Blog: SECBE Awards 2022 finalist - Marco Bonelli

25 March 2022

G4C Future Leader sponsored by CIOB

Marco Bonelli (VINCI Construction UK)

G4C Future Leader SECBE Award 2022 Finalist 

Marco is a motivated engineer who aims to bring innovation and digitalisation to the construction industry in order to boost efficiency and productivity.

Marco has also worked as an Associate Lecturer at London Metropolitan University from 2019 to 2020, with a focus on technology and innovation.

His driving force in attempting to innovate the industry is a desire to do things differently; the standard method adopted in the construction industry of bringing technologies with the hope of these being adopted did not work. Marco considers this approach to be one of the primary causes of our industry's poor digitalisation.

Before introducing any new technology, he focuses his attention on people. In the last 24 months, his work has focused on how to begin a cultural change within VINCI Construction UK (VCUK), with the goal of eventually extending this to the wider industry.

Marco has defined a digital transformation programme called "Digital Driven by Desire" to help drive this change. This initiative aims to bring innovations that put people first, with awareness campaigns and digital training. This is followed by ensuring that the proper processes are in place. The introduction of technology comes last, after a fertile ground has been created for it to grow quickly.

This initiative initially aimed to improve VCUK's digitalisation and efficiency; however, Marco's focus soon shifted to supporting clients, the supply chain, and the wider industry.

Once the concept of "Digital Driven by Desire" was defined, Marco worked with clients to help them define their digital vision and strategy, while also sharing the concept of the VCUK initiative.  The same approach has been taken with the supply chain, helping them at both the project and business levels.

Starting with the idea that the construction industry requires more collaboration and information sharing, Marco has publicly shared key concepts and details of "Digital Driven by Desire" with the wider industry over the last 18 months in the hope of assisting as many players in our industry that face the same issues of poor productivity and lack of digitalisation.

This sharing activity has taken various forms in order to reach as large an audience as possible in both the UK and internationally, including conferences, webinars, magazine articles, blogs, podcast interviews, and guest lecturing at UK and international universities.

This has created the opportunity to assist players who face similar issues in their daily activities, as well as to assist and inspire future generations of talent who will shape our industry in the future.

Key achievements:

  • Digital Transformation.

  • Innovative thinking.

  • The individual at the heart of a digital transformation.

Find out who wins at the Constructing Excellence SECBE Awards 2022 Ceremony on Thurs 30th June 2022.

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About the G4C Future Leader Award (sponsored by CIOB): 

G4C is a driving force for industry change, through the development and connection of future industry leaders. The award is open to a person with less than ten years of experience in the construction and built environment sector (typically less than 35 years of age). More info

>> Find out more about the other Constructing Excellence SECBE Awards finalists here

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