06 - 10 October, 2020, Valencia, Spain
Digital Built Week Europe 2020

call for abstracts


Call for Abstracts Open: Wednesday 18 December 2019
Submission Deadline: Sunday 16 February 2020, 11:59pm GMT+1
Notification of Acceptance: March 2020


Abstract Criteria

Prospective attendees should be able to get a good idea of the session from the title alone.

All submitted abstracts must meet all the following requirements:

  • Abstracts must be submitted and presented in English
  • The size of your abstract body should be limited to 500 words
  • Your abstract will be submitted as plain text on the submission site (it is recommended that you copy and paste your abstract into the field provided).
  • Describe what will be presented without giving the reader room for interpretation or assumption, focusing on the material to be covered, and the benefits to the attendees.
  • Describe the style of presentation (Presentation vs. demo) and type (Strategic vs. Technical)
  • Tags should be used according to the abstract itself and the discipline it relates to
  • Have tangible learning objectives, making it clear how you are going to approach the topic during your class with expected takeaways for delegates

Along with submitting your abstract, you must also:

  • Review the ‘Speaking Terms of Agreement’ prior to submitting your abstract (this includes information on speaker entitlements)
  • Submit a biography(limited to 150 words), high quality photo (300 dpi) and high-quality company logo (300 dpi) which will be used on our event website and app. If you company has a style guide that must accompany your logo, please ensure you attach a copy when submitting your abstract.
  • Provide a 50-word synopsis and (up to) a 500-word body of your abstract, used on the event website of accepted abstracts
  • Outline three (3) key learning objectives that attendees of your session will have learnt
  • Identify whom the session is intended for, listing job titles etc.

If you have questions or simply want to run your ideas past one of the team before submitting – reach out our speaker manager, Rui Gavina at [email protected]

After review of the submissions, we may contact you to suggest adjustments to your subject matter or mode of presentation, so that we can deliver a conference with the expected scope and quality of subject matter.

To ensure the quality of our conference, we maintain a limit of 3 presentations per speaker; however you are free to submit a greater number of abstracts for consideration if you wish.

Topics of Interest

Circular Economy
Construction Management supported by Digital Technologies
FM by Facility Managers using Digital Technologies
Heritage BIM
Digital Twins
Soft Skills
Data Driven Decision Making
Architecture and Engineer analysis supported by Computiational Design and BIM
Integration between lifecycle stages

Important Information

  • Submitted abstracts will be reviewed by the Committee. The review process will consist of 2 phases. The first will be based on abstract content alone where all speakers are concealed from the reviewers. The second will reveal speakers to the committee to review previous ratings and feedback or speaking experience.
  • Abstracts will be approved on their merit, within the conference’s time and resource constraints.
  • Sessions can take the form of labs, technical presentations, or facilitated discussions. Case studies demonstrating innovative or well-developed practice are welcomed and encouraged to be put forward as an abstract.
  • If you are considering submitting a panel discussion, we encourage you to consider diversity of views and backgrounds when assembling your panel members. It is your responsibility to gather the panel members and evaluate their stance on this topic
  • Feedback suggests that our delegates are becoming more experienced with use of digital technologies and methodologies and as such are seeking more advanced sessions. Therefore, submitted abstracts should be classified as (and suitable for) Intermediate, Advanced, Expert, Guru or All Levels.

Session Formats

Speaker(s) present from front of room, usually accompanied by audio-visual. These types of sessions range from ‘how to’ through to real project case studies. Session size ranges from 20 – 100 delegates. Session duration: minimum 75 minutes

Delegates learn from the speaker using step-by-step live learning experiences, whilst sitting at a computer. There may be provision for a small gallery of additional delegates that bring their own laptops to follow the lab, but you are not required to give them assistance during the lab session. Session size would typically range from 20 – 40 delegates. Session duration: minimum 75 minutes

A selected group of people gather to discuss, debate or present a topic or a variety of topics in front of an audience. Session duration: minimum 75 minutes

Delegates take part in a discussion or activity within a private room. Participants discuss a particular topic or topics, of which is submitted via the abstract process. The speaker acts as a Facilitator for the session. Session duration: minimum 75 minutes

A maximum of 24 delegates take part in an intimate discussion or activity, in a U-Shape (or similar) layout within a private room. Participants discuss a topic or topics, of which is submitted by the speaker. The speaker acts as a moderator for the session, which may include partly presentation, partly chaired debate. Session duration: minimum 75 minutes.

Abstract Tags

During your submission, we will be asking you to select lifecycle phase, topics, vendor, and audience types, which you believe best reflect the nature of your abstract.

Abstracts may be classified under any of the following tags:

Lifecycle Phase

  • Pre-design
  • Design
  • Construction
  • Operations & Maintenance
  • Not applicable


- Includes Interior Design, Building Design and Landscape Architecture

Business Strategy and Leadership
- Focus on leadership, change, driving behaviours - doing the right things Perfect for C-suites

Change Management
- Implementation of change of any type, be it in people, processes or technology

Coding & Customisation
- Software programming, development of plug-ins or standalone products, macros, scripts, use of APIs etc.

Computational Design
- Use of generative techniques to iterate designs, using the likes of Grasshopper, Dynamo includes Generative Design

- Model content focused; content scoping, creation and/or management issues

Data Management
- Data definition, visualisation and analytics, Common Data Environments, use/admin/management of Common Data Environment and Electronic Document Management Systems; how to deal with legacy information transition; validation of deliverables etc.

Design for Manufacturing & Assembly

Fabrication, Assembly & Installation
- Construction means and methods

Information Technology
- System admin, hardware, deployments, network architecture, cybersecurity

- Transportation and other non-building project types, Project types beyond a single building or building complex: road, rail, power/energy, water and precinct/city scale

Interoperability / OpenBIM / Collaboration
- Approach to the collaborative design, realization, and operation of built assets based on open standards and workflows

- Intellectual Property, Liability, Insurance, Professional Indemnity, BIM Protocols etc.

- Manufacturing techniques, supply logistics

Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing & Fire
- Services disciplines and/or trades, but may cross over with Infrastructure tag where emphasis on buildings may not be applicable

Model Management
- Includes modelling standards, methodology, model exchange, assembly, and model validation

Next Generation
- New Technology, Emerging Technology, AI, Machine Learning, New ways of doing new things with old technologies

Project Controls
- Includes Estimation, QTO, Cost Management, Risk Management

Project Management
- Project setup/configuration, project team selection, scope definition, information requirements, construction planning/scheduling, 4D sequencing, logistics management. May overlap somewhat with Project Controls and Legal/Commercial tags.

Reality Capture
- LiDAR/ Point Cloud scanning, Surveying, Photogrammetry, Stereophotogrammetry, Validation of real-world conditions etc.

Simulation & Analysis
- Digital or physical models built for the purpose of study or examination of a specific function of the programming, design or management of the built environment. 

- Structural Engineering discipline, but may also include Structural Subcontractors - steel detailers, fabricators, precast concrete etc.

- Life-cycle analysis, costing, building performance, environmental

- Graphical visualisation of project models; eg. presentation methods, real-time rendering environments, immersive tech like AR/VR/MR

Vendor Tags

Autodesk - Navisworks, Revit, Dynamo
Bentley - Speedicon, AutoPlant, MicroStation, ProjectWise
Graphisoft - ARCHICAD
Nemetschek - dRofus, Bluebeam, Solibri, Vectorworks
Non-Vendor Specific
Trimble - Tekla, Sketchup
Other Vendor

Levels of Expertise

Speakers must ensure their nominated experience levels matches the content in their presentation.
See a full explanation of each level below:

All Levels