Technology Day Agenda 2019

Wednesday, August 21
A Global Perspective

12:30 pm
Registration and Exhibits Open

Emcee: Sandra Benson
worldwide head of engineering and construction

1:00 – 1:15 pm
Opening Remarks

1:15 – 1:50 pm
Bridging the Gap through Change
Managing change is painful. Successful change 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.

Moderator: Peggy Smedley, editorial director, Constructech magazine
Geoff Mulligan, member, IEEE CTO, IIot Jabil, and cofounder, Skylight

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. Maria will 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.

Maria Laguarda-Mallo, researcher and project manager, VIATechnik

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?

Jun Li, virtual reality manager, VIATechnik
Lindsay Shanley, senior associate | project manager, Harley Ellis Devereaux

Emily Violette, global account executive, Schneider Electric

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, CEO, XSite Modular

3:20 – 3:50 pm
Break and Exhibits

3:50 – 4:20 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.

Sandra Benson
Maria Laguarda-Mallo, researcher and project manager, VIATechnik

4:20 – 4:50 pm
AI Tech Boom: How Data Informs Industries
Innovative spirit and culture, coupled with technology, just might be the driving force behind AI (artificial intelligence). With that in mind, Peggy sits down with AWS’ new Worldwide Head of Engineering and Construction, Sandra Benson, to discuss not only technology trends, devices, and solutions, but also the need for a spirit of innovation in order to address the challenges facing the construction industry and what’s to come.

4:50 – 5:30 pm
Closing Roundtable: Women in Construction in a Global World
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.

Moderator: Maria Laguarda-Mallo, researcher and project manager, VIATechnik
Julide Bozoglu, AIA Intl Assoc and design technology, HED
Heidi Cervantes, associate, FitzGerald
Tereza Kostova, VDC engineer, VIATechnik, LLC

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)

Nancy Novak, SVP of construction, Compass Datacenters

Thursday, August 22
Strategies for North America

8:00 am
Registration and Exhibits Open

Emcee: Nancy Novak
SVP of construction
Compass Datacenters

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.

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

9:50 – 10:20 am
State of the Infrastructure Report Card
This session welcomes back the ASCE  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.

Marsia Geldert-Murphy, board of direction, ASCE and regional director – Illinois and Missouri operations, Lochmueller Group


10:20 – 10:25 am

Dan Patterson, chief design officer, InEight

10:25 – 10:50 am
Break and Exhibits

Track 1
and Machines

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.

Dan Patterson, chief design officer, InEight

11:20 – 11:50 am
Social Implications of AI in Construction
Here comes big data, AI, the cloud, and AR/VR. It’s time for a candid conversation about how it impacts our business. How do we implement? How do we train workers to work alongside AI? What are the moral principles that need to be considered? This session will answer these questions and more.

Adam Stempel, enterprise account executive, Lenovo

11:50 – 12:20 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.

Adam Klatzkin, VP, business development –  iTwin Services, Bentley Systems

Track 2
Labor, Business,
and Project Success

10:50 – 11:20 am
Winter Is Coming: Are You Ready?
Construction sales and backlogs are at all-time highs. However, winter is coming. Without radical change, companies will fall short of their short-term revenue goals and the industry will not meet heightened expectations. Strong backlogs and aggressive schedules will be compromised with the lack of skilled labor and laissez-faire attitudes on wholesale productivity improvements. This is the perfect storm. What can be done to mitigate labor and productivity concerns in the short term and establish strategies for long-term success?

Michael Oster, CEO, Gemba Technologies

11:20 – 11:50 am
The Labor Debate
In an era where labor is scarce and demand is high, what needs to happen next? And, perhaps, more importantly, who needs to step up next to make change happen? This will delve into tangible tips to sort out the labor challenge once and for all.

Chris Price, partner, Mattison Corporation, and president, Indiana Construction Roundtable Foundation

11:50 – 12:20 pm
BIM: Looking Back to Look Forward
10 years. A lot has changed in a decade. BIM (building information modeling) was once centered on the model, but the reality is that is only a small percentage of what BIM can do today. Under the surface lies endless opportunities for how the data can apply to virtual design and extend even further. This session will explore these opportunities for the future.

Moderator: Christian Burger, principal, Burger Consulting Group

Megan Conrad, senior director of virtual construction, Ryan companies

Darin Marsden, director of productivity technologies, Faith Technologies, Inc.

Shawn Phillips, director virtual design/BIM, F.H. Paschen

12:20 – 1:40 pm
Lunch (on your own)

Track 1
Humans and Machines
in Construction

1:40 – 2:10 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.

Moderator: Christian Burger, president, Burger Consulting Group

Tina Gravel, SVP of Global Channels and Alliances, Cyxtera

Scott Schober, CEO, Berkeley Varitronics Systems, and author, Hacked Again

2:10 – 2:40 pm
AI, ERP, and Emerging Tech Adoption Trends
How is the enterprise changing with the advent of new technologies such as artificial intelligence? 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

2:40 – 3:10 pm
When Machines Rise Up: Specialty Trends
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.

Moderator: Maria Laguarda-Mallo, researcher and project manager, VIATechnik

Fouad Khalil, design director, BLOX
Jennifer Kuether, principal, Chicago Engineers
Michael Wickersham, VDC manager/ senior design engineer, Kelso-Burnett Co.


    3:10 – 3:40 pm
    Emerging Tech: Which Tech Will Win Out?
    Blockchain, AI, machine learning, big data: Where are you focusing your dollars today? What horse are you betting on to win the race? This session will answer which tech will win in the emerging technology race—or if it is a question that can’t be answer.

    Moderator: Peggy Smedley, editorial director, Constructech magazine

    Susan Dalton, VP, Smart Technologies & IoT, GCP Applied Technologies

    Eric H. Hollister, senior director, electric tools and accessories marketing, Hilti

    Track 2
    Cities of
    the Future

    1:40 – 2:10 pm
    Digital Transformation Journey: Where the Industry is Now and Where It is Headed
    Donna Laquidara-Carr, Industry Insights Director from Dodge Data & Analytics, will draw from a series of recent studies to explore how the current technological transformation that the construction industry is experiencing can help address fundamental issues in the industry. The session will provide a quick snapshot of challenges to the industry revealed by study data, from skilled worker shortages to the need to improve project performance beyond current standards. It will then provide a snapshot of the current use of technology to gather and analyze data and the degree of interest and engagement in the industry to use technology to address project risk and improve safety. Donna will share study findings that reveal which technologies are currently capturing the industry’s imagination, the benefits anticipated by contractors and the obstacles that need to be overcome to further the digital revolution.

    Donna Laquidara-Carr, industry insights research director, Dodge Data & Analytics

    2:10 – 2:40 pm
    Smart Cities of Future: 5G All Shapes and Sizes

    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.

    2:40 – 3:10 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

    3:10 – 3:40 pm
    Managing Your Mobile Devices
    Sometimes the best advice is making sure your devices are secure and that your software is up to date. Are you doing what is necessary to protect all your devices in the office and in the field?

    Garrett Denney, product marketing manager, Jamf

    3:40 – 4:10 pm
    Break and Exhibits

    4:10 – 4:20 pm
    Data Lights the Way
    When building their flagship industrial IoT solution, GCP Applied Technologies focused on developing predictive analytics to measure and manage concrete in transit.  What transpired as part of that journey was the lack of data available in the industry. This session will explore data and the journey to uncovering unexpected information.

    Susan Dalton, VP, Smart Technologies & IoT, GCP Applied Technologies

    4:20 – 4:50 pm
    State of the Market: Labor and Tech Today
    Bringing everything back, this roundtable discussion will poll the panelists about the state of the construction technology market today, identifying how emerging technologies both on the jobsite and in the lifecycle of the buildings is changing the way we build today, and what is still yet to come in the future.

    Moderator: Peggy Smedley, editorial director, Constructech magazine
    Ed Brady, President and CEO, Home Builders Institute (HBI)
    Geoff Mulligan, member, IEEE, CTO, IIot Jabil, and cofounder, Skylight

    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.

    Moderator: Peggy Smedley, editorial director, Constructech magazine
    Jackie Adams, senior member, IEEE and CEO, Ristole
    Keith Churchill, corporate manager of construction technology, Bechtel
    Justin Schmidt, construction technology corporate service leader, DPR Construction

    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)