7:30 am Chair’s Opening Remarks

Selecting & Implementing the Right Tools

7:40 am Defining ROI of New Technologies for Your Organization to Build a Solid Business Case for Investment

  • Judd Fuoto Construction Technologies Manager, Southland Industries

Synopsis

  • Benchmarking the different metrics being used to measure ROI of new tools for our organization and how we supplement these with solution specific ROI indicators to more reliably benchmark different solutions against one another
  • Reading between the lines of the vendor sales pitch to understand the true ROI of a tool for your organization, and how that relates to your critical metrics
  • Understanding the priorities and motivations of your senior management team to better build a successful business case for investment: What are some of the clear indicators of ROI they commonly buy in to?

8:30 am Putting Field Leaders at the Heart of Your Innovation Strategy to Stay Focused on Critical Pain Points of Your Teams

Synopsis

  • Evaluating your own internal processes and workflows before adopting another new technology to ensure ease of adoption and integration in the field
  • Identifying the best approaches for interviewing your field leaders to derive the most valuable insights from them: What are their pain points? How do we know what the right one is to address first?
  • Working closely with technology champions within the operations team to reinforce the introduction of tools to address these painpoints more successfully

9:40 am Speed Networking & Morning refreshments

Track 1

Building Data Rich Models

10:30 am Creating Data Rich Models To Streamline the Flow of Information Between Design & Construction

  • Amr Raafat Vice President of VDC & Technology, Windover Construction

Synopsis

  • Exploring how design and construction teams can more effectively come together in the early stages of the project to define the data required and standards for input into the model
  • Discovering how teams are effectively integrating of data from pre-construction to construction
  • Evaluating how more collaborative contracting such as IPD is enriching this process: What

11:10 am Case Study: Establishing & Maintaining a Common Data Environment to Ensure Real-Time Access to More Accurate Project Information

Synopsis

  • Exploring the requirements of teams to collaborate in the cloud: How can you provide effective training to get your workforce on the same page ahead of time?
  • Navigating the security constraints of cloud software and how you can overcome these
  • Ensuring quality and consistency of data input to increase transparency and trust in the information being shared

Track 2

Reality Capture Tools & Use Cases

10:30 am Panel: Evaluating the Current Landscape of Reality Capture Tools & Use Cases to Select the Right Tool for Your Team

  • Damon Ranieri Director of VDC, Leopardo Companies
  • Lucas Manos Director of Technology & Innovation, The Butz Family of Companies

Synopsis

  • Benchmarking the different software vendors and types of reality capture tools on the market
  • Evaluating the cost and resource requirements of implementing various tools and the ROI achieved for the level of investment
  • Exploring the most innovative use cases being implemented by contractors today and considering how you could begin to implement these within your own organization

11:10 am Case Study: Using Progressive Scanning Technologies to Identify Deviations & Improve Quality Control in the Field

Synopsis

  • Selecting the right tool stack to use for progressive scanning: What were the challenges of getting these set up and implemented on our project?
  • Mapping out the A-Z of planning, collecting and overlaying scan data on existing models and site plans to more accurately update as-builts and identify quality issues
  • Discussing the results of these findings: What issues did we catch and how could this process be improved in the future?

Track 3

Selecting the Right Tools & Securing Buy in

10:30 am Building a More Robust Evaluation Process to Ensure Selection of The Right New Tool for Your Team

  • Brooks Williams Director of Construction Technology, Alberici Constructors

Synopsis

  • Defining the metadata and KPIs that can inform the selection of a new technology vendor and the indicators that can point towards chances of success for your teams
  • Working with the vendor to better establish the realistic capabilities of a tool and how well it will integrate into your current toolkit prior to investment
  • Building a robust process for the evaluation and selection of new tools to ensure consultation of the right people, at the right time, without impeding progress

11:10 am Improving Buy-in to New Tools to Ensure Full Commitment to Corporate Innovation

Synopsis

  • Clearly communicating your why to all team members in a way that resonates with their specific pain points
  • Challenging the mindset that technologies have to be immediately successful in order to be valuable to overcome initial resistance within your organization
  • Providing the right support for your field teams to overcome teething problems and feel empowered to use new tools, not checking out before realizing their value

12:20 pm Lunch Break

BIM Throughout the Project Life Cycle

1:20 pm Harnessing Data from the Model to Make More Informed Decisions Throughout the Project Lifecycle

  • Jay Mathes Virtual Construction Civil Lead, Miron Construction Co. Inc

Synopsis

  • Evaluating the different insights that can be taken from model data and how these can be more effectively used across different departments
  • Assessing how data can be presented and integrated more clearly to evolve the quality and consistency of decision making on projects
  • Discussing the potential for an industry standard for harnessing models throughout a project lifecycle

2:00 pm Case Study: Understanding How Owners & Contractors Can Collaborate to Create a High-Quality Digital Twin to Inform Facilities Management

Synopsis

  • Evaluating how an owner will benefit from having a digital twin: What are the requirements serial builders are using to define high quality data structures?
  • Mapping the A-Z stages of collaboration between owner and contractor to create a digital twin for facilities management
  • Tackling the challenge of producing a digital twin for an existing building: What are the additional steps that need to happen and what are the biggest gaps in information causing headaches?
  • Assessing the future of digital twins in our industry and what needs to happen next to make them more accessible and widely adopted

2:40 pm Panel: Mapping the Evolution of BIM to Understand What You Need to Be Ready For in the Coming Years

Synopsis

  • Exploring how BIM has evolved since it’s inception and investigating why it is not yet adopted as an industry standard
  • Comparing the different tools that are now integrating with BIM and considering how that is changing requirements of how we set up and collaborate in the model throughout the project lifecycle
  • Discussing how BIM will continue to advance to ensure you are ready to maximize its use within your organization

Drones & Automation on the Jobsite

1:20 pm Panel: Evaluating the Most Innovative Use Cases for Drone Technologies Currently Maximizing ROI

Synopsis

  • Is it more than just a marketing tool?: Benchmarking the most innovative use cases of drones on the jobsite
  • Discovering how captured data is being more efficiently shared across project partners
  • Discussing the overlooked opportunities for further analysis and insights from drone data: How can we further improve ROI in the future?

2:00 pm Audience Discussion: Improving the Use of Captured Data to Inform Jobsite Decision-Making

Synopsis

  • Outlining the A-Z workflow of inspecting site conditions to identify obstructions and safety risks
  • Navigating the issues of flying drones in active zones or indoors, and how this could be overcome to maintain safety without impacting on project progress
  • Reviewing how this experience has informed future use of drones on the construction site for testing and inspection: How can one story inspire continuous innovation?

2:40 pm Bridging the Gap Between Prefabrication & the Field to Ensure Just-in-Time Delivery to the Jobsite

Synopsis

  • Defining the metrics to track to provide valuable insight into the transportation, delivery and ease of installation of your assemblies: How does that differ from traditional field metrics?
  • Developing a system to extend your tracking and manufacturing line through to installation
  • Evaluating the data to understand issues with quality of production output, through installation, and use this to materially improve operations

Improving Workflows & Alignment of Technology

1:20 pm Audience Discussion: Establishing a Piloting Process to Effectively Introduce & Integrate New Tools into Existing Workflows

Synopsis

  • Ensuring piloting teams identify and establish a baseline early to help model and control the expansion of the tool with different teams
  • Benchmarking approaches to optimize pilots and go/no go decision making
  • Documenting and sharing lessons learned from initial pilots to inform the adoption by future groups

2:00 pm Adapting Organizational Structures & Better Integrating Teams to Increase Alignment of Technology Across the Organization

  • Cliff Cole VDC Director, The PENTA Building Group

Synopsis

  • Evaluating traditional organizational structures to identify silos that cause technology to break down
  • Understanding how technology is evolving your teams and reimagining your organizational structure to achieve alignment of technology
  • Discovering how restructuring has provided greater success of technology integration for our organization: What have we done so far and where are we going?

2:40 pm Panel: Identifying, Developing & Retaining Staff With Strong VDC Skillsets to Accomplish a High Quality VDC Workflow

Synopsis

  • Highlighting the most exciting innovation opportunities in construction to attract new talent to our industry
  • Identifying strong VDC skillsets across other departments to help train your workforce and democratize the tools you are implementing
  • Uncovering the doors being opened to the next generation of construction workers through technology and what we can do more of today to prime them for success

3:20 pm Afternoon Refreshments

Exploring the Latest Developments in Technology

3:50 pm Audience Discussion: Exploring the Evolution of Technology Through the Pandemic & the Developments Made That Will Provide Long-Term Value to Construction Teams

Synopsis

  • Analyzing which technologies were introduced in response to new issues such as contact tracing, tracking workers and social distancing and have provided the most value for your organization
  • Exploring the companies that emerged in this time with innovative products to enhance collaboration and help contractors adjust to new ways of working
  • Considering whether there could there be value in these products beyond the short-term and how these benefits can be further scaled

4:40 pm Forging Stronger Relationships with Vendors & Start-ups to Guide Development of More Valuable Tools

  • Joshua Mercado Director of BIM & Technology Integration, The Boldt Co.

Synopsis

  • Assessing the benefits of partnering with emerging software companies and developing an agreement that enhances long-term profitability
  • Improving how you are educating these partners: How can you communicate your needs and goals to a vendor in a way that will ensure valuable evolution of the product?
  • Emphasising how past lessons and metrics can be utilized to track the overall time, resources and money required to create new successful partnerships

5:20 pm Chair’s Closing Remarks

5:30 pm End of Day One