The Bartlett School of Sustainable Construction


From ‘nice-to-have’ to ‘must-have’: why software development is a core discipline in the AEC sector

02 April 2019, 6:30 pm–7:30 pm

Constructs: digital innovation in the built environment

Join Helen Campbell from Arup for an exploration of software development, the business of project delivery, and how we can harness this to help engineer the future.

This event is free.

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The Bartlett School of Construction and Project Management


Room G.12
22 Gordon Street

From ‘nice-to-have’ to ‘must-have’: why software development is a core discipline in the AEC sector

Helen Campbell, Director of the Technical Software Group at Arup, joins us for the final instalment of our 2018-19 keynote lecture series Constructs: digital innovation in the built environment.

Times are changing. The architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) sector is striving for transformation and digital innovation is central to this. In many cases it is no longer possible to deliver the outcomes a client wants, at a price they want to pay, without developing software.

Software development in AEC isn’t new, however it has often been peripheral to the main business of project delivery. With radical digital change in the sector, is it time we recognised software engineering as a core discipline, and an integral part of a multidisciplinary approach to business? 

This lecture will explore the organisational challenges of building software development capability more centrally.

Helen will discuss the key questions – how do we accommodate the different working methodologies available, for example Agile versus Waterfall? And how do we harness this as an opportunity to incorporate our software development practice to help engineer the future?

The lecture will begin at 18:30 and will be followed by a networking reception from 19:30. Please note that places for this event are limited and seating will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Watch online

A live stream of this event will be available on this page from 18:30 on Tuesday 2 April. 

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About our speaker 

Helen Campbell is currently Director of the Technical Software Group at Arup. She is responsible for Oasys – a group that develops and takes to market complex technical software.

Helen has a background in software engineering, spending her career managing technical teams, developing digital strategies and finding innovative solutions to complex business problems. She has worked at major companies such as Amazon, Google and Nokia, recently managing digital services at Atkins.

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