I'm a Contractor - What is BILT and Why Would I Want to Attend?

Technology is all around us, no matter what our role in design or construction, we can no longer ignore the fact that technology will be a growing part of all of our work in the future.

BILT stands for 'Buildings, Infrastructure and Lifecycle , supported by Technology' and is a learning event held annually, run in multiple regions around the globe, designed to cater to the needs of those who design, build, operate and maintain our built environment. BILT ANZ 2017 will take place in Adelaide from 25 to 27 May 2017.

As a community of professionals, we are dedicated to improving the way industry works together. As an educational and networking event, BILT provides a variety of opportunities to learn and share, to probe and challenge, to listen and to be heard. Our industry doesn’t function as well as it could, and we wish to play a role in changing this by bringing people together from different backgrounds to learn from each other.

The separation of skills between different parties in construction is shrinking. Contractors need to understand and often interface with the technology used by architects, engineers and quantity surveyors. Scheduling, costing and estimating, site and project management can all be enhanced by different technology which is now more mature, and proven by use on large projects and readily available. Sub-contractors are also working with different software, for modelling and coordination, for digitally setting out on site, construction sequencing, material tracking or for fabrication and installation workflows.

Our sessions focus on the use of best-in-class tools, processes and workflows, behaviours and leadership. This year’s event will feature three days packed full of international and local speakers – as well as opportunities for networking throughout the event with colleagues, friends and with the speakers themselves. The 96 conference sessions include presentations, forums and hands-on labs presented by well-known speakers practising in their respective fields. Process, people and technology are at the heart of the content.

Whilst attendees can choose from any of the available sessions, this year we have crafted a series of sessions identified as Construction Stream, which are specifically aimed at contractors. These sessions will be presented by those with proven experience in the field - both contractors and consultants. The classes will seek to assist you to understand the value of technology to your business, and will cover topics such as:

  • Understanding what to expect from design consultant models;
  • Understanding how to influence what you shall receive from design consultants, and how to make good use of it afterwards;
  • How to prepare for and undertake model based quantity take-offs;
  • Why and how to use model-assisted construction planning to manage project risk, and;
    how to provide increased value for facility owners and operators at project handover.

You can view the schedule of the construction stream classes here.

BILT is not just aimed at those who drive the technology. Understanding your industry and the strategic value of understanding technology is becoming more important to allow you to drive innovation. BILT is the opportunity to find out what others in our industry are already doing and where the next innovations will come from. Alongside technical presentations, BILT also supports professional and personal growth of its attendees. This year's keynote speaker, Dr Louise Mahler, will present "The Missing Ingredient of Leadership" alongside a range of other business and strategy sessions which are just as applicable to contractors as to design consultants.

Immerse yourself in the world of design and construction technology from 25-27 May in Adelaide. To register, visit For further information please visit our website or contact [email protected] We look forward to welcoming you to BILT ANZ in Adelaide for an amazing event.