June 5-7, 2023
2023 FutureTech Agenda
Monday, June 5, 2023
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Sponsor tabletop set-up (Grand ballroom)
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Welcome Reception (Yosemite)
Tuesday, June 6, 2023
7:30 AM - 8:30AM
Continental Breakfast & Networking
Sponsor Tabletops Open
8:30 AM - 8:40AM
Scott Seltz, Publisher, Engineering News-Record
8:40 AM - 9:25 AM
Soup to Nuts Remote Site Management, With a Dash of AI
Some say current field solutions can’t replace physically being on site, but Ryan Companies set out to challenge that with an integration of automated weekly schedule assessments, Level 5 autonomous robotic site capture and integration of reality capture data analysis tools. It has led to direct integrations between scheduling software and a scheduling analytics platform, boosted by an added layer of AI analysis for automated, weekly assessments of project schedule health.
9:30 AM - 10:15 AM
PanelTaking the Low Carbon Pledge: AI and Green Concrete in the Mix
A major user of concrete, Compass Data Centers, will describe its AI-supported strategy for using deep design analysis to reduce the amount of concrete in the typically massive facilities it creates. Compass also will explain what it has taken to work with its suppliers and enable it to shift to "green" concrete, to further pull its carbon footprint down.
The crowning element of the $2-billion, Portland International Airport terminal redevelopment is a nine-acre, curved timber roof sourced from local Douglas fir. To perfect the installation logistics of the 2,200-piece prefabricated roof and gather vital data, Skanska USA Building turned to drone-captured photos, videos, and 3D models for detailed, real-time reports on the site’s progress and to ensure the 9-million-ton roof falls within the 3/8th in. joint tolerance. Getting approval to fly drones over a high-risk, FAA-controlled airspace with 160+ daily commercial flights is unprecedented and requires strict compliance protocols not present on typical job sites. Skanska will tell us how they got it done.
11:15 AM - 11:35 AM
PresentationDelivering Dynamic Management Capabilities & Creating a Focus on Service: How RES is Unifying its Global Operations and Delivering True Sustainability
RES, the world’s largest independent renewable energy company, needed to unify its global operations across 14 countries to support rapid business growth and achieve its goals. RES turned to the IFS Cloud ERP platform as a solution partner to help it meet its needs, and in this session John Rhode, RES CEO, will explain how he expects the company's business to change, and how the IFS Cloud ERP platform will provide a much-needed common data platform and integrated capabilities across services, for project and asset management. He predicts this will help RES realize its vision of creating a future where everyone has access to affordable, zero-carbon energy.
Sponsored session presented by
11:45 AM - 12:30 PM
Breakout 1 (Grand B) Coordinating Vital Commissioning Details and Scheduling: New Technology Is Emerging to Help
The mission-critical nature of commissioning requires detailed planning combined with strict processes, documentation, and issue tracking. But traditionally, commissioning (Cx) planning systems have not integrated easily — if at all — with project schedules. Each are usually managed by different teams working on different schedules at differing levels of detail — despite having a great many dependencies. This panel's commissioning engineer from J.E. Dunn Construction will explain how Exto is changing this. Dunn's project teams can deploy both schedules on Exto or integrate Cx plans with project schedules using real-time integration capabilities. As changes happen, the information is transferred from one system to another while keeping the original work structure of each, eliminating double input and schedule reconciliation, and improving communication and coordination with vendors and trades.
Breakout 2 (Imperial A)Digital Highways
Calvin Kam, Strategic Building Innovation, Inc. David Unkefer, U.S. Dept. of Transportation/Federal Highway Administration ENR HostAileen Cho, Engineering News-Record
This session follows up on last year's FutureTech focus on the advances in transportation infracture's application of BIM and digital twins. Leaders of the revolution, including Calvin Kam of with buildingSMART USA, and David Unkefer the Federal Highway Administration's chief engineer,will tell us about the federal adoption of governing standards for the digitalization of highway design and construction, and will report on project development successes.
Breakout 3 (Imperial B)An AI Site Safety Officer Sees the Risk
Over the past two years, in partnership with LivNSense Technologies and Intel, Austin Industries has been developing safety AI solutions to integrate with its equipment and operations. Initially, it focused on equipment moving in reverse but expanded to look at workers’ behaviors around large moving equipment, night-time working environments, light reflectivity, and proximity to traffic and other equipment. Their creation has an immediate impact on the jobsite and they now are using machine learning and analytics on the data being generated to help identify other areas of risk and take proactive measures.
The founder of this tech startup now emerging from stealth mode, Rohan Jawali, worked for more than a dozen years at Hensel Phelps where he focused on innovation and VDC. Now he counts Hensel Phelps as one of several AEC pilot users of his new creation, Joist.ai whose purpose is to bring efficiencies to AEC marketing teams by automating content management on organizational levels. The firms typically submit hundreds of proposals each year with each one created from scratch — and then archived away. Now joist.ai's workflow bring the proposal content back to life to let marketing teams reuse and repurpose the content using generative AI. This session will help attendees imagine the powerful potential of combining AI and marketing in the construction industry of the future.
Breakout 5 (Imperial A)Crafting the Startup Pre-nup: How Suffolk Technologies and WINT-Water Intelligence got From First Date to Power Couple
Advice from contractors for firms contemplating relationships with tech startups to address their needs. In this session, Suffolk Technologies and WINT-Water Intelligence will describe how they got together, what WINT has been able to bring to the relationship, what it takes to scale with a national general contractor, and what other contractors can learn from their arrangements.
Breakout 6 (Imperial B)Going Deeper With Advanced Underground Mapping
A cart-based, AI-assisted, multi-sensor (GPR , EM, MD, MAG) device and software is helping an EPC contractor working for PG&E find hidden utilities with a rapidly expanding degree of comprehensiveness and accuracy.
Brick & Mortar Ventures, along with three large corporate tech investors in the construction sector, will join this panel to discuss how they pick, plan and manage their investment relationships with startups. The conversation will dive into the best practices for companies considering the formation of corporate venture capital arms, investing in early stage startups, investing in funds, and collaborating with startups.
PCL Construction is working with startup Slate Technologies to discover hidden business intelligence surging around their projects in seas of internal, and external, dark data. By connecting and analyzing normally inaccessible data, Slate claims to be able to deliver sometimes simple, and often surprising, insights that prompt proactive changes to schedule, tasks, and resource use. PCL's representative will tell us what this means to its operations, and Richard Harpham, Slate's Chief Revenue Officer, will tell us how it works.
4:20 PM - 4:40 PM
PresentationAn ERP-to-Jobsite Partnership Born at ENR
Taking a look at the unifying jobsite automation platform that connects all your EC&O essential project field execution activities to an ERP back office platform - creating ONE seamless end-to-end solution. Understanding the ripple effect of benefits that come from having one unified tech stack that seamlessly connects FINANCE to the FIELD; with real-time jobsite actuals and forecasts going directly to the office, eliminating data flow friction, unnecessary re-entry and delays. Our Smartapp.com & SAP case study gives you a sneak peak into seamlessly syncing a full-scale ERP system to your project jobsites.
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4:45 PM - 5:15 PM
PresentationRobotic Construction Debris Recycling: A Real Nail Biter
Eric Law, Co-Founder and CEO of Urban Machine, says the U.S. construction industry dumps 30 billion bd ft of lumber into landfills and incinerators each year — equivalent to half of the softwood harvested from the country's forests annually. He says the industry must find ways to reduce that waste and carbon by salvaging lumber from construction and demolition. This session will showcase his solution: a machine that uses robotics, AI, visual recognition and other technologies to automatically find and remove all metal fasteners from construction waste lumber, so it can be used to build again.
AI Engineers, Inc. (AIE) has performed conventional infrastructure asset inspections for more than three decades. In recent years, under the guidance of Michael Giacco, director of technology, it has increasingly adopted innovative tech. Now, seeking to combine traditional and new data collection and analysis methodologies, AIE has formed a strategic partnership with Aren, Inc., which leverages machine learning and AI algorithms for inspection of images of building facades and civil infrastructure. Giacco says Aren is quickly creating easy, safe, and cost-effective inspection and evaluation workflows. It is producing accurate results in the form of annotated 3D models, orthomosaic images, summary tables and granular reports that help asset owners understand the condition of their structures and make informed decisions. The data is ready for leveraging into digital twins, detailed bridge information models (BrIM), building information models (BIM), and other digital asset management resources. In this session, Giacco, together with Aren's creators, will show how this is being done.
9:20 AM - 10:00 AM
PanelConnected Construction: A Vision for the Next Wave in Digital Jobsites
The future in digital jobsites leverages IoT to unite everything on the jobsite in a single digital environment -- from the people, to the tools and equipment they use, to the data they generate. Hear from a panel of industry thought leaders and experts engaged in making this vision a reality today. Learn how Connected Construction will help increase productivity at the workface, and deliver increasingly complex scopes of work faster, safer, and with greater predictability.
Technology solutions for design and construction continue to proliferate, and users are learning to master data collection and analytics so they can exert more effective control, be more accurately predictive and produce ever-improving outcomes for everyone involved. Meanwhile, the construction economy continues to recover, although not every market is participating to the same degree. Steve Jones from Dodge Data & Analytics, the leading provider of research and forecasting focused specifically on the AEC industry, will share highlights from the company’s economic forecast as well as several of its recent studies on technology.
11:05 AM - 11:50 AM
PanelA Tech Rescue for Tired Buildings
Rebecca Fitzgerald, New York City Housing Authority Luba Valkova, Marvel Design
Narada Golden, WSP ModeratorSteve Jones, Dodge Data & Analytics
Improving the energy performance of the world’s existing building stock can have a major positive impact on the climate crisis. But existing buildings vary widely in age, condition and quality and defy universal solutions. Faced with this challenge, the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) engaged Marvel Architects and WSP to develop an innovative parametric modeling tool that generates data-backed recommendations on the specific types of renovations that would produce the most meaningful energy improvements in individual housing units based, on their unique characteristics. The team has successfully applied this tool to more than 62,000 units so far and will show examples, inviting the audience to experience the process.
11:55 AM - 12:35 PM
PanelControl Your Hoist! A New System for Safer Lifts
This 30-minute session includes participants from DPR, Vita Inclinata Technologies and Reliable Crane Services to tell what it has taken to bring to a California jobsite for trials, a crane hoist spreader-bar equipped with remotely operated turbine thrusters for controlling load swings. The inventors' goal is to improve jobsite safety by eliminating the need for taglines and human line handlers. The device uses electric ducted fans and internal sensors to guide the load and prevent it from spinning, managed through simple controls that crews can quickly learn how to use.
12:35 PM – 1:30 PM
Networking Lunch (Yosemite)
1:30 PM - 2:15 PM
PanelEmbracing Robots in the Construction Workflow
Construction workers are wary of robots, lest they diminish their roles and livelihoods. This session features organizations tackling those concerns head on: DPR Construction, the NorCal Carpenters Union, and Truebeck Construction. DPR, typically among the first to test-drive new hardware technologies in the field, was an early adopter and is now a customer of the Canvas drywall finishing robot. DPR has engaged its subsidiary, OES, to manage the sourcing and logistics of the machines and to encourage acceptance by DPR's self-perform crews. Likewise, the NorCal Carpenters Union sees an inevitable future -- and advantages -- in training its members to become proficient in robotics management. It has embraced layout robots from Dusty Robotics — which have been fielded by Truebeck as as part of its future. Representatives of these organizations will explain their strategies and results.
Bryden Wood Technology Ltd.'s, cloud-based Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DfMA) and its specialists in Design Automation use an intelligent, rules-based approach that locks in greater design compliance and performance, from concept to construction. It builds custom software – called configurators — for major clients, tailored for their business. The London, England-based architectural firm says the technology has resulted in faster generation of usable iterative designs for site-specific projects, from data centers to roadways to education to housing. See how the end-to-end design automation cloud software goes from initial site selection all the way through to pre-construction BIM documentation using an innovative ‘kit-of-parts’ approach.