Digital Construction Week 2019

Building a digital future for the construction industry

In Insights, Newsby Stephanie Brain

Building a digital future
for the construction industry


Ambiental recently exhibited at Digital Construction Week at the Excel Centre in London. Together with colleagues from across the Royal HaskoningDHV group we showcased our digital flood risk management solutions and provided demonstrations of our FloodFutures climate change adaption datasets.

Digital technology has the power to change the future of the built environment, and improve the world we live in like never before. Royal HaskoningDHV is at the forefront of driving this change through a range of tools and processes which improve profitability and efficiency in the design, construction and management of new buildings, infrastructure and landscapes. Ambiental forms an integral part of this digital transformation through our strong focus on developing innovative systems and data which predict flooding and support all aspects of the flood risk management process.

Ambiental Risk Analytics (ARA) and Ambiental Environmental Assessment (AEA) were both present to promote our digital solutions to attendees from across the construction industry. Associate Director for AEA Daniel Cook delivered a presentation which summarised our full range of products and services and explained how FloodFutures® can assist with long-term decision making around flood risk challenges.

Dan Cook presents at Digital Construction Week 2019

On the Royal HaskoningDHV stand our Product Manager for ARA Paul Drury provided hands on demonstrations of the FloodFutures data suite to conference delegates, as well as showcasing our FloodWatch dashboard systems which are used for automated risk analysis and alerting.

The conference seminars and the many exhibitors were enthusiastically discussing the current trending topics across the digital construction industry, which featured new innovations in Building Information Modelling (BIM), data visualisation platforms and augmented reality systems. Casey Rutland, UK Director of Digital at RHDHV presented to a packed auditorium on the concept of the ‘Digital Twin’ and introduced how these computer simulations are able to replicate real world systems and processes through accurate virtual models. Digital Twins perform detailed analysis of data and asset monitoring to enable detailed scenario planning and facilitate the resolution of problems through the virtual would before they even occur in the real world.

The construction industry has an important role to play in supporting flood resilience activities in the UK and internationally. When floods occur construction firms are essential in enabling a rapid recovery through rebuilding and repairing damages. The materials selected to reinstate properties should ideally be of a design standard that is resistant to flooding. Finding cost effective solutions will limit the escalating costs of flood mitigation under climate change. Further to this companies like Ambiental can support the construction industry by identifying potential risks to development sites, supply chains and plant facilities and alerting of impending flood risks and weather events to deliver better situational awareness and improvements to the safety of staff and stakeholders.

To find out more about how Ambiental can help facilitate the transition to a digital future for the construction industry contact us today. Our team of flood risk experts and system developers are standing by to help you explore the use of digital technology to drive down costs, protect the environment and improve safety in order to facilitate a sustainable, digital future for construction.


About the Author

Paul Drury is a Product Manager and Solutions Consultant at Ambiental. His role includes the steering of new product development and reporting back to stakeholders. He also works with our customers to design and develop world class data solutions to solve different global environmental challenges. Paul is an expert in GIS and data analysis with a strong understanding of the environmental data industry and underlying technical concepts. He has a BSc (hons) in Environmental Sciences from the University of Brighton.

Paul Drury