Builtworlds Cities & Infrastructure Conference 2021

Where the industry's leading technologists, investors, and operators gather to learn how technology is changing the way we plan, build, and maintain our infrastructure.


10.13.2021 8:00AM - 5:00PM


WeWork 515 N. State St. Floor 2 Chicago, IL 60543

On October 13th, from 8 AM until 5 PM CT we will be hosting the Infrastructure Conference ’21 at The Point (515 N. State, Chicago, IL). Additionally, we will be live streaming the Conference for those who are not able to attend in person. This one-day conference will bring together some of the top industry leaders to discuss the technological innovations within each core aspect of today’s infrastructure projects.


Alberto Rincon

Director of Community Planning, The Invert Chicago

Karl Heitman

President, Heitman Architects Incorporated

Steve King

President, The Invert Chicago

Brian Saab

CEO, Unearth Technologies Inc.

Cliff Fetner

Founder & CEO, Soil Connect

Mani Golparvar

Co-Founder and CTO, Reconstruct

Stephen Muck

Chairman & CEO, Brayman Construction Corporation

Jason Anetsberger

Director, Customer Solutions, Komatsu

Tom Yeshurun

CEO and Co-Founder, Civ Robotics

Isaac Yun

Vice President of Design, The Invert Chicago

Ali Khaloo

CEO, Aren


Agenda updates to be released leading up to the Conference.

Day 1 Schedule

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM

Registration & Breakfast

9:00 AM – 9:10 AM

Welcoming Address

9:15 AM – 10:15 AM

Opening Keynote: Going Underground!

Question: How do you build a complex with Illinois’ largest green roof, while lowering the carbon footprint, and reducing construction material quantities? Answer: build two subsurface levels at 300’ and 375’ below the surface. Learn how The Invert has “inverted” the community engagement, design, and engineering processes to build a 6 million square foot complex that will leverage renewable energy and create over 2,500 permanent jobs, revitalizing a historic economic center of Chicago for a cleaner, modern purpose.

Presented by:
Karl Heitman, President, Heitman Architects Incorporated
Steve King, President, Invert
Isaac Yun, VP of Design, Invert
Alberto Rincon, Director of Community Planning, Invert

10:20 AM – 10:50 AM

Fireside Chat: Optimizing Critical Infrastructure Digital Twins through the Entire Asset Life Cycle

This is a moment for action. But how can digital twins be mobilized to modernize the grid, and what does it mean for the hand-off between Owners, Engineers & GCs throughout an asset life cycle?

Presented by:
Brian Saab, Founder & CEO, Unearth Technologies

10:50 AM – 11:05 AM

Networking Break

11:05 AM – 11:35 AM

Fireside Chat

Presented by:
Jason Anetsberger, Director of Customer Solutions, Komatsu

11:40 AM – 12:10 PM

Case Study

Presented by:
Cliff Fetner, Founder & CEO, Soil Connect

12:10 PM – 1:10 PM

Analyst Luncheon

1:10 PM – 1:40 PM

Robotics as a Tool

Construction professionals are afraid of losing their jobs to robots and we need to change that way of thinking. Research shows that robotic solutions create new job opportunities and eliminate people to do repetitive, boring and dangerous tasks over and over such as layout, painting, tying rebar, striping or brick laying. In this session, Tom will share how he changed operators and union workers fears to look at robots as a tool that empowers them to do more while benefiting from safer and a better work environment.

Presented by:
Tom Yeshurun, Founder & CEO, Civ Robotics

1:45 PM – 2:15 PM

Optimizing Efficiency through Smart-Connected Infrastructure

Internet of Things (IoT) technology is drastically improving connectivity in cities and buildings through sensors and software embedded in physical objects—such as street lights, phones, & cameras. IoT technology provides real-time data analysis and information, enabling cities and companies to make smarter decisions regarding building & business management, energy regulation, traffic congestion, and much more.

2: 15 PM – 2:30 PM

Networking Break

2:30 PM – 3:30 PM

Executive Panel: Utilizing Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning to Modernize the Built World

Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning are beginning to play an important role in the development and maintenance of infrastructure systems across the globe. From the design and development of roads, dams, and buildings by civil engineers to project management across ongoing projects, AI & ML continue to significantly improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the world's infrastructure.


Mani Golparvar, Co-Founder & CTO, Reconstruct Inc.

3:35 PM – 4:20 PM

Closing Keynote

Presented by:

Stephen Muck, Founder & CEO, Brayman Construction Corporation

4:20 PM – 4:30 PM

Closing Remarks

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