Laura Black
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Carol Stream, Ill. – Sept. 25, 2018 – Constructech today announced that Compass Datacenter’s Nancy Novak and Hexagon PPM’s Sandra Benson have been appointed Conference Co-Chairs of the Constructech Technology Day Conference, taking place on August 21 – 22, at the DoubleTree by Hilton Chicago – Arlington Heights, Ill. Next year’s conference will be a two-day event with concurrent sessions addressing issues in North America and abroad.

“Working with Nancy and Sandra is exhilarating. It’s thrilling to see they possess the vision and they have contacts needed to create another Technology Day event that will be more expansive, identifying and addressing the technology issues that hone in on global infrastructure and the labor shortage they care about,” says Peggy Smedley, editorial director, Constructech magazine, and president of Specialty Publishing Media. “Collectively, we are working to produce a construction event that separates itself from others and helps serves as a benchmark for which the industry can make real data decisions in an ever-changing transformative market.”

The conference will present the opinions and lessons learned from dozens of practitioners who are using construction technology on a daily basis. The event will address the opportunities for addressing the infrastructure supply chain, ways to tackle the skilled labor shortage, and how emerging tech coupled with digital transformation will play a pivotal role in driving diversity and empowering the next generation workforce.

“Both Nancy and Sandra understand the foundation that the construction industry is built on—and have the vision and fortitude to understand where the construction industry needs to go in the future,” says Laura Black, editor, Constructech magazine. “Together we will help create an event that serves as a tool to help the industry build bigger and better structures.”

For the past 25 years, Novak has worked passionately in the construction industry in various roles. Currently she serves as Senior Vice President of Construction. Prior to this, she was the national vice president of operations for Balfour Beatty Construction. She holds a degree in Construction Engineering and Management from San Diego State University. Novak was also named Constructech magazine’s Women in Construction in 2015.

Interested in participating, or learning more about the conference, contact Peggy Smedley, Nancy Novak, Sandra Benson, or Laura Black.

“I have personally been involved in Technology Day for a number of years,” says Novak. “As a leader in our industry, I speak at numerous conferences across the nation and internationally. I’m super excited to take on a more intimate role in next year’s Technology Day Conference because this venue goes beyond the rhetoric of stuff we already know and takes the conversation to an actionable level.”

Benson has more than 25 years of experience in the construction industry. Currently she serves as the Global Business Development Director of Hexagon PPM (Intergraph). Prior to this she served as Vice President of Systems integration at SNC Lavalin and as CIO at Kentz prior to its acquisition by SNC. Benson has held a number of executive positions in the E&C software industry including being instrumental in Oracle’s acquisition of Primavera. Benson was also named Constructech magazine’s Women in Construction in 2015 and has been a featured speaker and author at many industry events.

“I am honored to serve in this role as I have always believed in Constructech and its Technology Day,” says Benson. “This organization has always been ahead of its time by focusing on the use of technology in the construction industry, but never in the history of this industry has this focus been more important. Everyone is talking about digital transformation now, but what does it really mean to contractors? How can we help companies transform, especially in a time when we see impending labor shortages, increased global competition, and crumbling infrastructure in the U.S. The use of drones, autonomous vehicles, and other “disrupting” technology are exciting and are part of the answer, but their use must be combined with a well thought out strategy in order to address the productivity problem that has plagued construction for over 50 years. I am excited to be a part of this initiative as it has been what inspires my passion for this industry.”

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About Constructech Technology Day
Constructech Technology Day is a two-day conference that dives into discussions on the use of technology in the construction industry. The conference is open to project managers, CEOs, students, CTOs, IT directors, professors, and more. Technology Day provides attendees with the opportunity to identify ways to effectively use technology to be most efficient in the office and at the jobsite.