Tech Day Agenda 2018

Wednesday, August 22

7:00 pm
Women in Construction dinner

Panel Discussion
Lynn Coffey, founder/owner, ProCon Solutions
Nancy Novak, senior vice president, Compass Datacenters
Jennifer Suerth, vice president, technical services, Pepper Construction Co.
Moderator: Peggy Smedley, editorial director, Constructech, and president, Specialty Publishing Media

Thursday, August 23

7:00 – 8:30 am
Exhibit Set-up

8:30 – 12:15 pm
Exhibit Hall Open

8:50 – 9:05 am

9:05 – 9:50 am
Saving Our Infrastructure
Investing in infrastructure takes time, money, and resources. In many countries revenues are not at the levels needed to adequately cover the costs required for services such as education, healthcare, and infrastructure investments. These are just some of the issues general contractors around the globe face on an ongoing basis. Examining this issue a bit closer to home, Constructech magazine assembles a panel of leading GCs in the United States and Canada to uncover how they using technology to position themselves and the North American build market.

Chris Dill, CIO, Kiewit
Chuck Freiheit, COO, F.H. Paschen
Ted Gibbs, corporate counsel, The Walsh Group, Ltd.
David Wilson, chief innovation officer, Bechtel

Moderator: Peggy Smedley, editorial director, Constructech, and president, Specialty Publishing Media

9:50 – 10:15 am
What the Owner Wants
The cost analysis of inadequate interoperability in the U.S. capital facilities industry is roughly $15.8 billion. Inefficiencies are costing corporate owners a significant amount of money—and it is time this changes. In order to address this, Constructech magazine brings together a roundtable of corporate owners who will identify what it is they need and want from construction companies working on projects today, with a specific focus on technology.

Nancy Novak, senior vice president of construction, Compass Datacenters
Barbara Young, manager of construction services, Love’s Travel Stops

Moderator: Christian Burger, president, Burger Consulting Group

10:15 – 10:40 am
Networking Break

10:40 – 10:45 am
The Power of Dashboards
Dashboards are powerful tools to communicate project status. Every owner, project manager, and construction leader needs at least one for every project—delivered directly to their inbox and accessible ad hoc, day or night. The best dashboards are consolidated views of data from the field and from other business systems. The more data sources, the better. The more projects, the better. The more leaders sharing dashboards, the better. Better actionable insights for better project outcomes.

AJ Waters, director, solution engineering, InEight

10:45 – 11:20 am
A Dialogue about Digital Transformation

With the times changing, what the construction industry requires today is different than just five or 10 years ago. Today, adaptability is more important than deep technical skill for many jobs. Flexibility is more important than knowing ‘the way’ to do something. And a love of constant learning is crucial. Constructech magazine assembles a panel of thought leaders in the space who give their opinions about how the digital transformation is changing the way workers perform tasks today.

Sandra Benson, director global business development, construction, Hexagon PPM
Jit Kee Chin, chief data officer, Suffolk

Jason Pelkey, CIO, Gilbane Building Co.
Claire Rutkowski, CIO, Bentley Systems

Moderator: Laura Black, editor, Constructech

11:20 – 11:45 am
Realizing the Promise of the Internet of Things
With the advent of the IoT (Internet of Things), buildings, bridges, and other structures routinely have embedded sensors included at project inception, within the structure and the surrounding site—and/or sensors retroactively being applied to existing structures. Equipping structures with sensors can drive revolutionary new revenues and competitive differentiation and open up opportunities to bring new value-added consultative approaches to clients. However, many teams are unable to harness and synthesize data into actionable insights and incorporate it into their existing business processes to realize the full promise of the IoT. This presentation will talk about the IoT and the opportunities and challenges inherent in the digital evolution of the AEC industry and offer examples of other industries already leveraging sensor data.

Bob Tuttle, CEO, Agile Frameworks

11:45 – 12:15 pm
Emerging Tech and Safety
From drones, to smart helmets, to bricklaying robots, can the new lineup of “hot” technology for construction help create a safer jobsite? Before you get lost in the hype, join this discussion to determine how technology can help create a safer working environment.

Carl Heinlein, director-at-large, American Society of Safety Professionals
Yvonne Wassenaar, CEO, Airware

12:15 – 1:00 pm
Lunch break (On Your Own) | Lunch recommendations

1:00 – 2:00 pm
Workshop: Turn Leadership into Habit
How can you turn leadership into habit on construction projects? Microbehaviors turn into habits, and leadership can become as natural as making your bed in the morning or brushing your teeth. This 60 minute hands-on workshop will provide activities to attendees to help them identify leadership exercises that they will be able to practice.

Martin Lanik, author, The Leader Habit

2:00 – 7:00 pm
Exhibit Hall Open

2:00 – 2:30 pm
Real Use Case for AR and VR
The use of augmented reality and virtual reality is growing at a rapid pace for the construction industry, but too often it is only associated with marketing visualizations. The technology offers so many more opportunities for GCs and subcontractors. Journey inside one mechanical contractor’s point of view of AR and VR and see a demonstration on use cases for the technology in construction, particularly AR and the HoloLens in real field applications.

Wyatt Hays, lead VDC tech, Mechanical Inc.
Travis Voss, technology manager, Mechanical Inc.

2:30 – 2:50 pm
A Heavy Equipment Operator’s Dreams
Kathy Tuccaro, a heavy equipment operator of the largest truck in the world and author of Dream Big! shares her personal story and the importance of mental health in the workplace. Today she enjoys regularly operating heavy equipment and explains the importance of raising awareness of mental health in the workplace and encourage the necessary treatment.

Kathy Tuccaro, HEO driving biggest truck in world and author of Dream Big!

2:50 – 3:05 pm
Creating a Safer Jobsite
Worker injury is costing your business big bucks. Best practices and procedures can go a long way to reducing incidents on the construction jobsite—but that will only take your business so far. Technology, then, becomes the enabling force to drive your best practices further. Learn about how to develop principles to create a culture of safety—and implement technology that helps with safety programs.

Kim Shambrook, senior director, National Safety Council

3:05 – 3:25 pm
Human Impact of Visual Aid Technology
Cameras and sensors are designed to enhance situational awareness. This means that the operator can identify, process, and comprehend critical elements of information. Unintended consequences include The Hawthorn Effect, employee fear of being monitored by management, perceived liability. Learn how to train your workers for better situational awareness, and always be in a relaxed, but alert, state on projects.

Chris Machut, founder and CTO, Netarus

3:25 – 3:55 pm
Networking Break

3:55 – 4:35 pm
The Vendor Debate
The cloud offers unique opportunities for construction companies to leverage new and emerging technologies in innovative ways. However, one of the challenges with selecting and implementing new technology is understanding the roadmap of the technology community and getting a glimpse into where systems are headed in the future. Constructech magazine brings together the top minds in the technology space to discuss what’s coming and how construction companies can best prepare for the influx of advances that they have in store.

Mickey Carr, CEO North America, RIB Software
Jake Macholtz, CEO, InEight

Moderator: Laura Black, editor, Constructech

4:35 – 5:10 pm
Solving the Skilled Labor Shortage
Roughly 82% of firms say it will either become harder or remain difficult to recruit and hire qualified workers in 2018. This is because of a culture shift that has been happening for more than 30 years. Technology can help by making careers more attractive and can also help work crews be more efficient. Join this panel of contractors as they explore current challenges and future opportunities for the use of new and emerging technologies in their construction companies.

Dan Bayer, director of construction innovation, Miron Construction Co., Inc.
Chuck Freiheit, COO, F.H. Paschen
Morgan Traynor, director of project controls, Ryan Companies
Jeff Niesen, group president – central operations , The Boldt Co.

Moderator: Peggy Smedley, editorial director, Constructech, and president, Specialty Publishing Media

5:10 – 5:30 pm
A Q&A with the ASCE
Peggy Smedley and Kristina Swallow sit down for a candid conversation about the state of our infrastructure—and they discuss what needs to happen next to help rebuild America. They give a glimpse into what is to come in the future, helping construction professionals identify what needs to happen next to best leverage technology going forward.

Kristina Swallow, president, American Society of Civil Engineers
Peggy Smedley, editorial director, Constructech, and president, Specialty Publishing Media

5:30 – 7:00 pm
Cocktail Reception

7:00 pm
Dinner celebrating the Vision Award winners (requires a separate registration)