Western Michigan Agenda
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 benefited. And most of all – learn, connect, innovate.
|7:30 – 8:00||Registration & Breakfast|
|8:00 – 8:15||Welcome|
|8:15 – 8:45||Opening Keynote|
Opening Keynote Speaker: Vincent Vasquez, CEO of PrecisionStory
Vince Vasquez has more than 30 years of experience in enterprise sales, marketing and engineering. Working with 20 industry leaders, he is the co-author of Precision Construction, which teaches the fundamentals of IoT with a focus on helping the Digital Contractor. He is also the CEO of PrecisionStory, which recently launched PrecisionStory.com — a place for Digital Contractors to learn more about technologies available to help improve labor productivity, reduce costs and enhance worker safety for the construction industry — presented with a user experience that blends the best of Netflix and YouTube. Vince has an MBA from Stanford University, an MS in Computer Engineering from Carnegie-Mellon University, and a BS in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley.
|8:45 – 9:00||Break & Exhibitor Showcase|
|9:00 – 9:45||Breakout Sessions|
Presenter: Taylor Ames, Technical Solutions Executive, Autodesk
While many companies and professionals focus on a narrow part of the construction
Taylor Ames is a Technical Solutions Executive for Autodesk Construction Solutions, a construction software suite that helps the building industry plan, design, build and maintain the world’s most complex projects more efficiently. Taylor previously spent seven years in the construction industry working for Turner Construction Company, where he held several positions including preconstruction engineer, field engineer and, most notably, digital practice engineer for all four Ohio office locations. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Construction Management from the University of Cincinnati. He lives in Columbus, Ohio with his wife, Carli, and two boys Henry and Theodore.
Presenter: Ashwini Jain, Ashwini
Digital transformation helps organizations by connecting applications, objects, data and services with business operations. Simultaneously, it also generates a vast amount of data. It enables organizations to use their data and make information available,accessible, and usable-anywhere, anytime, and from any device. Powerful data science and analytics tools are readily available, however organizations are still struggling to use analytics in their organization because of a lack of a data-driven culture.
Presenter: Satyam Verma, Pype
This session will broadly cover the benefits of AI-based automation during preconstruction. Specifically, it will focus on how automating one process--the scanning and parsing of your spec book--can allow teams to bid more accurately, get to work sooner, and save time exponentially throughout the project lifecycle. One of the largest hurdles during bidding is quickly and accurately breaking down the available specs for estimating. The more in-depth a team can examine these specs, the better the bid they will create. In lieu of manual searching, AI solutions can examine specs for specific requirements, including long lead and sole source items, and present that information to the estimating team. This approach uses the specs to create a clear scope of work, allowing GCs to identify potential subcontractors before they even bid on the project. After winning a contract, automated software can run through and compare multiple versions of specs. Therefore, as the design team continues to plan out the project, GCs can stay on top of every new change and easily pass that information on to other teams or subcontractors. In addition to this, it allows GCs to read for understanding, which will often lead to the GC discovering inconsistencies or gaps in the project specs and clearing them up with the design team earlier in the process rather than during the build phase with an RFI. Finally, all of this information can easily be filtered down to relevant information per subcontractor. This allows them to source and order long-lead items early, and recommend alternative options for sole-source items. AI can also scan for closeout requirements, meaning trades can acquire closeout documentation when ordering products, and it provides the GC team the opportunity to conduct closeout as the project progresses instead of all at once at the end.
|9:45 – 10:00||Break & Exhibitor Showcase|
|10:00 – 10:45||Breakout Sessions|
Presenter: Jatin Sharma, Product Manger, SPARK Business Works; Eric Heyboer, Owner and Head Estimator, DHE Plumbing
Hear the story of a growing company who couldn’t stay on top of what jobs were closing, what jobs were coming up, and who were the right people for each unique job. With so much relying on information “in people’s heads”, learn about the path to a solution that prevents labor issues and gives managers the opportunity to focus on higher level tasks.
Presenter: Andrew Zukowski, CEO and Founder, Join
As the industry continues to shift to emphasize collaborative project delivery methods such as Design-Build and Construction Manager at Risk, the Preconstruction phase has emerged as increasingly important in winning work and then in overall project success. However, legacy solutions do not meet the automation and transparency needs that exist, which means opportunity is often left on the table. This talk will cover best practices in a key preconstruction workflow: value engineering. We will also cover Join's solution and the impacts that TBD have seen in deploying it to aid in delivering overall project success.
Presenters: Niran Shrestha, CEO/Co-Founder of Kwant.ai; Ankoor Amin, Innovation Manager, DPR Construction
With low margins and increasing complexity of construction and capital project, making data-driven decisions and taking proactive actions about workforce productivity and providing safe Jobsite becomes the highest priority. The future of data collection from the Jobsite is going to be passive and real-time using wearables/internet of things and making real-time decisions on potential risks in the project related to resources, materials, safety, and environmental factors. We will be discussing how some of the top builders in the US are leveraging this technology to improve productivity, profits, and safety
|10:45 – 11:15||Break & Exhibitor Showcase|
|11:15 – 12:45||Lunch & Live Tech Demonstrations|
|12:45 – 1:00||Break & Exhibitor Showcase|
|1:00 – 1:45||Breakout Sessions|
Presenter: Jake Lonc, Vice President, SPARK Business Works; Jim Mroz, Precision Wall Systems
Communication challenges were getting in the way of efficiency and scale for a leading full-service specialty contractor. Learn how they addressed the lack of synchronization to implement a central tool where everyone knows the status of a job during their process. See how they reduced communication inefficiencies and gained insights though tracking at their fingertips.
Presenters: David Pratt, Manager of BIM/VDC, Robins & Morton; Steve Moore, Co-Founder, Buildfore
For many years, Robins & Morton was a construction manager with a familiar-sounding mantra – through tried-and-true procedures and a can-do attitude, we’ll build you a beautiful, quality facility. What we were doing was working – we made clients happy and we performed our work safely, but we were missing something. We needed a way to raise our creativity, innovation, and inspiration to a higher level – a level that would push construction forward and make it more efficient for the next project. We were missing the revolutionary ideas that ultimately spread new, better practices industry-wide, creating an entire generation of change.
The establishment of Robins & Morton’s internal, full-service VDC department was the first step in that direction, providing an every-day-use case for technology on the jobsite. However, having these resources available did something more. Project teams began to broaden their thinking, truly leveraging the VDC team’s tech expertise to innovate.
In 2017, a small group of Robins & Morton employees decided to dedicate time and resources to a creative thinktank to maintain this momentum. Additionally, it needed an official name and face. That’s when the innovation department was born. By 2018, this thinktank’s ideas, concepts, products and results had grown so exponentially, it became its own business: Buildfore.
Join Robins & Morton and our construction tech start-up, Buildfore, for an engaging session about the transformative journey a construction management firm took by harnessing technology, embracing innovation, and investing in employee passions. In this session, attendees will learn how this approach forever impacted the company and how that shift made industry-wide waves. Most importantly, attendees will learn practical tactics they can apply in creating change in their organization, too.
Presenter: Meirvan Oren, Versatile Natures
Decision making in the field is often made with little to no supporting data. We know what we planned but not what is actually being done. As planning is based on averages and estimates, actual data on tasks completed (duration, steps, visual confirmation, etc.) is driving faster & safer decision making by field professionals. We will show use cases from job sites that have deployed CraneView™ by Versatile (www.versatile.ai) impacting daily operations as well as allowing GCs to aggregate learning and best practices across their portfolio
|1:45 – 2:00||Break & Exhibitor Showcase|
|2:00 – 2:45||Breakout Sessions|
Presenter:Brian Markland, Regional Professional Services Manager, ARC Technology Solutions
Using today’s latest technologies to provide a Closeout Package that your Project Owner can actually use…easily!
Presenter: Hamzah Shanbari, Haskell
Presenter: Kaushal Diwan, DPR
By nature, innovation is disruptive. Introducing new ideas, methods and products into a systematized environment requires a framework that allows for flexibility and discipline, experimentation and results.
In the risk-averse construction industry, how do you create and promote a framework that supports open innovation? How do we empower employees to solve problems with new ideas? How do we convert proofs of concept into measurable results? How do we translate those results into efficiency for customers and their projects?
We will share what we have learned in our decade-long innovation journey, how we responded to the questions above and, how we put a framework around disruption that helps our entire industry advance.
|2:45 – 3:00||Break & Exhibitor Showcase|
|3:00 – 3:30||Closing Session|
Afternoon Keynote: Go Where The Work Is: Construction in Extreme Environments and the Lessons for the Future of Construction
|3:30 – 3:45||Closing Remarks|
|3:30 – 3:45||Conference Concludes|