INDUSTRY experts are to take part in a series of webinar events for the built environment as part of a support initiative during the Covid-19 crisis.

They are being organised by the Construction Scotland Innovation Centre (CSIC) as part of its i-Con scheme which will discuss the restart of work once the lockdown ends.

It is the first in a series of collaborative online events, and will explore “What change is needed for reset and recovery in the Built Environment”.

David Philp, global business information modelling (BIM) consultancy director for the multinational Aecom, will host a Q & A session with a panel of experts on May 19, including CSIC’s operations and future skills director Douglas Morrison, Anne Johnstone, head of environment, energy and sustainability at Hollis, and Dr Marie Macklin, founder and executive chair of the Halo Project, an urban renewal initiative in Kilmarnock.

CSIC chief executive, Stephen Good, said: “These are challenging times indeed for the built environment sector, and a crisis it could have well done without. But businesses are tackling the situation head on with innovation playing a key role in turning things around.

“The need to think and do things differently at this time goes deeper than quick-fix solutions. More than ever, it is essential that industry partners collaborate, innovate and co-create solutions that will help the entire sector adapt and find new ways of working to ensure a full recovery.

“We created the i-Con initiative to provide support to those facing challenges, and this series of webinars will offer knowledge, expertise and advice to help accelerate essential and much needed change.

“This will help reset and restart the industry, sharing best practice that will ensure the health of our workforces, and also support the delivery of future growth in the built environment sector.”

Future events in the series will examine a range of topics including digital transformation, building sustainably, culture and future skills, and advancing industrialisation.

Their outcomes will be available in the i-Con knowledge exchange platform.