Conference Program

Monday
2022-01-24
Tuesday
2022-01-25
Harpoon Harry's Crab House
Wednesday
2022-01-26
Harpoon Harry's Crab House
13:00 - 13:45 (EST)
Pre-Conference Session – Leveraging Data & Analytics to Optimize Your Existing Workforce

As the labor shortage for skilled trade workers continues to burden the industry, MEP contractors are looking towards pure retention and workforce optimization efforts as a way to increase their bottom line. Hear from a Procore partner and your peers on how they approach data collection and optimization to better understand their workforce productivity and maximize their labor resources

Speakers
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Gary Fuchs
Senior Product Specialist, LaborChart
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Eric Tucker
Senior Business Development Manager, Procore
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Brian Witt
Director of Business Development, LaborChart
13:00 - 13:45 (EST)
Pre-Conference Session – Tips and Tricks with Robotic Total Stations
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Bryan Williams
Portfolio Manager, Building Construction Field Systems, Trimble
13:00 - 15:45 (EST)
Pre-Conference Session – Software Selection Boot Camp

After two decades in technology, Jeff Sample gives away his expertise in this engaging hands-on experience.  You will dive into the 5 step process and collaboratively learn alongside your peers in this  session. You will leave with a new process and tools to support your organization’s journey into digital transformation. Empower yourself and your company to thrive during the technology evolution ahead and create a sustainable approach for evaluating, selecting, and implementing transformative technology.

Speakers
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Jeff Sample
Industry Evangelist, Join
13:00 - 15:45 (EST)
Pre-Conference Session – Lean Into Operational Excellence

You have created the list of process improvement topics and now it’s time to execute but where do we start.  Let’s walk through the step-by-step process to achieving productivity improvement.  Bring a project topic or walk through the exercise as you complete an A3 form.  The exercise will help you see the thinking behind the problem solving.  Leave the workshop will new tools and actionable items to meet your operational excellence goals.

Speakers
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Amanda Comunale
13:00 - 14:45 (EST)
Pre-Conference Session – Low Code/No Code Solutions for VDC

Although VDC software can help drive productivity gains downstream, it can be a time intensive solution.  Many contractors have tried to reduce that time through coding solutions or software that has coding built in that can shortcut repeatable processes.  In this session, Jeff Elwell will share how some of these solutions work and help attendees build their own solutions using their own devices.  This session will demonstrate Dynamo, Trackvia and Revit platforms.

Speakers
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Jeff Elwell
Director of Innovation & Technology, E.M. Duggan Inc.
14:00 - 14:45 (EST)
Pre-Conference Session – Tips and Tricks with 3D Scanners

Adding a 3D Scanner to your construction process can offer up significant advantages.  In addition to capturing existing spaces and equipment, it can be used to verify field conditions, spaces and fabrication specifics.  In this session, you will learn tips and tricks for improving your processes, productivity and workflows when implementing a 3D scanner.

Speakers
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Bryan Williams
Portfolio Manager, Building Construction Field Systems, Trimble
14:00 - 14:45 (EST)
Pre-Conference Session – Future Jobsite – Cutting the Cord & Combustion

Explore how Milwaukee Tool’s MX battery platform is furthering the drive to eliminate cords & gas fumes to address user issues, frustrations, and hazards on the jobsite. These trade-specific solutions are delivering the future jobsite without cords and noisy gas powered engines, leveraging a breakthrough cordless battery platform. In this session you’ll have the opportunity to explore new products and understand the integrated safety features improving the jobsite.

Speakers
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Kevin Gee
Product Marketing Director, Milwaukee
15:00 - 15:45 (EST)
Pre-Conference Session – Model to Machine – Automate Spooling in the Cloud and Work Packaging

As the need for faster delivery times of fabrication increases, so does the need for increased speed of getting fabrication assemblies and work instructions to the shop. With MSUITE’s new Cloud Spooling feature, users of all skill levels can create advanced work packages and assemblies right from a web browser, in seconds.

Speakers
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Britton Langdon
CEO, MSUITE
15:00 - 15:45 (EST)
Pre-Conference Session – Construction Robotics Hands-On with Spot

Construction robotics is beginning to infiltrate the industry by performing repetitive workflows, capturing jobsite data and performing work in conditions too dangerous for humans.  In this session, attendees will see how Trimble is working with Boston Dynamics to implement construction hardware with robotics.

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David Burczyk
Construction Robotics Lead, Trimble Connected Construction, Trimble
15:00 - 15:45 (EST)
Pre-Conference Session – Your Construction Data is Like a Social Network

A construction project is an interconnected web of data – from bid documents to BIM content, from Plans to POs and everything in between – not unlike a social network with connections of 1st degree, 2nd degree, and beyond.  This presentation will introduce a new data network technology built on top of the DADO platform to help get instant insights from these relationships, and understand the impact of changes to the network of project data.  Imagine being able to instantly see all documents and content impacted by a design change for example – this is now possible!

Speakers
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Jake Olsen
CEO & Co-Founder, DADO
15:00 - 15:45 (EST)
Pre-Conference Session – Technology to Track Your Assets

As projects get bigger and more complex, there are more people and equipment moving between locations than ever before. Throughout this, do you know where your valuable assets are? In this hands-on session, you will understand how to leverage hardware & software tracking technology to control your logistics on the jobsite, reduce loss, and improve your bottom line.

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Andy Lambert
Director of Product, Milwaukee
16:00 - 16:30 (EST)
Opening General Session Part 1 – Welcome to MEP & Leading with Innovation Panel

The MEP Innovation Conference kicks off with a roundtable with some of the industry’s most important behind-the-scenes leaders. Leaders from all three organizations – MCAA, NECA and SMACNA, will be on hand to discuss the importance of innovation within the MEP Trades. They will tackle how vital it is for contractors to continue to embrace technology and lead the building industry on practices and processes. Following their presentation, Lawrence Smith, VP & GM of Trimble will welcome everyone to the conference and introduce our final presentation of the evening.

Speakers
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Kirk Davis
President, NECA
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Armand Kilijian
President, O'Brien Mechanical, Inc. II | President of MCAA
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Stacy Zerr
Director of PreConstruction Services, The Waldinger Company
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Al Labella
President, SMACNA
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Chris Peppler
Senior Director Project Management and Marketing, Trimble
16:30 - 17:30 (EST)
Opening General Session Part 2 – Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence Being Used on the Jobsite Today

James Benham from JBKnowledge will demonstrate three companies that are using machine learning and artificial intelligence on construction sites today.

Speakers
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James Benham
CEO, JBKnowledge
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David Burczyk
Construction Robotics Lead, Trimble Connected Construction, Trimble
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Josh Kanner
Founder & CEO, Newmetrix
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Adam Handfinger
Co-Founder and Advisory Board Head, Document Crunch
17:30 - 19:30 (EST)
Exhibit & Reception
08:00 - 09:00 (EST)
Breakfast
09:00 - 09:45 (EST)
General Session – How Data is Used Downstream

We start day two with insights from NECA’s Vice President of Industry Development, Ron Bailey, discussing how to achieve your highest leadership potential. We will then dive into a presentation on ways that data is shaping the construction process. Chris Peppler of Trimble will share how the decisions made in design connect to estimating, fabrication, analytics, internal, and external teams.

Data and workflows are always a topic of discussion in construction today. But what does that really mean and where can a contractor get started? This session presents a vision for the construction industry that puts project, model, and managed item data at the core of what the industry must adopt to unlock downstream workflows for prefabrication, procurement, and the supply chain. In doing so, construction can become more predictable and profitable for contractors.

Speakers
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Ron Bailey
VP Business Development, NECA
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Chris Peppler
Senior Director Project Management and Marketing, Trimble