CANCELLATION - ORI Conference 2021 - Data & AI, Building Blocks of Tomorrow



This year, our conference will be all about the use of data and AI in the construction world. In the beautiful halls of Maison de la Poste we will welcome numerous interesting speakers and introduce you to VR/AR and the intelligent robot dog SPOT. Followed by a valuable networking moment and a delicious walking dinner.


The construction industry in general is currently leveraging technology and innovation to make construction management and site operations more efficient, durable and sustainable, thus reducing the negative impacts of construction on the environment.


Major trends are building information modeling (BIM), the use of construction robotics, and the increased use of advanced building materials. The COVID-19 pandemic also triggered an acceleration in the integration of these new technologies and innovations, but also in the development of newer and safer ways of construction. 


Our conference of this year will focus on the importance of data in the construction sector, and also how it will be managed in the near future. One of the main ways in leveraging data is the implementation of artificial intelligence.


In this regard, we can really say that consulting and engineering firms are working very hard on data and AI, and are well aware of the potential of this approach.


During the event, you as a visitor will discover many facets of the use of data and AI in construction, and you will be accompanied by talented speakers from various companies. 



18h - 18h30

Welcome reception.


18h30 - 18h45

Introduction by ORI.


18h45 - 20h45



WTCB/CSTC - Benoit Parmentier, Strategy & Innovation manager (FR)

  • Artificial Intelligence in the Construction sector: state of the art and promising applications
  • After recalling the major indicators that characterize Construction, this presentation will discuss the state of the art concerning the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in this sector. We will start with the fundamentals of AI, we will approach the first applications of this technology through the different stages of a Construction project, its contributions and the challenges (in particular the quality of the data) that remain to be overcome so that the return on investment is interesting for the various stakeholders of the value chain. We will end with the role that engineering firms can play in this regard and the opportunities to get involved.


Antea Group - Daan Stolker, advisory group manager Data (NL)

  • Antea Group believes in the power of innovation and the contribution it can make to a better and sustainable society, not only for us but also for the generations that will come after us. Cooperation is very important to us. Only together can we make the world more sustainable. Drone images, videos, aerial photographs: they contain a wealth of information. However, analyzing these images is very time-consuming, especially when it's up to humans. Fortunately, computers are better able than ever to analyze and interpret large quantities of images objectively. They recognize the smallest details and can very accurately classify, count and locate objects or anomalies. We will show you our latest applications and realizations and at the event we will also call upon you to think along with clients, cooperation partners and knowledge institutes about new possibilities and challenges for your project.


Arcadis - Dirk Vanderlinden (NL)

  • Brain: from raw data to relevant insights
  • In the construction world, many stakeholders work with different digital tools. There are different platforms for the design and construction phase as well as for the maintenance phase of a building (e.g. BIM, Planon, Archibus, MCS, Axxerion, NPQ, Topdesk, SAP, Oracle ...).  That is why Arcadis developed Brain, a dynamic digital solution that brings static and dynamic data together, structures it and applies Artificial Intelligence to it so that buildings become smarter and clients get better insights for designing, building, managing, maintaining and repurposing their built assets. Costly mistakes are avoided and collaboration becomes easier.


Agentschap Wegen en Verkeer - Abdelkarim Bellafkih (NL)

  • From data storage to data utilization
  • The 'Agentschap Wegen en Verkeer' (AWV) is responsible for a safe and smooth traffic flow, also during winter conditions. For this purpose, AWV has its own ice measuring system, which measures physical quantities on and around the road and predicts the condition of the road surface in winter conditions. This data is analyzed by our own people and has been stored for years. We are now going to make clever use of this data and the analyses made to support future gritting decisions on the basis of artificial intelligence. 


Autodesk - Ives Veelaert (NL)

  • Autodesk Construction Cloud: de single source of truth
  • During the construction process, different (and often a multitude of) disciplines come together. This leads very quickly to an abundance of data, which is not always managed in an unambiguous way. With Autodesk Construction Cloud we try to help this by storing a lot of data in one environment. Of course this system will have to be able to work together with existing systems to get a total overview, which in turn allows us to deliver a higher quality of projects. During this session we will briefly discuss: Autodesk Construction Cloud, Construction IQ for data analysis, Forge as integration engine, examples of integrations, such as Scaled Robotics.



20h45 - 23h

Networking moment and walking dinner.



In the networking hall you will also meet some of our commercial partners and thanks to Antea Group be able to interact with SPOT, the robot dog of Boston Dynamics, and enter the virtual world thanks to a VR/AR stand by Arcadis and VR Base. 


A Covid Safe Ticket+ is required to access the conference. 

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Datum en tijd

24 november 2021 om 18u00


Maison de la Poste
Rue Picard 5/7
1000, Brussel


Free entrance for professionals.

Registration is necessary and a Covid Safe Ticket+ (CST+) is required to access the conference.