BSRIA has confirmed a new speaker at its flagship event – the annual Briefing and lunch: Will Squires, Digital Lead for Cities and Development and Aviation in SNC-Lavalin’s Atkins business.

The event will look at the issue of Disruption in Construction – driving technologies and processes for the future and will be held at the Brewery, in London, on Friday 16th November 2018. The main supporter is Trend. BSRIA will present on ‘how blockchain may change the format of contracts’.

An unusual combination of data scientist, engineer, planner and strategist, Will has examined how technology will drive and change how we deliver construction and infrastructure projects.

An expert on smart cities, data, BIM, digital engineering and the impact of emerging technology on construction and the built environment, his research focuses around real-time city data, the challenges of long-term urban development and understanding spatial and temporal effects of design.

Based on the Bitcoin protocol, the Blockchain database is shared by all nodes sharing a system. On joining the network, each connected computer receives a copy of the Blockchain, which has records, and stands as proof of, every transaction ever executed. As such, it can assist the construction industry with accurate data necessary for its procurement contracts.
The guest speaker is Andrew Strauss OBE.

The Chair is Oliver Zimmermann, CEO, Condair Group AG. Based in Switzerland, Oliver has been in post since 2012. Condair is an integrated, global market leader in humidification and evaporate cooling and its vision is to deliver productivity, sustainability and health through air and water to achieve extraordinary goals for a successful future.


  • Susan Hone-Brookes, Chief Engineer for Construction, Infrastructure and Energy at the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC).
  • Adrian Malone, Head of Digital Project Delivery & BIM Transport & Infrastructure, WSP.
  • Will Squires, Atkins Global.
  • Michael Potter, Managing Director & Founder, DriveElectric.
  • Philip Guthrie, Collaboration Hub Project Officer, London Waste & Recycling Board (LWARB).

Tracey Tilbry, Networks & Events Manager, BSRIA said: “BSRIA is delighted that Will is joining the line-up of this first-rate suite of speakers – to complete the set – at its flagship and foremost event in the industry calendar. Attendance at the Briefing is a no-brainer with all the cutting-edge thinking and nuggets from industry thought leaders.
“Blockchain is here, and because of its transparency in data and security, will help members and industry in their quest to be one step ahead to offer more sustainable solutions.
“The after lunch speaker, cricketing legend Andrew Strauss OBE, is a first-class speaker who will share his experience on nurturing high-performing teams. The chair is industry-renowned Oliver Zimmerman.
“The agenda will cover: changes in technologies and processes and what that might mean for the procurement of contracts, building services and manufacturing going forward, taking into consideration bitcoin, the circular economy and innovation in manufacturing.”