Tech-Panel

Technology Conference Program

Wednesday
2019-01-30
Palma Ceia 1-4
Esplanade
Bayshore 4-7
Bayshore 1-3
Thursday
2019-01-31
Palma Ceia 3-4
Palma Ceia 1-4
Palma Ceia 1-2
Garrison
Esplanade
Bayshore 4-7
Bayshore 1-3
Friday
2019-02-01
Palma Ceia 3-4
Palma Ceia 1-2
Garrison
Esplanade
Bayshore 4-7
Bayshore 1-3
Palma Ceia 1-4
Esplanade
Bayshore 4-7
Bayshore 1-3
Palma Ceia 3-4
Palma Ceia 1-4
Palma Ceia 1-2
Garrison
Esplanade
Bayshore 4-7
Bayshore 1-3
Palma Ceia 3-4
Palma Ceia 1-2
Garrison
Esplanade
Bayshore 4-7
Bayshore 1-3
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13:00 - 18:30
Registration Opens
14:00 - 16:00
Mastering Bluebeam Esplanade

Many contractors have integrated Bluebeam into their workflows, but few have a full understanding of the depth of the software.  While it is a communication tool first and foremost, contractors are finding innovative ways to automate processes in the field, provide digital tools for field workers and allow them to be less reliant on paper-based processes.

 

Session Goals:

  1. Understand how to create a digital dashboard for your team, a landing page for team members to access relevant information.
  2. Understand how to create 3D pdf files from modeling programs and embed them into a drawing.
  3. Communicate tips and tricks for general markup including snap to content, using the capture feature to attach photos directly to a markup and using snapshot tool to copy segments of the drawing for reuse.
  4. How to use Bluebeam Sessions in a fabrication environment
  5. Slip Sheeting.
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Walter “Terry” Cline
Certified Instructor / Bluebeam
14:00 - 16:00
Converting to Revit Palma Ceia 1-4

In JBKnowledge’s 2018 Construction Tech Survey, less than 20% of the MCAA respondents acknowledge that they used Revit for BIM projects.  In 2018, that number has risen to 40% as more contractors are moving their processes away from AutoCAD MEP and FabMEP to Revit.  In this session,  “Revit” Ralph Schoch will walk you through the advantages of using Revit in your operations, the challenges in converting from legacy BIM software and how you can avoid pitfalls in the process.

Session Goals:

  1. Identify advantages of using Revit
    1. Better integration – 3rdparty tools and for coordination.
    2. Faster modification of spool drawings
    3. Faster training of manpower.
    4. Ability to drive CAM processes through PCF exports and software like Stratus?
  2. Identify differences or challenges in workflows and processes.
  3. Detail options that companies can take when making a Revit transition.
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Ralph Schoch
Software, Technology, and Internal Support Manager / Victaulic
16:00 - 16:15
Introduction & Welcome Bayshore 1-3
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Brian Helm
MCAA President-Elect / President, Mechanical Inc., Freeport, Illinois
16:15 - 17:45
Opening Session – Futuristic Innovations Being Used Today Bayshore 1-3

The future of technology is happening now.  The tools that we thought were years away are becoming integrated in jobsite workflows today. In this session, James Benham, CEO of JBKnowledge will reveal new tools and technology that manufacturers are developing for contractors and changing the way contractors perform work.  In his presentation, he will be joined by leading industry innovators to demonstrate how their devices and software are changing the industry.

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James Benham
CEO, JBKnowledge
17:45 - 19:30
Welcome Reception & Exhibits Bayshore 4-7
07:00 - 08:00
Breakfast & Exhibits Bayshore 4-7
08:00 - 09:30
General Session – Next Generation Workflows Bayshore 1-3

In the last 20 years, building design has evolved from paper to a digital environment.  The software to design and build in a 3D digital environment has changed as well.  After years of consolidation and integration, the industry is poised for new set of tools and new techniques to bring design to the field, and make workflows easier for design, service and building.

In this session, Brett Young will showcase how game engines are being used in BIM workflows.  He will be joined by Travis Voss from Mechanical Inc. to demonstrate how this extends to augmented reality tools for paperless workflows and design automation.

This session will explore new software integrations into workflows that utilize some of the latest technology including object recognition, computer assisted design and augmented reality.

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Brett Young
CEO / BuildingSP, Inc.
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Travis Voss
Technology Manager / BuiltWorlds
09:45 - 10:45
Breakout: 4D BIM – A Discussion of the Value Proposition for Mechanical Contractors Garrison

Construction by its very nature is dynamic.  But the majority of our BIM processes are static.  3D clash detection and coordination workflows often only take into account final in place locations of construction materials.

4D BIM accounts for schedule coordination by adding an additional dynamic element to a 3D design – time.  By populating a 3D model with traditional schedules, construction sequences can be better choreographed.

4D scheduling and planning tools can be highly technical and sophisticated, but their true value can only be realized if their implementation translates directly into tangible efficiencies, improvements and time and cost savings for the project. This presentation will walk you through key improvements achieved through immersive and visual project planning tools. Key take-aways will include how technology can be used through the lense of mechanical and plumbing contractors to enhance construction sequencing, constructability, site utilization, resource allocation, material staging, communication across project team members, and more. We will also explore the future technologies gearing up to disrupt the industry including data-driven scheduling and AI.

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Danielle Dy Buncio
09:45 - 10:45
Breakout : Using Business Intelligence Tools to Leverage Your Data Palma Ceia 1-2

Data collection and digital integration has been an ambition for many contractors as they progress towards paperless offices.  The question then becomes – what do you do with all of this collected data?  In this session, James Benham, CEO of JBKnowledge will discuss how Business Intelligence tools are able to extract and visualize information in new ways to allow decision makers to get better updates and make new insights.

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James Benham
CEO, JBKnowledge
09:45 - 10:45
Breakout: Taking Baby Steps to Going Paperless in Service Esplanade

Getting away from paper-based service workflows is a challenging process, but not everyone does it all at once.  In this interactive session, members of the MCAA Technology Committee will discuss the small processes that they started moving digital that put them on the path to paperless.

09:45 - 10:45
Breakout: BIM Workstation Configuration Palma Ceia 3-4

BIM workstations are high performance machines with expensive price tags and short life spans. For your workforce to use software that performs 3D coordination, scanning and coordination, it takes an expensive computer workstation with upgraded system requirements and the ability to achieve high level performance all day.

Unfortunately, many contractors do not have the time to benchmark test all of the available options out there and understand how small configuration changes can boost the performance level of the machines that your BIM staff uses.

In this session, Jeff Sample will present findings from the 2018 MCAA Technology Research Report on BIM Workstation configurations, share benchmarking results and tips and tricks for boosting performance.

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Jeff Sample
11:00 - 12:00
General Session – Low End Scanners Can Bring High End Results in Workflows Bayshore 1-3

3D scanning is best performed with phase based (laser) scanners in order to get highly accurate point clouds to model and fabricate from.  But innovations have been made in low end scanners that use photogrammetry, infrared scanners, 360 video and Lidar.

In this session, James Benham will not only show how products like the Matterport scanner, Ricoh Theta V, Leica BLK and Occipital scanners work, but also the software that uses them and the processes that contractors are incorporating them into their workflows.

 

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James Benham
CEO, JBKnowledge
12:00 - 13:00
Lunch Bayshore 4-7
13:00 - 14:15
General Session – Recruiting Technology Talent Bayshore 1-3

An aging workforce, an ongoing labor shortage, a lack of understanding about how to attract millennials, and a reluctance to adopt technology are all contributing factors to the future of our workforce. Nonetheless, the reality is that our emerging workforce is not meeting the evolving needs of the industry, and because of it, companies are consistently turning away projects. And thus, profits.

In this panel on the future of the workforce, we’re featuring experts in our recruiting, tech and projects to talk about how to solve our industry’s workforce dilemma once and for all.

We’ll feature a discussion and presentations on technologies impacting the next generation of the workforce, tactics from leading contractors, workforce issues today, and more.

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Matt Abeles
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Stacy Zerr
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Kip Bagley
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Jon Finch
Vice President of Training / Milwaukee Tool
14:30 - 04:30
Extended Workshop : Automating Your VDC Palma Ceia 1-4

Virtual Design Coordination takes a lot of skill, but also requires a lot of reduntant tasks to be performed.  Luckily, there is software that can help automate redundant tasks and create shortcuts for your VDC team as well as field personnel.

In this extended workshop session, attendees will be shown demonstrations of how software like Dynamo and Excel can be used to automate functions within Revit.  It will include the basics of linking process and handouts of the graphs will be distributed.

Additional demonstrations of the following workflows will include:

  • Auto linking of drawings
  • Sheet creation from Excel
  • Informational automation using LinQ MVP
  • Spool creation
  • Slip sheeting
  • Auto publishing of models
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Josh Bone
Construction Technology Specialist at Stanley Black & Decker, Inc.
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Jonathan Marsh
Virtual Design and Construction Division Manager, Wm. T. Spaeder
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Britton Langdon
President / FabPro
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Ron King
Global Estimating Manager / Trimble MEP
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James Reis
Business Area Director / Trimble MEP Division
14:30 - 16:30
Extended Workshop: FSM or ERP for Service Garrison

Companies who focus on customer service can make up to 60% higher profits than their competitors.  A key component to achieve best-in-class service delivery is a fully integrated IT architecture that enables the organization’s goals, drives operational efficiencies and creates a differentiated customer experience.

This session will discuss key service technology trends for the mechanical service industry and the benefits and drawbacks of the two technology approaches;

  1. A platform approach whereby a single software solution runs most facets of their business; financials, purchasing, service, etc. and
  2. A “best-in-breed” approach whereby the best solution in each of the major business areas are utilized and integrated together.
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Ivan Moore
14:30 - 16:30
Extended Workshop : Cybersecurity Hands on Esplanade

Information Technology specialists are often thought to be experts in anything that has to do with computers, networking or cybersecurity. Unfortunately, IT is very specialized as it takes a lot of experience and training to be effective in any of these areas.

Cybersecurity is often the most overlooked of these specialties. For Cybersecurity to be effective, it needs to go beyond setting up spam filters and virus scanners for your equipment. A systematic, segmented approach combined with effective cybersecurity software and manpower training is what it takes for companies to be effective in protecting their data, operations and customers.

In this session, Nick Espinosa will discuss:

  • Zero Trust Network Configurations
  • Network Segmentation
  • Firewall and Antivirus Recommendations
  • Backup Software Recommendations
  • VPN Strategies
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Nick Espinosa
CIO of BSSi2
16:30 - 18:30
Reception Bayshore 4-7
07:00 - 08:00
Breakfast Bayshore 4-7
08:00 - 09:15
General Session – Cybersecurity Tales from the Dark Web Bayshore 1-3

It seems like every day, we hear of major data breaches from large corporations.  Often times, these large data breaches can impact your business because information that was stolen from them makes it way to the dark web.

In this session, MCAA’s Chief Security Fanatic Nick Espinosa will share with the attendees case studies of corporate hacking and what you can learn about them.  He will guide you on how you can protect yourself and your company from hackers and the steps you should take once you learn your company has been breached.

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Nick Espinosa
CIO of BSSi2
09:30 - 10:30
Breakout: Training the Workforce – New Tools of the Trade Garrison

It is no surprise that mobile devices have become a common place on the construction site.  In a world flooded with information, mobile devices are an essential tool that now belong in every gang box.  With so many capabilities, it can prove difficult to not only choose the correct applications to use, but how to effectively train our teams to maximize their potential.  In this round table discussion, two UA Technology Managers will walk you through the process on what it takes to ensure our members are not only prepared to use these devices but also how to look for ways to continually improve the work process.

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Mike Zivanovic
Technology Manager / Chicago Pipefitters' Local Union 597
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Stephan Schnell
Technology Supervisor / JATC 467
09:30 - 10:30
Breakout: Building a VDC Roadmap Palma Ceia 1-2

Virtual Design and Construction has added a level of complexity to the project workflow.  How your company designs, coordinates, QA/QC, handles RFI’s, fabricates and installs now heavily relies on the use of BIM software and communicating an increased amount of detail throughout your organization.

In this session, Jonathan Marsh from William T. Spaeder will share findings from MCAA’s Technology Committee VDC Roadmap project and cover how an average company handles the new VDC workflow.  This session will also include an open forum discussion that will allow participants to map their own workflow and explain what they do differently to the session participants.

Access to a customizable VDC Roadmap that attendees can manipulate, customize and take home is part of the presentation.

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Jonathan Marsh
Virtual Design and Construction Division Manager, Wm. T. Spaeder
09:30 - 10:30
Breakout: Controlling and Organizing Devices and Data in the Field Esplanade

Mobile devices have brought great opportunity to connect employees in the field with the home office. They provide greater access to data for your field personnel and allow them to capture more information from the jobsite.  The challenge coming with mobile devices has been both managing the location and use and organizing the data from the field.

This roundtable discussion is intended to go beyond mobile device management (MDM) systems and into how to stay organized across your organization.  It will focus on how to handle all of your operations as it relates to using mobile devices in the field including digital organization, device management, and paperless integration.

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Steve Metzman
President / iBusiness Technologies
09:30 - 10:30
Breakout: Making Lean Work for the Mechanical Contractor Palma Ceia 3-4

Lean can mean many things to many people, depending on your perspective. This presentation will dive into three separate lenses on Lean in the workplace. First, we’ll discuss Lean at the project level, including many ways that Lean is implemented the wrong way. Then, we’ll look at Lean from an organizational level, and look at the opportunities inside different firm structures to increase supply chain efficiency, reliability, and safety. Finally, we’ll discuss Lean at the individual level, and the continuous dilemma we face when balancing the needs of others with our own.

In this interactive presentation, audience members will discuss how digital technology can push Lean processes forward. We’ll also discuss how traditional contracts and culture can often spoil the potential for Lean innovation. Participants in the discussion will leave with a clearer understanding of what Lean really is, and what opportunities exist for them to implement it in the real world.

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Nathan Wood
Spectrum AEC
10:45 - 11:45
60 Ideas in 60 Minutes Bayshore 1-3

What are the best ideas or lessons learned from worst mistakes or greatest successes?  In this fast-paced session, the microphone will be thrown around (yes, thrown) so that attendees can quickly explain what ideas big or small that they have learned from this conference or shared at this meeting.   The moderator, Nathan Wood, will do his best to help pull out details from the ideas in order to explain the concept to the entire group.  The running list will be compiled in real time and shared with the group as a handout upon completion.

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Nathan Wood
Spectrum AEC
11:45 - 12:00
Closing Remarks Bayshore 1-3
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Brian Helm
MCAA President-Elect / President, Mechanical Inc., Freeport, Illinois
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