The organiser of Digital Construction Week (DCW) – the UK’s only event dedicated to digital construction, engineering, design, manufacturing and operation – has announced next year’s event will move from May to November.
The show, which was due to take place on 19-20 May, will be deferred to the new dates of 24-25 November 2021 at ExCeL London, following the ongoing impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
Event director Oliver Hughes says: “The government’s announcement last month regarding business events is welcome news and a great sign that things are heading in the right direction. However, despite some events going ahead from December, the restrictions in place and the loss of our international audience still pose a challenge to running a show in May that’s successful for everyone.
“We want to make the right decision for our community and having consulted with our exhibitors, visitors and partners, we’ve decided the best action to serve everyone is to push the show back to the autumn for 2021.
“We’re disappointed not to be able to bring everyone together as soon as we had hoped next year. But we’re committed to delivering an event in 2021 that provides the community with the most effective opportunities for networking, education, discovery and interaction – and we’re confident that the move to November means we’ll be able to return with the best show possible.
“The good news is that we’ll still be supporting the industry with a digital hybrid offering in May. Following on from our successful DCW Connect Fringe series this autumn, we’ll be bringing our audience even more great digital content including webinars with a number of our key supporters, virtual panel discussions, and product demonstrations. And, all being well, we hope to make this a hybrid event with a live, in-person networking event for around 150 people to help the industry stay connected. So keep the 19-20 May in the diary for now.”
“Despite the tough circumstances, we’ve been overwhelmed by the number of our exhibitors, visitors, speakers and partners who have expressed their support and desire to be a part of DCW at the next possible opportunity.
“We’re determined to celebrate the resilience of the industry and contribute to its growth with the best event we can offer (albeit a little later than planned) in 2021. In the meantime, we hope you can join us virtually in May.”
The show will be co-located with GEO Business, the UK’s largest geospatial event designed for everyone involved in the gathering, storing, processing and delivery of geospatial information, which will also move from May to 24-25 November for 2021.