restaurants UK Ltd pioneered the use of modular construction techniques for their edge of town retail outlets. Richard started with McDonald’s as project manager on Restaurant 50 progressing to senior PM and establishing the first Regional Office in Birmingham. He became Construction Manager for National Development Program and Co-Chair of UK Development Strategy. Ultimately he became Vice-President/ Construction Director responsible for Construction Project Management, Architecture, Design and Equipment.

Richard was Chairman of European Construction Team and Member of European Development Board as well as Director of Advanced Building Systems (USA). He was recognised with the International Award of Excellence in 1990 and the Poucher Award in 1994.

Richard spent a lot of his private life encouraging others to look at offsite techniques for themselves. He enjoys working with other like-minded people, sharing opportunities for best practice. He was a founder member of the Construction Round Table and member of the Movement for Innovation (M4I).


Chris Boardman MBE

Chris Boardman is married with six children and still lives in the small village of Hoylake on the Wirral peninsula. His name first sprang into the public eye when he took Britain's opening Gold medal at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics astride the infamous Lotus bike. This was also Britain's first cycling Gold medal in 72 years. The iconic image of the Lotus machine and pointy helmet linked Chris forever with cutting edge technology, something he later went on to reinforce by leading the R&D team for GB Cycling in the run up to Beijing, where they became the most successful British sporting team of all time. Between Barcelona and Beijing, Chris won three stages of the Tour de France, set numerous world records (several of which still stand) and became arguably Britain's most successful cyclist to date.
Post cycling he went on to establish a name in journalism writing for various publications, including Diver magazine (his latest passion) and Pro Cycling, worked as a commentator for ITV and the BBC covering major cycling events, sat on the National Cycling Strategy Board as well as co-founding Boardman Bikes, the most respected and fastest growing British Bike Brand in decades. Although bikes and cycling still plays a large part in Chris's life, his other pursuits include writing, running, archery and cave diving...but not all at the same time!


Jason Underwood - University of Salford

Jason is a Professor in Construction ICT & BIM, Programme Director of the MSc. in Building Information Modelling & Integrated Design, and Director of Postgraduate Research Admissions and Training within the School of the Built Environment at the University of Salford. He is also Director of Construct IT For Business, an industry-led non-profit making collaborative membership-based network. Jason’s background is a combination of civil/structural engineering and construction ICT with over twenty years research experience in the area of concurrent engineering, integrated and collaborative computing in construction, product and building information modelling, and organisational e-readiness towards delivering strategic value from ICT investment through involvement in both UK and EU funded research projects, on which he has published extensively.

In relation to BIM particularly, his interest is focused towards BIM implementation and deployment, maturity assessment, education and training in the development of BIM capabilities along with bringing together the concept of organizational e-readiness with BIM. At a national level Jason is actively engaged in the Education & Training working group to deliver the UK Government BIM strategy and Scottish BIM Delivery Academia Group, member of the Behaviours4Collaboration Group, and the present Chair of the UK BIM Academic Forum.

He is also engaged at a local level with the Northwest BIM Hub of the UK Government BIM Strategy and the Northwest Construction Hub BIM Special Interest Group. Jason is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of 3D Information Modelling (IJ3DIM) specifically focused on BIM along with 3D GIS and their integration


Jason Hyde - Mott MacDonald

Jason is a Chartered Civil Engineer working for Mott MacDonald in Manchester (UK). He has 5+ years’ experience in the design, assessment, strengthening, modification and construction of structures (principally in the bridges sector). His work has involved highway, railway and light rail infrastructure projects both in the UK and Europe at all stages of projects. Jason is responsible for BIM in his local office and more recently has taken on the role of BIM Champion for the UK Western Division of Mott MacDonald.

Jason is also an Executive Committee Member for the British Group of the International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering (IABSE) and Chair for the Manchester (UK) Branch of the Institution of Civil Engineers.  He was also recently awarded ‘Young Structural Engineer of the Year’ by the North West Institution of Structural Engineers.


David Lash - Product Manager: Structures Division at Trimble Solutions Corporation

David is a Software Product Manager with Trimble Solutions, having started his career as a British Architect (ARB UK) with 15 years experience in architectural design offices around the world. David has sort to broaden his professional experience at Trimble and works with a talented multi-national team tasked with guiding the continuing development of industry leading structural BIM software, Tekla Structures.


Kevin Lea - Trimble Solutions, Product Manager – Tekla Structural Designer

Kevin’s route into industry started at the age of 16 as a structural apprentice for Courtaulds Engineering before moving on to full time education and graduating in Civil Engineering from Coventry University. After working for a number of prominent structural engineering firms, Kevin joined CSC as a technical sales engineer and in the following 23 years held numerous senior roles in sales, business development and product management.

In 2013 CSC were acquired by Trimble, where Kevin’s role as Product Manager continued and in 2015 Kevin took a pivotal role with the launch of Tekla Structural Designer - the next generation of analysis and design software for the global structural market. Kevin’s role now takes him around the world assessing the needs of the structural engineer and translating these requirements into software solutions for Trimble.

In addition, Kevin is a sort after speaker promoting the role of the structural engineer and their key role in the BIM process. For example he has been

  • Invited by the AISC to speak at NASCC 2013 – “The true benefit of BIM for the Structural Engineer and the pivotal role they play in the BIM process”
  • Invited by the BCSA to speak in 2012 at their BIM conference.


Ceri Travers – Learning and Development Manager, William Hare

Ceri is the Learning and Development Manager at William Hare in Bury, Greater Manchester. With 30 years’ experience in a variety of senior learning and development roles, across different sectors such as travel, retail, health and engineering, she brings a wealth of experience to William Hare. Previously, Ceri has been responsible for managing large apprenticeship programmes, with 800 learners on programme and managing an account in excess of £2.5 million. This has been in addition to managing large teams who deliver learning solutions across national businesses. As well as being a qualified Executive Coach, she also delivers leadership development, 360 feedback and Facet 5 psychometric profiling.

One of her passions is developing young people and ensuring that there are opportunities for them to learn from experienced staff, undertake qualifications and continue their journey in the current and future digital world. Ceri has been very successful with ensuring that Apprentices are recognised and rewarded for their efforts and achievements and has helped a number of apprentices win national awards and represent the UK at World skills competitions.

She is responsible for the graduate and apprenticeship programme at William Hare, who currently have 40 apprentices working across the business, in IT, Projects, Engineering, Maintenance and Production.


Paul Lovatt - Drawing Office Manager, William Hare

Paul is the Drawing Office Manager at William Hare in Bury, Greater Manchester, with over 30 years’ experience in Steelwork Industry. Paul is responsible for the resource allocation production and project implementation on numerous contracts. In addition to this he is a keen advocate of in apprenticeship and graduate schemes and there value to the company. During his working career he has worked on projects with tonnages in excess 20000 tonnes both in the UK and overseas, example of which are, Bishopsgate Tower, 51 Lime Street, London Stadium Roof Transformation. He is also responsible for the IT developments both within the Engineering department and its links with other departments.


Jagvinder Singh

Jagvinder is a Chartered Engineer working for AECOM with over ten years’ experience in design, inspection and assessment, feasibility and site supervision of bridges and civil structures on heavy rail, light railway and highway infrastructure projects. He is currently the lead designer for the Castlefield viaduct widening as part of the Northern Hub Project. Under this role, Jagvinder is undertaking the design of a concrete arch extension to an existing grade 2 listed masonry arch viaduct. The design is being undertaken using BIM Level 2 working in a 3D environment using Bentley and Tekla and using Projectwise as the common platform for the sharing of information.


“Excellent and highly informative. Refreshing to see innovation is still alive in the construction industry”

Jeff Poole,

How Tekla products can help you

Throughout the day we will have product demonstrations, so come an have a look at the latest version of Tekla Structures, Tekla Structural Designer and Tedds.

Tekla Structures is intelligent 3D modelling software that produces 3D models containing accurate, reliable and detailed information suitable for manufacture and construction execution. Tekla Structures improves the way of working within your business and externally by creating  accurate ways of working and streamlining collaboration between all parties at all stages of the construction project.

  • Create accurate, highly detailed constructable models.
  • Model in steel, concrete or any other material.
  • Collaborate and integrate thanks to open BIM approach.
  • Handle even the largest, most complex structures.
  • Let information flow from design and detailing to construction site.

Architects, engineers and contractors can share and coordinate project information as Tekla Structures links with major AEC, MEP and with plant design software solutions thanks to open BIM approach and IFC compliancy. 

Visit the Tekla Structures demo area to find out more.


Tekla Structural Designer gives engineers the power to design and analyse buildings efficiently and profitably.

Structural Engineers can now design from scheme design through to detailed in both steel and concrete, all in the same software.  One single model will cover all structural analysis and design requirements encompassing both gravity and lateral systems. Tekla Structural Designer offers completely transparent analysis results so design forces and deflections can be explored and all calculations viewed giving total confidence in the design results.

Visit the Tekla Structural Designer demo area to find out more.

Tekla Tedds makes repetitive structural and civil calculations easy by automating. 

You don’t have to be a technical whiz if you need to write calculations that are not in the extensive library, custom calculations are easy to write. Frame analysis can also be created alongside your calculations so documentation is concise and consistent.

Visit the Tedds demo area to find out how.


“Informative, interesting and inspiring”

Greg Johnson,
Building Design Consult

Welcome to the Manufacturing Technology Centre

Conveniently located close to the M6 and the M69 and close to Birmingham International airport and train station, this state of the art conference venue is centrally located.

Based at Ansty Park in Coventry, the purpose-built facility opened in 2011. The focus is to provide manufacturing system solutions in an agile environment in partnership with industry, academia and other institutions. The facility provides an unparalleled environment for the development and demonstration of new technologies on an industrial scale.

This unique conference venue offers a stimulating environment for guests to celebrate successes, discover the most recent innovations and share new knowledge.



Manufacturing Technology Centre
MTC Limited
Ansty Park
Coventry CV7 9JU


Profits generated through the hire of the venue are re-invested to fund engineering projects.

In conjuntion with Industry leaders

Techscience Ltd.

TechScience was founded in 2007 as a software & consultancy company, aiming to help Architectural/Engineering offices and any company involved in the AEC industry, to provide the best possible services to their clients. Our team consists of Architects and Engineers with many years of experience in the fields of Architecture and Structural Engineering, which gives us the practical knowledge to provide more than a typical support department can: additional design & consultancy services, that can help our clients to be more productive and meet today’s needs in quality and speed.



TDS Midlands

TDS services range from design consultancy to detailed drawings, and 3D (BIM) Modelling. We utilise Tekla, the leading 3D steel detailing software for the Steelwork industry, to produce data rich 3D models which form part of the wider Building Information Modelling (BIM) services. The software provides an accurate, dynamic, and data-rich 3D environment that can be shared with our contractors, structural engineers, steel detailers and fabricators, as well as concrete detailers and manufacturers.



Kloeckner Metals UK Westok

Westok pioneered the use of cellular beams in the UK and we are the market leading Specialist Structural Steelwork Fabricator, offering an unrivalled range of cellular, plated and shallow floor and roof beams. We are the only specialist steelwork fabricator, who can the design and manufacture the correct mix of cellular, plated and shallow beams into your structure. Structural engineers use our freely available software packages every day to analyse, design and specify Westok Cellbeams and USFBs; to check the vibration performance of the floorplate; and to utilise our BIM software links to provide an integrated multi-disciplinary design.



Strumis Ltd.

STRUMIS LTD is the world’s leading developer of steel fabrication management information software, and has created the most comprehensive and powerful end-to-end solution. Which is available to fabricators of all sizes and is currently being used in over 50 countries, to minimise overheads while maximising productivity and profitability. STRUMIS harnesses the information flow and work processes through the steelwork contract between all departments, including multiple sites, suppliers and clients; from estimate tendering, through procurement and production into construction.