Annual Conference 
Thursday, October 24 
Chartered Accountants House, Pearse Street, Dublin 2

The Society’s Annual Conference has become the largest construction and property conference in Ireland and this year promises to continue the trend of exceptional speakers covering interesting and informative topics, across all dimensions of the surveying profession.

The theme, ‘Leading through Innovation’, reflects our quest to harness innovation and technology in the construction and property sectors.

Our renowned national and international speakers, who are acknowledged experts in their spheres, include: Colm McCarthy, economist, who will speak on the subject of ‘Growing the Economy without Growing the Debt’; Barry O’Leary, CEO of the IDA, who will focus on foreign direct investment opportunities for the sectors; and, Ken Gilmartin, Director of Business Development, Jacobs Engineering, who will highlight the unique skill sets that multinationals need to ensure successful project delivery. The role of NAMA in recovery will be outlined by John Mulcahy, Head of Asset Management, and Thijs Stoffer, CEO of the International Consortium of Real Estate Associations, will provide us with the broader picture on how the residential and commercial property markets are faring in Europe and beyond.

Innovation in technology is playing a vital role in the future for the construction and property industry and two speakers will enlighten delegates on how their particular technology can assist future development.

David Bartlett, Vice President of the Smarter Buildings Division, IBM, will talk about his philosophy for smart cities – smarter buildings with emphasis on sustainability, energy efficiency and real estate management, and the final speaker, Ray O’Connor, President and CEO of Topcon Positioning Systems (Ray was recently elected as an Honorary Member of the Society) will tell delegates how, through his vision, the fields of surveying, construction and agricultural technology have been revolutionised around the globe. Attendance is essential for those who wish to learn about the shape of things to come for the construction and property sectors, and emerging technology that will play an important part in the future.

Networking is an important aspect of the Conference and to ensure that delegates are afforded an opportunity for as much discussion and engagement as possible, the Conference will conclude with a buffet lunch, which is included as part of the delegate rate.