10 Construction Events Worth Attending in 2020


The construction industry is ever evolving and faces changes in modern Ireland. With constantly developing trends, technologies and solutions, it is important for engineers and construction workers to get out there and learn from what is being said. 

Industry events give you a chance to be social and develop yourself and your career. The more events you go to, the more you expand your network. And expanding your network means you are positioning yourself as someone who is outgoing, constantly learning and open to opportunities. 
You want to become a leading expert in your field, whether you are a foreman, senior engineer, site manager or project manager. Construction today is focused on diversity and dynamic workforces with the ability to create, innovate and inspire. 

Here are ten exciting upcoming construction events in Ireland that will guide you on your way to becoming an expert that can learn, evolve and lead. 



1. Construction Productivity Seminar – Thursday 5th March, Aurivo Auditorium, Sligo

Lean thinking and practices can allow for greater efficiency, effectiveness, productivity and profitability within the Irish construction sector. 
At this event, Lean Construction Ireland (LCi) and the Construction IT Alliance (CitA) are coming together alongside IT Sligo to demonstrate how Ireland's innovative construction sector is evolving to become more productive using 3D digitisation and Lean thinking. 
This is a free event in the Aurivo Auditorium in Sligo, offering those working within the construction industry the opportunity to network, listen to guest speakers and interact in Q&A sessions. 
You can register for this event here

2. IHBA Roadshow Cork – Thursday 5th March, CIF Offices, Cork

The Irish Home Builders Association are always on the road, all over Ireland. These events are open to members and non-members and are for anyone engaged in housebuilding projects. These workshops ensure construction workers are fully informed of the updated regulatory and economic environment affecting homebuilders.
The next IHBA Roadshow is in Cork and features Q&As, expert speakers and a long list of discussion topics. This workshop will provide the answers to important questions surrounding planning guidelines, building regulations, cost of construction and industrial relations.
You can find out more about the IHBA workshops here

3. CIF International Women’s Day Breakfast Seminar – Friday 6th March, Dunboyne Castle Hotel, Meath

8th of March is International Women’s Day! CIF have organised a breakfast seminar in Meath on the 6th to celebrate the successes of women in construction today. 
This is the fourth CIF Breakfast seminar. The theme for the event this year is #EachforEqual – an equal world is an enabled world. Challenge the diversity divide, reshape the industry and strive for gender equality in construction. 
Read more on this event here

4. National Construction Summit 2020 – Tuesday 24th March, Sport Ireland Campus, Blanchardstown

This March join over 3000 delegates at the 6th Annual National Construction Summit. This is a massive event that brings together those involved in Ireland’s building, infrastructure and industrial projects, such as construction companies, developers, project owners, government bodies, architectural and design firms, planners, property managers, technology companies, legal & tax professionals and energy and environment professionals. 
The idea is simple: get together, debate, build on knowledge and connect with others involved within the construction, design, finance and management industries. This way, you can join industry peers for engaging and thought provoking discussions on how Ireland can rebuild its construction and property industry in a sustainable manner, meet the real needs of Ireland and create a stable long term future for the industry and the country.
Other key themes for the 2020 conference include Brexit, Foreign Direct Investment and jobs, skills, training and education.
Find out more here

5. Greenbuild Europe 2020 – Tuesday 24th March, Croke Park, Dublin 

Clearly, sustainability is a hot topic in the modern construction industry.  Greenbuild Europe is the flagship event for sustainability professionals and this year it will take place in Croke Park. 
This event focuses on the future of green building, with industry leaders speaking about their vision and best practices. This is a forum for those who have a vision for greener buildings in Ireland and across Europe, allowing them to come together and address pressing issues to revolutionize businesses and projects.
If you are interested in the future of construction and want to get involved in creating a more sustainable built environment and a better quality of life for all, then this is the event for you.
Learn about Greenbuild Europe here

6. Digital Construction Summit – June, Croke Park, Dublin

This hugely successful and forward-thinking event was launched in 2018, attended by over 300 industry delegates and international and national experts in the field. The Digital Construction Summit is all about the future of digital transformation and innovation within the construction sector. Some really interesting key issues include project management, VDC Technology, big data in construction and BIM 3 in virtual construction.

The Digital Construction Summit delves into discussions on the latest and greatest digital technology within the build environment, exploring how we can better collaborate to create a more profitable, sustainable and efficient industry via digital technology. 

The summit brings together engineers, contractors, planners and architects alike, to explore emerging technologies and digitization of processes in modern construction and discuss how best to embrace digital transformation for a productive and profitable future. 
Some more details on this event here

7. Southern Region Construction Summit – September, Cork

An exciting annual event showcasing some of the most influential upcoming projects in the Southern region. This event delves into what needs to be done to ensure successful infrastructural development for the future. Engineers, planners, developers, consultants and contractors all come together to explore strategies for economic growth and further expansion.
Find out more here 

8. Architecture & Building Expo – Thursday 1st-Friday 2nd October, RDS, Dublin

This October in the RDS, you have the opportunity to meet Ireland’s top architects and construction professionals. See the latest technologies from industry suppliers, meet colleagues and construction experts for invaluable face to face discussions and gain that all-important specialist advice with some added insights into the latest trends shaping architecture and building in Ireland.

Attending this event means you are prepared for the ever-changing built environment for the year ahead. And you can gain CPD points along the way!

Register here




9. Lean Construction Ireland National Conference - 4th November, Croke Park, Dublin

Dublin is playing host to one of the largest European Construction events! The LCi Conference features a wide range of experts and guest speakers under the theme ‘Lean Innovation – Inspiring our Future in Construction’.
Those who attend get the chance to learn more about how to implement lean practices in their projects and discover the benefits of this in delivering high quality projects that are safer, faster and more profitable. This not only covers lean construction within home building, but also in public sector, large scale private construction and international approaches. 
More information on this big event here

10. Health & Safety Summit – November, Croke Park, Dublin

And lastly, an event taking place later in the year, the CIF Health and Safety Summit. Centred around driving a positive health and safety culture in Ireland’s growing construction sector, this summit supports the health and safety of the workforce and discusses both physical health and mental health. 
The construction industry is growing and ambitious and with this comes objectives, government targets and pressures to meet goals in house building, infrastructure development and commercial investment. With expanding workforces and projects upon projects, there is an increase in occupational risk.
Now is the time to reflect on health and safety practices so construction workers are both productive and safe. So, if you want to lead the way as a project manager or senior engineer, this event will provide a wealth of information on how to take responsibility, engage with employees and create a healthier and safer workplace.
For more information click here
This year is jam packed with events, summits and exhibitions to explore across Ireland. You should definitely add some of these to your list. After all, you don’t want to get left behind – leading a construction project today means facing those industry trends and challenges head on. And what better way to sharpen your skills and knowledge than attending events, listening to guest speakers and interacting with some of Ireland’s leading, progressive construction heads! 


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