Technology Day Agenda 2019

Wednesday, August 21
A Global Perspective

12:30 pm
Registration and Exhibits Open

1:00 – 1:15 pm
Opening Remarks

1:15 – 1:50 pm
Bridging the Gap through Change Management
Change management is painful. A successful change management solution depends on a realistic understanding of the problem that is to be solved and the interrelated human connections, both direct and indirect. How will the transition impact stakeholders, project team members, finance departments, and more in the short and long term? This session gives insight into how to best address change management.

1:50 – 2:20 pm
Analyst Q&A: What’s Coming on a Global Scale?

In the next track, Peggy passes to the baton to an analyst to go even deeper into the international challenges of construction community. Constructech assembles a panel of analysts and thought leaders to answer some of the most pressing questions, as it relates to technology on a global scale. How can organizations choose and implement technology that spans several countries? How can systems enable collaboration across borders? What specific considerations do businesses need to consider on a global scale? How are data regulations impacting privacy, asset maintenance, and more? All these questions and more will be answered.

2:20 – 2:50 pm
Hot Infrastructure Projects Abroad
In an effort to give a glimpse into what is happening across the globe, this session will delve into not one, but two very unique case studies that identify how the latest, emerging technologies are being used on one infrastructure projects currently. Perhaps the nagging question is when and who will be in charge of those next iterations here in the states and when?

2:50 – 3:20 pm
Off-Site Manufacturing Is Here, What’s Next?
More than 80% of businesses expect the use of off-site manufacturing to enhance the schedule. All across the world, construction is evolving, as many organizations are moving to off-site operations. This session will explore prefab construction on a global scale and how technologies are transforming this area of the business. How have global organizations seen ROIs that build cities, literally?

Amy Marks, XSite Modular

3:20 – 3:50 pm
Break and Exhibits

3:50 – 4:20 pm
AI Tech Boom: How Data Informs Industries
The rise of AI (artificial intelligence) is here and it is changing how construction leverages and dispenses data. Accenture even says the impact of AI in 12 developed economies could double annual economic growth rates in 2035 by changing the nature of work and creating a new relationship between man and machine. This session will dig into how AI leveraged during construction will inform other industries—such as healthcare and security—for the long term. Perhaps a look at Constructech’s own research will help fill in the gaps.

4:20 – 4:50 pm
Emerging Markets Leapfrog the Western World
Resources in cities around the world are being stretched thin by migrations to urban areas. Innovative city leaders, builders, and solution providers recognize they need to take their cues from smart cities internationally to bridge the gaps and to meet the demand of the growing populations. In this session, we will see how smart practitioners are working with stakeholders to leverage partnerships for smart-city engagements.

4:50 – 5:30 pm
Closing Roundtable: Women Role’s in Other Countries
Can exoskeletons take the burden off workers, encouraging more women to join construction? Will the move to off-site manufacturing entice more women to consider construction? What is truly needed on a global scale to increase the number of women in this industry? Women come together to discuss their roles here and abroad in this roundtable discussion.

5:30 pm
Cocktail Reception and Exhibits

7:00 pm
Women in Construction and Female Heavy Equipment Operator dinner
This year we are extending our reach to honor women all across the industry and all over the world through the Women in Construction and the Female Heavy Equipment Operator awards. This dinner is designed for men and women to take time out of their busy schedule to honor their colleagues and loved ones for a job well done in the construction industry. Come join in the celebration and let’s all come together and celebrate these ladies successes.
(Requires a separate ticket)

Thursday, August 22
Strategies for North America

8:00 am
Registration and Exhibits Open

9:00 – 9:15 am
Opening Remarks

9:15 – 9:50 am
Q&A: Mark Rayfield and Peggy Smedley
Peggy sits down with Saint-Gobain’s newly crowned North American CEO to discuss the transformative efforts to increase its agility and drive the growth of the company’s building solutions businesses in the United States and Canada. This one-on-one format allows Peggy to get personal to dig deeper into the manufacturing and construction industries as the company discusses significant challenges related to waste and a tight labor market, as well as the need to reskill and address the labor shortage the industry is facing on a global scale.

Peggy Smedley, editorial director, Constructech magazine
Mark Rayfield, Chief Executive Officer, Saint-Gobain North America & CertainTeed

9:50 – 10:20 am
State of the Infrastructure Report Card
This session welcomes back the ASCE and other experts to address some of the biggest challenges in our industry today—and how technology factors into the discussion. Our infrastructure is crumbling. Our labor force is depleted. Our country is at a crossroads. With so many new methods and systems on the horizon, it can be difficult to determine how to move forward. This will identify where we are at today—and how we need to move forward tomorrow.


10:20 am – 10:50 am
Break and Exhibits  

10:50 – 11:20 am
How AI Is Changing Project Management
This presentation examines how AI is now being used to proactively guide and validate the entire project planning process. Capturing historical project performance and leveraging that to validate new plans is a huge step forward for the industry as a whole. For the first time in recent history, the computer is now able to provide guidance to the planner rather than the planner simply using the computer as an input device.


11:20 – 11:50 am
Where Is All the Money Going?
In a candid conversation, Constructech brings together thought leaders from across the industry to answer one hard-hitting question when it comes to our nation’s infrastructure: Where is all the money going? The discussion will address the need for funds to rebuild, while also identifying how technology and building a younger labor force could be key to rebuilding our infrastructure.

11:50 – 12:00 pm
Heavy Equipment Operator Success
One, two, three! Heavy equipment operators takes to the stage to share opportunities and considerations from a global perspective, highlighting how technology can be used to improve business processes and get more work done in the field. Have you leveraged the women on your workforce today?

12:00 – 1:15 pm
Lunch (on your own)

1:20 – 1:50 pm
Project Delivery Performance Challenges
It has been reported that as much as 50% of large infrastructure projects experience significant cost and schedule overruns. So how are you going to bring situational awareness that overcome performance challenges, planning, procurement, and delivery that bring profits directly back to the bottomline in an exponentially changing market?

Renee Tyler, Director of Transportation Services, City of Dubuque, Iowa

1:50 – 2:20 pm
ERP Adoption and Trends
How is the enterprise changing with the advent of new technologies? This presentation identifies the newest technology trends that construction executives need to be aware of today—and provides strategies for adopting the right information technology for the future.

Christian Burger, President, Burger Consulting Group  

2:20 – 2:50 pm
Specialty Considerations
Subcontractors bring a unique perspective—and technology—to the table on construction projects. From the viewpoint of the specialty contractor, this presentation will provide the latest advances in technology and how it is impacting the project as a whole.

2:50 – 3:20 pm
Cities of the Future
Cities will evolve and what we know today will be nothing like what we have witnessed in the past. This means more than just connectivity and artificial intelligence. We will see new business models from vendor-buyer hardware agreements, to sustainable economic models for scalable smart-city rollouts with the emergence of 5G. Economic development in the city, data, infrastructure, transit, operations, and citizen engagement to bring smart solutions to cities all sizes.

Tom Kelly, Director of Capital Development and Buildings Administration, Wayne County, Mich.

3:20 – 3:45 am
Break and Exhibit

3:45 – 4:20 pm
Cybersecurity, Blockchain, Oh My!
Blockchain is anticipated to grow 88.7% between 2018 and 2019. If you haven’t yet identified how blockchain will impact your enterprise, now is the time. Join this panel of experts, as they uncover the biggest untapped opportunities for blockchain in 2019 and beyond.

Tina Gravel, Cyxtera       

4:20 – 4:50 pm
Demystifying the Digital Twin
Will a digital replica help create a more sustainable and better digital experience in the construction industry? Predictions estimate digital twin could soar 38.2% through 2025. This presentation will give insights into the impact of the digital twin in the construction industry, busting myths that exist today.

4:50 – 5:30 pm
Q&A: Thoughts for the Future
Artificial intelligence, blockchain, cybersecurity, digital twin, the Internet of Things: Technology is changing more rapidly today than ever before, and construction companies are tasked with remaining on the cutting-edge, all while facing a skilled labor shortage. This Q&A will answer the top five burning questions keeping construction executives up at night, in an effort to provide top takeaways today.

5:30 pm
Cocktail Reception and Exhibits

7:00 pm
Vision Awards Dinner
In its 20th year, this highly anticipated awards dinner celebrates the best technologically sound projects around the world as judged by some of the most seasoned professors and industry analysts serving the construction industry. If you want to meet, mingle, and toast this year’s best projects, attend the Constructech Vision Awards dinner.
(Requires a separate ticket)