Technology and innovation have revolutionized, and will continue to change, the way we build. The second annual GBCA Construction Technology Expo will offer insight on new technologies that are transforming all stages of the engineering and construction process, as well as give guests an opportunity to see, touch, and feel all types of applications, platforms, products, and services.
Join us to make sure your firm is up to speed on new applications, tools, technologies and platforms. From our keynote and breakout sessions to our hands-on expo floor, to our exclusive Learning Lab, learn how to implement new products and services, how they are being used in the industry, how to measure ROI, the common pitfalls of technology, and have the opportunity to share and exchange information with other peer and industry experts.
8:00 am Construction Technology Expo Begins
8:30 am – 10:00 am Keynote Presentation
Bootstrapped Innovation: Building a Mad Scientist for the Future of Construction Tech
James Benham, Chief Executive Officer, JBKnowledge
What does it mean to be a “Mad Scientist”? While the term may conjure images of white lab coats and unkempt hair, James Benham argues a “Mad Scientist” is someone willing to disrupt the status quo and experiment in hopes of breaking down inefficiencies. In this presentation, James Benham challenges contractors to cultivate Mad Scientists within their teams to lead technology research and development efforts. Learn how to create a culture of innovation at your construction company by giving your team the tools and space to creatively solve problems with technology.
10:00 am – 11:00 am Breakout Session – Measuring ROI
The Skinny on Calculating Tech ROI
Presenter – Jay Snyder, Technology Practice Leader, FMI
The most common question related to technology investment is also one of the most difficult to answer – how do I determine my return on investment? There are many different angles you can take to calculate a meaningful ROI. In this session FMI’s Jay Snyder, Technology & Innovation Practice Leader, will lead a panel discussion of construction technology leaders (contractors and technology companies) to share how answer this question.
10:15 am – 11:00 am Breakout Session – Augmented Reality
Visual for Success - High Tech Solutions for an Age Old Industry
Presenter – Andrew Smith, Vice President of Operations, Avontus Software Corporation
High Tech Solutions for an Age Old Industry will take a look at the way visualization tools are impacting our industry now and are poised to impact the future.
11:15 am – 12:15 pm Breakout Session – Blockchain and AI
Building the Future: How AI, ML, and Blockchain are changing the Game
Presenter: Bassem Hamdy, CEO, Briq
Discover how to rethink construction using blockchain, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and big data.
12:00 pm Lunch Buffet on the mezzanine
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Breakout Session - Safety
Ready to Wear: Wearable Technology to Boost Worker Safety
Moderator: Dennis Dougherty, Med-Tex Services
Panelists: Mel Badheka, Guardhat
Steve Montgomery, BuildingPoint NorthEast
Mark Wieder, Gilbane
In this break-out session, we will be discussing how new wearable technologies are making construction safer for workers. The panelists will discuss different solutions outfitting workers from head to toe, such as sensors, hardhats, and smartglasses, and how workers are using them on jobsites.
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Breakout Session – BIM
Leveraging BIM Data from the Office to the Field
Presenter: Nick Marchek, BIM Specialist, Microsol Resources
1 CEU, 1.0 CM-BIM CE Credit
How do you collaborate and access project data throughout the building construction lifecycle? Join this training to learn how Autodesk BIM 360 can empower a project team to collaborate, those in the field to better anticipate and act, and those in the back office to optimize and manage all aspects of construction performance.
Prefabrication is a journey for many organizations that may lead to mixed results. Why are some organizations successful at implementing and even optimizing prefabrication and modular while others are not? Amy Marks, CEO of XSite Modular, the world's leading prefabrication consulting firm, talks frankly about what types of organizations may be positioned to lead the way for this technology and process improvements, including a five-point prefab readiness assessment to help you understand some of the corporate roadblocks and discuss some of the enablers to success.
3:00 pm – 4:00pm Breakout Session – Cybersecurity
Cyber Security Risks in Construction
Presenter: Stephanie Snyder, Senior Vice President, AON Cyber Solutions
While improved efficiency is derived from increased digitalization, construction entities face additional risk from the cyber security exposures inherent in technology systems. In this session, we will discuss the vulnerabilities and risk considerations for contractors, including specific cyber incidents as well as measures that can be taken to mitigate risk.
3:00 pm – 4:00pm Breakout Session – Lean Construction
Lean Construction + Technology
Presenter: Luke Hester, Technical Solutions Executive - Construction, PlanGrid, an Autodesk Company
1.0 CM-LEAN CE Credit
Lean business techniques can be applied to any industry and the construction industry has the opportunity to reap many rewards from embracing it. In this session you'll learn about new tools that make it even easier to put lean practices to work.