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Learn about the emerging technology shaping the construction industry today and how you can leverage them in your business tomorrow. Hear from our industry experts on how technology is disrupting the current landscape of construction, where it is taking us in the future and go home with steps you can put in to action. Experience live tech demonstrations to see these solutions in action and discover how other companies have benefitted.  And most of all – learn, connect, innovate.

7:30 – 8:00 Registration & Breakfast
8:00 – 8:15 Welcome
8:15 – 8:45 Keynote
Speaker: Kris Lengieza, Director of Business Development, Marketplace, ProcoreTopic: Construction Tech for Today, Tomorrow and the Future

Session Description:  The construction landscape is changing quickly due to a rapidly evolving tech landscape.  Join us as Kris Lengieza will discuss what the job site of the future could look like leveraging existing and evolving technology.  From current trending technologies such as Drones, IoT and 360 Photos to the future of Robotics, Big Data and Automation, come along for a peek into the future of the industry and how we can build great things together.

8:45 – 9:00  Break
9:00 – 9:45  Morning Session 1
Track 1: Enable the Business
Session Title: Evaluate Risk versus Cost on a Project-by-Project Basis

Presenter: Dustin De Van, CEO & Co-Founder, Building Connected
Session Description: Poor subcontractor selection costs the construction industry millions of dollars every year. Now more than ever, it is crucial to efficiently vet and make more informed decisions when selecting subcontractors in order to lower costs and better mitigate risk in commercial construction. In this keynote, Building Connected CEO and Co-Founder Dustin DeVan will discuss the future of risk evaluation and how to determine contractor risk while comparing costs during the vendor selection process. Dustin will also share his vision for the future of preconstruction, including a discussion of the risk evaluation landscape and how it is being shaped by technology.

Learning Objectives and Outcomes:

  • The importance of subcontractor risk evaluation
  • 3 ways to better determine subcontractor risk while comparing costs during the selection process
  • 3 trends and technologies that will shape the future of preconstruction


Track 2: Leverage the Data
Session Title: Unlock Company Data Potential: A Case Study

Presenters: Natalie Spare, Data Consultant, FMI
Todd Donaldson, President, Hourigan
Session Description: Spend time with FMI and Hourigan to learn how a team turned its desire to better utilize its data into a platform providing actionable insights for the business. See the whole process from end to end: the identification of high impact data, the requirements to set it all up, and the actual implementation and usage of the platform. Then, listen to the team’s vision for the future and learn what is possible once you unlock the potential in your company’s data.

Learning Objectives and Outcomes:

  • Understand the importance of good data storage practices
  • Recognize what elements are required from your software vendors
  • Understand what is possible once these steps are taken


Track 3: SPARK Sponsored: Execute the Innovation
Session Title:  The ROI of Custom Technology to Run Your Business

Presenters: Robert Armbrister, President & CEO, SPARK Business Works
Julie Byrne, Vice President of Construction Services, CSM Group
Session Description: Digital tools are reshaping construction but providing a clear return on any tech investment is critical. See how leaders automate business processes (both in the field and in the office) without wasting money on tech that won’t get used. Learn how trade contractors are eliminating operations headaches and gaining a competitive advantage! Think a custom app or dashboard isn’t affordable? We’ll explain how owners can minimize tax liability while building a software asset that helps them grow their profits!

Learning Objectives and Outcomes:

  • Review and Assess the pros and cons of building a custom system
  • Review and Answer 5 questions to determine what’s best for them: Custom or Off the Shelf
  • Quantify and evaluate the cost and ROI of Custom or Off the Shelf


9:45 – 10:00 Break
10:00 – 10:45 Morning Session 2
Track 1: Enable the Business
Session Title: Innovate Like A Boss!

Presenter: Russ Young, Senior Technology Consultant, FMI
Session Description: The industry is now in the middle of an ongoing transformation in people, process and technology. It is important for companies to establish their vision and supportive structure to innovate. In this presentation you will learn the best practices of the most innovative companies in the industry.

Learning Objectives and Outcomes:

  • Create a culture of innovation and the necessary support network
  • How to set and manage expectations
  • Understand if you are innovating successfully


Track 2: Leverage the Data
Session Title: Non-Invasive Technology – Predicting the Preventable

Presenter:  Meirav Oren, CEO & Co-Founder, Versatile Natures

Session Description: As construction technology is finally becoming more than just a handful of apps, GCs are approached by many ML & AI companies claiming to know best. The true transformation comes from the combination of:

  • Non-invasive, seamless data collection that is not asking field workers to work for
  • Ability to learn and understand this complex manufacturing floor
  • Partnership of Tech and GCs as early as possible

This gives people access to data, then better data impacted by their feedback, leading to recommended actions resulting in predictions and preventive actions.

If the Field is able to easily partner with early technology, we all learn together how data and AI truly adds value – making adopting technology easier, faster and with a higher, guaranteed ROI.

The Presenter will draw a clear line from data collection to preventive action going through AI and partnership!

Learning Objectives and Outcomes:

At least 3 real field application use cases – Safety, Productivity, Efficiency


Track 3: SPARK Sponsored: Execute the Innovation
Session Title: The Benefits of Effective Time Tracking

Presenters: Suzanne Motter, Project Manager, SPARK Business Works
Chantall Shane, Accounting and Benefits Manager, Esper Electric
Session Description: Challenged by time tracking? You are not alone! Doing great work is only part of the equation. This session will show you how “logic” makes every second count. For example, can your time entry program tell you when to order supplies? From Field crews to sales, marketing, project management, purchasing, payroll and billing — we’ll dive into how time tracking innovation provides benefits across the organization — and to the bottom line.

Learning Objectives and Outcomes:

  • Participants will discuss and recognize current inefficiencies in their time tracking procedures / methods
  • Participants will identify 2-4 example of time tracking Logic required for their business
  • Participants will be able to estimate cost savings from implementing a time tracking solution


10:45 – 11:00 Break
11:00 – 1:00 Live Tech Demonstrations
11:00 – 1:00 Lunch and Vendor Tradeshow
1:00 – 1:45 Afternoon Session 1
Track 1: Enable the Business
Session Title: Optimizing the Prefabrication and Material Supply Chain through the use of Technology

Presenters: Steve Burri, Vice President of Customer Services, ManufactOn
Shyam Telikicherla, Virtual Design Manager, Skender
Session Description: This session will explore how ManufactOn, a SaaS ( mobile/web) platform, can help optimize the prefabrication and material management process from detailing, fabrication and QA in the shop, through storage and delivery to the job site. Find out how your teams can get complete visibility and better control for all stakeholders in the process including: coordinators, detailers, procurement, shop foreman, field superintendents, and project leaders.

Learning Objectives and Outcomes:

  • Understand how to better coordinate just-in-time delivery and optimize installation across the project.
  • See how 3D integration with BIM can help further optimize the supply chain through rich visualization of material and prefab on the job.
  • Learn how the ManufactOn platform can help streamline the fabrication process in the shop and connect the field teams throughout the entire process.


Track 2: Leverage the Data
Session Title: Construction Technologist Point of View

Presenters: Jay Snyder (Facilitator), Technology Practice Leader, FMI

Scott Adams, Director of Virtual Design and Construction, Ghafari

Eric Timmer, Director of Virtual Design and Construction at Allied Mechanical Services

Rob Leutheuser, Director of Virtual Design and Construction at The Christman Company

Session Description: Not all companies are equipped with a Chief Technology Officer to provide strategic direction and represent initiatives at the C-suite.  However, a new expertise has formed called the construction technologist referring to those that are in-tune with industry technology solutions, activities and overall trends that are helping to create awareness and shape technology within AEC firms.  FMI’s Jay Snyder will moderate a panel of construction technologist sharing their point of view on the industry and various approaches to leveraging technology within their companies.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the role of a construction technologist and why your company needs one.
  • Learn examples of how some contractors have approached creating formal and informal technology leaders within the company.
  • Be able to see various paths that can be taken to learn about industry technologies, assess your companies needs and represent initiatives.
  • Become familiar with some of the common barriers and perceptions of the construction technologist and technology initiatives.
Track 3: SPARK Sponsored: Execute the Innovation
Session Title: Smart Scheduling and Compliance

Presenter: Brad Wilson, Project Manager, SPARK Business Works
Brian Potter, President & Chief Servant Leader, Architectural Metals Inc.
Session Description: How do you align the right person with the right job? Many still use whiteboards or spreadsheets to organize / plan job schedules, but technology can make it easy and efficient for your managers to make good decisions both at and away from the office. You’ll be able to see jobs in real time, dispatch automated placement notifications, and gain “visibility” at the site. Plus, when you mix senior with junior levels, and align certification/training requirements, you’ll avoid costly delays and lower risk of violations.

Learning Objectives and Outcomes:

  • Recognize 3 constraints to existing scheduling processes
  • Compare several examples of Smart Schedules used by local trade contractors
  • Quantify ROI of tech-enabled smart schedule collaboration


1:45 – 2:00 Break
2:00 – 2:45 Afternoon Session 2
Track 1: Enable the Business
Session Title: Demystifying Tech and Innovation: A panel discussion of lessons learned

Presenters: Jay Snyder, Technology Practice Leader, FMI

Tony Muscat, COO, O’Donnell Snider

Martin Onofrio, VP of Sales, Mavenlink

Russell Harris, President & CEO, Bailey Harris

Ken MacLean, Executive Vice President of Business Development, Serious Labs

Jim Andrews, CEO, Sub HQ

Paul Cormier, Director of Operations, ArchetypeSC

Session Description: With over 3000 construction technology software solutions and lack of an industry standard approach to planning, selecting and adopting technology, pursuing technology changes in your company can be daunting before even considering the change management challenge that accompanies it.  However, the effort is worthwhile and it doesn’t have to be overwhelming or confusing.  Moderated by FMI, hear from a panel of contractors from across the country alongside their latest technology providers.  On this panel you will learn from their experience the dos and don’ts of onboarding new technologies into the business.

Learning Objectives and Outcomes:

  • Learn processes, techniques and tips for a successful technology change management
  • See through common myths and avoid pitfalls associated with inadequate preparation and execution
  • Present questions to the panel that matter to you and hear their suggestions for how to manage tech initiatives


Track 2: Leverage the Data
Session Title: The Future of 360 Reality Capture

Presenter: Christian Claus, VP of Product Management and Partnerships, HoloBuilder
Session Description: Christian Claus, VP of Product Management at HoloBuilder, will introduce and discuss industry case studies of the innovative use of 360° reality capture, computer vision, and A.I. technologies. HoloBuilder has partnered with leading general contractors, owners, and trade partners to further develop their 360° photo documentation platform and solve immediate needs on projects worldwide. Christian’s presentation will outline how leading construction companies leverage reality capture data to secure ROI and gain a competitive advantage and demonstrate the next generation A.I. Reality Analytics tools that are available to the industry today.


Track 3: SPARK Sponsored: Execute the Innovation
Session Title: Gain an Advantage with Gear and Fleet Management

Presenters: Robert Armbrister, President & CEO, Spark Business Works
Dan VanMiddlesworth, Vice President, Shouldice
Session Description: Job after job, materials and tools really add up. See how trade contractors stay competitive on future bids and reduce asset loss by leveraging data from field apps. Learn to sync Smart Scheduling dashboards with Tool Tracking to increase the accuracy of inventory, improve job costing, and equip crews with the right resources!

Learning Objectives and Outcomes:

  • Evaluate, renew and assess their current asset tracking system
  • Discuss the specific financial implications of their current system
  • Quantify ROI of consistent and automated asset tracking


2:45 – 3:00  Break
3:00 – 3:30  Closing Session

Speaker: Zach Scheel, CEO & Co-Founder, Rhumbix

Topic: Digital Transformation in the Construction Industry

Session Description: In the past 14 months, Oracle, Trimble, and Autodesk have spent a collective $4.1B acquiring five construction technology companies. And during that same time period venture capitalists have invested over $1.5B into new and emerging construction technology companies. These levels of M&A and investment are unprecedented in the industry, so what’s behind all of this? The answer is digital transformation – a buzzword that’s heard throughout the industry – but what does it really mean? This session will explore the macroeconomic forces driving digital transformation, what this transformation means for the construction industry, and provide tactical steps construction companies can take to prepare for and take advantage of this period or rapid change and transformation.

3:30 – 5:00 Cocktail Reception