May 29-30, 2024

In-Person Event
Free for members

Arizona State University
301 E Orange Street
Tempe, AZ 85281, USA

Pricing

Event Pricing (All Prices in USD)
Plus applicable fees

Main Session — $650
Exhibitor Pass — $850

Add-ons:
- Site Tours — $125
- Executive Dinner — $175

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About the Event

A propos de l'événement

Applying emerging design and construction technologies and innovation to address industry disruption, reshaping project delivery, and influencing the future of our cities and infrastructures. 

Event Topics include:

  • Discovering new offsite solutions and modern methods of construction
  • Emerging design and construction tech that reduces cost and boost productivity
  • Strategies for designing and delivering sustainable, energy-efficient, high performing buildings
  • Impact of AI, automation, and robotics for building design and construction
  • Rethink contracts and risk for improved collaboration with your industry experts and policy makers

Come and engage with industry leaders on where the Architecture, Engineering and Construction industry is heading! What are innovative tools, practices and solutions that are being implemented and driving the most value today? How will the industry need to change and respond to be ready for digital transformation?And don't miss out on the local project sitewalks and opportunities to connect with startups and technology companies at the event trade show!

Thank you to our Event Planning Chairs who helped to curate and plan this event!

  • Hannu Lindberg, Construction Technology Corporate Services, DPR Construction
  • Thai Nguyen, Director of Innovation, Hensel Phelps
  • Alex Belkofer, Senior VDC Director, McCarthy Building Companies Inc.
  • Johnny Fortune, Executive Director, National BIM Program, National Institute of Building Sciences
  • Blake Jackson, Director, Sustainability, NORR
  • Aaron Toppston, GS Ventures
  • Mark Cichy, Principal, Director of Design Technology - HOK

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Tours & Opening Reception

DAY One

Site Walk 1
9:30AM–11:00AM
Site Walk: Digital Building Components
Site Walk: Digital Building Components

Digital Building Components brings manufacturing to the construction industry by fabricating components directly from coordinated models using digital fabrication. Their product-oriented approach allows for efficient standardization of production for multiple project types, ranging from student housing, data centers, hospitality, and healthcare. The fabrication plant in Phoenix, Arizona serves as a hub from which to service clients nationwide.

SurePods is a North American leader of factory-built bathroom pods. Since 2004, SurePods has been crafting modular bathroom units, making SurePods the longest producing pod company in the nation. SurePods supports commercial projects in the healthcare, hospitality, and residential markets. To date, over 20,000 bathroom pods have been installed around the United States and Canada.

Jessica Dubose
Business Development Manager, Digital Building Components
(Moderator)
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Site Walk 2
11:30AM–1:00PM
Site Walk: Nox Innovations Facility
Site Walk: Nox Innovations Facility

Build more, build faster. Nox Innovations provides virtual design and construction services for contractors nationwide, helping our customers through modeling, coordination, and fabrication, continuously adapting our software to remain compatible with the cutting-edge technology it pairs with

Brian Pemberton
VP of Virtual Design & Construction, Nox Innovations
(Moderator)
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Site Walk 3
2:00PM - 3:15PM
Site Walk: The Beam On Farmer by Mortenson
Site Walk: The Beam On Farmer by Mortenson

Redefining the Built Environment and the Beam - Inspired by one of Earth’s most important natural resources, The Beam name pays homage to the sturdy timber that frames and supports its majestic yet strong structure. The Beam is also inspired by balance – balance between life and work, new and tenured, modern and vintage. The Beam on Farmer is a place where neighbors are welcomed, different ideas are strengthened, relationships are built and history is made.

  • 184,000 sf Class A, 5-story office
  • +/- 40,000 sf floor plate available
  • First-of-its-kind-in-Arizona office building utilizing exposed Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) construction
  • Adjacent 4 per 1K structured parking (801 parking spaces)
  • Additional 10,000 sf of at grade commercial/retail space
  • 13’ floor to exposed wood deck ceilings
  • 36’ x 30’ column grid
  • 3 stair cores providing maximum flexibility
  • Immediate access to 202 via Priest Drive or Rural Road
  • 7 minutes to Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport
  • Adjacent to 5th Street & Ash Street car station
The first cross-laminated timber office building in Arizona
Matthew Avila
Business Development Manager, Mortensen
(Moderator)
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Site Walk 4
3:30PM–5:00PM
Site Walk: Del E. Webb School of Construction, Arizona State University
Site Walk: Del E. Webb School of Construction, Arizona State University
Bio-Based and Bio-Inspired Construction Lab
Dr. Elham Fini
Associate Professor, School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment - Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering - ASU
(Moderator)
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Networking
5:00PM–7:00PM
Opening Reception
Opening Reception
Sponsored by Hexagon
(Moderator)
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Sessions, Technology Exhibition & Dinner

DAY Two

8:00AM–5:00PM
Technology Exhibition
Technology Exhibition

The Building Transformations Technology Exhibition provides an opportunity for companies and professionals to showcase the latest technological advancements in the industry. Come meet with the industry leaders in the design and construction space.

(Moderator)
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Panel Discussion
8:15AM–8:30AM
Welcome Address from the Building Transformations Board
Welcome Address from the Building Transformations Board

Come meet our Board of Directors for an engaging discussion on the state of the industry and learn about Building Transformations upcoming initiatives.

Brandon Searle
Chair of the Board - Building Transformations
(Moderator)
Hannu Lindberg
Construction Technology, Project Planning and Execution - DPR
Alice Leung
Vice President, Platform and Product Strategy - Brick & Mortar Ventures
Alex Belkofer
Senior VDC Director | Virtual Design & Construction - McCarthy
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Executive Presentation
8:30AM–9:10AM
A Standardized Approach to Smart Cities: Lessons from the Built Environment
A Standardized Approach to Smart Cities: Lessons from the Built Environment

Smart Cities are an evolving idea that is still relatively new with few and varied examples. Research indicates there is no standardized approach to Smart Cities and as such there are multiple concepts that are being developed as leaders in this space are trying to determine what is not only possible but what is feasible. The approach of inconsistent development may prove challenging as smart cities become more commonplace and attempt to scale up interconnectivity beyond their borders. Smart cities must consider multiple facets such as transportation, energy, and structure in a systems approach. They must also consider the two primary views of the human perspective of leaders and citizens. A standardized approach is needed to maximize future possibilities. The movement towards smart cities is following a similar innovation pattern to that of Building Information Management (BIM) as well as various other technological innovations. What can history teach us about having the best approach? As we face unprecedented growth in cities, yet still work within the constraints of social, economic, and technological demands, we must find the most efficient, effective, and impactful direction possible. Smart cities are the next scale-up from preceding technology innovations. Some of which are still developing and have struggled due to a lack of standardization. BIM was the paradigm shift from basic 2D and 3D asset digitization into the digitalization and refinement of processes related to building lifecycle information management. Roads, bridges, facilities, and systems distribution infrastructure likewise have begun the digital transformation, adopting many concepts from BIM. Digital twins are rapidly emerging for a range of components from infrastructure to buildings to equipment and furnishings. These various subsystems come together to service a community or city and the composite of information management scaled up to a broader level is what enables a smart city. The smart city itself belongs to a supra-system and we must consider how it will integrate in the future. Standardization at the building and infrastructure level is still a challenge but it presents an opportunity to standardize in a way that enables the needed data to feed into a smart city’s framework and beyond. The U.S. National BIM Program is accelerating digital transformation through the rapid development and adoption of open standards to increase value to asset owners. An open data standards foundation is necessary to achieve optimal outcomes..

Dr. Johnny Fortune, Ed.D., CDT, CM-BIM, CM-Lean, LEED AP
Director, U.S. National BIM Program - National Institute of Building Sciences
(Moderator)
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Industry Presentation
9:10AM–9:50AM
The Future of Design and Construction
The Future of Design and Construction
Marc Goldman
Infrastructure Industry Leader, Business Developer and Product Strategist. BIM, GIS, Digital Twin industry expert - ESRI
(Moderator)
Micah Callough
Technical Director for AEC - ESRI
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Keynote Address
9:50AM–10:25AM
Generating Resilient, Sustainable and Inspiring Cities Using The Metaverse Tools Available
Generating Resilient, Sustainable and Inspiring Cities Using The Metaverse Tools Available

This presentation is a demo case in a multi-million and multinational WeGenerate project. We’re utilizing metaverse tools and building a co-creative digital twin for a huge construction project above the railway station in Tampere. We’re focusing on how to build sustainable and inclusive urban regeneration that create long-lasting positive impacts within the neighborhoods and beyond.

Anniina Autero (PhD)
Senior Project Manager - City of Tampere, Finland
(Moderator)
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Break
10:20AM–10:45AM
Break
Break
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Executive Presentation
10:45AM–11:25AM
Go Slow, To Go Fast: Adapting the Design and Construction Process For Future Needs
Go Slow, To Go Fast: Adapting the Design and Construction Process For Future Needs

“Go Slow to go Fast” refers to the need for the design and construction delivery process to adapt to the complexity and expectations we have for our buildings. Concrete and steel haven’t changed for decades and are still key components of modern buildings. However, the user expectations of our buildings have drastically changed with the advancements in technology and the internet of things. We all carry tiny computers around with us now in the form a phone that contain an array of systems, tools, and applications that help us live our lives. We have the same expectation for our buildings and structures, they need to have a robust technology infrastructure that supports the needs of the businesses and people that occupy the building. These technology infrastructures need to be connected and enabled to add new systems and tools, essentially can re-boot the building as new tech emerges. IT, Security, Audio Visual, Voice Control, Indoor Air Quality, “Feels-like” Temperature Awareness are just a few of the many considerations that must be available to all occupants of modern buildings. Historically these special systems are designed independently in the shadows and installed in the late stages of construction or after completion. Architects, Engineers, Interior Designers, and the construction teams all need to be aware of the Owner’s operational expectations for the spaces within the building from the beginning of design. “Special systems” need to be “designed in” to the building from the very beginning along with the steel and concrete to ensure the building performs as expected. I want to share the role of an Owner’s Representative in enabling teams to Go Slow to go Fast!

Shawn Mahoney
CEO & President - OAC Services
(Moderator)
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Executive Presentation
11:25AM--12:00PM
Design Build Meets AI
Design Build Meets AI
Sandra Benson
Vice President Industry Transformation - Procore Technologies
(Moderator)
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Lunch Break
12:00PM–1:00PM
Lunch Break
Lunch Break
(Moderator)
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1:00PM–1:40PM
Breakout Sessions 1
Breakout Sessions 1
(Moderator)
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Panel Discussion
1A
Opportunities for Engaging AI in Design & Construction
Opportunities for Engaging AI in Design & Construction

This session explores the transformative potential of integrating Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the design and construction industries. Attendees will learn about cutting-edge AI applications that streamline project workflows, enhance decision-making, and foster innovation from planning through execution. The session will highlight case studies demonstrating AI's impact on cost efficiency, sustainability, and safety in construction projects. Additionally, experts will discuss future trends, potential challenges, and strategies for effectively adopting AI in design and construction practices.

Mark Cichy
Principal, Director of Design Technology - HOK
(Moderator)
Sean Young
Director of Industry Marketing for AECO and Geospatial - NVIDIA
Janne Aas-Jakobsen
Founder, CEO - CONSIGLI
Mike Morley
Director AI/ML - Arcurve
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Presentation
1B
Modular Construction / Prefab
Modular Construction / Prefab

This  session delves into the advancements and benefits of modular construction and prefabrication, showcasing how these methods revolutionize building processes by enhancing efficiency, reducing waste, and shortening construction timelines. Participants will gain insights into the latest trends, technologies, and successful case studies in the modular and prefab sectors. The session will also address the challenges of integrating these methods into traditional construction practices and discuss strategies for future adoption and scalability. Attendees will leave with a comprehensive understanding of how modular construction and prefab can lead to more sustainable, cost-effective, and innovative building solutions.

Valerie Crafton MBA, MOS, PMP, SixSigma GB, LEED GA
CEO - VALC LL
(Moderator)
Chris Boal
Director of Integrated Construction - DfMA
Justin Stewart
CEO - Synergy Inc.
Nihar Topkar
Digital Building Components
Michael Ellis
Technical Executive - Dassault Systemes
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1:50PM–2:30PM
Breakout Sessions 2
Breakout Sessions 2
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Industry Presentation
2A
Empowering Urban Infrastructure: The Role of Urban Digital Twins
Empowering Urban Infrastructure: The Role of Urban Digital Twins

A dynamic Urban Digital Twin is a solution that can be employed to build real-time connectivity between virtual and physical city infrastructure. Enabling cities to have the capabilities to plan for the entire lifecycle of project workflows from early Digital Urban Planning to Digital Construction Management and then to Continuous Infrastructure Asset Management and Operations.

Connecting Digital Twins to technologies like the Internet of Things (IoT) and artificial intelligence (AI), cities can monitor and predict sustainable Mobility and Transit, Energy Efficiency, and Emergency Response workflows. Urban Digital Twins can provide Citizen engagement to improve Public Spaces, Urban Accessibility and address Housing Affordability and Urban Renewal all through a single pane of glass.

Mark Enos
Senior Solutions Architect - Bentley Systems
(Moderator)
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Industry Presentation
2B
Applying Ai and Automation to Augment Risk from Pre-Construction to Field Operations.
Applying Ai and Automation to Augment Risk from Pre-Construction to Field Operations.

This session focuses on the application of AI and automation to mitigate and manage risk throughout the construction lifecycle, from pre-construction planning to field operations. Attendees will explore how these technologies can identify, analyze, and respond to potential risks in real-time, enhancing decision-making and operational efficiency. The session will feature expert discussions on the integration of AI tools and automation processes that improve safety protocols, cost management, and project timelines. Participants will also learn about best practices and innovative approaches for leveraging AI and automation to proactively address risks and challenges in the construction industry.

Hammad Chaudhry
VP, Innovation & Construction Technology - EllisDon
(Moderator)
Miles Haladay
Co-Founder - Carbon Title
Michael Seni
Customer Success Manager - Togal.AI
Chris Callen
CEO / Founder - PLOT
Steve Dirks
Sales Director - Timescapes
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Break
2:30PM–2:45PM
Break
Break
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2:45PM–3:25PM
Breakout Sessions 3
Breakout Sessions 3
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Industry Presentation
3A
Net Zero Design Practices - State of Today’s Best Practices
Net Zero Design Practices - State of Today’s Best Practices

A comprehensive overview of current best practices in net zero design, illustrating how architects, engineers, and builders are creating structures that produce as much energy as they consume. Experts will discuss the latest innovations, materials, and technologies that are driving the success of net zero buildings, highlighting case studies that demonstrate practical applications and measurable outcomes. The session will also delve into the policy, economic, and social drivers accelerating the adoption of net zero practices. Attendees will leave with actionable insights on how to implement these sustainable design principles in their own projects to contribute to a more energy-efficient and environmentally responsible future.

David Dixon FAIA
Stantec's Urban Places Fellow - Stantec
(Moderator)
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Industry Presentation
3B
The Connected Jobsite: Applying Innovative Digital Twin Solutions to Fight Variance and Waste
The Connected Jobsite: Applying Innovative Digital Twin Solutions to Fight Variance and Waste

Explore the concept of the connected jobsite, emphasizing how digital twin technology is being utilized to combat variance and waste in construction projects. Attendees will discover how creating virtual replicas of jobsites allows for real-time monitoring, predictive analytics, and enhanced decision-making, thereby reducing inefficiencies and improving project outcomes. The discussion will include practical examples of how digital twins can streamline workflows, facilitate better communication among stakeholders, and drive sustainability by minimizing waste. Participants will gain valuable insights into implementing these innovative solutions to create more connected, efficient, and waste-conscious construction environments.

Alex Belkofer
Senior VDC Director - McCarthy Building Companies Inc.
(Moderator)
Bill Bennington
National Quality Manager - PCL Construction
Dustin Ridley
SW Region VDC Leader - DPR
Taylor Cupp
General Manager, Building Solutions - Integrated - Hexagon Geosystems
Dominic Corrado
Director of Construction Technology - Balfour Beatty Construction US
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3:30PM–4:10PM
Breakout Sessions 4
Breakout Sessions 4
(Moderator)
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Industry Presentation
4A
How does the AEC industry attract the future of Design and Construction?
How does the AEC industry attract the future of Design and Construction?

This session tackles the crucial challenge of attracting and nurturing the next generation of professionals in the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) industry. It will explore innovative strategies for engaging and inspiring young talent, focusing on the integration of cutting-edge technologies, sustainability practices, and inclusive design principles. Experts will share insights on creating educational pathways, fostering a culture of continuous learning, and promoting diversity and inclusion to make the AEC field appealing to future designers and builders. Attendees will learn about effective approaches to develop a skilled, motivated, and forward-thinking workforce capable of shaping the future of design and construction.

Dr. Kristen Parrish
Associate Professor, School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment - Arizona State University
(Moderator)
Richard Carlucci
Project Director - Sundt Construction
Mary Hayes
CEO - Workbay
Sarvesh Kekatpure
Senior Manager & BIM Specialist - Pinnacle Infotech, Inc.
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Panel Discussion
4B
Revolutionising Construction: Exploring the Future of Onsite Robotics
Revolutionising Construction: Exploring the Future of Onsite Robotics

This session delves into the transformative potential of onsite robotics in the construction industry, showcasing how these advanced technologies are revolutionizing traditional construction methodologies. Attendees will explore the latest advancements in robotics, including autonomous vehicles, drones, and robotic arms, and their applications in enhancing efficiency, precision, and safety on construction sites. The session will highlight case studies where onsite robotics have led to groundbreaking improvements in project delivery and operational effectiveness. Participants will gain insights into the future trajectory of robotics in construction and how these innovations can be integrated into their own practices.

Aaron Toppston
Managing Partner - GS Futures
(Moderator)
Tessa Lau
CEO - Dusty Robotics
Matt Daly
CMO - DroneDeploy
Yuji Doi
Innovation Manager - Kajima
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Industry Presentation
4:15PM–4:55PM
What Do We Need to Do as an Industry to Drive Digital Transformation?
What Do We Need to Do as an Industry to Drive Digital Transformation?

Procurement of Design and Construction Services (aka Contracting Methods): Leveraging Progressive Design Build / IPD / P3

Traditional methods are not driving the best project delivery, how are collaborative delivery methods meeting the needs of industry through the lenses of innovation, collaboration and delivering tangible results?

Building High Performing Team: Road to HighTrust / High Collaboration 

What are the benefits of being in a highly collaborative environment (end-to-end solution). Highly Collaborative Digital Environments - Lean Methods

  • Delivering Collaboration
  • The Owner’s Value of Data
  • Design & Construction Standards vs. Innovative Approaches
Brian Skripac
Director, Virtual Design & Construction - DBIA
(Moderator)
Deb Sheehan
Healthcare Market Strategy Leader - DPR
R.J. Reed
Vice President, Project Delivery Innovation - Whiting-Turner
Blake Jackson, AIA
ector of Sustainability - NORR
Andy Leek
Head of Product - ConCntric
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Closing Remarks
4:55PM–5:00PM
Closing Remarks
Closing Remarks
Hannu Lindberg
Construction Technology - Project Planning and Execution - DPR
(Moderator)
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Networking Dinner
6:30PM–9:00PM
Executive Dinner
Executive Dinner
(Moderator)
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