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* Opening Keynote: Next Generation of Tech Tools for Construction. Rob McKinney, a self-taught construction technologist, first developed a love for technology with his first Atari game machine. He began his career in construction as the Safety Director for J.M. Wilkerson, a construction general contractor based in Marietta, Georgia. Rob furthered his construction and risk management experience at companies like New South Construction and XL Catlin Insurance. Rob is now a Consultant for JBKnowledge, Inc., a provider of technology solutions for the construction and insurance industries. He is also a cohost on the ConTechTrio podcast. You can listen each week to keep up with the latest news in Construction Technology. Over the past decade, Rob has managed safety, quality, and training programs with a focus on mobile applications and device usage on construction project sites. Rob has also developed a mobile device program centered around applications used on tablets and smartphones.  

* Closing Keynote:
Lean Into BIM: BIM Only Works if it is Profitable. Benjamin Crosby, W.G. Yates Construction, CM-BIM, CM-Lean, CCM, LEED AP BD+C, is passionate about building, education, and change. As a builder educator, he motivates people to understand Virtual Design and Construction and how it will improve their projects and careers.  He has a CM Degree with Math and Physics Minors, is a member of the BIMForum LOD Core Group, AGC IT Forum Steering Committee, CMAA Professional Development Committee, and instructs the AGC BIM and Lean Education Programs. 

* BIMcollab for Coordination:
Lennel Hunter, Clayco. Issue tracking and clash management can be a time-consuming, complex process. There are several methods and tools for communicating with project stakeholders, each offering varying degrees of efficiency. This presentation will focus on BIMcollab, a cloudbased issue management platform, and how we have incorporated it into our workflow to improve BIM coordination oversight.

* Bluebeam Revu - Tips and Tricks:
 Chris Link, BIM/VDC Manager, KAI Design & Build, has 17 years of design, CAD/BIM and project management experience. His qualifications include architectural design and project management over various types of commercial and
hospitality projects. Chris has also developed and administered several CAD/BIM systems, including setup and standards development, staff training and support, and development of advanced workflows. 

This lab session will provide attendees with a chance to learn and practice some tips and tricks for the use of Bluebeam Revu. The session will cover tips on PDF creation, navigation, and editing, Markup tool use and customization, using the Compare tool set, File size reduction, using the Markup list including Custom Columns and Status states, and tips for using Bluebeam Studio (Sessions and Projects). The session will also cover some of the advanced functionality of Bluebeam Revu eXtreme including batch hyperlinking, OCR, Form creation and scripting. Users can expect to walk away with an enhanced knowledge about the toolsets and functions of Bluebeam Revu which can be immediately put into practical use in their office environment.

Business Intelligence, Adam Steht is a Business Analyst at GadellNet. He is a St. Louis University graduate and holds a MBA in Supply Chain Management. His experience working as a logistics engineer for large companies, including a Fortune 500, allows him to draw on the successes and failures of big business technology when developing solutions for clients. Adam helps our clients meet their full potential using a methodical approach to implementing the right technology into their businesses. Adam excels at helping clients understand their business processes and how they can leverage technology to improve them. His organizational agility, business acumen, strategic vision, and progressive mindset have made him an asset to our clients. He current work is focused primarily on business intelligence, application strategy, and process improvement initiatives.

Business intelligence (BI) software is leveraged in many ways for many companies. Utilizing BI can ensure the big decisions in a business are the right decisions. If you think your organization doesn’t need to use BI software, think again. Trends develop, and if they are not analyzed, a business could be leaving important insights on the table. These insights can be used for anything from creating an effective process to understanding customer behavior to indicating when you should hire. The data collected by a business can be powerful, but only if you have the right processes and technology in place to leverage it. Businesses that understand the power of data and implement solutions to expose valuable insights gain an advantage over competitors.

* Construction Industry Leaders Talk About Key IT Issues (Panel): Steve Adams (McCarthy Building Companies, Inc.). Warren Doherty  (SumnerOne). Dennis Heinle (Guarantee Electric). Mark Patterson (S.M. Wilson). Mary Sumner (SumnerOne).

This session will give attendees an opportunity to learn about best practices regarding information technology, including cyber-security, cloud applications, mobile technology, and disaster recovery/business continuity.

Cryptolocker, WannaCry, and Petya - How to Avoid and How to Recover from Ransomware Attacks: Jeff Groby , SumnerOne, is an expert in cyber-security and IT infrastructure. He has experience as a global infrastructure leader and Tier 3 systems engineer at Express Scripts, Centene, Savvis Communications, and Southern Illinois University. He is an expert in cyber-security management, risk management, and risk mitigation.

This presentation provides a look at ransomware "from the trenches." This is an unique learning opportunity from someone who has been responsible for safeguarding organizations from these cyber-threats. This session will address 2 critical questions about Ransomware (Cryptolocker, WannaCry, Petya, and others): 1) How do you avoid these ransomware attacks? 2) How do you recover from these ransomware attacks? This session will give you the facts about how these ransomware attacks occur and how you can avoid and mitigate these risks.

* Enhancing Today and Creating the Future State of AEC Industry - How VR/AR & Wearable Technologies are Helping Transform Design, Construction, and Operations of the Built Environment (Case Study): Josh Taylor, VDC Manager, Federal Contracting Group, Mortenson Construction, works out of their Washington D.C. office.  Josh is an active member of both the United States Army Corps of Engineers Industry BIM Consortium, and the National Institute of Building Sciences Proven Practices Subcommittee.  His portfolio of work includes Healthcare, Higher Education, Aviation, and Federal Facilities.  Josh is a technology evangelist and has been championing BIM/ VDC processes since 2006. 

Technology disruption is now commonplace in many industries, including the AEC industry. It has evolved from paper to digital, from 2D CAD to 3D BIM, and now from perceiving a space to experiencing a space leveraging VR/AR and wearable technologies. How does that impact project outcomes or the key stakeholders of the projects we work on? How do today’s enhancements to design, construction, or operations provide us with insights into what the future can or should look like? This session will explore these topics through real project case studies and investigations of what tomorrow could look like for the AEC industry.

* Foundations of Dynamo: Ryan Taube is the BIM Manager for Forum Studio / Clayco Construction, a multi-disciplinary design-build firm based in St. Louis, MO. He provides training and BIM implementation for a wide array of software products including Autodesk Revit, 3ds Max, AutoCAD, BIM360 Glue and Navisworks. He is excited for his work as VDC engineer for Clayco as they push the envelope in UAV data capture, laser scanning analysis and BIM coordination on a multitude of project types. He has been an advocate for digital design implementation throughout his career in both architecture, structural engineering and construction. His nerdy pursuits include cartography and archaeology and their interrelation with design and BIM.

This session will explore model generation and family iteration using spreadsheet data that is pushed into Dynamo. We will generate entire layout soldier beams with tie backs whose properties will be pushed from the spreadsheet to Revit by Dynamo. We'll also complete the model by generating the lag boards spanning the soldier beams. If we have time, we will show how to sequence the entire model in Navisworks.

* Leveraging Reality Capture in Design and Construction: Bill Carney (BSA Life Structures) is a technology enthusiast. As the BIM Director at BSA LifeStructures he is responsible for overseeing the firm’s use and implementation of design technologies. He obtained his Bachelor of Science Degree in Architectural Studies from Southern Illinois University Carbondale and his Master’s Degree in Architecture from the NewSchool of Architecture and Design in San Diego. He is also an author for and is actively involved with the St. Louis design technology community where he enjoys learning and sharing anything that helps improve the design and construction process.  

Brooks Williams, 
Director of Project Controls & Virtual Construction, Alberici. In his ten years at Alberici, Brooks has been responsible for developing and implementing the company’s enterprise-wide project controls program across North America. This program includes project management procedures, document and cost control procedures, and data management in the field. In 2009, Brooks began developing and implementing Virtual Construction standards, processes, and procedures at Alberici. This program includes various BIM technologies such as 3D visualization and coordination, 4D scheduling, and model-based estimating. Brooks is also a co-chair of the AGC of Missouri’s Construction Technology Committee.

Reality capture can include a wide range of technologies from 360 cameras to laser scanners.  In this session, participants will learn some of the ways the technology is being leveraged on real projects. We will discuss how it can be used from design, to construction, to project communication, as well as its practical application in the field and in the office. 

* Subsurface Utility Mapping (Case Study): Matthew Fitzgerald (PE, CastleGPS), received a civil engineering degree from the University of Missouri. After 5 years of experience as a Professional Engineer designing roadways and bridges, Matthew joined Castle Contracting to be the Account Manager for CastleGPS in early 2017. Matthew is focused on educating local owners, architects, engineers, and contractors regarding the benefits of subsurface utility mapping, while seeking out ideal campuses and projects to implement this service. Matthew lives in St. Louis with his wife Mary and their three children. 

Enrico Bertucci
(PE, CastleGPS), With a civil engineering degree from the University of Notre Dame and five years experience as a Professional Engineer at one of the region’s leading design firms, Enrico made the bold choice of joining the Castle Contracting family in 2011, in order to lead the innovative service offering called CastleGPS.  His knowledge of the civil planning and engineering process and his devotion to technology is ideal in his role bringing Subsurface Utility Mapping to the region’s most critical campus environments.  Rico lives in St. Louis with his wife Reggie.

Fermin Glasper (PS, Glasper Professional Services) is a retired United States Armed Forces Geomatics Engineer who has over 25 years of applied experience and a diverse background in civil engineering, high-definition surveying, design/build, and construction management. Fermin is the owner of Glasper Professional Services, one of the Saint Louis area’s most progressive and technology driven civil engineer & survey firms and partners with CastleGPS for the work of CGPS on Subsurface Utility Mapping and Civil Design Build.  His team of engineers and survey professionals brings a forward-thinking approach to the challenges of civil construction, specifically in high-risk health care environments. Fermin is an Adjunct Instructor for the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences at the University of Wyoming, and the Civil Construction & Surveying Technology program at Saint Louis Community College. 

CastleGPS provides customized subsurface utility mapping services that culminate in a 3D civil information model. After locating existing utilities using the latest technology, that knowledge is incorporated into the construction plan. When building on an active, congested medical campus, this can prove invaluable to ensure that hospital activities are never interrupted and patient safety is always top of mind. Potential utility hits and damage are virtually eliminated, shrinking the cost required to find them and improving the project schedule. 

CastleGPS recently provided this service for Washington University School of Medicine’s Campus Renewal. The project included demolition and replacement of two major medical buildings in the middle of a congested urban setting. The neighboring medical facilities remained in service throughout construction. After performing several levels of investigation utilizing existing documentation, field investigation, conventional sub-surface location methods, trenching, and physically locating utilities, CastleGPS provided WUSM with a comprehensive 3D civil information model.

* The Technology Advantage: Transform Your Business by Focusing on Construction Productivity: Sean Phillips (Regional Account Executive, PlanGrid). Panelists: Brian Bea (S.M. Wilson & Co.), Andrew Grossman (C&R Mechanical), Ryan Perryman (L. Keeley Construction). After 10 years in project management in the construction industry, Sean decided to switch careers and find a forward-thinking company. He is thrilled to be at PlanGrid, as he sees a company that is revolutionizing construction and improving the lives of everyone involved in the AEC industry. He values helping his customers maximize their success with PlanGrid solutions. 

Productivity has declined in the construction industry by more than 9% over the last fifty years. Only recently has technology and process started to provide the tools to combat this worrisome trend. In this session, Sean Phillips from PlanGrid and two PlanGrid customers will discuss how to assess and overcome project and company productivity challenges, improving project margins and on-time delivery. First, PlanGrid will present a basic toolkit for helping companies self- assess their productivity scorecard and talk about the landscape of tools available to help improve productivity. Next, there will be a panel discussion with customers discussing their own journey and specific outcomes.

* VICO Workflow, 5D BIM from an Estimator's Perspective (Case Study): Liang Gong, VDC Estimator, Clayco, works directly with the company’s preconstruction/estimating department and VDC to develop accurate detailed project takeoffs and utilizes various programs to assist with other aspects of business, including project management, BIM development and coordination, 3 dimensional detail production and coordination with development of 3D models. Liang reviews and verifies accuracy and completeness of all project documents received and also analyzes and reviews bids, constructability review, and value engineering analysis for all projects received. Liang got his Master of Engineering Management degree from Duke University and Bachelor in Civil Engineering degree from Tianjin University, China.

Vico’s 5D BIM solution is introduced in this class. Step by step instructions are demonstrated, from importing models to 5D animations. Model register, location-based schedule manager, takeoff manager, cost planner, takeoff pad, reporting, task manager, 4D task group, schedule planner, and animations are introduced.
* Zurich North America Headquarters Project - A Streamlined 'BIM-Lean' Approach (Case Study): Tomislav Žigo, AIA, Director of Virtual Design and Construction, Clayco. Over the past two decades, Tomislav Žigo has been actively implementing and using digital technology as a designer, builder, educator and researcher. His experience includes work in the vanguard of digital technology use on large institutional and corporate projects; research work in the field of Virtual Reality and Building Performance Analysis; and mentorship positions in a number of local and national design and construction firms during their technology adoption. As the director of Virtual Design and Construction for Clayco Inc. of St. Louis, he leads a multidisciplinary team of experts continually working on a range of construction projects, conducting in-house R&D, integration of Remote Sensing technology via deployment of UAS, in-house training, professional services offering, and engaging professional community. This range of activities has propelled Clayco’s VDC department in one of the most versatile and advanced digital technology groups in the country with a clear focus on tomorrow’s technology in an integrated practice.

Tomislav is a registered architect and holds a Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Rijeka in Croatia and a Master of Architecture degree from Washington University in St. Louis, where he currently teaches courses on the subjects of digital methodology integration and remote sensing into sustainable design practice. 

This case study illustrates the lessons learned from implementing several Virtual Design and Construction (VDC/BIM) methodologies on a complex, multi-phased construction project totalling 1.4 million square feet and $330 million -- Zurich North America Headquarters. Methods and technologies utilized included BIM enabled building systems coordination, model based quantity take off, reality capture (laser scanners), unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV/drones), and a streamlined BIM-centric construction process ('BIM-Lean') for the tenant improvement phase of the project. The presentation is designed to showcase these practices specifically on a complex, multi-phase, large scale commercial construction project. The different uses and their relative strengths and weaknesses will be examined from the perspectives of the two phases of the project. These phases, shell & core and tenant improvement, utilized dissimilar project delivery methods: design-build-develop and design-bid-build respectively. The aim is to demonstrate various capabilities, identify strengths and weaknesses, and examine the lessons learned.


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