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Builtworlds Cities & Infrastructure Digital 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


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10/13 2021 9am CT. On October 13th, from 9 AM until 5 PM CT we will be virtually hosting the Infrastructure ’21 Conference. This full 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

Steve King

President, The Invert Chicago

Karl Heitman

President, Heitman Architects Incorporated

Cliff Fetner

Founder & CEO, Soil Connect

Mani Golparvar

Co-Founder and CTO, Reconstruct

Jason Anetsberger

Director, Customer Solutions, Komatsu

Brian Saab

CEO, Unearth Technologies Inc.

Tom Yeshurun

CEO and Co-Founder, Civ Robotics

Isaac Yun

Vice President of Design, The Invert Chicago

Ali Khaloo

CEO, Aren

Yoetzin Diaz

Smart Construction Solutions Manager, Komatsu


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

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

Digital Transformation of the Job Site

Do you know what it takes to transform the traditionally disconnected construction job site into an optimized Smart Construction job site? Learn how Komatsu implemented technology solutions with its construction team at their new Milwaukee headquarters site. This session will demonstrate how integrating 3D data, IoT, and apps into the construction process can address the skilled labor shortage, productivity improvements, construction waste, communications and data flow, and execution discrepancy.

Presented by:
Jason Anetsberger, Director of Customer Solutions, Komatsu
Yoetzin Diaz, Smart Construction Solutions Manager, Komatsu

11:40 AM – 12:10 PM

The Nation's #1 Dirt and Aggregate Marketplace creates efficiency and transparency and disrupts an age-old industry

In this session, you will hear real world examples of how Soil Connect created a dirt and aggregates marketplace that has transformed the way construction professionals, like ARCO/Murray, source and/or move dirt from their jobsites and the impact construction tech has had on how they now plan their projects.

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

Bringing Digital Twin Technology and Artificial Intelligence to the Civil Infrastructure Asset Management Community

Civil Infrastructure systems evolve over time and therefore must be assessed at routine intervals, as well as after any disaster event. Unfortunately, current practices provide subjective and inconsistent data that limits the ability to fully understand the condition and the behavior of the in-service asset and predict its remaining service life. In this talk, we will discuss how to achieve this by combining civil engineering and artificial intelligence technologies.

Presented by:
Edgar Martinez Ceja, COO & Co-Founder, Aren

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.

3:30 PM – 3:45 PM

Closing Remarks

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Learn More From Our Past Cities and Infrastructure Conferences:

  BuiltWorlds Ozinga   2020 Infrastructure Planning