2024 Construction Tech Conference

July 23-25, 2024 | Chicago, IL


7.23.2024 at 8:00AM - 7.25.2024 at 5:00PM


Convene – Willis Tower 233 S Wacker Dr. Chicago, Illinois 60606

The Construction Industry's Premier, Independent Tech Conference

For more than five years, The BuiltWorlds Construction Tech Conference has been the premier gathering place for people on the frontlines of finding and implementing leading edge technology in the Construction Sector.

Participants can network, learn about the latest trends in construction technology and gain data-driven insights from BuiltWorlds Analysts garnered via surveys of actual usage by construction companies.

Nowhere else do industry technology adopters get the level of objective, comprehensive, and actionable insights on emerging technology adoption that they get at the BuiltWorlds Construction Tech Conference.

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Topics Discussed at Construction Tech

Enhancing Construction Site Safety with Technology

Advancing Construction Project Management

Strategies for Smooth Site Logistics Operations

Site Sustainability & ESG Tracking

Construction Fleet Solutions

Preparing for AI and ML Integration

Field Solutions & Project Software

Scheduling Solutions

Sustainable Jobsite Strategies & Solutions

Maximizing Efficiency with Robotic Solutions 

Michael Pink

CEO, SmartPM

Alana Spencer

Vice President of Sustainability, Clayco

Sean Moran

Senior Project Manager / Director of Sustainability, Clayco

Eric Cylwik

Director of Innovation, The Sundt Companies

Rob Leon

Chief Innovation Officer, STO Building Group

Alan Espinoza

Solution Architect - Construction, Applied Software Graitec Group

Daniel Meissner

Director, Growth & Strategic Partnerships, EllisDon Corporation

Tyler Sewall

Senior Director, BuiltWorlds

Dr. Sarah Buchner

CEO, Trunk Tools

David Gaw

Chief Strategy Officer, Founder, Sensera Systems

Joel Hutchines

CPO, Slate.AI

Dan Williamson

Director of AI, Ryan Companies

Ivy Nguyen

Principal, Autotech Ventures

Hamzah Shanbari

Director of Innovation, Haskell

Janna Colucci

CEO, Bundle

Roger Yarrow

CEO, TrueLook

Kyle Hudson

Vice President, VIATechnik

George Perrett

Operational Excellence - Scaffolding, Peri GmbH

Ivan Mutis

Associate Professor, Illinois Institute of Technology

Brady Mercer

National Planning & Scheduling Director, JE Dunn

Brandon Howell

Vice President - Scheduling, Layton Construction

Subash Arunachalam

Director, FormBid

John Overend

Innovation Engineer, Kiewit Corporation

Richard Fifita

Co-Founder & CEO, Veyor

Robert Davidsen

Fleet Technology Manager, Ozinga

Mihir Somalwar

Corporate Innovation Lead, Hensel Phelps

Kate MeLynda

President & Chief Business Officer, Formant

Brent Wadas

CEO, BotBuilt

Matt DeSarno

CEO, Verfico

Zachary Johnson

Director of VDC, Nabholz

Matthew Windmiller

Co-Founder, Optimized Building Intelligence

Seth Terry

CEO, New Day Hydrogen

Daniel Shaw

CEO / Co-Founder, Legman.io

Drew Carter

CEO, Whistle Rewards

Matt Hedke

Director, VDC Solutions, Barton Malow

Tom Garcia

President, Rooster Asset Tracking Systems

Jim Mullen

Head of Finance & Strategy at UFP Industries, UFP Industries

Jeff Danley

Director of Innovation, Burns & McDonnell

Sean Wrenn

Senior Analyst, BuiltWorlds

Audrey Lynch

Research Analyst, BuiltWorlds

Joe Glynn

Virtual Construction Manager, Clune Construction

Joshua Thomlinson Aaron

Sr Project Engineer, Gilbane Building Company

Lindsey Landwehr-Fasules

Director, Sustainability, Turner Construction

Eric Crawford

CEO, IFP Connect

Sofie Richardson

Research Analyst, BuiltWorlds

Blake Jackson

Director, Sustainability, NORR

Brian Gallagher

Vice President, Corporate Development, Graycor

Paul Cardis

Co-Founder and CEO, On3

Randi Lucas

Project Manager, Cord Meyer Development Company

Ahmad Hadavi

Clinical Professor, Northwestern University - MPM and EMDC

Brian Mulshine

Sr. Director, Maintenance Product Management, Trimble

Gabriel Wilcox

Director of Sustainable Design, Krueck Sexton Partners

Ben Preston

Co-Founder, COO, Gearflow

Josh Whisenant

CEO, Roger

Preliminary Agenda

Day 1 Schedule

8:00 am – 12:00 PM

BuiltWorlds Midwest Forum

An exploration of the research initatives, startups, strategic partners, fund investors, and government initiatives fueling the Built World innovation ecosystem around the American Midwest.


Venture Forum | July 23, 2024

Access to this forum meeting is restricted to members of the Venture Forum or by special invitation.


Construction Tech Forum | July 23, 2024

Sean Moran, Senior Project Manager/Director of Sustainability, Clayco; Ahmad Hadavi, Clinical Professor, Northwestern University

Access to this forum meeting is restricted to members of the Construction Tech Research Track or by special invitation.


Demo Day Competition | July 23, 2024

All conference attendees are invited to attend the Demo Competition ahead of the general sessions on the 23rd.

Participating companies include:

New Day Hydrogen
Optimized Building Intelligence (Obi)
Verfico Technology


Reception | July 23, 2024


Dinner | July 23, 2024

Day 2 Schedule


Welcome & Breakfast | July 24, 2024


Welcoming Address | July 24, 2024


Keynote | July 24, 2024

Robert Leon, Chief Information Officer, STO Building Group


Safe Sites, Smart Solutions: Enhancing Construction Site Safety with Technology | July 24, 2024

Roger Yarrow, CEO, Truelook; Eric Cylwik, Director of Innovation, Sundt; John Overend, Principal Innovation Engineer, Kiewit; Paul Cardis, Co-Founder & CEO, On3

During this session, a group of expert panelists will dive into the complex challenges of ensuring safety on construction sites and discuss innovative strategies and technologies that are transforming safety practices. The discussion will cover a range of topics, from wearable devices and IoT sensors to virtual reality simulations and predictive analytics. Attendees can expect to gain valuable insights into the latest advancements that are revolutionizing safety protocols and risk management strategies. Through real-world examples and expert analysis, participants will be equipped with actionable approaches to enhance safety culture, mitigate hazards, and promote the well-being of workers in the construction sector. We invite you to join us as we work towards creating a safer and more secure future in construction.


Networking Break | July 24, 2024


Advancing Construction Project Management by Organizing People and Processes for Success | July 24, 2024

Sarah Buchner, Founder & CEO, Trunk Tools

This session will explore innovative strategies, best practices, and technologies for enhancing the efficiency of construction project management. Emphasizing the critical role of cohesive team dynamics and streamlined processes, industry experts will discuss cutting-edge approaches to project planning, resource allocation, and stakeholder engagement. Attendees will gain insights into leveraging technology and fostering collaborative environments to mitigate risks, reduce costs, and ensure timely project delivery. This session aims to equip construction professionals with the knowledge and tools necessary to optimize both human and procedural elements and drive successful project outcomes.


Exploring Strategies for Smooth Site Logistics Operations | July 24, 2024

Janna Colucci, CEO & Co-founder, Bundle; Richard Fifita, CEO & Co-founder, Veyor; Matt Hedke, Director of VDC Solutions, Barton Malow; Randi Lucas, Project Manager, Cord Meyer Development Company

In this session, we will be exploring innovative methods for optimizing jobsite logistic strategies. Attendees will learn about the latest advancements in construction logistics, from advanced tracking systems and digital supply chain platforms to Just-in-Time delivery models and lean construction principles. Through real-world case studies and expert analysis, participants will gain invaluable insights and actionable strategies for enhancing efficiency, reducing costs, and minimizing delays in construction projects.


Lunch | July 24, 2024


BuiltWorlds Research Presentation - Field Solutions & Project Software | July 24, 2024

Audrey Lynch, Research Analyst, BuiltWorlds; Sofie Richardson, Research Analyst, BuiltWorlds

In this session, BuiltWorlds Research Analysts Audrey Lynch and Sofie Richardson will share key insights from our Field Solutions and Project Software benchmarking data.


Reality Redefined: Advancing Construction Through Innovative Capture Techniques | July 24, 2024

David Gaw, Founder & Chief Strategy Officer, Sensera; Zachary Johnson, Director of VDC, Nabholz; Daniel Meissner, Director of Growth & Strategic Partnerships; Joe Glynn, Virtual Construction Manager, Clune Construction

In this panel, speakers will discuss the transformative potential of reality capture technologies, dissecting their pivotal role in project visualization, progress monitoring, and quality assurance. From photogrammetry to LiDAR scanning and drones, attendees will explore the various uses and possibilities that are reshaping construction workflows and stakeholder collaboration. Through illuminating case studies and expert insights, participants will gain a deeper understanding of how reality capture solutions can streamline project delivery, mitigate risks, and drive innovation in the built environment.


Successful Strategies for Streamlined Construction Projects: Scheduling Solution Spotlight | July 24, 2024

Michael Pink, CEO, SmartPM; Brady Mercer, National Planning & Scheduling Director, JE Dunn Construction; Brandon Howell, VP - Scheduling, Layton Construction

This panel will shed light on the intricacies of scheduling optimization. Speakers will delve into innovative strategies and cutting-edge technologies that are reshaping project timelines and resource allocation. Attendees will gain valuable insights into harnessing the power of scheduling solutions to enhance efficiency, mitigate risks, and drive project success. Through practical use cases and expert analysis, participants will emerge equipped with actionable strategies to navigate the complexities of construction scheduling and propel their projects towards greater productivity and profitability.


Networking Break | July 24, 2024


Breakout Session - Tools, Equipment, & Robotics | July 24, 2024

Access to this session is restricted to members of the Tools, Equipment, & Robotics Research track or by special invitation.


Lessons Learned - Precogs | July 24, 2024

Kyle Hudson, Vice President, VIATechnik; Hamzah Shanbari, Director of Innovation, Haskell


Smart Foundations: Preparing for AI and ML Integration in Construction | July 24, 2024

Alan Espinoza, Solution Architect, Graitec; Ivy Nguyen, Principal, Autotech Ventures; Dan Williamson, Director of AI, Ryan Companies; Joel Hutchines, CPO, Slate Technologies

Prepare for a compelling exploration of AI preparedness within the construction industry in our upcoming panel discussion. Expert panelists will delve into the transformative potential of artificial intelligence, examining its role in revolutionizing project management, design optimization, and risk mitigation. Attendees will gain insights into the latest AI applications tailored to construction, from predictive analytics to autonomous equipment, and explore strategies for integrating these technologies into existing workflows. By navigating the challenges and opportunities of AI adoption, attendees will emerge equipped with a deeper understanding of how AI can drive efficiency, innovation, and competitive advantage in the construction sector.


Digital Leaders Announcement | July 24, 2024


Digital Leaders Reception | July 24, 2024

Day 3 Schedule


Welcome & Breakfast | July 25, 2024


BuiltWorlds Research Presentation - Sustainable Jobsites | July 25, 2024

Sean Wrenn, Senior Analyst, BuiltWorlds

In this session, BuiltWorlds Senior Analyst Sean Wrenn will share key insights from our Sustainable Jobsites benchmarking data.


Site Sustainability and ESG Tracking: Best Practices | July 25, 2024

Brian Gallagher, VP, Corporate Development, Graycor Construction Company; Elena Villareal Daniel, Senior Vice President - Head of Environmental, Social and Governance, Logistics Property Company, LLC; Gabriel Wilcox, Director of Sustainable Design, Krueck Sexton Partners; John Denbo, Project Executive, Graycor Construction Company

Join us for an insightful panel discussion tailored for construction executives, focusing on the best practices for Site Sustainability & ESG Tracking. As the construction industry increasingly emphasizes job site sustainability, environmental responsibility and social governance, owners, designers and contractors are seeking approaches to optimize their sustainability programs. This session will delve into strategies to integrate sustainable practices on job sites. Our expert panelists will share their experiences and innovative approaches to reducing environmental impact, improving resource efficiency, and enhancing community relations. Additionally, the discussion will cover effective and practical methods for tracking and reporting ESG metrics, ensuring compliance, and boosting transparency. Attendees will gain actionable insights into driving sustainability initiatives that not only meet regulatory standards but also enhance the overall value and reputation of their firms. Don't miss this opportunity to learn from industry leaders and elevate your company's commitment to sustainability and ESG excellence.


Building for Tomorrow With Sustainable Jobsite Strategies & Solutions | July 25, 2024

Alana Spencer, VP of Sustainability, Clayco; Blake Jackson, Director of Sustainability, NORR; Joshua Thomlinson Aaron, Sr. Project Engineer, Gilbane; Lindsey Landwehr-Fasules, Director of Sustainability, Turner Construction Company

In the face of growing environmental concerns and regulatory pressures, the construction industry is undergoing a profound shift towards sustainability. This panel discussion delves into the evolving landscape of sustainable jobsite solutions, exploring innovative strategies and best practices that are reshaping the way construction projects are planned, executed, and maintained. From green building materials to renewable energy integration and waste management practices, panelists will share insights into the latest trends and technologies driving sustainability in construction. Moreover, the panel will address the challenges and opportunities associated with implementing sustainable solutions, offering practical guidance for industry professionals seeking to enhance their sustainability efforts.


Demo Day Winner Announcement | July 25, 2024


Driving Progress: Maximizing Performance with Construction Fleet Solutions | July 25, 2024

Robert Davidsen, Fleet Technology Manager, Ozinga; Brian Mulshine, Sr. Director Maintenance Product Management, Trimble

This panel discussion will focus on the challenges and opportunities of managing a fleet of vehicles, from purchasing and maintenance to logistics coordination. The discussion will explore innovative technologies and best practices to help attendees improve fleet efficiency, reduce downtime, and achieve project success. We will delve into the interdependent relationship between effective fleet management and construction project objectives, and provide insights on how to achieve operational excellence in the constantly evolving construction industry.


Breakout Session - Artificial Intelligence in the AEC Industry | July 25, 2024

Eric Crawford, CEO, IFP Connect

Access to this session is restricted to members of the AI/ML Preparedness Research track or by special invitation.


Automating Construction and Maximizing Efficiency with Robotic Solutions | July 25, 2024

Brent Wadas, CEO, BotBuilt; George Perrett, Operational Excellence - Scaffolding, Peri; Ivan Mutis, Associate Professor, Illinois Institute of Technology; Kate MeLynda, President & Chief Business Officer, Formant

The construction industry is on the verge of a major transformation, thanks to the integration of robotics. As technology continues to advance, the use of robotics is set to revolutionize the way we plan, design, and execute construction projects. This panel discussion will explore the various ways in which robotics are changing the construction industry. The panelists will discuss the current state of robotics in construction and highlight the latest innovations and how they can enhance productivity, efficiency, safety, and sustainability. They will also examine successful case studies and address potential challenges to provide valuable insights into utilizing the full potential of robotics to drive the industry towards a new era of construction excellence.


Top Solutions Announcement | July 25, 2024


Lunch | July 25, 2024


Sponsor Hall Open | July 25, 2024


Tools, Equipment & Robotics Forum | July 25, 2024

Mihir Somalwar, Corporate Innovation Lead, Hensel Phelps

Access to this forum meeting is restricted to members of the Tools, Equipment, and Robotics Research Track or by special invitation.


AI/ML Preparedness Forum | July 25, 2024

Jeff Danley, Director of Innovation, Burns & McDonnell

As the use of AI grows, an unanswered question offering opportunity for thought is the ability to upskill or re-prioritize labor as time-consuming manual tasks become efficient and automated. For example, rather than dedicating a team to generate manual responses to RFP after RFP, what if tools existed to automate the bulk of the process, freeing up response teams to think more strategically about proposals? In our next AI/ML Preparedness forum meeting hosted at our Construction Technology Conference, Jeff Danley, Director of Innovation with Burns & McDonnell, will share how they are collaborating with Google to address these opportunities.

Access to this forum meeting is restricted to members of the AI/ML Preparedness Research Track or by special invitation.


Networking Break | July 25, 2024


Top Solutions Reception | July 25, 2024

Experience the benefits of BuiltWorlds' Dedicated Analyst Team and Focused Research Initiatives.

The BuiltWorlds Benchmarking Program aggregates proprietary data on the industry’s technology utilization of today. During this event, you will have the opportunity to see this data presented by BuiltWorlds analysts detailing what technology is leading the industry forward and how best to integrate the solutions into your organization.

Click Here to Learn About the Construction Tech Research Track

New, Larger Venue in 2024!

After two sold out years, the Construction Tech Conference is moving to a new, larger venue Willis Tower in 2024 to accommodate the growing demand for professionals in the AEC space to gather and discuss the future of the industry.  Hosting the conference for three full days, the Willis Tower venue will also allow more space for networking and research track meetings.

Convene – Willis Tower 233 S Wacker Dr. Chicago Illinois 60606

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