Technology Day Agenda 2020

Constructech Technology Day
Thursday, November 12
Global Needs

12:07 – 12:17 pm
Opening Introduction

Event cochair
Keith Churchill, corporate manager construction technology, Bechtel 

12:19 – 12:21 pm
Opening: Welcome

Chandra Brown, CEO, MxD 

12:23 – 12:28 pm
Opening: Welcome

Peggy Smedley, editorial director, Constructech, publisher, Specialty Publishing Media 

12:30 – 1:15 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. This session will end with an interactive Q&A.

Brad Keywell, CEO, Uptake
Peggy Smedley, editorial director, Constructech, publisher, Specialty Publishing Media

1:17 – 1:47 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, Ph.D., Assoc. AIA
Helen Kessler, Sustainable Design Facilitator and LEED Consultant, President, HJKessler Associates

Lauren Piepho, Structural Engineer, HGA Architects and Engineers

1:49 – 2:19 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. This session will end with an interactive Q&A.

Lori Healey, president, Clayco, Chicago business unit

2:22 – 3:02 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, Ph.D., Assoc. AIA
Megan Conrad, senior director of virtual construction, Ryan Co.

Chelsea Jungles, project manager, Norcon
Tereza Kostova, project engineer, VIATechnik
Jenny Kuether, associate VP, Epstein

3:02 – 3:32 pm
Cyber-Hygiene in the age of COVID19

In an era of remote work, we need to step up our cyber hygiene standards. The World Economic Forum says the COVID-19 pandemic poses the risk of increased cyberattacks—as hackers are taking this opportunity to target people’s increased dependence on digital tools. This session will look at how to secure your workers—both remote and at the jobsite—and ensure your business can continue to operate at optimal level.

Scott Schober, President/CEO, Berkeley Varitronics Systems, Inc

3:35 – 4:05 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. This session will end with an interactive Q&A.

Chandra Brown, CEO, MxD

4:07 – 4:52 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.

GCP Applied Technologies

4:54 – 5:00 pm

Peggy Smedley, editorial director, Constructech, publisher, Specialty Publishing Media 

5:00 – 6:30 pm
2020 Women in Construction Celebration

Constructech Technology Day
Friday, November 13
Advancement of Technology

8:30 – 8:35 am
Opening Remarks

8:35 – 9:20 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

9:20 – 9:50 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

9:50 – 10:25 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

10:25 am – 10:55 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

10:55 – 11:25 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

11:25 – 11:55 am
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.

12:30 – 1:00 pm
From the Ground Up: The Revolution in Construction Robotics

Construction automation has made it possible for us to do more with less on the jobsite. Construction robotics will make it possible for us to build with nothing but the dirt beneath our feet. Join Keegan Kirkpatrick of RedWorks as he takes us down the road to the autonomous site of the future, where the supply chain begins and ends on-site.

Keegan Kirkpatrick, CEO & founder, Redworks Construction Technologies

1:00 – 1:30
Prefabrication, Sustainability & the Future

The built environment makes a significant contribution to global carbon emissions and material waste. This is compounded by the construction industry’s reputation for low productivity growth, poor safety record and falling short on quality and schedule expectations. Increasing population growth and project complexity means continuing down a traditional path simply isn’t sustainable. This is set to change as the industry becomes more resilient and shifts to an industrialized approach, adopting a more ‘product-led’ business model, breaking away from ‘project-centric’ delivery. The design process is also rapidly evolving to incorporate DfMA-DR (Design for Manufacture, Assembly-Disassembly and Reuse) principles. A number of global pressures are creating this shift and evolving the industrialized construction ecosystem that will unlock improvements in sustainability; environmental, social and economic. This presentation aims to engage attendees to think about: 

  • How owners can take more responsibility for driving the adoption of DfMA-DR and prefabrication. 
  • How the industry is moving from ‘project-centric’ delivery to a more ‘product-led’ business model   
  • Ultimately, how we’re all responsible for change and need to think bigger – not just designing for reuse, but designing with the opportunity to expand or change – to truly see the positive environmental and sustainable benefits of industrialized construction practices.

This session will end with an interactive Q&A.

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

1:32 – 2:17 pm
PANEL: 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 that details 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.

Command Alkon

2:17 – 2:47 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.


2:47 – 3:17 pm
Building Better with BIM and the IoT

Gear up for the next evolution of building information modeling—one that will be integrated with Internet of Things data to manage buildings in a way that is both smarter and more sustainable. Join this session to learn about how to take your BIM to the next level.

Ehsan Mostavi, co-founder and COO, dataArrows Inc.

3:17 – 3:47 pm
Regenerative Design for a Global World

3:47 – 4:17 pm
Customer and Employee Experience in a COVID19 Era

Uncover how to create an engaging customer and employee experience in the age of COVID19. 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. This session will end with an interactive Q&A.

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

4:19 – 5:24 pm
Discussion: Tips for Deploying and Executing

Wrapping up the conference will be a focus on the constantly adapting and changing marketplace for which we all live and will look at trends today, tomorrow, and beyond. This uplifting talk will set the stage for what attendees can best leverage the information learned from the event and apply it to their day-to-day life. Geoffrey will identify how to deploy and execute on the technologies and strategies that will help businesses thrive in the months ahead. This session will end with an interactive Q&A.

Geoffrey Kasselman,  partner & SVP, workplace strategy, CRG

5:24 – 5:30 pm

Peggy Smedley, editorial director, Constructech, publisher, Specialty Publishing Media

5:30 – 6:30 pm
2020 Vision Awards Celebration