Fit for purpose? Big data reveals the construction knowledge gap

21 September 2017

Rogers Stirk Harbour and Partners hosts the launch of ‘Fit for Purpose’, a major Designing Buildings Wiki report at The Leadenhall Building.

The construction industry is changing, and so is the world around it. Buildings are becoming more complex, the supply chain more fragmented, and everything is moving online. Is the framework of knowledge that underpins the industry still fit for purpose?

Designing Buildings Wiki, the construction industry knowledge base, has undertaken the first ever comprehensive mapping of construction industry knowledge. ‘Fit for Purpose’ is the product of analysing 6 million pieces of data, tracking professionals from every part of the industry and at every level. This has generated remarkable visual maps giving never-before-seen insights into how construction knowledge works as well as how it fails.

In the wake of the Edinburgh schools defects and the Grenfell Tower tragedy, this timely report suggests the way the construction industry creates and shares knowledge needs to change, or more mistakes will be made.

The report will be launched by architect Dr Gregor Harvie, co-founder of Designing Buildings Wiki. Mark Farmer, author of ‘Modernise or Die’ will offer his own perspective on the state of the industry and the work we all have ahead.

Event details:

  • Arrive from 6:00pm. Allow 10 minutes for a bag check and ID check. You must bring ID with you, such as a bank card.
  • 6:30pm, welcome from the hosts, Rogers Stirk Harbour and Partners.
  • Introductions by David Trench CBE FCIOB, project manager and chair of Designing Buildings Wiki.
  • The industry context by Mark Farmer, author of ‘Modernise or Die’.
  • Report launch by Dr Gregor Harvie RIBA, co-founder of Designing Buildings Wiki.
  • Q&As.
  • Drinks and networking.
  • 8:00pm close.

Book early here as places are limited and available on a first come first served basis.