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Machines Conference


5.3.2018 7:30AM - 4:00PM


Kasbeer Hall in Corboy Law Center at Loyola 25 E Pearson St Chicago, IL 60611

The Event Exploring the Future of Tools, Equipment, and Machinery. From Fabrication to the Field.

A full-day inside look into the next generation of tools, equipment, and machines – from fabrication to the filed –featuring keynotes from Komatsu, Construction Robotics, The Rabine Group, Kespry, and more industry leaders.

24 expert speakers. 3+ hours of built-in networking. One small-group BW Insights Workshop.

Limited tickets remain!

Machines Experts (Aka Our Speakers)

Aaron Holm

Co-CEO & Co-Founder, Blokable

Amber Fehrenbacher

Marketing Director, EquipmentShare

Brian Gaudio

CEO, Module

Chris Giattina


David Hillman

VP, Vocational Marketing, International Truck

Ernie Anderson

Equipment Manager, Graycor Industrial Constructors

Gary Rabine

CEO & Founder, Rabine Group

Jay Snyder

Technology Practice Leader, FMI

Jayson Margalus

Faculty Director, DePaul University

Jeremy Searock

Co-founder & President, TyBot, LLC

JP Giometti

Director, Strategy and R&D, HCSS

Justin Geiger

Owner/Estimator, Ironclad Excavating Inc.

Kaleb Steinhauer

Chief Executive Officer, Co-Founder, Genesis Dimensions

Matthew Postema

Chicago Dispatch Manager, Ozinga Ready Mix Inc.

Michael Case

Program Manager, Construction Engineering Research Laboratory

Michael Kipfer

Director, Mancini Duffy Design Lab, Mancini Duffy

Michael Lawrence

CEO, True Autonomy LLC

Michael P. Jacobs

President and Founder, AMT (Applied Manufacturing Technologies)

Patrick Perry

Vice President of Sales and Strategic Partnerships, Dronebase

Paul Ross

VP Marketing, Kespry

Rafael Astacio

Director of Sales and Business Development, Construction Robotics

Ronak Amin

Manager, Business Solutions, Komatsu

Sabine Hoover

Content Director, FMI Corp.

Samrudhdi Suresh

Founder, Stealth Startup

Tony Dinnocenzo

Project Manager, Graycor Industrial Constructors Inc.

Yaron Schwarcz

Co-Founder & CEO, Skyline Robotics

Attendee Demographics

BuiltWorlds Conferences typically see 100-150 senior leaders and decision makers from the built industry. For Machines, we’re targeting:

Construction Executives:
They make sure that their portfolio of construction projects is run efficiently and affordably. They make the final call about which new technologies to invest in order to grow. Machines will give them unique insight into the full landscape of construction tools, equipment, machinery, and associated processes.

Senior Field Professionals, Engineers, Architects:
As a professional in charge of executing on the end product, they are greatly impacted by the enormous changes affecting the preconstruction, design and build processes.

Technology/Robotics/Data/ioT professionals:
As a leader in the creation of technology products that impact our construction sites, they must find creative ways to integrate their solutions into construction processes and make connections that help grow your product’s awareness.


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Day 1 Schedule

7:30 am – 8:30 am

Breakfast & Networking

8:30 am – 8:40 am

Opening Remarks

Matt Gray, Co-Founder, BuiltWorlds

8:45 am – 9:05 am

Smart Construction Initiative: The Connected Jobsite

Ronak Amin, Manager Business Solutions Group, Products & Services Division, Komatsu

Komatsu's Smart Construction initiative is a platform that serves as a foundation to deploy new technologies and support customers. Ronak Amin will overview Komatsu’s newest technologies and the reasoning behind connecting the jobsite through a new line of intelligent machines including; autonomous trucks, mining, telemetrics and the catalyst truck.

9:10 am – 9:40 am

How Tech is Leveraged On Site

Paul Ross, VP of Marketing, Kespry Justin Geiger, Safety/IT Director, Ironclad Austin Conti, Founder & CEO, Tenna LLC Gennaro D'Agostino, Chief Capital Officer, Conti

Jobsite monitoring, asset tracking, and data collection. All three of these tasks are incredibly important to our industry, and have been greatly impacted through the implementation of recent technologies. Moderated by EquipmentShare, in this panel we’ll hear from innovative industry player Ironclad about how they’re utilizing technology on their own jobsite using Kespry, and the advantages they are seeing through their implementation.

9:45 am – 10:15 am

Trucking and Heavy Equipment

Dave Hillman, Navistar / International Gary Rabine, CEO, Rabine, Matt Postema, Fleet Manager, Ozinga

Trucks — whether they’re carrying construction materials, hauling off waste, or moving aggregate — are an integral part of every project, though they are rarely top of mind. With prefabrication and modular trending, we’re betting on an increase in the use (and appreciation) of trucks in the very near future. We’ll touch on the safety concerns associated with shipping, the importance of logistics, and how new technologies are allowing us to track, organize, and manage the fleet.

10:20 am – 10:45 am

Break and Speed Networking

10:50 am – 11:20 am

Next Generation of Robotic Equipment

Michael Lawrence, Founder and CEO, True Autonomy Rafael Astacio, Dir. Of Sales, Construction Robotics Yaron J. Schwarcz, Skyline Robotics, Co-Founder and CEO Jeremy Searock, Co-Founder & President, Tybot, Moderator: Moderator: Samrudhdi Suresh, Founder, Stealth Startup

A wide range of new tools are available throughout the construction process. These tools range from connected power tools for cleaning and concrete polishing to autonomous rebar-tying and bricklaying robotics that can assist in various aspects of the construction process. During this panel, we will meet some of the people who are developing the next generation of tools as well as how contractors are using these tools both in the shop and in the field. In doing so, we will explore how installation strategies are changing, how the process is being monitored, and how the work is maintained once installation occurs.

11:25 am – 11:55 pm

BuiltWorlds Safe Insights: Leveraging Technology to Advance Tool Equipment Safety

Ernie Anderson, Equipment Manager, Graycor Tony Dinnocenzo, Graycor Sam Huffman, BuiltWorlds

Tackling the many safety issues on the site is no small task, but utilizing new tool and equipment technology sure helps. That’s why we teamed up with Graycor to document, promote, and learn about what’s making our tools and equipment safer through our ‘Safe Insight’ video series. Graycor has taken additional steps to drive the adoption of better and safer tools and equipment on their jobsites, through a data driven collaboration between Graycor's safety team and their yard and shop.

In this presentation, we’ll take a deep dive into what we learned about tool and equipment safety, and we’ll hear about how Graycor is putting smarter, safer tools and equipment in their workers' hands.

12:00 pm – 12:45 pm


12:50 pm – 1:10 pm

FMI Presents: Modularization & Robotics Research

Jay Snyder, Technology Practice Leader, FMI Sabine Hoover, Content Director, FMI

FMI presents the most recent findings in modularization and
robotics research. Including recent technology changes impacting the industry, labor shortages, off-site construction trends and what it means for the future of the industry.

1:15pm – 1:45 pm


Aaron Holm, Founder and CEO, Blokable Chris Giattina, Blox Moderator: Jay Snyder, Technology Practice Leader, FMI

Modular units have played an essential role in the history of modern architecture. For decades, large portions of homes have been fabricated in factories, huge sections of oil and gas rigs have been built in factories and shipped around the world, and extensive units of bridges and other infrastructure have been built in factories. As technology improves and consumer trends change, modularization and prefabrication is becoming increasingly common. The result has huge implications for cost, safety, and quality? During this panel, we will explore the types of projects that are most conducive to modular construction and how far we are in the adoption process.

1:50 pm – 2:20 pm

3D printing

Michael Case, Program Manager, Construction Engineering Research Laboratory, US Army Corps of Engineers Kaleb Steinhauer, Co-Founder and CEO, Genesis Dimensions Michael Kipfer - Mancini Duffy, Moderator: Jay Margalus, DePaul University

Innovations occurring in 3D printing and additive manufacturing are some of the most exciting new developments for the construction industry. Previous innovations in CNC milling and advanced fabrication have resulted in a wide range of new ways of building and expanded what designers can do through mass customization. Innovations in concrete and 3D printing promise a similar paradigm shift. During this panel, we will explore where the technology is being applied, what are the cost and time saving implications, and how these techniques affect the amount of material consumed and overall waste.

2:25pm – 2:40 pm

Break & Newtworking

2:45 pm – 3:10 pm

Integrating Data From Machines

JP Giometti, Digital Transformation, IoT, and Growth & Innovation Leader, HCSS

As the tools and equipment that we use to construct the built environment becomes more intelligent, it becomes increasingly important to understand how the parts relate to each other and how they fit within a broader project management process. During this discussion, Giometti will explore the way in which HCSS is aggregating mixed-fleet telematics data beyond asset tracking to drive project productivity and efficiency. Giometti will also share insights about how IoT, Telematics and Mobile Connectivity are changing the nature of the future construction jobsite, and how companies can build capabilities to accelerate technology adoption.

3:15 pm – 3:40 pm


Patrick Perry, Vice President, DroneBase,

The use of drone technology in the built environment continues to increase and DroneBase is powering flights across hundreds of construction jobsites in the U.S. By connecting its large network of drone pilots and software with Propeller’s cloud-based visualization platform, DroneBase is using innovative solutions to deliver data analytics and provide visual progress reports to project stakeholders. During this discussion, DroneBase Vice-President Patrick Perry will lead a fireside chat on combining 3D-modeling and aerial imaging to deliver sophisticated data-analytics and visual progress reports to project managers.

4:15 pm – 5:00 pm

BuiltWorlds Insights Workshop and Networking

One of the best parts about coming to BuiltWorlds events are the built in workshops and facilitated conversations. For this breakout session, we’ll have an open conversation about what we learned today, and brainstorm ideas for our Tools and Equipment Forum, which we’re launching out of this conference.



Join us for an exclusive VIP Reception the evening prior to the Machines Conference. Ironside is located in the in the heart of River North, stop in for casual drinks and hors d’eourves, network our slate of renowned speakers, and chat with the BW team.

What are the opportunities and realities of the next generation of machines?

Emerging technology is allowing us to do things we never imagined with our tools, equipment, gear, and machines.

Think about the widespread equipment changes across the industry:  

  • Tracking devices and sensors are now being deployed on machinery and are monitoring performance and safety
  • Engineers have made traditionally manual tools completely autonomous
  • Designers are developing modular construction techniques that make it possible to build massive sections of buildings in a factory and then transport them to be assembled on site

For an industry that has adopted technology at a snail’s pace, these are significant changes and it’s clear there’s an opportunity to capitalize on.

Who are the machines players you need to know about? What emerging technologies are making the most noise? How can you leverage these technologies to cut time and costs? How are big corporate players like Caterpillar, DeWalt, and others responding?

At the Machines Conference, we’ll explore the deeper trends and technologies that are creating smarter tools, equipment, gear, machinery, and components for designers and builders.

Kasbeer Hall in Corboy Law Center at Loyola 25 E Pearson St Chicago IL 60611

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What’s included in the ticket price?
– Access to all speaker sessions at the conference
– Continental breakfast, lunch, and all-day refreshments
– Access to Speed Networking and post-conference Speaker Meet and Greet
– Access to available white papers, speaker presentations (per speaker consent) and event attendee portal.

Can I buy a ticket to just the networking sessions?
Networking session tickets are not available. If you want to connect with industry executives, thought leaders, and other major decision makers, plan to come the full day!

Are meals provided?
Yes! We provide you with breakfast and lunch, as well as refreshments, which are available all day. Please note that the conference ends at 5pm and that dinner is not included.

What is the refund policy?
Due to the limited ticket availability, there is no refund on ticket purchases.

Which airport should I fly into?
O’Hare and Midway are both great options. Please contact our Events Manager, Kristin Carey, for any logistics questions.

Where can I get more questions answered?
We’re happy to help you – contact kristin.carey@builtworlds.com our Events Manager for all BuiltWorlds related questions.

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