Construction technology: connectivity is key

KHL Group | February 12, 2020

When it comes to construction technology, Dr Burcin Kaplanoglu, executive director, innovation officer, Oracle, surely has one of the most impressive CVs in the industry. He has been at Oracle for around two years and before this spent over 15 years at Lendlease where he was vice president, director of operations at Lendlease’s Telecommunication Infrastructure Business Unit. Kaplanoglu is also adjunct professor at Northwestern University’s McCormick School of Engineering in the US. Speaking at Digital Construction Week in the UK, with an espresso in front of him and a long flight recently behind him, Kaplanoglu is animated company as he discusses the challenges and opportunities for the construction industry regarding new technology. Adoption comes in waves, right? I think we’re in a wave now and I don’t know when the next wave is going to start, but we’re in a wave and it’s going quite fast, he comments.



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