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Machines Conference


6.5.2019 - 6.6.2019


The Westin Michigan Avenue | 909 N Michigan Ave Chicago, IL 60611

The Future of Tools, Equipment, and Machinery.

At Machines, we’ll dive into advances in construction machinery, tools, and equipment are revolutionizing the building process every day. You’ll learn how labor shortages and escalating labor prices are driving a need for increased automation, and how the rise of prefabrication and modularization is shaping the industry.

Venue Details | June 5-6

Westin Chicago Michigan Avenue | 909 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611

Wednesday, June 5
In the Shop Sessions
: 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Networking Reception: 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Machines 50 Award Reception: 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm (During Networking Reception)
Reception honoring Speakers and Judges: 7:30pm – 9:30pm @EMC2 in the Symmetry Room

Thursday, June 6
In the Field Sessions
: 9:00 am – 3:30 pm


Machines 50 Award Judges include:

    • Dan Klancnik, SVP, BE&K
    • Daniel Levin, CEO, Cain Millwork
    • Eric Lindquist, CEO, Adjustable Forms
    • Ernie Anderson, Equipment Manager, Graycor
    • Eveart Foster, Technical Services Engineer, Pepper Construction
    • Eyad Samad, Account Manager, Windward Roofing & Construction
    • Gary Rabine, CEO, Rabine Group
    • Hermann Schneider, President, X10 Consulting
    • Marty Trainor, Vice President of Preconstruction, Ventana
    • Terrence McNamara, Director of Tech Innovation, A. Teichert & Son, Inc.
    • Tobias Hogan, Director of Agile Operations, Aldridge Group
    • Travis Voss, Technology Manager, Mechanical Inc.


More to be Announced!

Lena Beal

Principal Category Manager, Exelon Corporation

Ben Callam

Sr. Innovation Analyst, McCarthy Building Companies Inc.

Rob Caputo

Director, Construction Operations, Katerra

Saajan Chana

Systems Engineer, Cambridge Consultants

Michael Cohn

Vice President, Rock Solid Stabilization and Reclamation

Jose Cueva

Co-Founder, Tenna

Gianluca Cusatis

Associate Professor, Northwestern University - Engineering Career Development

Chris Giattina


Michael Hargadon

Founder, Hope Robotics

Roger Krulak

President & Founder, FullStack Modular LLC

Todd Liebbe

President, GTP Services

Anirudh Reddy

CEO, Einsite

Scott Root

Director of Virtual Construction, Kitchell

Michael Schyman

Corporate Director, Aldridge Electric

Jeremy Searock

Co-founder, TyBot

Brendan Shannon

Total Control Manager, United Rentals

Ricky Singh

Chief of Products & Solutions, IoT, Sprint Corporation

Derek Smith

Senior Lean Innovation Manager, Mortenson Construction

Angela Spadoni

Director, Residential Architecture, Skender

Mitch Tobias

WW Market Manager, Caterpillar

Travis Voss

Leader of Innovative Technology, Helm Group



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, Equipment Managers

As a professional in charge of executing the end product, they are greatly impacted by the enormous changes affecting the preconstruction, design and build processes. The Machines Conference will give them insight into how new technology is enabling automation on the jobsite, and how that affects workforce trends and project delivery strategies.

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 to help grow their product’s awareness.


More details to be released soon.

Day 1 Schedule

1:30 PM

Welcome Remarks

1:35 PM – 2:05 PM

Digital Innovations in Prefabrication

Todd Liebbe, President, GTP Services | Travis Voss, Technology Manager, Mechanical Inc.

The growing trend of prefabrication in construction is lifting the industry to new heights in efficiency and productivity. Contributing to that trend is the adoption of BIM technology and other digital tools. Learn how digital innovation is helping to integrate and visualize critical project information in the practice of off-site fabrication.

2:10 PM – 2:40 PM

Additive Manufacturing in Off-Site Fabrication

Gianluca Cusatis, Associate Professor, Northwestern University

Explore advances in 3D printing technology, exciting applications for 3D printing in the built world, and what leading builders and technologists anticipate for the future of additive manufacturing in prefabrication.

2:45 PM – 3:05 PM

Networking & Expo Break

3:10 PM – 3:40 PM

Keynote: High Rise Modular Buildings

Roger Krulak, Founder & CEO, FullStack Modular LLC

How do you take a disorganized process like construction and turn it into an organized and automated one? What’s the cost and what’s the process? We'll hear from Full Stack Modular's Roger Krulak on the impact of modularization and how it's changing our industry.

3:45 PM – 4:15 PM

Modular Construction & Project Delivery

Chris Giattina, CEO, BLOX | Scott Root, Director of Virtual Construction, Kitchell | Angela Spadoni, Director of Residential Architecture, Skender

The trend of modular construction is dramatically altering the structure of project delivery. As project teams become more and more vertically-integrated and the role of off-site fabrication continues to increase, the modern construction project is more streamlined and efficient than ever before. Hear from some of the leading modular builders about how project delivery is evolving.

4:20 PM – 4:50 PM

Katerra's K90 project

Rob Caputo, Director of Construction Operations, Katerra

Katerra’s K90 project outside of Las Vegas is a 24-unit garden apartment designed to be completed in 90 days – 30-50 days less than the average project of this size. Hear from Director of Construction Operations Rob Caputo about how Katerra is making this exciting project a reality.

5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Networking Reception

6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Machines 50 Award Ceremony

The Machines 50 features innovative equipment, machinery, and tools being used at the frontier of the built environment. From robotics to 3D printing technology to autonomous vehicle fleets and beyond, these impressive machines are advancing our ability to build efficiently and cost-effectively.

Judges include:
Dan Klancnik, SVP, BE&K 
Daniel Levin, CEO, Cain Millwork
Eric Lindquist, CEO, Adjustable Forms Ernie Anderson, Equipment Manager, Graycor
Eveart Foster, Technical Services Engineer, Pepper Construction
Eyad Samad, Account Manager, Windward Roofing & Construction
Gary Rabine, CEO, Rabine Group
Hermann Schneider, President, X10 Consulting
Marty Trainor, Vice President of Preconstruction, Ventana
Terrence McNamara, Director of Tech Innovation, A. Teichert & Son, Inc.
Tobias Hogan, Director of Agile Operations, Aldridge Group
Travis Voss, Technology Manager, Mechanical Inc.

7:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Hotel EMC2 in the Symmetry room

Reception honoring Speakers

To RSVP, please email events@builtworlds.com with EXCL as the subject.

Day 2 Schedule

9:00 AM

Welcome Remarks

9:05 AM – 9:30 AM

Keynote: The Fully Autonomous Job Site

Mitch Tobias, WW Market Manager, Caterpillar

Hear from Caterpillar's Mitch Tobias about his vision for the fully autonomous construction jobsite. With new applications for automation, equipment tracking capability, data analytics, and other emerging technology, the next step is industry-wide adoption. Join the conversation to prepare for the jobsite of the future.

9:35 AM – 10:05 AM

Industry Insights: Advanced Machinery & Robotics

Ben Callam, Innovation Lead, McCarthy | Michael Schyman, Corporate Director, Aldridge Group | Mike Cohn, Vice President, Rock Solid Stabilization and Reclamation | Derek Smith, Lean Innovation Manager, Civil Group, Mortenson

Featuring the owners and users of construction equipment, this panel will shed light on the future of construction machinery from a ‘boots-on-the-ground’ perspective. What goes into safely and efficiently operating and maintaining these machines? How are advancements to field robotics and autonomous machinery changing the role of the contractor and how can others be best prepared for changes to come in the near future?

10:10 AM – 10:30 AM

Networking & Expo Break

10:35 AM – 11:05 AM

Fireside Chat: Equipment Management Systems

Brendan Shannon, Total Control Manager, United Rentals | Lena Beal, Principal Category Manager, Exelon Corporation

Owning and operating construction machinery is no small task. Luckily, there are digital tools to help builders with equipment procurement, tracking and controlling costs, accessing invoices, and more. Join us alongside United Rentals’ Brendan Shannon and Exelon's Lena Beal to dive into the world of construction equipment management systems and how they make equipment owners’ jobs easier.

11:10 AM – 11:40 AM

Fireside Chat: Equipment Tracking & Monitoring

Jose Cueva, Co-Founder, Tenna | Anirudh Reddy, CEO, Einsite

On the modern jobsite, manual and paper-based equipment tracking is no longer effective. With massive fleets of equipment and vehicles to manage, and people to coordinate, contractors are well-served by software platforms that allow them to monitor and track their assets and progress. Learn how digital tools help owners know where their assets are, how they are being used, and when they need to be maintained.

11:45 AM – 12:40 PM

Networking Lunch

12:45 PM – 1:15 PM

Rise of the IoT Networks

Ricky Singh, Chief of Products & Solutions, IoT, Sprint

With an influx of jobsite data and new ways to collect information and perform critical work, it's imperative that our jobsites have a strong network connection. We'll learn about the industrial IoT solutions that are being offered and implemented in order to make our equipment and jobsites smarter and to put our data to work.

1:20 PM – 1:50 PM

The Future of Field Robotics

Mike Hargadon, Founder & President, Hope Robotics | Saajan Chana, Systems Engineer, Cambridge Consultants | Jeremy Searock, Co-founder & Vice President, Advanced Construction Robotics

With developments to autonomous robotic technology, the jobsite is headed for a radical transformation. These machines take on the heavily-repeated, labor-intensive tasks that can delay project delivery and strain budgets. As a result, construction managers and contractors can better allocate their resources while still being confident in the quality of work being done. What are some examples of these exciting new jobsite robots? What challenges still need to be addressed before they are ready for industry-wide adoption?

1:55 PM – 2:25 PM

Breakout sessions

Break into intimate discussion groups to explore the following topics:

(1) Digital Advances in Prefabrication
(2) Autonomous Machinery on the Job Site
(3) Tool and Equipment Tracking

2:30 PM – 3:00 PM

Group Led Discussion: Lessons Learned

We want to hear from our audience on what they've learned, how they're implementing many of the themes we've talked about, and where we go from here.

3:00 PM

Closing Remarks


Wednesday June 5 from 5:30PM – 7:30PM

Location: Westin Chicago Michigan Avenue Chicago | 909 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611

Join us for an intimate evening of drinks, hors-d’oeuvres, and networking with conference speakers, special guests, and BuiltWorlds member companies after the first day of programming. We keep the guest list small and the drinks cold so you can focus on making the connections that matter. Space is limited and tickets will sell out.

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Where should I stay?

All parts of our Machines Conference will take place at the Westin Chicago Michingan Ave. If you want to be near all the action, you can find a room there in our discounted room block!

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The Westin Michigan Ave is offering a limited rate for $249 (single) or $259 (double) for the night of Wednesday, June 5. Cutoff date for special rates is Wednesday, May 15, 2019. Online booking forms will be available shortly.

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