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

Stephen Muck

Chairman & CEO, Brayman Construction Corporation

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


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

A Revolution of Sustainability in Crucial Infrastructure

Digital Twins—computer-generated models of physical objects or processes—are revolutionizing how we design, develop, and manage the built world. Regarding infrastructure, digital twins allow civil engineers to remotely monitor the performance of vital infrastructure, streamlining the repair and maintenance process. The use of digital twins can drastically reduce spending and improve the quality of global infrastructure.

10:50 AM – 11:05 AM

Networking Break

11:05 AM – 12:05 PM

Executive Panel: Enhancing Planning & Modeling with Digital Twins

The demand for sustainable infrastructure is rapidly increasing as concerns regarding the future of climate change grow. The United Nations reports that roughly 70% of all greenhouse gas emissions come from urban areas, a number that will need to be reduced drastically to maintain liveable conditions. Sustainable infrastructure—including decarbonization, renewable energy, and smarter urban planning—presents a massive opportunity for economic growth and equality.

12:05 PM – 1:05 PM

Analyst Luncheon

1:05 PM – 1:35 PM

Autonomous Robotics: Enhancing Infrastructure Operations

As the global labor shortage continues to rise, the use of robotics is allowing companies to save time and money without increasing overall manpower. From bricklaying robots to heavy-lifting robots to bridge-scaling robots, design, development, and maintenance of critical infrastructure are becoming streamlined. Civil engineers can now manage infrastructure without the expenditure of unnecessary energy saving time and money.

1:40 PM – 2:10 PM

Smart Transportation in the Age of Smart Cities

The United Nations projects that by 2050 greater than two-thirds of the global population will reside in urban areas. Efficient transportation in these metropolises will play a crucial role in the success of the cities. With new groundbreaking technologies—such as transportation analytics, electric vehicles, and driverless vehicle solutions—smart transportation systems are being developed and will revolutionize the way we move.

2:15 PM – 2:45 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: 45 PM – 3:00 PM

Networking Break

3:00 PM – 4:00 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.

4:05 PM – 4:35 PM

Closing Keynote: Utilizing Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning to Modernize the Built World

As the frequency of cyberattacks on vital infrastructure increases around the globe—such as the 2013 breach of the Bowman Avenue Dam in New York—cities must drastically improve their cybersecurity practices to mitigate and prevent future attacks. With new cybersecurity standards in place, the risk of hackers disrupting or shutting down essential infrastructure and networks will be reduced and confidence in systems will increase greatly. The future of cities relies heavily on the safety and maintenance of their infrastructure.

4:35 PM – 4:45 PM

Closing Remarks

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Learn More From Our Past Cities and Infrastructure Conferences:

  BuiltWorlds Ozinga   2020 Infrastructure Planning