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
Pre-Conference Session – Leveraging Data & Analytics to Optimize Your Existing Workforce image
Eric Tucker
Senior Business Development Manager, Procore
Pre-Conference Session – Leveraging Data & Analytics to Optimize Your Existing Workforce image
Brian Witt
Director of Business Development, LaborChart
13:00 - 13:45 (EST)
Pre-Conference Session – Tips and Tricks with Robotic Total Stations
Speakers
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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.

Speakers
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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.

Speakers
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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
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Joseph Lansdell
President, Poynter
09:45 - 10:00 (EST)
Break
10:00 - 10:45 (EST)
Breakout Session 1 – Introduction to Data Management and Digitization

Contractors that are starting down the path to digitize their operations need to consider a new set of tools and processes. This session, geared to project managers and VDC personnel will look at best practices for file structure, data security, data sharing, and the basic software used to manage it. Whether you are building from the ground up or optimizing already existing workflows, this session will explore some best practices to bring you further into the digital age.

Speakers
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Jared Christman
VDC Manager, Big State Electric
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Travis Voss
Leader of Innovative Tech, Helm Mechanical
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Matt Lamb
CIO, Rosendin
10:00 - 10:45 (EST)
Breakout Session 1 – Training for Technology

To ensure that next generation of manpower is ready to use modern tools and building practices, communication and coordination is essential between contractors and their local JATC’s. In this session, expert trainers will share best practices on how to develop educational programs, train for new technology, and re-train the workforce when necessary. They will share tips and techniques to approach holistic worker education and empower innovators to drive the future of construction.

Speakers
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Ronald T. McGuire
Director of Research, Development and Technology, International Training Institute
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Joseph Lansdell
President, Poynter
10:00 - 10:45 (EST)
Breakout Session 1 – Managing a VDC Department

In addition to doing their primary job, VDC Managers must juggle many demands from internal and external customers. This session will cover how considerations like manpower loading, progressing coordination, and constructability review are all important while being flexible enough to handle emergency changes and schedule shifts. It will also consider how to manage the right work for the right level of detailer, using VDC helpers and specialists to manage repetitive aspects of BIM like hangers and spooling.

Speakers
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Doug Smith
Director of VDC, DSI
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Adam S. Davis
VDC Manager, Lighthouse Electric
10:00 - 10:45 (EST)
Breakout Session 1– Evolving Your Fabrication Shop Into a Manufacturing Facility
Speakers
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Amy Marks
VP of Industrialized Construction Strategy and Evangelism, Autodesk
10:00 - 10:45 (EST)
Breakout Session 1 – Roundtable: Project Coordination Across Trades

Ever wish that another trade on your project would be more receptive to your team’s viewpoint? Ever wonder why another team on a job makes decisions in the way that they do? This roundtable discussion will focus on sharing and learning varying perspectives from multiple trades during project coordination. Better understanding of the concerns and workflows of the rest of the design team is essential to improve productivity and coordination to drive project success.

Speakers
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Jeffry A. Fuentes
Jeffry A. Fuentes, Aurora Electric Inc.
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Stacy Zerr
Director of PreConstruction Services, The Waldinger Company
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Todd Byxbe
Vice President, Miller Engineering Company
10:45 - 11:00 (EST)
Break
11:00 - 11:45 (EST)
Breakout Session 2 – Roundtable: Adapting, Not Inventing

Every problem has not found a solution in construction. Many people feel that to come up with an answer, it will take inventing the solution ourselves. The purpose of this roundtable is to help contractors adapt existing solutions through artful use instead of going through the pain of development, upkeep and modifications. This session will begin with a presentation of examples of adapting existing hardware and software before moving to a roundtable discussion set to identify problems with unknown solutions. After the problems have been identified, participants will reset their tables to work on some of the problems discussed in order to brainstorm possible adaptations.

Speakers
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Jeff Elwell
Director of Innovation & Technology, E.M. Duggan Inc.
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Jonathan Marsh
CEO and Founder, Steel Toe Consulting
11:00 - 11:45 (EST)
Breakout Session 2 – Introduction to Project Management Software

As contractors begin to digitize their operations, one of their first needs is to make sure the information that they are coordinating in house is shared with their team on the project site. This session will cover strategies and tools that can be used to manage RFI’s, design iterations, labor tracking, schedules and communications.

Speakers
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Brian Russ
Project Manager, Allison-Smith
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Travis Voss
Leader of Innovative Tech, Helm Mechanical
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Zach Piercy
Director of Project Controls, Poynter
11:00 - 11:45 (EST)
Breakout Session 2 – Understanding the Importance of Master Service Agreements

For every piece of software that you include in your tech stack, a master service agreement (MSA) is typically clicked through without much thought put behind it. Every time you accept the terms of an MSA, you are accepting a certain level of risk that can have ramifications for your company. Data security, ownership and transference need to be considered. Service level agreements that guarantee uptime and inform users of updates or procedures when lapses in service are important to understand. Most notably, many of these terms are negotiable with the vendor to offset some risk of business interruptions and performance.

Speakers
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Adam Handfinger
Co-Founder and Advisory Board Head, Document Crunch
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Lindsey Miller
Head of Sales, Document Crunch
11:00 - 11:45 (EST)
Breakout Session 2 – Design to Fabrication Through Digital Integration

Join us in this informative session as Jeff Miller from Harrell Fish Inc demonstrates their connected estimating, modeling and prefabrication workflow. This connected workflow significantly increases the accuracy of their estimates, reduces the effort it takes to track earned values, and eliminates the need for paper on the shop floor.

Speakers
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Jeff Miller
Director of Virtual Construction, Harrell-Fish Inc.
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David Derocher
VDC Portfolio Manager, Trimble
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Britton Langdon
CEO, MSUITE
11:00 - 11:45 (EST)
Breakout Session 2 – Elements of Leadership: How Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging Generates Innovation, Creativity and Revenue

This presentation is leadership focused.   It is designed to help you understand the vitality of a comprehensive diversity program that engage and improve the interactions of a diverse set of stakeholders within an organization.   We will talk about how the best leaders include everyone around them and make everyone smarter and productive.

Speakers
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Ron Bailey
VP Business Development, NECA
12:00 - 13:00 (EST)
Lunch
13:00 - 13:45 (EST)
Breakout Session 3 – Top Management Mistakes Contractors Make While Implementing New Technology

In a perfect world a successful tech implementation would end when the check is written.  In this session we will go through the standard management pitfalls that prevent purchase and successful implementations. Not only will we talk about the pitfalls we discuss the multiple solutions. It’s about adapting process and technology to meet your company’s objectives.

Speakers
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Amanda Comunale
13:00 - 13:45 (EST)
Breakout Session 3 – Panel: Don’t Go Chasing Waterfalls (schedules), Please stick to the Agile and Lean (processes) that You’re Used To

While construction is an agile process, contractors manage to waterfall schedules that force them to be reactive instead of proactive. This session will discuss how to apply an agile process to your projects where you adapt and plan for change, identify key milestones to make decisions and chart alternate paths based on the conditions of the project.

Speakers
Breakout Session 3 – Panel: Don’t Go Chasing Waterfalls (schedules), Please stick to the Agile and Lean (processes) that You’re Used To image
Jeff Sample
Industry Evangelist, Join
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Darren Young
Director of Construction Technology, University Mechanical Contractors (UMC)
Breakout Session 3 – Panel: Don’t Go Chasing Waterfalls (schedules), Please stick to the Agile and Lean (processes) that You’re Used To image
Jonathan Marsh
CEO and Founder, Steel Toe Consulting
13:00 - 13:45 (EST)
Breakout Session 3 – Roundtable: Multi Trade Prefabrication

While fabrication can drive increased productivity and safety to a project, how people track productivity is different for each contractor. This roundtable will ask attendees what are you tracking in your fab shop and what are you doing with the data? It will also look into best practices, shop layout, flexibility, retooling, and how productivity is impacted by workload.

Speakers
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Steve Rose
Corporate Director of Prefab and Packaging, Rosendin Electric
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Chad Salge
VP of VDC, The Brandt Companies
13:00 - 13:45 (EST)
Breakout Session 3 – Introduction to BIM

While most contractors have participated on projects that have used BIM software before, there is a steep learning curve to the software, process and gains that can be made from using it. This session will walk attendees through some initial considerations like hardware and software, training, basic workflow and how to use the data beyond contractual obligations in order to offset these costs with improved productivity.

Speakers
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Marcus Ebenhoeh
BIM Manager, Dee Cramer
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Jared Christman
VDC Manager, Big State Electric
13:00 - 13:45 (EST)
Breakout Session 3 – Internal and External Software Coordination

Keeping your tech stack operating smoothly can take a heavy amount of effort. Internally, getting all of the API’s to communicate the right information back and forth takes an investment in either a 3rd party software integrator or a full time coder. Externally, there is also the challenge of working with tools that the rest of the design team is using. This session will help contractors better understand integration best practices and tools that can be used to communicate properly.

Speakers
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Nathan Wood
Chief Enabling Officer, SpectrumAEC
13:45 - 14:00 (EST)
Break
14:00 - 14:45 (EST)
Breakout Session 4 – Integrating Service Software into Your Operations

Service contractors face a specific set of needs when it comes to their core operations software.  Beyond essential areas of accounting and payroll, service software needs to integrate dispatch, billing, sales, and support functions.  This can get further complicated for companies that perform construction and service.

This session will help companies understand the complexities of service software integration.  This includes software customization, upkeep, and training.

Speakers
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Scott Berger
President, Arista Air Conditioning Corp.
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Woody Woodall
Consultant, Customer Focused Solutions
14:00 - 14:45 (EST)
Breakout Session 4 – Understanding the Impact of Design and Profitability for PM’s

BIM can drive large productivity savings, but only if everyone is on the same page. This session will show a case study of how contractors can leverage BIM for great productivity gains. Then it will focus on ways that PMs can impact that productivity both positively and negatively. It will look at how to manage a project efficiently, what we expect from the foremen about dates, and stress timely communication of concerns.

Speakers
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Eric Klaffka
VDC Manager, John W. Danforth
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Dan Reuter
VP of Large Project Operations, Binsky & Snyder
14:00 - 14:45 (EST)
Breakout Session 4 – Roundtable: Eliminating Waste

Waste on the jobsite can involve physical materials, be tracked by effort, include time lost to re-work, or even refer to redundant actions required by your team. In this session, industry leaders will explore different methods to define project ‘waste’ and opportunities to assess and minimize waste in your processes. Whether you are building a new procedure from the ground-up or optimizing a workflow that already exists, join us to explore ways that you too can begin to eliminate waste across your business.

Speakers
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Darren Young
Director of Construction Technology, University Mechanical Contractors (UMC)
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Stacy Zerr
Director of PreConstruction Services, The Waldinger Company
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Perry Thompson
Lean Executive Director, Parsons Electric
14:00 - 14:45 (EST)
Breakout Session 4 – Panel: Introduction to Fabrication

While fabrication can drive productivity gains, it doesn’t take a tremendous amount of space, tools or manpower to get started. What is important is shifting the mentality of your company, identifying early areas to fabricate, and building on successes. This session will act as a primer for contractors that want to understand the basics of mechanical, plumbing, sheet metal, and electrical fabrication.

Speakers
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Doug Smith
Director of VDC, DSI
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Kyle Holmes
Sr Vice President, The Brandt Companies
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Todd Grossweiler
EVP, Allison-Smith
14:00 - 14:45 (EST)
Breakout Session 4 – Model Based Estimating and Value Engineering

Join us in this informative session as Tim Riedle from Icon Mechanical demonstrates their Revit based workflows and how Model-Based Estimating is an integral part of those workflows. iENG and Icon Mechanical work primarily on Design Build and Design Assist projects. Tim will demonstrate how Model-Based Estimating is keeping them better informed throughout their project lifecycle and enabling them to execute their projects with much more control, visibility and accuracy.

Speakers
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Tim Riedle
VP of Engineering, Icon Mechanical
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Dustin Allen
Sales Engineer for VDC Software, Trimble
14:45 - 15:00 (EST)
Break
15:00 - 15:45 (EST)
Breakout Session 5 – Introduction to Robotic Total Stations and 3D Scanners

For contractors that perform BIM, leveraging the use of jobsite construction hardware is a great way to offset the investment made in the model by taking advantage of huge productivity gains. This session will detail the basics of using robotic total stations to fast track layout and hanger placement. It will also cover methods of increasing model development through use of a 3D scanner.

Speakers
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Tim Bodor
Manager of Virtual Construction, H.T. Lyons
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Bryan Williams
Portfolio Manager, Building Construction Field Systems, Trimble
15:00 - 15:45 (EST)
Breakout Session 5– Supply Chain Management

The stress that has been put on the global supply chain combined with a construction industry boom has caused tremendous problems in procurement and inventory management for contractors. Contractors using lean and just in time principles have had to rethink their strategy as simply getting enough materials has become a challenge for project managers.

Speakers
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Darren Young
Director of Construction Technology, University Mechanical Contractors (UMC)
15:00 - 15:45 (EST)
Breakout Session 5 – Panel: Expanding Into New Markets

Building new capabilities within your business provides a huge opportunity to maintain competitive advantage and drive impact to the bottom line. Whether you serve two or more than ten specific sectors, this growth must be approached with a clear strategic vision to ensure success. Join us as this panel of industry experts shares best practices and multiple perspectives on how to grow your business through creating new streams of revenue.

Speakers
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Dorin Nicorici
President & CEO, Dynalectric Oregon
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Bill Weber
Principal, Gaston Electrical Company
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Brian Morales
President & CEO, ProCal Lighting
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Kirk Wahlstrom
Manager, Egan
15:00 - 15:45 (EST)
Breakout Session 5 – Panel: How to Manage Data Across Your Tech Stack

Your tech stack represents the technologies used to run your business. This suite of software and digital assets builds the framework for success within your organization. Join our multidisciplinary panel of construction experts as they explore best practices for procuring and scaling technologies. Learn how these pioneers navigate the construction tech market, identify, and deploy solutions, and adapt to the ever-changing digital world. Together we will explore how to assemble a technology collection that gives your business a competitive edge.

Speakers
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Michael Parkes
Vice President - Power Group, O'Connell Electric Company
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Sean Lazarian
CFO, ESSCO
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Todd Grossweiler
EVP, Allison-Smith
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Adam S. Davis
VDC Manager, Lighthouse Electric
15:00 - 15:45 (EST)
Breakout Session 5 – Roundtable: Recruiting and Training for BIM

Being a BIM Technician is a difficult job. You have to know software, how to build a job virtually like you would in the real world and even though you correctly draw something 99% of the time, you only hear about the 1% that was not drawn right. This roundtable will discuss how we recruit, manage and help mediate problems between the VDC department and the rest of the organization.

Speakers
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Jonathan Marsh
CEO and Founder, Steel Toe Consulting
16:00 - 17:00 (EST)
General Session

Before heading out to Harpoon Harry’s for our evening reception, we celebrate the end of day two with a little bit of fun.  The program begins with leaders from all each association speaking about program developments in innovation and impacts on contractors. Following their message, there will be an awards ceremony highlighting the MEP Innovators of the Year.  This award showcases the industry’s talent to experiment, research and share ideas that move the industry forward.

Speakers
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Todd Grossweiler
EVP, Allison-Smith
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Joseph Lansdell
President, Poynter
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Jake Olsen
CEO & Co-Founder, DADO
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Stacy Zerr
Director of PreConstruction Services, The Waldinger Company
17:30 - 19:30 (EST)
Off-Property Reception – Harpoon Harry’s Harpoon Harry's Crab House
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08:00 - 09:00 (EST)
Breakfast
09:00 - 09:45 (EST)
General Session – Determine Your Pre-Requisites Before Implementing New Technology

Implementing new solutions into your process requires contractors to take into consideration more that what that product can simply do. MEP contractors need to understand more of the fundamental operations that a new solution will not only rely upon, but also replace. In this general session, Trent Leinenbach of North Mechanical will instruct attendees in using process maps of their technology stack to help determine where the holes are that need to be addressed. A clear understanding of the who is using existing software and determining their core needs is essential for make sure operations are continued. Britton Langdon from MSUITE will also join the discussion to show how to perform a root analysis of your operations. Many potential problems arise not from processes or solutions but culture. You might need to solve people oriented problems separately.

Speakers
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Trent Leinbenbach
VDC and Technology Manager, VDC and Technology Manager
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Britton Langdon
CEO, MSUITE
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Sean McGuire
Director of Innovative Technologies, MCAA
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Josh Bone
Executive Director, ELECTRI International
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Mark Terzigni
Executive Director of Market Sectors and Construction Technology, SMACNA
09:45 - 10:00 (EST)
Break
10:00 - 10:45 (EST)
Breakout Session 6 – Introduction to Building a Technology Committee

As companies try to adapt to new technology and innovation, having a technology committee is vital to its success. This session will talk about approaches that can be taken to consider background, experience, diverse perspectives, and building team members to be more knowledgeable than yourself in different areas.

Speakers
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Jeff Elwell
Director of Innovation & Technology, E.M. Duggan Inc.
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Todd Grossweiler
EVP, Allison-Smith
10:00 - 10:45 (EST)
Breakout Session 6 – Sheet Metal Fabrication Workflow

Modern sheet metal fabrication facilities take an investment of equipment, tools, software and facility space. Workflow between these elements is crucial to productivity and operations. This session will guide contractors through considerations and best practices.

Speakers
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Scott Hoffman
Shop Superintendent, The Helm Group
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Joseph Lansdell
President, Poynter
10:00 - 10:45 (EST)
Breakout Session 6 – The Basics of Lean Construction

What are lean concepts and how have they changed the way that manufacturers have evolved their processes? What does this have to do with productivity in construction? Are we truly so unique that these methodologies don’t apply in construction projects or are there specific opportunities to assess and optimize our workflows through lean principles? This session will look at ways to modify and apply lean concepts, terminology, and processes to construction.

Speakers
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Henry Nutt
Preconstruction Executive, Southland Ind.
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Carrie Struss
Director of Continuous Improvement, Milwaukee Tool
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Perry Thompson
Lean Executive Director, Parsons Electric
10:00 - 10:45 (EST)
Breakout Session 6 – Software Adoption is More About People Than Products

For companies innovating and incorporating new tools, software, hardware, and processes can be met with a lot of resistance. How your company handles change management is going to impact the success of your implementation and training. This session will discuss how working as a team, collaborating, and problem solving can improve software and process adoption rate. These principles can be applied to fabrication, BIM, transportation, site coordination, and all areas of project success.

Speakers
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Doug Smith
Director of VDC, DSI
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Andy Sellers
Department Manager, Quality Electric
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Robert Snyder Jr.
CEO, Binsky & Snyder
10:00 - 10:45 (EST)
Breakout Session 6 – Roundtable: How to Estimate BIM Hours on Projects

The amount of time spent on BIM for projects is continually under-estimated. Many contractors take an approach where they assign a certain percentage of the project cost towards BIM, and then predictably go over those hours. With no realistic expectation of staying within estimates, this creates a situation of constant pressure to reduce BIM hours with no feasible expectation to meet an allotted budget goal.

This roundtable will open the discussion on ways to build an appropriate estimate for BIM hours on projects. It will look at how to measure and track BIM hours, the downstream productivity impacts gained from the process, and how to build more realistic estimates for projects.

Speakers
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Chris Weaver
Director of Technology, Andy Egan Company
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Dave Pikey
Vice President Corporate Technology, The Hill Group
10:45 - 11:00 (EST)
Break
11:00 - 12:00 (EST)
General Session – 60 Ideas in 60 Minutes

This recap session will provide attendees a chance to share the best takeaway ideas they heard from the many breakout, roundtables and hallway discussions. With so much content across multiple trades, this will be your chance to hear what happened in other sessions or best ideas coming from the program.

Speakers
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Nathan Wood
Chief Enabling Officer, SpectrumAEC
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Mark Terzigni
Executive Director of Market Sectors and Construction Technology, SMACNA
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Sean McGuire
Director of Innovative Technologies, MCAA
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Tauhira Ali
Executive Director of Industry Innovation, NECA
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