Advancing Field Technology is returning

with more scope than ever before

August 20-22 | Chicago, IL

Day One
Monday, August 20

Day Two
Tuesday, August 21

Focus Day
Wednesday, August 22

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Establishing a Culture to Foster Innovation

08:00
Chair’s Opening Remarks

Effecting Change within the Company

08:10
Keynote: Establishing the Business Case for Emerging Technology When Using Metrics That Are Difficult to Measure

  • Lincoln Wood Technology & Innovation Director, Turner Construction
  • Gaurav Joshi Operations Manager – Interiors & Special Projects, Turner Construction

Synopsis

  • Understanding KPIs prioritized by upper management and how to translate them to your proof of concept and encourage risk-taking behavior
  • Identifying qualitative improvements made to workflow by technology, and benchmarking effective ways to define these in a business proposal
  • Outlining how to establish a formal process for reviewing and proposing new technologies to streamline company innovation

08:50
Encouraging Field Staff to Embrace & Engage With New Technology

Synopsis

  • Highlighting the importance of buy-in from Project Managers and Superintendents to effect change and better communicate benefits to field workers to make innovation the status-quo
  • Benchmarking best practices for change management programs to increase engagement of field workers with revolutionized tools and workflows
  • Analyzing ways to adapt technology to make systems more user-friendly and ease transition to new tools

09:30
Case Study: Developing a Flexible Training Program to Engage Both Technology Novices & Experts

  • Leah Fiore Director of Business Consulting, Gilbane Building Company
  • Wendell Barnes Manager of Business Consulting, Gilbane Building Company

Synopsis

  • Outlining a training program for field staff that establishes long-term engagement with new systems
  • Understanding ways to better manage training when educating individuals with varying technological aptitudes
  • Reviewing ways to build in a system for continuous improvement and education with minimal disruption to normal workflow

10:10
Speed Networking & Morning Refreshments

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11:20 CASE STUDY: Creating an IT Infrastructure to Support Data Capture in the Field

Jason Jones, Director of Technology, O’Neal Inc.

12:00 Building an Information Bridge Between Field & Office

Jeremy Larsen, Director of Product Management, Viewpoint

12:30 CASE STUDY: How to Maximize Value from Mobile Apps to Integrate Data & Bridge the Gap Across Departments

Andrew Pitcher, BIM Manager, Joeris General Contractors

Kristi Galloway, IT Administrator, Joeris General Contractors

13:10 ROUNDTABLE: How Can You Get Real-Time Feedback from the Field When Internet is Unavailable?

Session Moderator:

Jason Jones, Director of Technology, O’Neal Inc.

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11:20 CASE STUDY: Innovating the Use of Data Captured By Drones to Improve Planning & Modeling

Terrence McNamara, Director of Technology Innovation, Teichert

12:00 Technology Demonstration

12:30 CASE STUDY: Using Drones to Inform Real-Time Project Tracking

Jason Deans, Director of Virtual Construction, Barnhill Contracting

13:10 PANEL: Reviewing the Business Case for Investment & Assessing Potential Future Uses to Maximize the Profitability of Drones

Panelists:

Terrence McNamara, Director of Technology Innovation, Teichert

Hannu Lindberg, Director of VDC, DPR Construction

Taylor Williams, VDC Engineer, Barton Malow

Richard Lopez, VDC Manager, Hensel Phelps

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11:20 CASE STUDY: Building the World’s First 3D Printed Home Using Cellular Fabrication Technology

Jonathan Deming, Director of BIM & Construction Technology, EMJ Corporation

Daniel Caven, Global Technology Design Lead, WATG Urban

12:00 Technology Demonstration

12:10 Blockchain Certification for AI: Present & Future Promise for the Global AEC Industry

Jim McCarthy, Director of Preconstruction – VDC & Solutions Engineering, M & W Group

13:10 PANEL: Exploring the Changing Relationship Between Field Workers & Technology

Panelists:

Josh Taylor, Integrated Construction Manager, Mortenson

Kris Lengieza, VP Operational Excellence, Stiles Construction

Darren Roos, VDC Director, Bernards

13:30
Lunch Break

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14:20 CASE STUDY: Detailing the Process of Integrating Scan Data into Models: How Do You Actually Do It?

Mark LaBell, Senior VDC Director, SSOE Group

15:00 PANEL: Maximizing the Profitability of Laser Scanning

Panelists:

Bobby Goldsberry, BIM & VDC Manager, Key Construction

John Cole, BIM & VDC Director, Layton Construction Co.

Jason Deans, Director of Virtual Construction, Barnhill Contracting

Nick Bobbitt, Senior VDC Engineer, Barton Malow

Rick Jeschke, Senior Project Manager, W.E. O’Neil Construction Co.

15:30 CASE STUDY: Integrating Scan Data into Models: How & Why Do We Do It?

Chad Holbrook, VDC Manager, W.E. O’Neil Construction Co.

Rick Jeschke, Senior Project Manager, W.E. O’Neil Construction Co.

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14:20 CASE STUDY: Taking the HoloLens into the Field: Where Can AR Enhance Construction Operations?

David Stone, Director of Virtual Construction, HITT Contracting

15:00 Technology Demonstration

15:30 CASE STUDY: Using Smart Technologies to Improve Field Personnel Productivity & Training

Scott Vlasek, BIM Specialist, Marek Brothers

Paul Godwin, BIM Manager, Marek Brothers

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14:20 CASE STUDY: Exploring the Automation of Prefabricated Mechanical Components from Estimate & Modeling Through Installation

David Pikey, VP Corporate Technology, The Hill Group

15:00 Technology Demonstration

15:30 CASE STUDY: Exploring How Technology Can Enhance Prefab Capabilities

Joe Ehlers, VDC Director, Prism Electric

16:30
Afternoon Refreshments

Maximizing the Use of Technology in the Field

17:10
Panel: Encouraging the Input of Field Staff to Ensure Continuous Improvement of Systems

Synopsis

  • Understanding the need for transparency among field workers to encourage adoption of new technology
  • Establishing a proactive culture that promotes innovation: How can you set up a system that motivates end users to continuously analyze their use of technology and highlight opportunities for improvement?
  • Reviewing the role of industry forums and peer groups for enhancing new systems and technology and understanding how more of these can be established

17:50
Streamlining the Data Feedback Loop between Departments to Increase Transparency & Optimize Workflows

  • Hitesh Dewan Director of Technology Integration, Roebbelen Contracting

Synopsis

  • Highlighting the importance of continuity of communication across design and operations teams to engage all parties
  • Setting-up collaborative practices to enhance the data flow to and from the field
  • Benchmarking advanced tools and technologies that can be used to enhance data collection, and streamline timely and efficient feedback on project progress to all stakeholders

18:30
Networking Drinks

19:30
End of Day One