BCT Expo to support digital acceleration changes in construction

Building Construction Technology Expo (BCT Expo) will return to Bangkok, Thailand, from 20 to 22 September 2023, taking place at the Impact Exhibition and Convention Centre.

Featuring a comprehensive range of technologies, digital solutions, machines and equipment, the event is expected to draw more than 150 exhibitors and attended by over 4,000 trade visitors from Thailand and surrounding ASEAN region.

As in last year’s edition, BCT Expo 2023 will be themed ‘Towards digitalisation of the building and construction industry – are you ready?’, supporting digital acceleration changes in every aspect of the building and construction industry through the application of digital technologies.

Impact Exhibition Management Co Ltd, the organiser of BCT Expo, shared that “despite squeezed by labour shortages, rising material costs and digital disruptions, Thailand’s construction industry is still a slow adopter of technology.

“Globally, the increasing use of technologies like artificial intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT) and augmented reality (AR), has shown that construction companies must invest in and adopt technology in order to stay competitive.”

The company added, “IoT has proven to be beneficial for an industry that is facing multiple major challenges, such as large construction sites to manage, labour shortages, tight timelines, hazardous working conditions, strict health and safety protocols, rising costs, etc.

“Combined with related emerging technologies such as building information modelling (BIM), 3D printing, AI and robotics, precise measurements, big data and digital tools, the IoT-driven technologies are instrumental in helping construction companies to increase efficiency of projects, and more importantly improve profit margins.”

The Thai Building Information Modelling Association (TBIM) is at the forefront of encouraging Thailand’s construction sector to hasten its adoption of technology. “The mission of TBIM is to act as a medium to develop and disseminate good BIM standards for Thailand’s construction industry. TBIM aims to develop national BIM standard protocols, become the centre of BIM knowledge sharing, and promote BIM international collaborations,” said Dr Sant Chansomsak, president of TBIM.

BCT Expo is supported by the Thai government and industry associations, including the Ministry of Transport, Department of Public Works and Town & Country Planning, Department of Rail Transport, Thai Contractors Association under H.M. The King’s Patronage, and TBIM.

“BCT Expo 2023 is set to provide the regional construction industry and market with a dedicated face-to-face international forum to meet, discuss and exchange views, learn new knowledge and trends, forge new business deals, network, and address issues of digital disruptions and transformation impacting the industry today,” concluded Loy Joon How, general manager of Impact Exhibition Management.