Technology Day Agenda 2020

Constructech Technology Day
Wednesday, August 19
Global Needs

12:30 – 1:10 pm
Keynote: Global Needs

Kicking off the afternoon, Constructech assembles a panel to discuss the biggest challenges and opportunities for global AECO companies today. From new materials and processes, to intelligent transportation infrastructure and urban mobility, the industry experts will set the tone for how the day will unfold, digging into the most pressing topics.

1:10 – 1:45 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.
George Thomas, founder and managing partner, New Urbana

1:45 – 2:15 pm
Prefabrication: A Case from Overseas

Some of the biggest and most successful examples of adoption and implementation of prefabrication in construction come from the East. This discussion will look at examples of modular building overseas—and how it can set the stage for what can be done in North America. It will breakdown the challenges, benefits, and next steps.

2:15 – 2:45 pm
Materials that Think

Can your equipment and materials have a say in the way your project is run? Manufacturers are taking products to the next level—all in the spirit of helping the construction industry achieve great rewards. Think tires with embedded sensors, smart concrete, or a material that can share its location with you. This technology is here today—and manufacturers will share how it can help construction.

2:45 – 3:15 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,

3:15 – 3:45 pm
Break and Exhibits

3:45– 4:20 pm
Innovative Infrastructure: What’s Inside?

Smart bridges! Skyscrapers with brains! Autonomous transportation! This discussion will detail the hottest emerging technologies for cities and intelligent infrastructure, giving a global perspective to how cities are becoming connected today. It offers a glimpse inside some of the smartest structures across the globe.

4:20 – 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.

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
Thursday, August 20
Advancement of Technology

8:25 – 8:30 am
Opening Remarks

8:30 – 9:15 am
Keynote: Inspiring an Industry

How will IoT and Sustainability play a critical role in the future of construction, manufacturing, digital twin and more. New technologies are coming fast and furious to an industry that is in need of new methods and processes to heighten efficiencies and create sustainability, amid a labor crisis. Will these technologies be the solution to bring construction into a new era of innovation? This conversation uncovers what comes next with technology.

9:15 – 9:35 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,

9:35 am – 10:00 am
Break and Exhibits

10:00 – 10:30 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

10:30 – 11:00 am
Removing the Roadblocks to Intelligent Cities

The technology to connect our cities is here! But, wait, what’s the holdup? This session will dig into the biggest hurdles holding back smart cities. From regulatory roadblocks to interoperability concerns, this discussion will detail the good, the bad, and the potential opportunities for intelligent infrastructure and urban mobility.

11:30 am – 12:00 pm
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

12:00 – 1:15 pm
Lunch (on your own)

1:20 – 1:50 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.

1:50 – 2:20 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.

2:20 – 2:50 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.

2:50 – 3:20 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.

3:20 – 3:45 pm
Break and Exhibit

3:45 – 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.

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.