Technology Day Agenda 2020

Constructech Technology Day
Thursday, November 12
Global Needs

12:15 – 12:20 pm
Opening Introduction

Event cochair
Keith Churchill, corporate manager construction technology, Bechtel 

12:20 – 12:25 pm
Opening: Welcome

Chandra Brown, CEO, MxD 

12:25 – 12:30 pm
Opening: Logistics

Jennifer Pilat, VP, MxD

12:30 – 1:10 pm
Keynote: Fireside Chat: The Importance of Data

Kicking off the Technology Days Conference, Peggy Smedley and Brad Keywell, CEO, Uptake, a lifelong entrepreneur, sits down for a conversation about the importance of machine data, looking at the IoT, AI, IoT, cloud, 5G, machine learning, and other tools that can help you make sense of your assets so they can remain healthier and more productive now and well into the future. They will also address how the most innovative companies will implement these technologies and solutions for humanity to achieve a more reliable, plentiful, and safer destiny.

Brad Keywell, CEO, Uptake

1:10 – 2:00 pm
A Sustainable Reimaging of the Cities of Tomorrow

Disruptive global forces are creating financial, competitive, and regulatory challenges. This session will dive into how to create sustainable economic and societal value—and how to improve the lifecycle management of critical infrastructure and the built environment.

Moderator: Maria Laguarda-Mallo, senior project manager, VIATechnik

2:00 – 2:30 pm
Creating Opportunities in Construction

Every great visionary finds inspiration in the ability to create opportunities by developing something out of a blank canvas. The future is all about reimaging and rebuilding new spaces and leveraging technology to make cities and communities better for its occupants. Taking a closer look at key things like integrated delivery models and how they can completely disrupt and transform the design-bid-build market. In addition, we will tackle what’s in store for the construction market, the worker of the future, and what technologies are having an impact in keeping this company on the cutting edge.

Lori Healey, president, Clayco, Chicago business unit

2:30 – 3:00 pm
How Technology like Augmented and Virtual Reality are Impacting the Construction Industry

Construction is the second slowest industry to adopt technology, but that’s quickly changing. Learn how augmented reality and virtual reality are shaping the future of construction. From collaborating during the design process to training contractors on the job, augmented and virtual reality are proving to be vital tools for the future of construction. We will walk through three phases of a construction project—design, build, and sell phases—and showcase the innovative tools that are changing the way we work. It’s time to start building.

Tim Sandlund, founder,

3:00 – 3:30 pm
Break and Exhibits

3:30– 4:00 pm
Customer and Employee Experience in a COVID-19 Era

Uncover how to create an engaging customer and employee experience in the age of COVID-19. This session will address how to step up and help employees and clients, companies that are and aren’t taking the right steps now, and how we can focus on what is next for our businesses.

John DiJulius, author, The Relationship Economy: Building Strong Customer Connections in the Digital Age

4:00 – 4:50 pm
Building Success: The Growing Role of Women in Construction

A panel of women will take to the stage to talk about the growing role of women in construction. They will answer some of the most pressing questions of the day including: how can we build success among women in the industry today and what do we need to continue to do to help women rise up.

Moderator: Maria Laguarda-Mallo, senior project manager, VIATechnik
Megan Conrad, senior director of virtual construction, Ryan Co.

Chelsea Jungles, project manager, Norcon
Tereza Kostova, project engineer, VIATechnik
Jenny Kuether, associate VP, Epstein
Lauren Piepho, Structural Engineer, HGA Architects and Engineers

4:50 – 5:30 pm
Panel: Diversity, Equality, and STEM

Wrapping up the day, this panel discussion will amass both men and women to converse about diversity, equality, and STEM in construction today. The group will dig down past the surface to the underlying issues that have existed in the industry for eons—all in an effort to identify how to move forward in the future.

Constructech Technology Day
Friday, November 13
Advancement of Technology

8:30 – 8:40 am
Opening Remarks

8:40 – 9:25 am
Keynote: Inspiring an Industry

How will the IoT (Internet of Things), edge, and cloud, play a critical role in the future as companies and governments try to deploy, develop, manufacture, design, and build. New technologies are coming fast and furious to an industry that is dire need of new methods and processes to heighten efficiencies and create resiliency and sustainability. Will these leading-edge technologies be the solution in a new era of innovation? This presentation uncovers what’s to come next with technology, and perhaps more importantly, will identify what needs to happen today to get there.

Sam George, corporate VP Azure IoT, Microsoft

9:25 – 9:55 am
Next Generation of Workers

The labor crisis in America is still one of the biggest hurdles for the construction industry, but what if technology could step in and bridge the gap? This session will look at how the next generation of workers will work hand-in-hand with technology, creating smart, connected jobsites—if we would only let them take the reins.

Steve O’Brien, President of staffing,

9:55 am – 10:20 am
Break and Exhibits

10:20 – 10:50 am
Technology of Today

From traceability and tracking technology, to augmented reality and virtual reality, and drones, this session will explore the technology that exists today that might not be as widely used on construction project, but offers huge opportunities for businesses. The discussion will identify how to overcome the hurdles to implement the systems on projects today.

Jeff Evans, director, digital transformation of things, center for advanced communications policy, Georgia Institute of Technology

10:50 – 11:20 am
No Time Like the Present: Unprecedented Era of Opportunities and Risks for Building Contractors

Technology, cybersecurity, and the pandemic have thrust building technology and contractors to the forefront of the commercial real estate industry. Building owners and managers are scrambling to innovate, manage risks, and deal with an uncertain economy. So-called, “smart building” solutions will play a critical role in managing costs and risks and creating confidence to return and thrive in buildings.

Tom Shircliff, cofounder, Intelligent Buildings

11:20 am – 11:50 am
IoT and the Future of the Connected Elevator

IoT and the connected elevator are changing the game for elevator reliability. And the future of a connected cabin is leading to faster transit for building occupants, energy savings for sustainability and new and engaging experiences in the elevator for passengers. This session discusses the types of change that is happening within the elevator industry and what thyssenkrupp Elevator is doing to see around corners to meet the urbanization and building transportation needs of the future.

Jon Clarine, head of digital services, thyssenkrupp

11:50 – 1:00 pm
Lunch (on your own)

1:00 – 1:30
Off-Site Manufacturing: Disrupt or Be Disrupted

If you don’t disrupt, you will be disrupted. Prefab construction is growing globally, as technologies are transforming this area of construction businesses. This session looks at how countries around the globe are moving to off-site operations—and how North America needs to play catch up.

Amy Marks, head of industrialized construction strategy & evangelism, Autodesk

1:30 – 2:00 pm
Strategies for Sustainability

Successful companies recognize the need to achieve sustainability to build projects that will stand the test of time. The session will look at the implications of sustainable development and how construction companies will need to leverage technology in order to understand how to track and trace materials that are sustainable and build a better tomorrow.

Sheri Brezinka, regional director,U.S. Green Building Council

2:00 – 2:30 pm
Reshaping Our Urbanization

With 68% of the global population living in urban areas by 2050, our cities are changing—and construction companies will be tasked with reshaping how our urbanization is built, and how it looks and functions. This conversation will dive into how the very fabric of our cities is changing, and how construction companies will need to adapt to new needs.

George Thomas, founder and managing partner, New Urbana

2:30 – 3:00 pm
The Future Smart City of Construction

From smart transportation systems, to sustainable buildings, and beyond, experts foresee a paradigm shift happening in our cities and construction companies will be responsible for building it all. This discussion will dive into opportunities for sensorization and automation of complex city systems, and the role of the AEC industry on the job.

3:00 – 3:30 pm
Tech to Drive the Jobsite

The jobsite is where the real work gets done—but what does it take to keep a project humming along today? Constructech assembles a panel of project managers who detail how technology can help on a job today. Forget the flashy gadgets that take more time and effort to use. This session will uncover what really works in the field.

3:30 – 3:50 pm
Break and Exhibit

3:50 – 4:20 pm
Deciphering Artificial Intelligence and Emerging Tech

Artificial intelligence offers huge opportunities to gain insights from the past to create successes in the future. But first contractors must decipher how it works for their project. This session will dig into AI and other emerging technologies and how to implement it in a way that is both profitable and predictable for the future.

4:20 – 4:50 pm
Construction, Manufacturing Merge

Is construction giving new birth to manufacturing in America? This session addresses the question. Much of the manufacturing that used to be the heart and soul of America was outsourced overseas years ago, but now, through prefabrication and modular building, we are seeing the potential for construction to give new birth to manufacturing in America, while completely redefining the way the construction industry operates.

GCP Applied Technologies

4:50 – 5:30 pm
Roundtable Discussion: Tips for Deploying and Executing

Wrapping up this conference, this panel discussion will take every lesson learned from the day and identify how attendees can best leverage the information learned from the event and apply it to their day-to-day life. Experts will identify how to deploy and execute on the technologies and strategies that will help businesses thrive in the months ahead.