West Midlands innovation group growing fast
A group established by a Birmingham-based CIOB member to advance innovation is celebrating reaching nearly 500 members in a few months.
Hassan Emam, principal consultant for planning and controls at LogiKal and a member of the Birmingham Hub committee, established the West Midlands Construction Analytics meetup to share knowledge about innovation and construction analytics.
The group began with a LinkedIn group and meets monthly. Meetings include software developers presenting new tools, for the industry to provide feedback, as well as academic experts presenting research on subjects such as 4D printing.
“It’s great to have knowledge sharing and learn from others’ experience so we don’t repeat the same problems. It also provides great support.”
Hassan Emam, LogiKal
Emam founded the group when he became frustrated with the industry repeatedly facing the same challenges and wanting to find new ways to find efficiencies. Having explored how AI is being applied to other industries – as part of his PhD – he wanted to see how it could benefit construction.
“I am hugely motivated personally to see change in the industry which is why I created the group. It’s great to have knowledge sharing and learn from others’ experience so we don’t repeat the same problems. It also provides great support,” he says.
In his job Emam has established LogiLab – LogiKal’s research lab – and is training the team members in using AI for project controls. He has also delivered a presentation at Project Controls Expo about the applications of AI in construction, and at the same event was awarded the Global Project Controls Consultant award.
AI in Construction can be found on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/groups/8814236