MCAA 2021

MEP Innovation
Conference

The Technology Event for Mechanical, Electrical, Sheet Metal, Plumbing and Service Contractors.
MCAA/MSCA Registration NECA & SMACNA Registration
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26-28
April 2021
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About the Conference

For the 6th year, MCAA is hosting the industry’s leading technology conference, and this time it’s online! 

Join us April 26-28 for the best peer-to-peer instruction available in the industry geared to all MEP contractors with the help of NECA, SMACNA, PCA and MSCA. For the first time, members of all trade associations and their union counterparts are able to participate in the conference and the programming has expanded to accommodate.

The online format has allowed for more breakouts, roundtables, demonstrations and content. It has also provided the opportunity to address technology issues further throughout the company. There are sessions geared towards Operations, VDC, Project Management, IT, Estimating and Safety. Individual registrations are $200/person, and to help facilitate wider participation in your company, we are offering Corporate Registrations, allowing you to send up to 10 people from your company for only $400.

Ready to Register?

We look forward to seeing you.

MCAA/MSCA Registration
NECA & SMACNA Registration
Event Contact

For information on anything tech, including the conference, contact

Michelle Logan at
1-703-850-5924
or via e-mail at mlogan@mcaa.org.

Event Program

Monday
2021-04-26
Tuesday
2021-04-27
Wednesday
2021-04-28
12:00 - 13:00 (EST)
The Most Innovative Research Facility and the Power of Data
Opening General Session

The 2021 MEP Innovation Conference kicks off its opening general session featuring some of the best leaders in the industry. Join MCAA Innovative Technology Committee Chair, Stacy Zerr, the Director of Preconstruction at Waldinger Corporation, as she welcomes attendees to the conference, and gives an overview of the conference, its virtual features and opportunities.

She will then be joined by Burcin Kaplanoglu, co-founder of the Oracle Industries Innovation Lab for a virtual tour of their live worksite for research and development. The lab has been used to explore new processes and practices in the construction industry. Recently during COVID, this shifted to research on how to safeguard the health of workers and the general public, while also keeping projects moving forward with as little disruption as possible. The facility hosts several technologies researching remote site monitoring, social distancing, material readiness, contactless deliveries, robotics and automated progress reporting.

Following the tour will be a mini-documentary on The Power of Data. Told through a series of interviews with contractors, we will follow the construction process and see how data is revolutionizing one of the oldest businesses in the world. Learn how data is driving innovation from estimation to install and even beyond with service and maintenance. This presentation will touch on parts of almost every breakout presentation in the conference.

The Most Innovative Research Facility and the Power of Data: MEP Innovations Conference 04/26/2021 12:00 04/26/2021 13:00 America/Toronto Please login to access the live event page at https://www.mcaaevents.org/innovative-technologies-conference/live/. If you have not registered yet, please register at https://members.mcaa.org/21MEP or https://members.mcaa.org/21MEP-NonMember Need help? Contact Michelle Logan via e-mail at mlogan@mcaa.org.
Speakers
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Burcin Kaplanoglu
PhD., Vice President, Oracle Industries Innovation Labs
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Stacy Zerr
Director of PreConstruction Services, The Waldinger Corporation stacy.zerr@waldinger.com
13:00 - 13:55 (EST)
ROUNDTABLES

Following each general session, roundtables will be provided to go more in-depth on areas discussed in the presentation.  Every roundtable room will include a moderator and time to break out in small groups, discuss questions and share ideas before coming back to the moderated session.

ROUNDTABLES: MEP Innovations Conference 04/26/2021 13:00 04/26/2021 13:55 America/Toronto Please login to access the live event page at https://www.mcaaevents.org/innovative-technologies-conference/live/. If you have not registered yet, please register at https://members.mcaa.org/21MEP or https://members.mcaa.org/21MEP-NonMember Need help? Contact Michelle Logan via e-mail at mlogan@mcaa.org.
14:00 - 15:00 (EST)
Exhibitor Demonstrations
Visit our exhibitor page for event sessions. (Registrants only)
Exhibitor Demonstrations: MEP Innovations Conference 04/26/2021 14:00 04/26/2021 15:00 America/Toronto Please login to access the live event page at https://www.mcaaevents.org/innovative-technologies-conference/live/. If you have not registered yet, please register at https://members.mcaa.org/21MEP or https://members.mcaa.org/21MEP-NonMember Need help? Contact Michelle Logan via e-mail at mlogan@mcaa.org.
15:00 - 15:55 (EST)
Merging Augmented Reality to Construction Needs with the XR10
Breakout 1.1

In 2018, the MCAA Innovative Technologies Committee performed the first review of the Microsoft HoloLens [Link to 2018 Report]. Contractors were using the augmented reality (AR) device on jobsites, sales meetings and design reviews to better visualize their projects.

In 2020, Microsoft released a new version of the HoloLens with upgrades to the design, the internal hardware and the operating system. They also partnered with Trimble to develop the XR10, a construction specific design of the HoloLens 2 that incorporated safety features like a hardhat, safety rated visor and bone conduction headphones so that jobsite dangers can be better heard.

JBKnowledge partnered with the MCAA Construction Technology Initiative to update the HoloLens research report to include new features and updates. In this session, James Benham will present on the report’s findings and share some of the device improvements over the previous model.

Eldon Parry, a Sr. Project Manager with Apollo Mechanical Contractors, will share use cases that their company has proven to be major productivity improvements. These include field validation of fabrication and equipment, remodel work, hanger layout, scaffold evaluation, plank installation and coordination.

Merging Augmented Reality to Construction Needs with the XR10: MEP Innovations Conference 04/26/2021 15:00 04/26/2021 15:55 America/Toronto Please login to access the live event page at https://www.mcaaevents.org/innovative-technologies-conference/live/. If you have not registered yet, please register at https://members.mcaa.org/21MEP or https://members.mcaa.org/21MEP-NonMember Need help? Contact Michelle Logan via e-mail at mlogan@mcaa.org.
Speakers
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James Benham
CEO, JBKnowledge james@jbknowledge.com
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Eldon Parry, Sr.
Sr. Project Manager, Apollo Mechanical Contractors eldon.parry@apollomech.com
15:00 - 15:55 (EST)
Same Design, Three Methods
Breakout 1.2

There can be wide variations on the way the contractors design MEP drawings.  This session will demonstrate various methods and approaches used to make the same drawings.  Using three different BIM technicians each from a different company and utilizing different methods, we will see how all of them approach the same problem and what efficiencies can be gained from each of their approaches.  This session will compare, using internal families from Revit, Sysque and Autodesk MEP.

Same Design, Three Methods: MEP Innovations Conference 04/26/2021 15:00 04/26/2021 15:55 America/Toronto Please login to access the live event page at https://www.mcaaevents.org/innovative-technologies-conference/live/. If you have not registered yet, please register at https://members.mcaa.org/21MEP or https://members.mcaa.org/21MEP-NonMember Need help? Contact Michelle Logan via e-mail at mlogan@mcaa.org.
Speakers
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Alex Basham
VP of Virtual Design & Fab Team, The Brandt Companies, LLC alex.basham@brandt.us
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Ralph Schoch
Software, Technology, and Internal Support Manager, Victaulic ralph.schoch@victaulic.com
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Derek Westfall
BIM Manager, North Mechanical Contracting, Inc. derekw@northmechanical.com
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Steve Whitmer
Construction Manager, ACCO Engineered Systems, Inc. swhitmer@accoes.com
15:00 - 15:55 (EST)
Going Beyond Paperless to Empower an Entire Organization with Information
Breakout 1.3

Contractors have made great strides in recent years to go paperless in order to streamline processes, improve efficiency and collect data. What they do with that data is another story. Often it gets collected and neglected. Some contractors are using it to improve fabrication processes, connect the field to the VDC workflow, keep project managers up to speed on budget and status, and get the C-suite the information that they need to make decisions.

In this session, Doug Smith, the Corporate BIM Manager at Dynamic Systems, will discuss how they are using software to streamline their processes. This includes allowing Field Foremen to take work packages from the VDC team and determine field welds, spools and scheduling. Their fabrication foremen are using automation to approve these spools and drive manufacturing models loaded on the cloud. Guys in the field taking ownership. Getting better information to every part of your org.

Going Beyond Paperless to Empower an Entire Organization with Information: MEP Innovations Conference 04/26/2021 15:00 04/26/2021 15:55 America/Toronto Please login to access the live event page at https://www.mcaaevents.org/innovative-technologies-conference/live/. If you have not registered yet, please register at https://members.mcaa.org/21MEP or https://members.mcaa.org/21MEP-NonMember Need help? Contact Michelle Logan via e-mail at mlogan@mcaa.org.
Speakers
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Doug Smith
Director of VDC Technology, DSI dsmith@dsi.us
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Adam Rich
Account Development Manager, GTP Services adam.rich@gogtp.com
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Adam Nichols
VDC Regional Manager, DSI anichols@dsi.us
15:00 - 15:55 (EST)
Low Cost Tech For Small Contractors
Breakout 1.4

Small contractors might have financial limitations when investing in new technology, but many have found great solutions that are affordable. In order to work with their preferred customers, they have to deliver the same product as large contractors, but within their means. Luckily, most required software packages are scalable to company size, so it hits the budgets of small and large contractors proportionally. However, small contractors have a discreet advantage when it comes to new technology – their size allows for quicker roll out, training and implementation. Inexpensive solutions can be tested and be put in place a lot quicker to deliver a boutique approach to deliverables.

In this session, Carlos Osorio from Mann Mechanical will detail the challenges that his company faces as they compete against larger contractors with bigger resources, budgets and manpower. He will talk about the approach that they take to technology, share some of the solutions that they have rolled out and some success stories of their processes.

Low Cost Tech For Small Contractors: MEP Innovations Conference 04/26/2021 15:00 04/26/2021 15:55 America/Toronto Please login to access the live event page at https://www.mcaaevents.org/innovative-technologies-conference/live/. If you have not registered yet, please register at https://members.mcaa.org/21MEP or https://members.mcaa.org/21MEP-NonMember Need help? Contact Michelle Logan via e-mail at mlogan@mcaa.org.
Speakers
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Carlos Osorio
VDC/BIM Manager, Mann Mechanical cosorio@mannmechanical.com
15:00 - 15:55 (EST)
Model Viewing 101 For Project Managers
Breakout 1.5

Technology is forever changing and next to impossible to keep up on. As a Project Manager you may be struggling with what’s available and what’s the best ways that you can leverage technologies to help connect you and your field team to the Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) team.

In this session, Eric Klaffka from JW Danforth in Buffalo, New York and Jeff Miller from Harrell-Fish in Bloomington, Indiana discuss some of the available programs, processes, tools and procedures to get you and your field team connected to the VDC team and the VDC model.

Model Viewing 101 For Project Managers: MEP Innovations Conference 04/26/2021 15:00 04/26/2021 15:55 America/Toronto Please login to access the live event page at https://www.mcaaevents.org/innovative-technologies-conference/live/. If you have not registered yet, please register at https://members.mcaa.org/21MEP or https://members.mcaa.org/21MEP-NonMember Need help? Contact Michelle Logan via e-mail at mlogan@mcaa.org.
Speakers
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Eric Klaffka
CAD Manager, John W. Danforth Company eklaffka@jwdanforth.com
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Jeff Miller
Director, Virtual Construction, Harrell-Fish, Inc. jmiller@harrell-fish.com
16:00 - 17:00 (EST)
Inside View of a Contractor’s Tech Stack
Breakout 2.1

MEP contractors are facing a new set of challenges, but also taking advantage of new opportunities. Pre-construction is doing more on projects and project managers are forced to adapt their roles. Many companies are using innovative solutions to meet these needs, giving their teams access to more information and better documentation to lead and manage products more efficiently. In this session, Chris Weaver from Andy J. Egan Company will discuss some of the tools that their company uses to gain productivity. These will include natural language search tools, project documentation software and management software.

Inside View of a Contractor’s Tech Stack: MEP Innovations Conference 04/26/2021 16:00 04/26/2021 17:00 America/Toronto Please login to access the live event page at https://www.mcaaevents.org/innovative-technologies-conference/live/. If you have not registered yet, please register at https://members.mcaa.org/21MEP or https://members.mcaa.org/21MEP-NonMember Need help? Contact Michelle Logan via e-mail at mlogan@mcaa.org.
Speakers
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Chris Weaver
Director of Technology, Andy J. Egan Co. weaverc@andyegan.com
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Walker Lockard
Construction Technologist, DADO walker@projectdado.com
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Rob McKinney
Sr. Solution Engineer, eSUB rob.mckinney@esub.com
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Josh Cheney
Sr. Manager - Strategic Alliances, Autodesk josh.cheney@autodesk.com
16:00 - 17:00 (EST)
How to Manage the Rising Tide of Model Changes
Breakout 2.2

VDC managers are facing two problems simultaneously – more data in the model and less infrastructure. This can cause a recipe for disaster as the pace for changes increase. Drawings that are under-engineered to begin with require more changes to make operable and combining models from various trades can result in clashes and changes to be made multiple times. In this session, Steve Whitmer, a BIM manager from Acco Engineering will lead a discussion on best practices for coordination and management of design changes.

How to Manage the Rising Tide of Model Changes: MEP Innovations Conference 04/26/2021 16:00 04/26/2021 17:00 America/Toronto Please login to access the live event page at https://www.mcaaevents.org/innovative-technologies-conference/live/. If you have not registered yet, please register at https://members.mcaa.org/21MEP or https://members.mcaa.org/21MEP-NonMember Need help? Contact Michelle Logan via e-mail at mlogan@mcaa.org.
Speakers
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Steve Whitmer
Construction Manager, ACCO Engineered Systems, Inc. swhitmer@accoes.com
16:00 - 17:00 (EST)
New DoD Cybersecurity Requirements and Their Impacts on Contractors
Breakout 2.3

CMMC, or the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification, is a unified standard for implementing cybersecurity across the defense industrial base (DIB), which includes over 300,000 companies in the supply chain. The CMMC is the Department of Defense’s (DoD) response to significant compromises of sensitive defense information located on contractors’ information systems.

The DoD released the much-anticipated CMMC version 1.0 on January 31, 2020 and was updated to version 1.02 in March, 2020. It was drafted with significant input from University Affiliated Research Centers, Federally Funded Research and Development Centers, and industry.

As this is an evolving standard will soon be formerly required for all contractors and sub-contractors of the DoD, implementing CMMC is critical for any corporation that depends on DoD contracts for their economic viability.

New DoD Cybersecurity Requirements and Their Impacts on Contractors: MEP Innovations Conference 04/26/2021 16:00 04/26/2021 17:00 America/Toronto Please login to access the live event page at https://www.mcaaevents.org/innovative-technologies-conference/live/. If you have not registered yet, please register at https://members.mcaa.org/21MEP or https://members.mcaa.org/21MEP-NonMember Need help? Contact Michelle Logan via e-mail at mlogan@mcaa.org.
Speakers
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Nick Espinosa
Chief Security Fanatic, Security Fanatics nick@securityfanatics.com
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Matt Lamb
CIO, Rosendin Electric mlamb@rosendin.com
16:00 - 17:00 (EST)
Field Foremen Tech Tools
Breakout 2.4

More data is collected and created in the VDC process than ever before. Tapping into accurate project data is a powerful tool to design buildings more accurately, fabricate complicated systems and maintain buildings. One of the biggest challenges is also getting that same information to the field so that foremen have accurate information and the current revisions.

In this session, Trent Leinenbach from North Mechanical will lead a presentation on how they use Procore applications to view models, price submittals and manage specifications. He will share what information foremen receive in the field and how they are using these tools to be more productive, accurate and avoid second guessing.

Field Foremen Tech Tools: MEP Innovations Conference 04/26/2021 16:00 04/26/2021 17:00 America/Toronto Please login to access the live event page at https://www.mcaaevents.org/innovative-technologies-conference/live/. If you have not registered yet, please register at https://members.mcaa.org/21MEP or https://members.mcaa.org/21MEP-NonMember Need help? Contact Michelle Logan via e-mail at mlogan@mcaa.org.
Speakers
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Trent Leinenbach
VDC and Technology Manager, NNorth Mechanical Contracting, Inc. trentl@northmechanical.com
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DJ Phipps
Sr. Strategic Product Consultant, Procore dj.phipps@procore.com
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Jeff Elwell
Director of Innovation and Technology, EM Duggan JElwell@emduggan.com
16:00 - 17:00 (EST)
Sheet Metal Estimating
Breakout 2.5

From Custom Workflows to Business Intelligence: A Mechanical Perspective Advanced self-performing subcontractors rely on a broad spectrum of purchased and customized software technology, in house developed solutions, machinery, robotics, automation, and advanced manufacturing processes more than ever to stay competitive while continuing to provide enormous value to their customer base.

Integrating these processes into your business model is key to realizing the rewards of these technological advances. We’ll discuss the elements of early costing, model based estimating, modeling, prefabrication, modular construction, and washing models back through the estimating process. We’ll take a close look at some Revit workflows and how those customized workflows inform both multi-trade prefab as well as true modular construction. We’ll look at some specifics of both the advantages and challenges of using Fabrication parts within the Revit environment. We will show a custom mechanical fabrication tracking and metric generation solution, how those systems communicate with our business system and where we are (and where we are going) with tie-ins to business intelligence.

Sheet Metal Estimating: MEP Innovations Conference 04/26/2021 16:00 04/26/2021 17:00 America/Toronto Please login to access the live event page at https://www.mcaaevents.org/innovative-technologies-conference/live/. If you have not registered yet, please register at https://members.mcaa.org/21MEP or https://members.mcaa.org/21MEP-NonMember Need help? Contact Michelle Logan via e-mail at mlogan@mcaa.org.
Speakers
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David Pikey
Vice President - Technology, The Hill Group david.pikey@hillgrp.com
17:00 - 17:15 (EST)
Online Rewind

A lot is happening on the first day of the MEP Innovation Conference and this is your time to catch up on the highlights. Join industry leaders for a brief roundtable on what you might have missed over the course of all of the breakouts, roundtables, general sessions and exhibitor demonstrations.

Recapping the first day’s events will be innovation leaders from MCAA, SMACNA and NECA.

Online Rewind: MEP Innovations Conference 04/26/2021 17:00 04/26/2021 17:15 America/Toronto Please login to access the live event page at https://www.mcaaevents.org/innovative-technologies-conference/live/. If you have not registered yet, please register at https://members.mcaa.org/21MEP or https://members.mcaa.org/21MEP-NonMember Need help? Contact Michelle Logan via e-mail at mlogan@mcaa.org.
Speakers
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Tauhira Ali
Executive Director of Industry Innovation, NECA tauhira@necanet.org
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Stacy Zerr
Director of PreConstruction Services, The Waldinger Corporation stacy.zerr@waldinger.com
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Angie Simon
CEO, Western Allied Mechanical asimon@westernallied.com
17:15 - 18:30 (EST)
Advancing Your Range Through Hobbies and Outside Interests
  • Sponsored by:
  • Trimble

Innovation and creativity are rarely brought about by narrowing your focus in one area. At the 2020 Technology Conference, David Epstein spoke about expanding your range in order to pull ideas from a wider area through either outside interests, hobbies, interactions and side businesses. He found that some of the best ideas came from asymmetrical interests and the more unrelated interests that you have, the better your chances of having more creativity and breakthroughs.

In this social session led by Trimble, attendees will be asked to share some of their side interests and any skills, ideas and creativity that might have come from it. If you share pictures, or media of your outside passions, not only will you make connections with other attendees, you will be given a prize for putting yourself out there and sharing your ideas with others.

Advancing Your Range Through Hobbies and Outside Interests: MEP Innovations Conference 04/26/2021 17:15 04/26/2021 18:30 America/Toronto Please login to access the live event page at https://www.mcaaevents.org/innovative-technologies-conference/live/. If you have not registered yet, please register at https://members.mcaa.org/21MEP or https://members.mcaa.org/21MEP-NonMember Need help? Contact Michelle Logan via e-mail at mlogan@mcaa.org.
12:00 - 13:00 (EST)
Understanding the Process Before Buying the Solution
Opening General Session

The promise of a new product that can miraculously fix all your is fools gold. There are a lot of great technology solutions emerging and ready to deploy in your business, but none will be effective unless you first identify the problem that you are trying to fix.

In this session, Rod Foley, President of North Mechanical Contracting in Indianapolis will begin by going through a structured process of how a company should be running and operating to track processes. He will break down how to systematically look at your processes and document the people involved, the steps to be taken, the time needed for each step and how to identify problem areas that could use improvement. He will then walk you through how you, the customer, decide what solutions you need and what you need to get out of it, not the manufacturer.

Following presentation, Jonathan Marsh from MEP Innovation Labs will walk attendees through a helpful tool to document the VDC process. MCAA’s Successful VDC Flowchart provides a
baseline roadmap of a project’s workflow throughout each stage of the project. It includes a modifiable online template that allows contractors to edit to match their internal processes and assign departments or employees to each step in the process.

Understanding the Process Before Buying the Solution: MEP Innovations Conference 04/27/2021 12:00 04/27/2021 13:00 America/Toronto Please login to access the live event page at https://www.mcaaevents.org/innovative-technologies-conference/live/. If you have not registered yet, please register at https://members.mcaa.org/21MEP or https://members.mcaa.org/21MEP-NonMember Need help? Contact Michelle Logan via e-mail at mlogan@mcaa.org.
Speakers
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Rod Foley
President, North Mechanical Contracting, Inc. rodf@northmechanical.com
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Jonathan Marsh
Construction Technologist, SteelToe Consulting LLC jdm@mepinnovationlab.com
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Stacy Zerr
Director of PreConstruction Services, The Waldinger Corporation stacy.zerr@waldinger.com
13:00 - 13:55 (EST)
ROUNDTABLES

Following each general session, roundtables will be provided to go more in-depth on areas discussed in the presentation.  Every roundtable room will include a moderator and time to break out in small groups, discuss questions and share ideas before coming back to the moderated session.

ROUNDTABLES: MEP Innovations Conference 04/27/2021 13:00 04/27/2021 13:55 America/Toronto Please login to access the live event page at https://www.mcaaevents.org/innovative-technologies-conference/live/. If you have not registered yet, please register at https://members.mcaa.org/21MEP or https://members.mcaa.org/21MEP-NonMember Need help? Contact Michelle Logan via e-mail at mlogan@mcaa.org.
14:00 - 15:00 (EST)
Exhibitor Demonstrations
Visit our exhibitor page for event sessions. (Registrants only)
Exhibitor Demonstrations: MEP Innovations Conference 04/27/2021 14:00 04/27/2021 15:00 America/Toronto Please login to access the live event page at https://www.mcaaevents.org/innovative-technologies-conference/live/. If you have not registered yet, please register at https://members.mcaa.org/21MEP or https://members.mcaa.org/21MEP-NonMember Need help? Contact Michelle Logan via e-mail at mlogan@mcaa.org.
15:00 - 15:55 (EST)
Aligning VDC Team with Project Schedule
Breakout 3.1

Companies using VDC essentially have to build a model twice once in design and the other on a jobsite. To make things more complicated, these companies need to manage both construction schedules simultaneously in order to avoid costly delays and gain the benefit of using VDC in the first place.

In this session, Eric Klaffka from JW Danforth in Buffalo, New York and Jeff Miller from Harrell-Fish in Indiana discuss some processes, tools and procedures to coordinate your schedule, keep ahead of pour dates, and getting spools and BIM ready so your field can run and gun.

Aligning VDC Team with Project Schedule: MEP Innovations Conference 04/27/2021 15:00 04/27/2021 15:55 America/Toronto Please login to access the live event page at https://www.mcaaevents.org/innovative-technologies-conference/live/. If you have not registered yet, please register at https://members.mcaa.org/21MEP or https://members.mcaa.org/21MEP-NonMember Need help? Contact Michelle Logan via e-mail at mlogan@mcaa.org.
Speakers
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Eric Klaffka
CAD Manager, John W. Danforth Company eklaffka@jwdanforth.com
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Jeff Miller
Director, Virtual Construction, Harrell-Fish, Inc. jmiller@harrell-fish.com
15:00 - 15:55 (EST)
Manufacturing Mentality for Construction
Breakout 3.2

Virtual Design and Construction has allowed contractors to push their limits of their fabrication facilities. To leverage fabrication even farther, many contractors are looking towards a manufacturing mentality. This can include using agile, lean and modular concepts to standardize the both the fabrication and design process.

In this session, Bob Snyder, Jr. of Binsky will discuss how their company utilizes these concepts in both design and building. He will be joined by Robert Durr, Jr, who leads their manufacturing effort and Dan Reuter, their VP of Virtual Construction. They will share how they have utilized manufacturing concepts to create standardized fabrication pieces as well as standardized models. They will also talk about how they are using software to connect both to the fabrication facilities as well as to the field.

Manufacturing Mentality for Construction: MEP Innovations Conference 04/27/2021 15:00 04/27/2021 15:55 America/Toronto Please login to access the live event page at https://www.mcaaevents.org/innovative-technologies-conference/live/. If you have not registered yet, please register at https://members.mcaa.org/21MEP or https://members.mcaa.org/21MEP-NonMember Need help? Contact Michelle Logan via e-mail at mlogan@mcaa.org.
Speakers
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Bob Snyder
CEO, Binsky & Snyder rsnyderjr@binsky.com
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Robert Durr, Jr.
Vice President, Binsky & Snyder rdurrjr@binsky.com
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Dan Reuter
VP, Virtual Construction, Binsky & Snyder dreuter@binsky.com
15:00 - 15:55 (EST)
Labor by Volume
Breakout 3.3

Virtual Design & Construction has evolved quickly and feverishly over the last decade. BIM/VDC has changed from a selling point of a companies forward thinking to a requirement on almost all medium sized construction projects. The benefits of the Virtual Design and Construction process were quickly adopted throughout the construction industry from Architects to Trade partners. Various organizations developed best practices for modeling standards and 3D Coordination practices to aid the industry in their pursuit of a new 3D world. The Construction industry is seeing a productivity renaissance that has not been seen for over 50 years due to the development of new tools that support these new workflows.

Labor by Volume: MEP Innovations Conference 04/27/2021 15:00 04/27/2021 15:55 America/Toronto Please login to access the live event page at https://www.mcaaevents.org/innovative-technologies-conference/live/. If you have not registered yet, please register at https://members.mcaa.org/21MEP or https://members.mcaa.org/21MEP-NonMember Need help? Contact Michelle Logan via e-mail at mlogan@mcaa.org.
Speakers
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Adam Davis
Virtual Design & Construction Manager, Lighthouse Electric adam.davis@lighthouseelectric.com
15:00 - 15:55 (EST)
Estimation Software Workflows and New Products
Breakout 3.4

According to the 2020 JBKnowledge Construction Technology Report, 62% of companies are still relying on spreadsheets for their estimating workflows. Although spreadsheets can be flexible, modifiable and intuitive, there are very huge downsides to using them. Complex formulas in spreadsheets created can capture misplaced cells, there is no transparency across employees, tie in to your accounting systems or historical data. Additionally, when estimators leave your company, they often take their bid spreadsheets with them.

Estimating and takeoff software allows for faster and more accurate bids and can be geared for every level of contractor. New estimating software also allows for model-based estimating and cloud-based collaboration. This session will provide case studies showing various software programs that go from beginner to model-based estimating. “

Estimation Software Workflows and New Products: MEP Innovations Conference 04/27/2021 15:00 04/27/2021 15:55 America/Toronto Please login to access the live event page at https://www.mcaaevents.org/innovative-technologies-conference/live/. If you have not registered yet, please register at https://members.mcaa.org/21MEP or https://members.mcaa.org/21MEP-NonMember Need help? Contact Michelle Logan via e-mail at mlogan@mcaa.org.
Speakers
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Ron King
Global Estimating Manager, Trimble MEP Division ron_king@trimble.com
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Steve Hopkins
VP Estimating, Mechanical Interiors, Inc. SHopkins@miinclp.net
15:00 - 15:55 (EST)
Disruptive Service Technology
Breakout 3.5

Service contractors have unique hardware and software needs for their operations to be successful. Most have made the leap to paperless operations, but the digital transformation is not as clean and pretty as any vendor makes it out to be. Customization and API configurations take a lot of time, money and frustration, but are the price to be paid in order to make it all work.

In this session, Scott Berger from Arista Air and Adam Wallenstein from Neptune Plumbing will lead an open discussion with attendees on opportunities and challenges that service contractors face when implementing solutions that improve their productivity. They will share examples of using video capture, artificial intelligence and communications solutions to improve their operations.

Disruptive Service Technology: MEP Innovations Conference 04/27/2021 15:00 04/27/2021 15:55 America/Toronto Please login to access the live event page at https://www.mcaaevents.org/innovative-technologies-conference/live/. If you have not registered yet, please register at https://members.mcaa.org/21MEP or https://members.mcaa.org/21MEP-NonMember Need help? Contact Michelle Logan via e-mail at mlogan@mcaa.org.
Speakers
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Scott Berger
President, Arista Air Conditioning Corp. sberger@aristair.com
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Adam Wallenstein
President, Neptune Plumbing & Heating adamw@neptuneplumbing.net
15:00 - 15:55 (EST)
Train2BIM – Incorporating Technology Into Your Existing Training
Breakout 3.6

Find out how the UA is leveraging tech to reverse engineer the Great Lakes Regional Training Center and incorporate it into an interactive 3D model and an advance plan reading textbook. With this information and data, we are able to teach the life cycle of the building from design to preconstruction, safety, scheduling, RFI’s, Plans, specification, submittals, fabrication to construction and facilities maintenance. See how the various construction technology companies are designing themselves into our training programs and making it easier for the contractors to incorporate these jobsite technologies without the additional cost to training the workforce. The Building Trades Apprenticeships advertise themselves as an “earn while you learn” program, what about a program that gets the technology in the apprentices hands and incorporates it into the training program so the apprentices “earn on what you learn on”. This way our apprentices now have the opportunity to see A-Z with the construction and building maintenance process and the contractors benefit from additional knowledge of a skilled trades person.

Train2BIM – Incorporating Technology Into Your Existing Training: MEP Innovations Conference 04/27/2021 15:00 04/27/2021 15:55 America/Toronto Please login to access the live event page at https://www.mcaaevents.org/innovative-technologies-conference/live/. If you have not registered yet, please register at https://members.mcaa.org/21MEP or https://members.mcaa.org/21MEP-NonMember Need help? Contact Michelle Logan via e-mail at mlogan@mcaa.org.
Speakers
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Ken Schneider
Training Specialist, UA-ITF kens@uanet.org
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Erik Lambrecht
VDC Modeler, MMC Contractors elambrech220@gmail.com
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Stephan Schnell
Director of Training, UA Local 467 stephan@467jatc.org
16:00 - 17:00 (EST)
Tool Asset Management Contractor Panel
Breakout 4.1

Tool management and asset tracking can be a challenge for contractors of any size or operation. A worker without a tool can grind a job to a halt, so it is essential making sure that the right tool is in the right place at all times. This also applies to assets and expensive specialty tools that might need to be shared among service trucks or jobsites.

In this session, a panel of contractors will share their case studies from each of their companies. They will include examples of tool tracking on the construction sites, how they apply it to maintenance and replacement schedules, reduce theft, track assets and apply to service vehicles or service contractors individually.

Tool Asset Management Contractor Panel: MEP Innovations Conference 04/27/2021 16:00 04/27/2021 17:00 America/Toronto Please login to access the live event page at https://www.mcaaevents.org/innovative-technologies-conference/live/. If you have not registered yet, please register at https://members.mcaa.org/21MEP or https://members.mcaa.org/21MEP-NonMember Need help? Contact Michelle Logan via e-mail at mlogan@mcaa.org.
Speakers
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Judy Miller
Construction Process Administrator, McKamish, Inc. judym@McKamish.com
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Edy Salcedo, Jr.
Operations Manager, EMCOR Services New England Mechanical (NEMSI) salcedo@nemsi.com
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Zac Walker
Warehouse Manager, Icon Mechanical ZWalker@iconmech.com
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Brianne Stewart
Construction Technology Manager, MILWAUKEE TOOL Brianne.Stewart@milwaukeetool.com
16:00 - 17:00 (EST)
Getting Good Results from Bad 3D Scans
Breakout 4.2

There are a lot of options these days for 3D scanners in contracting. The challenge most contractors face is finding a balance of quality and price for the intended purpose. Many contractors realize that 3D scanning is not just science, but there is an art to the process in order to capture the space in a way the keeps the file size small enough to work with.

Often, when the scans are processed and used for BIM, VDC technicians have to work with bad scans that don’t have enough data. Sending out the team to rescan the same area is a costly option that can be avoided if possible.

In this session, Jonathan Marsh will demonstrate ways to fix and find enough data from bad scans in order to save project time and team expense. He will also showcase some research findings from the newly revised MCAA 3D Scanning Report and walk through real life examples of different 3D scanners in a virtual environment to see corresponding quality levels.

Getting Good Results from Bad 3D Scans: MEP Innovations Conference 04/27/2021 16:00 04/27/2021 17:00 America/Toronto Please login to access the live event page at https://www.mcaaevents.org/innovative-technologies-conference/live/. If you have not registered yet, please register at https://members.mcaa.org/21MEP or https://members.mcaa.org/21MEP-NonMember Need help? Contact Michelle Logan via e-mail at mlogan@mcaa.org.
Speakers
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Jonathan Marsh
Construction Technologist, SteelToe Consulting LLC jdm@mepinnovationlab.com
16:00 - 17:00 (EST)
VDC 101 For Project Managers
Breakout 4.3

In the next five years, Project Managers will be needing to adapt to an environment where VDC plays a much more important role. Project data and processes are tied up in a BIM model to the point where working outside of them is an inefficient process that takes double work.

In this session, Project Managers will get a basic overview of how their role could change with full VDC implementation. This will include some of the basics like incorporating models from an architect, understanding the navigation and controls, and what else in important. When sitting in a coordination, how to not look like a noob and understanding all of the lingo in the discussion.

VDC 101 For Project Managers: MEP Innovations Conference 04/27/2021 16:00 04/27/2021 17:00 America/Toronto Please login to access the live event page at https://www.mcaaevents.org/innovative-technologies-conference/live/. If you have not registered yet, please register at https://members.mcaa.org/21MEP or https://members.mcaa.org/21MEP-NonMember Need help? Contact Michelle Logan via e-mail at mlogan@mcaa.org.
Speakers
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Stacy Zerr
Director of PreConstruction Services, The Waldinger Corporation stacy.zerr@waldinger.com
16:00 - 17:00 (EST)
Modern Risk Management: The Convergence of Insurance, Construction and Technology
Breakout 4.4

Exploring why the world’s leading insurance carriers are integrating insurance, construction, technology and premium to limit losses and mitigate risk for contractors. Discussing why tech-centric insurance carriers are rewarding contractors for innovating.

Modern Risk Management: The Convergence of Insurance, Construction and Technology: MEP Innovations Conference 04/27/2021 16:00 04/27/2021 17:00 America/Toronto Please login to access the live event page at https://www.mcaaevents.org/innovative-technologies-conference/live/. If you have not registered yet, please register at https://members.mcaa.org/21MEP or https://members.mcaa.org/21MEP-NonMember Need help? Contact Michelle Logan via e-mail at mlogan@mcaa.org.
Speakers
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James Benham
CEO, JBKnowledge james@jbknowledge.com
16:00 - 17:00 (EST)
Getting Rid of the Server Room
Breakout 4.5

In 2020, most companies were forced to move part of their operations to the cloud in order to work remote during the COVID-19 pandemic. For many, that was adopting Microsoft 365 and using communication platforms like Teams or Zoom to communicate. This is a great step in the right direction, but how are companies going completely cloud-based so that their entire company can have better access to more information at all times.

In this session, Matt Lamb, Rosendin Electric’s CIO will discuss how to securely implement cloud based software for your IT systems. This will include an overview of software platforms designed for the environment as well as IT system recommendations to enable the process.

Getting Rid of the Server Room: MEP Innovations Conference 04/27/2021 16:00 04/27/2021 17:00 America/Toronto Please login to access the live event page at https://www.mcaaevents.org/innovative-technologies-conference/live/. If you have not registered yet, please register at https://members.mcaa.org/21MEP or https://members.mcaa.org/21MEP-NonMember Need help? Contact Michelle Logan via e-mail at mlogan@mcaa.org.
Speakers
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Matt Lamb
CIO, Rosendin Electric mlamb@rosendin.com
17:00 - 17:15 (EST)
Online Rewind

Wondering what you missed on the second day of the MEP Innovation Conference? Join the ConstructionDorks as they catch you up on the highlights from the general session, breakouts and roundtables that you might have missed.

Online Rewind: MEP Innovations Conference 04/27/2021 17:00 04/27/2021 17:15 America/Toronto Please login to access the live event page at https://www.mcaaevents.org/innovative-technologies-conference/live/. If you have not registered yet, please register at https://members.mcaa.org/21MEP or https://members.mcaa.org/21MEP-NonMember Need help? Contact Michelle Logan via e-mail at mlogan@mcaa.org.
Speakers
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Trent Leinenbach
VDC and Technology Manager, NNorth Mechanical Contracting, Inc. trentl@northmechanical.com
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Travis Voss
Technology Manager, Helm Group, Inc. tvoss@helmgroup.com
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Jonathan Marsh
Construction Technologist, SteelToe Consulting LLC jdm@mepinnovationlab.com
17:15 - 18:30 (EST)
MILWAUKEE TOOL Social Hackathon
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  • MILWAUKEE TOOL

Calling all MacGyvers. We are looking for teams to compete in one of the best and silliest competitions that this group has ever come up with – The Social Hackathon.

If you have ever participated in a hackathon event, you know that people break down in groups over three days, come up with a design, create a prototype and present their solutions to a problem that someone faces in the industry today. This is not one of those hackathons.

In this social hackathon, every team gets a list of parts and components and given 30 minutes to break up into their teams to create a design that will astound the other teams with its creativity, complete use of materials, and utter uselessness.

The goal of this social hackathon is not to create the next generation of amazing tool – it is to make everyone laugh at your creative concoction of components that complete a counterproductive chore.

Judges will evaluate each project on creativity, use of all component items, team name, and how well it fixes a problem that has absolutely no need of a solution. Think of it as the boardgame Mousetrap, meets construction, meets happy hour.

The winning team will receive a coveted prize, a trophy and above all else, respect from their peers.

MILWAUKEE TOOL Social Hackathon: MEP Innovations Conference 04/27/2021 17:15 04/27/2021 18:30 America/Toronto Please login to access the live event page at https://www.mcaaevents.org/innovative-technologies-conference/live/. If you have not registered yet, please register at https://members.mcaa.org/21MEP or https://members.mcaa.org/21MEP-NonMember Need help? Contact Michelle Logan via e-mail at mlogan@mcaa.org.
Speakers
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Tauhira Ali
Executive Director of Industry Innovation, NECA tauhira@necanet.org
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Sean McGuire
Director, Innovative Technology, MCAA smcguire@mcaa.org
12:00 - 13:00 (EST)
Innovations from Other Industries That Can Be Applied to Construction
Closing General Session

With $1.7 Trillion spent worldwide annually on R&D, amazing innovations have been made in science and technology that might not originally be thought to apply to construction. While some of these discoveries might be very far off in the distant future, others like robotics, artificial intelligence and virtual reality are making their way to the construction industry today.

The challenge that the construction industry faces is that jobsites are not controlled environments and each project is essentially its own prototype. For innovations to work, they must be adaptable, rugged and intelligent.

In the closing general session, James Benham, CEO of JBKnowledge, will showcase some emerging technologies and discuss how they could be adapted to construction. New research has been accomplished in communications, the space industry, controls, wearables, materials science, remote power, chemistry, and safety. He will share how the industry could artfully adapt innovations for unintended purposes.

Innovations from Other Industries That Can Be Applied to Construction: MEP Innovations Conference 04/28/2021 12:00 04/28/2021 13:00 America/Toronto Please login to access the live event page at https://www.mcaaevents.org/innovative-technologies-conference/live/. If you have not registered yet, please register at https://members.mcaa.org/21MEP or https://members.mcaa.org/21MEP-NonMember Need help? Contact Michelle Logan via e-mail at mlogan@mcaa.org.
Speakers
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James Benham
CEO, JBKnowledge james@jbknowledge.com
13:00 - 14:00 (EST)
ROUNDTABLES

Following each general session, roundtables will be provided to go more in-depth on areas discussed in the presentation.  Every roundtable room will include a moderator and time to break out in small groups, discuss questions and share ideas before coming back to the moderated session.

ROUNDTABLES: MEP Innovations Conference 04/28/2021 13:00 04/28/2021 14:00 America/Toronto Please login to access the live event page at https://www.mcaaevents.org/innovative-technologies-conference/live/. If you have not registered yet, please register at https://members.mcaa.org/21MEP or https://members.mcaa.org/21MEP-NonMember Need help? Contact Michelle Logan via e-mail at mlogan@mcaa.org.
14:00 - 15:00 (EST)
Exhibitor Demonstrations
Visit our exhibitor page for event sessions. (Registrants only)
Exhibitor Demonstrations: MEP Innovations Conference 04/28/2021 14:00 04/28/2021 15:00 America/Toronto Please login to access the live event page at https://www.mcaaevents.org/innovative-technologies-conference/live/. If you have not registered yet, please register at https://members.mcaa.org/21MEP or https://members.mcaa.org/21MEP-NonMember Need help? Contact Michelle Logan via e-mail at mlogan@mcaa.org.
15:00 - 15:55 (EST)
How to Achieve 5x Spooling Productivity in Revit
Breakout 5.1

Brandt, an MCAA member contractor in Texas utilizes BIMPro’s spooling functionality in Revit to increase their capabilities 5-fold. Designing in Fabrication CADmep and spooling in Revit, Brandt’s unique workflow allows them to transition their design and detailing teams into Revit at their own pace while leveraging BIMPro’s easy-to-use platform to increase their speed and accuracy. Brandt has been able to go from spooling 60 sheets per person per day in CADmep to over 300 with the same personnel using BIMPro and Revit.

How to Achieve 5x Spooling Productivity in Revit: MEP Innovations Conference 04/28/2021 15:00 04/28/2021 15:55 America/Toronto Please login to access the live event page at https://www.mcaaevents.org/innovative-technologies-conference/live/. If you have not registered yet, please register at https://members.mcaa.org/21MEP or https://members.mcaa.org/21MEP-NonMember Need help? Contact Michelle Logan via e-mail at mlogan@mcaa.org.
Speakers
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John Trammell
Director of VDC Technologies, The Brandt Companies, LLC john.trammell@brandt.us
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James Young
Spooling Manager, The Brandt Companies, LLC james.young@brandt.us
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Britton Langdon
Founder and President, MSUITE blangdon@msuite.com
15:00 - 15:55 (EST)
Diversity, Culture and Resilience to Future-proof Your Company
Breakout 5.2

As the construction industry faces unprecedented social and economic challenges, the value of culture and leveraging team diversity is more important than ever before.  Today’s industry leaders must adapt to thrive amidst novel concerns around safety, productivity, and upskilling labor.  For the first time in history, we are also facing a monumental influx of emerging industry technology, increased focus on process efficacy, and five generations coexisting in the workplace.  By fostering a culture of creativity, productivity, and efficiency, your company can mobilize to create a resilient innovation culture that is able to weather economic uncertainties and elevate your business to its highest potential.

Diversity, Culture and Resilience to Future-proof Your Company: MEP Innovations Conference 04/28/2021 15:00 04/28/2021 15:55 America/Toronto Please login to access the live event page at https://www.mcaaevents.org/innovative-technologies-conference/live/. If you have not registered yet, please register at https://members.mcaa.org/21MEP or https://members.mcaa.org/21MEP-NonMember Need help? Contact Michelle Logan via e-mail at mlogan@mcaa.org.
Speakers
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Tauhira Ali
Executive Director of Industry Innovation, NECA tauhira@necanet.org
15:00 - 15:55 (EST)
Leveraging the VDC Model for Project Managers
Breakout 5.3

COVID-19 Site restrictions forced a lot of Project Managers to rethink how they manage construction projects. Many looked to information in a coordinated BIM model to get answers and stay ahead of field foremen by using the model in different ways – estimating, spooling work packages, purchasing, planning, and scheduling.

This session will show how powerful a tool a VDC model can be outside of the VDC department. More information is available to Project Managers than ever before without even accessing the construction site.

Leveraging the VDC Model for Project Managers: MEP Innovations Conference 04/28/2021 15:00 04/28/2021 15:55 America/Toronto Please login to access the live event page at https://www.mcaaevents.org/innovative-technologies-conference/live/. If you have not registered yet, please register at https://members.mcaa.org/21MEP or https://members.mcaa.org/21MEP-NonMember Need help? Contact Michelle Logan via e-mail at mlogan@mcaa.org.
Speakers
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Jeff Elwell
Director of Innovation and Technology, EM Duggan JElwell@emduggan.com
15:00 - 15:55 (EST)
VR Workshop For BIM Coordination?
Breakout 5.4

Virtual Reality (VR) devices have been growing in popularity as they begin to be wireless and separate from early phone based devices. Software developers have begun developing offerings that allow BIM users to view their models in a VR environment. But in reality, how practical is model coordination using this emerging technology?

In this breakout, attendees with access to VR devices (i.e. – Oculus Quest) can cooperate in the live VR coordination session. Other attendees will have a birds eye view of the activity via screen-sharing Together, we’ll experience what’s possible today, and discuss potential applications for the technology in the construction space.

VR Workshop For BIM Coordination?: MEP Innovations Conference 04/28/2021 15:00 04/28/2021 15:55 America/Toronto Please login to access the live event page at https://www.mcaaevents.org/innovative-technologies-conference/live/. If you have not registered yet, please register at https://members.mcaa.org/21MEP or https://members.mcaa.org/21MEP-NonMember Need help? Contact Michelle Logan via e-mail at mlogan@mcaa.org.
Speakers
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Nathan Wood
Chief Enabling Officer, Spectrum AEC nathan@spectrumaec.com
15:00 - 15:55 (EST)
Establishing Control on the Jobsite Presentation
Breakout 5.5

Bryan and Bill will discuss the importance of control lines and the enforcement of their use as reference for all trades involved with a project. We will attempt to give you the understanding that the centerlines of the existing building steel and the column grid on the design documents are almost never the same. We will show you a real world example where everyone was convinced they were doing the right thing and the walls were 2” off.

Establishing Control on the Jobsite Presentation: MEP Innovations Conference 04/28/2021 15:00 04/28/2021 15:55 America/Toronto Please login to access the live event page at https://www.mcaaevents.org/innovative-technologies-conference/live/. If you have not registered yet, please register at https://members.mcaa.org/21MEP or https://members.mcaa.org/21MEP-NonMember Need help? Contact Michelle Logan via e-mail at mlogan@mcaa.org.
Speakers
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Bryan Williams
Portfolio Manager, Trimble Inc bryan_williams@trimble.com
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Bill Knowles
VDC Manager, West Chester Mechanical Contractors, Inc. billk@wcmechanical.com
15:00 - 15:55 (EST)
Building With The Industry: A Contractor/Tech Partnership Perspective
Breakout 5.6

This session will give attendees insight into a productive contractor/tech company partnership between Binsky & Snyder, a New Jersey-based Mechanical Contractor and DADO, Inc., a construction technology company. Binsky’s Kirk Reimer will share stories and examples of the ways DADO has built features around Binsky’s workflows and improved the software based on the Binsky team’s feedback. This collaborative relationship is just one example of the ways in which contractors and software providers can partner more closely to deliver high value back to the industry, and ensure that tech is adjusting to the needs and preferences of builders, not the other way around.

Building With The Industry: A Contractor/Tech Partnership Perspective: MEP Innovations Conference 04/28/2021 15:00 04/28/2021 15:55 America/Toronto Please login to access the live event page at https://www.mcaaevents.org/innovative-technologies-conference/live/. If you have not registered yet, please register at https://members.mcaa.org/21MEP or https://members.mcaa.org/21MEP-NonMember Need help? Contact Michelle Logan via e-mail at mlogan@mcaa.org.
Speakers
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Jake Olsen
Co-founder and CEO, DADO jake@projectdado.com
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Kirk Reimer
Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Binsky & Snyder kirk.reimer@binsky.com
16:00 - 16:55 (EST)
Safety Director Technology
Breakout 6.1

Leading and lagging indicators are powerful tools in the prevention of accidents, but distributing, collecting, filing, retrieving information and reporting on findings using paper and pencil is full of administrative cost and requires large storage spaces for file boxes.  Some contractors have begun to use electronic forms specific to the task and others that have been customized to the purpose.  In both methods, report data including incidents, observations and conditions need to be collected, aggregated and organized to help find and report on trends that can reduce the number of injuries and accidents on projects.

In this session, Michael Nahas, Emcor Group’s Director of Productivity and QC, will discuss how to identify indicators, the purpose behind it and the affordable process that they use to collect and manage reports.

Safety Director Technology: MEP Innovations Conference 04/28/2021 16:00 04/28/2021 16:55 America/Toronto Please login to access the live event page at https://www.mcaaevents.org/innovative-technologies-conference/live/. If you have not registered yet, please register at https://members.mcaa.org/21MEP or https://members.mcaa.org/21MEP-NonMember Need help? Contact Michelle Logan via e-mail at mlogan@mcaa.org.
Speakers
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Mike Nahas
Director, Productivity and Quality Management, Emcor mnahas@emcor.net
16:00 - 16:55 (EST)
Fabrication 101
Breakout 6.2

The MCAA has been holding a Fabrication Conference for over 20 years. During each one of these, the MCAA Fabrication Committee works with a host company to provide a facility tour of their operations and demonstrate how contractors can use fabrication strategy to increase their productivity and maximize their crew mix. Host companies typically have large fabrication facilities, dedicated shop personnel and years of experience in managing the process.

Getting to that point in fabrication can be seen as a daunting challenge, but one that can be done in almost any space with basic tools and still be more profitable than performing the same work on the jobsite. The challenge in getting started is focusing on a set space, designated tools and hiring the right people to oversee it.

In this session, Greg Fuller, President of North Mechanical and a member of the MCAA Fabrication Committee will discuss initial investment, culture and the space and tools you need to get started.

Fabrication 101: MEP Innovations Conference 04/28/2021 16:00 04/28/2021 16:55 America/Toronto Please login to access the live event page at https://www.mcaaevents.org/innovative-technologies-conference/live/. If you have not registered yet, please register at https://members.mcaa.org/21MEP or https://members.mcaa.org/21MEP-NonMember Need help? Contact Michelle Logan via e-mail at mlogan@mcaa.org.
Speakers
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Greg Fuller
President, North Mechanical Contracting, Inc. gregf@northmechanical.com
16:00 - 16:55 (EST)
The Challenges of Implementation – When to Cut the Cord and When to Adapt
Breakout 6.3

Implementing a new solution into your organization is a challenging process.  Once a new product has been researched, it needs to be tested and have trials in the field.  The real challenge can be fostering adoption after it has cleared the initial hurdles.  How does your team determine when the new process is worth the change it takes to implement?  What happens when the solution changes and you have to determine if you shoot the horse or adapt to a new product?  What happens if the first teams to adopt go rogue and implement something else?

In this session we will talk about managing implementation, standardizing the process and making decisions on the value proposition of new solutions.

The Challenges of Implementation – When to Cut the Cord and When to Adapt: MEP Innovations Conference 04/28/2021 16:00 04/28/2021 16:55 America/Toronto Please login to access the live event page at https://www.mcaaevents.org/innovative-technologies-conference/live/. If you have not registered yet, please register at https://members.mcaa.org/21MEP or https://members.mcaa.org/21MEP-NonMember Need help? Contact Michelle Logan via e-mail at mlogan@mcaa.org.
Speakers
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Travis Voss
Technology Manager, Helm Group, Inc. tvoss@helmgroup.com
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Jeff Knoup
VP Operations, Helm Group, Inc. jknoup@helmgroup.com
16:00 - 16:55 (EST)
Managing Change Orders with Non-Excel Software
Breakout 6.4

Managing the Change Order process with for a construction project can be a complicated process. The status quo workflow in the industry has been the create project centric spreadsheets to manage the collection of project data to collect, track and share with outside teams. The management of construction workflows through spreadsheet creates the opportunity for each employee to conduct the task there way.

By making the move to a dedicated software platform, construction management teams can:

  1. Standardize a workflow for consistent execution by staff.
  2. Generate useable data that can be analyzed for trends.
Managing Change Orders with Non-Excel Software: MEP Innovations Conference 04/28/2021 16:00 04/28/2021 16:55 America/Toronto Please login to access the live event page at https://www.mcaaevents.org/innovative-technologies-conference/live/. If you have not registered yet, please register at https://members.mcaa.org/21MEP or https://members.mcaa.org/21MEP-NonMember Need help? Contact Michelle Logan via e-mail at mlogan@mcaa.org.
Speakers
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Craig Berman
CEO, Geauga Mechanical cberman@geaugamechanical.com
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Rachel Botbyl
Preconstruction Assistant, Andy J. Egan Co. botbylr@andyegan.com
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Erica Bouma
Accounting & Special Projects Manager, Andy J. Egan Co. boumae@andyegan.com
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Rob McKinney
Sr. Solution Engineer, eSUB rob.mckinney@esub.com
16:00 - 16:55 (EST)
Shop Connectivity
Breakout 6.5

Sheet metal contractors have been on the forefront of fabrication manufacturing for years. Connected equipment has allowed for increased efficiency, a reduction in material waste and improved communication with both the design team and the field. As manufacturing solutions evolve in mechanical and plumbing fabrication, there is opportunity for further connectivity once the communication is established in those areas.

In this session, Darren Young of UMC, Inc. will share some lessons learned in connecting manufacturing equipment in their fab shop beyond IT concerns. He will discuss how equipment connectivity takes some IT support to make sure it can be driven properly. New equipment also takes process change and communications in order to get new equipment operational within your system and production maximized.

Shop Connectivity: MEP Innovations Conference 04/28/2021 16:00 04/28/2021 16:55 America/Toronto Please login to access the live event page at https://www.mcaaevents.org/innovative-technologies-conference/live/. If you have not registered yet, please register at https://members.mcaa.org/21MEP or https://members.mcaa.org/21MEP-NonMember Need help? Contact Michelle Logan via e-mail at mlogan@mcaa.org.
Speakers
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Darren Young
Director of Construction Technology, University Mechanical Contractors (UMC) dyoung@umci.com
17:00 - 18:00 (EST)
ConTech Crew Live Podcast – Live 2021 MEP Innovation Conference Wrap-up
Recap Podcast

Join James Benham, Josh Bone & MCAA’s Sean McGuire, will recount some of their biggest conference takeaways, the best sessions and lessons learned from the conference this year. This podcast will be recorded with audience participation for questions and answers as well as be distributed on the weekly ConTech Crew Podcast feed.

ConTech Crew Live Podcast – Live 2021 MEP Innovation Conference Wrap-up: MEP Innovations Conference 04/28/2021 17:00 04/28/2021 18:00 America/Toronto Please login to access the live event page at https://www.mcaaevents.org/innovative-technologies-conference/live/. If you have not registered yet, please register at https://members.mcaa.org/21MEP or https://members.mcaa.org/21MEP-NonMember Need help? Contact Michelle Logan via e-mail at mlogan@mcaa.org.
Speakers
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James Benham
CEO, JBKnowledge james@jbknowledge.com
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Sean McGuire
Director, Innovative Technology, MCAA smcguire@mcaa.org
ConTech Crew Live Podcast – Live 2021 MEP Innovation Conference Wrap-up image
Josh Bone
Executive Director, ELECTRI International josh.bone@necanet.org
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