Technology and its many applications in the construction trades is the overarching theme for the upcoming AEC BuildTech Conference & Expo (April 30-May 2) in Rosemont, Illinois. But out of six educational tracks —  including Plumbing, Roofing Flooring, Building Envelope and HVACR/Mechanical Systems — the General Contracting track is where attendees will learn how technology can tie all the moving operations together. 

More than five sessions — covering topics such as Using New Technology to Achieve the Best Safety Results, Getting Value from Your Data Through Custom Software, Multiple Sites, One Mission, The Connected Job Site and more — and a total of 12 expert speakers will be featured throughout interactive panel discussions. 

AEC BuildTech will feature keynote presentations from two experts on the forces that are at play in buildings construction today and in the future.

Steve Jones

Steve Jones, director of industry insights and research, will highlight the ways technologies such as BIM, reality capture, virtual reality and others have evolved to make an integrated workflow across trade specialties a reality. Steve’s presentation will focus on how those technologies can improve certainty throughout the life cycle of a project and how all members of the design-build team benefit.

Antony Woods

Dr, Antony Woods, CEO of Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, will demonstrate examples of existing built work and the concept of integrated vertical urbanism. His presentation charts patterns in urban growth globally before discussing the future viability of cities around the world. In showcasing theoretical design work, the material explores alternative urban futures that embrace density while navigating local environmental conditions across disparate regions.

More than 80 percent of the education sessions at AEC BuildTech will offer continuing education units. To view the complete list of speakers for the general contracting track, visit To learn more about exhibiting and sponsorship, visit