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Lecture on 29th October 2021

Johan Vyncke, Director Research & Innovation at WTCB-BBRI, Director Strategy & Innovation, BBRI,
President of the Belgian Concrete Society, Co-ordinator ENBRI & ECCREDI, Past President RILEM 2018-2021

Read the Interview with RILEM out-going President (2018-2021), Johan Vyncke

DateFriday, 29 October 2021, 10:00 am
Type of EventWebex


Digitalisation and Circularity in the Construction Sector, two Key Elements that Go Hand in Hand and are Essential to our Sustainable Future



Johan Vyncke

Director Research & Innovation at WTCB-BBRI


SummaryWe are increasingly being confronted with the fact that we live in a VUCA world. We had clearly not foreseen the possible impact of a pandemic disease on our lives and are only now fully realizing it. It has given an incredible boost in our adoption of the digital society and radically changes our lifestyle.
The “water problem” also suddenly and unexpectedly took on a completely different dimension this year. No, it is not only about drought and the problem of a rising sea level at coastal areas. Water robust constructions and taking flood risks into account when choosing our construction locations and construction techniques are a must.
However, it is not all doom and gloom, on the contrary, the opportunities that present themselves for our construction sector are immense and unprecedented. More than ever, we are a sector that is looked at with hope in order to offer solutions. Climate change, CO 2 reduction, well-being and economic recovery... all are challenges to which the construction sector can help to provide an answer and contribute.
This requires, among other things, that our productivity in the construction sector also increases. We can count on the adoption and implementation of new technologies that are currently being developed and a lean approach. These tools enable companies of all sizes to offer their customers new services, as well as improve their own processes. This expected growth will require a larger workforce and also – for very heavy or repetitive tasks – the use of on-site robotization or industrialization. In combination with the greening of our projects and our image, a modernization of the construction professions will make our sector more attractive and thus encourage young people and future workers to work in construction.
More than ever, however, it is necessary to be able to react quickly yet thoughtfully. This requires that we succeed in bringing together, sharing and efficiently making our know-how accessible to all concerned so that we can achieve the impact that is expected of us. This is perhaps our greatest challenge, to be able to respond to the expectations placed in us in the future.