ENR FutureTech 2020 Virtual Agenda

The 2020 FutureTech program is on demand through May 2021. Sessions can be accessed through the virtual portal, login or register here

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11:00 AM–11:45 AM

Keynote: The Knock-on Effects of Construction Technology Adoption

With new technology adoption accelerating, the brain work of evaluating the hidden risks and unintended consequences of implementing new systems is a large task that few contractors are prepared to handle well. But it is exactly what Rose Hall, the operations manager for strategic risk engineering at insurance giant AXA XL, thinks about every day. She will talk about how she and her team evaluate the benefits — and knock-on consequences — of implementing new construction technologies, and tell us how they push past the sales pitches to really think things through.

Rose Hall, Strategic Operations Manager for Risk Engineering, North American Construction, AXA XL


Jeff Rubenstone, Senior Editor, Technology & Equipment, Engineering News-Record

Included in Featured Package

11:45 AM - 12:00 PM
15 minute break

12:00 PM – 12:30 PM

The Construction Digital Twins Impact on Project Planning and Delivery

The construction industry has been picking up speed in its journey to adopt technology. Starting with the digitizing of forms based workflows to 2D CAD and 3D models, the next step in delivering significantly increased productivity is the 4D/5D model or digital twin for construction. Although much of the buzz on digital twins has been around the Internet of Things (IoT) during asset operations and management, this webinar will focus on the development of a construction project digital twin, which is the baseline for a downstream asset performance digital twin. It will also look at infrastructure projects and how the development of a “live” 4D model is leveraged from preconstruction to construction execution and handover, as well as how technologies (IoT, reality capture, 4D modeling, artificial intelligence and machine learning, and robotics) are converging to enable the project digital twin and will transform the way that smart infrastructure is delivered.

Rich Humphrey, Vice President of Construction Product Management, Bentley Systems

12:30 PM – 1:15 PM

Panel: The Human Side of Digital Transformation

DPR Construction's East and West Coast Innovation Leaders team up to describe how they foster an internal innovation culture while simultaneously coping with a flood of outside vendors with demos and pitches. Their challenge is to cut through the noise and match solutions to actual problems, without losing the human touch that keeps talented innovators and promising startups engaged. Also, Tomislav Zigo, Clayco's VP for CDC, will share lessons learned by his team as they have traveled the path of digital transformation, and especially their need to keep the human aspects of technology adoption firmly in mind.

Tim Gaylord, East Coast Innovation Leader, DPR Construction
Henning Roedel, West Coast Innovation Leader, DPR Construction
Tomislav Žigo, Vice President, Virtual Design and Construction, Clayco


Aileen Cho, Senior Editor, Engineering News-Record

1:15 PM - 2:00 PM
45 minute lunch break

2:00 PM - 2:25 PM
[Quick Clip: Trimble]


Steal This Safety App

Skiles Group has been on a lean journey, that led it to a thorough review of its processes and a realization that its construction industry's tools for crisis management planning and response are antiquated and ineffective. So Skiles Group created a mobile tool that it believes can revolutionize crisis avoidance and management processes for the whole industry.

Keyan Zandy, Chief Operating Officer, Skiles Group

2:25 PM–2:40 PM
15 minute break

2:40 PM – 3:45 PM

TechStory: Innovation in Action

The Oracle Industries Innovation Lab is a unique facility where contractors and industry partners can experience the power of a truly connected job site. In this presentation, you’ll hear from Jennifer Suerth, Vice President-Technical Services, Pepper Construction Company who will give attendees a glimpse of a day on the job site and how Pepper Construction is leveraging innovative technology during the construction of the lab. We’ll discuss how the use of Oracle’s Cloud project management solutions, integrated with over a dozen innovative technologies, are transforming the future of construction.

Jennifer Suerth , Vice President-Technical Services, Pepper Construction Company
Dr. Burcin Kaplanoglu, Executive Director, Innovation, Oracle Construction and Engineering


Panel: New Ideas in Funding Technology Innovation

This panel will draw out three players on their innovative methods to fund startups and advance technologies in the construction industry. From leveraging crowdfunding technology to allow for rapid, cost-effective capital-raising to creating a carefully curated pipeline for investors to applying technology to advance process improvement—these investment innovators are helping to spark the tech transformation of construction. Tune in to this session to find out how these leaders make decisions and what promising technologies they think will make a difference in the future.

Curtis Rodgers, Principal, Brick & Mortar Ventures
Brian Ross, CEO, InfraShares
KP Reddy, CEO, Shadow Ventures


Jan Tuchman, Editor-in-Chief, Engineering News-Record

3:45 PM–4:00 PM
15 minute break

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
[Quick Clip: Inertia Systems]


The Digital Last Planner

The Last Planner System is admired for its person-to-person, collaborative planning approach, but efforts to digitalize these processes can erode the interaction and put collaborators back into their old silos. PCL has been working to preserve the qualities of engaged collaboration through a technology partnership to help develop a new product called Nureva Visual Planner. This tool supports the digitization of LPS with a multi-touch whiteboard system that operates like digital sticky notes, while capturing project data and allowing every team member to have real time access to trade partner commitments and the LPS process, including percent complete, reasons for variance, and constraint management.

Nick Kurth, Virtual Construction Manager, PCL Construction
Brian McEachern, Director, Lean Construction, PCL Construction

5:00 PM–6:00 PM
Trivia Night Networking Reception

Join your peers for a fun hour of trivia! We'll put your construction and pop culture knowledge to the test with a chance to win great prizes. Open to all registered attendees.

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11:00 AM–11:45 AM

Keynote: Assessing the Construction Tech Landscape

Building on McKinsey & Co.’s previous research on construction technology this keynote will unveil the management consultant’s latest insights on the flow of venture capital into the construction marketplace and what tech sectors are the most promising for future development.

Joshua Johnson, Expert, McKinsey & Company


Jan Tuchman, Editor-in-Chief, Engineering News-Record

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11:45 AM - 12:00 PM
15 minute break

12:00 PM – 12:50 PM
[Quick Clip:Bridgit]


Panel: Turning Smart Imaging into Smart Actions

By building on laser scans and connectivity, jobsites are leveraging AI, remote assistance, and other tools to simplify the workday and improve quality and safety. What's next? We will hear from Swinerton about an imaged-based, automated daily capture of work-put-in-place that ties back to the BIM and accounting to generate progress reports and trigger payments. And we will hear about DPR's drywall team, which is piloting a workflow that leverages automated video capture and machine learning to calculate and track work-complete against a 2D estimate with 99% accuracy. A daily view of status is automatically maintained to ensure the smooth handoff between sub-trades, with production trends tracked to predict and head off delays.

Josh DeStefano, Southwest VDC Leader, DPR Construction
Eric Law, Senior Director Technology and Innovation, Swinerton


Aileen Cho, Senior Editor, Engineering News-Record

12:50 PM - 1:45 PM
55 minute lunch break

1:45 PM – 2:45 PM


ALICE Technologies, Inc.


Keynote: The Culture of Innovation

This keynote will break through the hype around the term innovation. With the increased number of technologies emerging in construction, we sometimes confuse innovation and technology but the terms are not interchangeable. Innovation is about solving real world problems that people face in new and creative ways—with the key word being people. Mortenson’s senior director of innovation will explain how innovation has become part the company’s culture, preparing its business for the future of how we will work. He will share how Mortenson uses its "Innovator's Program" to inspire staff, engage them in new ways, partner to drive its culture and achieve positive and measurable business impact success.

Ricardo Khan, Senior Director of Innovation, Mortenson


Jan Tuchman, Editor-in-Chief, Engineering News-Record

2:45 PM - 3:00 PM
15 minute break

3:00 PM – 3:50 PM
[Quick Clip: Cosential]


Panel: Digital Twin Models and AI for Owners of a Technology Campus Transformation

A CM's perspective on using digital twin models and artificial intelligence to manage construction of one of the largest construction projects under way in the U.S. Mahoney will share lessons learned integrating both above and below ground BIM and frequent reality capture plus schedule to track construction progress inside and outside of each of 18 buildings on a 72-acre site. A visual command center was created to help advance development of the software organizing tool, Reconstruct, and integrate each reality model with its corresponding BIM and schedule, and then tie all of the resulting digital twins to give facility stakeholders a 3D timeline on all of the work in progress. Instant visual insights guide the project team’s efforts in reviewing work against plan and provide owner with transparency on progress and quality to resolve issues before they impacted cost and schedule.

Shawn Mahoney, CEO and President, OAC Services
Mani Golparvar, CTO, Reconstruct; Professor, University of Illinois


Scott Blair, Managing Editor, Engineering News-Record

3:50 PM - 4:00 PM
Yoga Break

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
[Quick Clip: DroneDeploy]


Panel: Connected Construction: Value for All Stakeholders

As the construction technology landscape continues to grow one solution will not be the silver bullet to our industry’s collaboration challenges. The ability to integrate these technologies together with unique workflows will differentiate companies. In addition the ability for owners, contractors and trades to have the ability to stay connected using their own solutions will be critical to the success of projects.

Eddie Rivers, Director of BIM/VDC, Roy Anderson Corp
Kyle Smith, President, Capital Industries, LLC
Caitlin Lavin, IT Product Manager - Construction, Mill Creek Residential Trust LLC


Kris Lengieza, Director of Business Development, Procore

5:00 PM-6:00 PM
Mixology Happy Hour

Join us for a guest mixologist to lead you through a fun cocktail/mocktail making happy hour. Grab your custom mixology kit or download the recipes here, courtesy of Autodesk Construction Cloud, to make sure you have all the ingredients to make these tasty drinks together! Open to all registered attendees.

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11:00 AM–11:45 AM

Keynote: Future Workflow in the Age of 3D Printing and Robotics

Maldovan is the Digital Delivery Director for Jacobs. He is instrumental in the adoption of collaborative workflows including Building Information Modeling (BIM) and lean. Kurt looks to develop workflows aligned with the workforce of the future and using innovation to transform complexity into opportunity. The next wave of digital transformation and innovation focuses is on additive manufacturing and robotics. While at Jacobs, and beyond Maldovan has been actively engaged with academic outreach, research, groundbreaking industry guides, workforce training, and been a featured presenter, panelist, or moderator at over 50 national and international conferences.

Kurt Maldovan, Director of Digital Delivery, Jacobs


Jeff Rubenstone, Senior Editor, Technology & Equipment, Engineering News-Record

11:45 AM - 12:00 PM
15 minute break

12:00 PM - 12:30 PM

Modular/Offsite Construction: Where are You on Your Journey?

Hear from Kenny Ingram, VP Industry Director of Engineering, Construction & Infrastructure as he discusses how the global economic impact of COVID-19 on the construction industry and the increased adoption of modular/offsite construction methods. In this session, Kenny will discuss the different types of modular/offsite construction builders, IFS customer examples and how you can begin your journey.

Kenny Ingram, VP Industry Director of Engineering, Construction & Infrastructure, IFS

12:30 PM - 1:15 PM

Panel: Operations as Data: Seeing Through the Fog

Jon Mohle, Product and Market Manager at Clark Pacific, is leading the adoption of DCDS technologies across the company’s prefabricated building system divisions. He proposes to co-present with Yan-Ping Wang, a PhD candidate at CIFE Stanford studying the productivity impacts of capturing and acting upon real-time part-level field data. The first project started in Feb. 2019 and was followed by two more in 2019, with more planned for 2020. Yan-Ping will offer a report on findings up to the date of ENR FutureTech. Meirav Oren, Versatile CEO and Co-founder will offer a technology overview.

Jon Mohle, Product and Market Manager, Clark Pacific
Yan-Ping Wang, PhD candidate at CIFE, Stanford
Meirav Oren, CEO and Co-founder, Versatile


Jeff Yoders, Editor, Engineering News-Record

1:15 AM - 2:00 PM
45 minute lunch break

2:00 PM – 2:50 PM
[Quick Clip: US. Deptartment of State]


Panel: Smart Contracts and Blockchain

The use of distributed ledgers, or blockchains, to verify information across a wide network is beginning to see some use in construction contracting. Mike Matthews of Data Gumbo will explain his B2B platform based on smart contracts, IIot, and Blockchain with use cases of active smart contracts, including from the CII Operating System 2.0 initiative. He will describe how smart contracts are formed and linked to natural language contracts, including the differences between the “paper-based” and “digital” terms and conditions required for smart contracts. Also in this session, Peter Dumont, CEO, PrairieDog Venture Partners, will describe the Construction Industry Institute (CII) and Construction Users Roundtable (CURT)-led Operating System 2.0 (OS2) initiative, which is a three-year project to address dysfunctional contracting models and disparate systems that limit the movement of information and harden distrust. OS2 is designed to attack the problems using smart contracts, the IIoT and Blockchain.

Peter Dumont, CEO, PrairieDog Venture Partners
Michael Matthews, Senior Vice President, Data Gumbo
Scott Greer, Partner, King & Spalding LLP


Jeff Rubenstone, Senior Editor, Technology & Equipment, Engineering News-Record

2:50 PM - 3:00 PM
Yoga Break

3:00 PM - 3:30 PM


Oliver Ritchie, Vice President, Technology & Innovations, CMiC


Now See This

Live demo by David Alpert, with Rotimi Seriki, to show how they are using AR to view designs in full scale on-site before construction, eliminating costly misunderstandings. The value extends beyond the project team, allowing planners and community members to review projects on site before approval. Designers and builders can import 3D models quickly into AR and then into a headset or smartphone in one click. With headsets, such as the Magic Leap, AR models can be viewed at any scale, from tabletop to full size, overlaid and georeferenced on site.

David Alpert, CEO, Geopogo
Rotimi Seriki, Visualization Manager, HOK

3:30 PM - 3:45 PM
15 minute break

3:45 PM - 4:45 PM
[Quick Clip: Acumatica]

Panel: Coding for the Masses

Design firms are increasingly answering the challenge of cross-functional and cross-platform collaboration using their own source code. In this session we will hear from Buro Happold about their open source platform, BHoM (Buildings and Habitats object Model), a transdisciplinary, scalable effort that connects their code written by engineers to widely used forms of visual programming. We will also talk with HOK about their HOK STREAM tool, which integrates several modeling and structural analysis programs, allowing for rapid design iteration. Finally, we’ll hear from HMC Architects about the universe of open source tools within reach and how to begin leveraging those tools for custom solutions.

Mark Hendel, Senior Structural Engineer, HOK
Kayleigh Houde, Computational Specialist, BuroHappold Engineering
Tadeh Hakopian, Design Technology Manager, HMC Architects


Jon Keller, Editor, Engineering News-Record


4:45 PM - 5:45 PM
Networking Roundtable Discussion

Laggards & Leaders: The Need for Change Management and Digital Transformation within Construction
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11:00 AM-11:45 AM
[Quick Clip:Workday]


Keynote: The Dodge Perspective

How will the next few years impact design and construction? Steve Jones from Dodge Data & Analytics will share an economic forecast for the construction industry as well as highlights from his company's leading edge research into the key trends that are rapidly transforming our projects, our companies and our industry.

Steve Jones, Senior Director, Dodge Data & Analytics


Tom Sawyer, Consulting EditorEngineering News-Record

11:45 AM - 12:00 PM
15 minute break

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM




Panel: The Digital Supply Chain Rooted in BIM

While recent innovations have made collaboration much easier, most medium to large specialty contractors still find materials management to be a major, inadequately addressed challenge, even though materials are the second largest cost center and supply chains are major risks to any project. Materials management requires collaboration between field teams, office staff [procurement agents and project managers], distributors, and GCs. The problems are major. In this session hear from three companies working from the idea that the solution is not going to be delivered to them from outside, but needs to grow, organically, from links reaching out from the BIM.

CJ Best, Director of Manufacturing, McKinstry
Ken DeGraca, Vice President Operations, W. Bradley Electric
Micah Rodman, Chief Operating Officer, Founding Team, Agora Systems, Inc.
Abhishek Kumar, Director of Production, Technology & Innovation, Sanveo, Inc.


Steve Jones, Senior Director, Dodge Data & Analytics

1:00 PM - 1:30 PM
30 minute lunch break

1:30 PM – 2:30 PM


Autodesk Construction Cloud


Panel: Evaluating Robotics on the Jobsite

Tyler Parker of Black & Veatch will share with us the techniques and methodology his company is using to evaluate robots and autonomous equipment for integration into workflow on construction sites in the near future. He will explain how his company's close working relationship with Built Robotics is giving it a platform for experimentation and trials and he and Gaurav Kikani, from Built Robotics, will explain where the project stands today and what they are learning about streamlining deployment to maximize ROI, improve safety and handle change management, as well as how they think the autonomous construction space will evolve over the next 3-5 years.

Tyler Parker, Business Optimization Manager, Black & Veatch company
Gaurav Kikani, Vice President of Strategy, Operations & Finance, Built Robotics


Jeff Rubenstone, Senior Editor, Technology & Equipment, Engineering News-Record

2:30 PM - 2:45 PM
15 minute break

2:45 PM - 3:30 PM

Panel: Next Generation of Robots and Drones

Bringing robots and drones into construction will require rethinging the entire process, from modeling to execution, according to Frank Haase of Planit. Hear how he worked with Tessa Lau of Dusty Robotics to bring a new level of accuracy to site layout as part of a broader rethink of how the model relates to the site. Meanwhile, Ryan Hittie of Brasfield & Gorrie is turning his sights to the sky to explore the potential value to construction of connected, autonomous drones and AI.

Frank Haase, VP Operations, Suffolk; CEO, Planit Inc, Suffolk
Ryan Hittie, Innovation Specialist, Brasfield & Gorrie
Tessa Lau, CEO, Dusty Robotics


Jeff Rubenstone, Senior Editor, Technology & Equipment, Engineering News-Record

3:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Networking Break
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