Projects are the heart of how the built world thinks.
Whether we're planning a city or neighborhood, developing skyscrapers and buildings, designing an airport, building a bridge, or otherwise, we think about our work in terms of projects.
And it’s no secret that the process of planning and executing our projects has been forever altered by emerging technology (hello drones, IoT, advanced software, A.I./machine learning).
No stakeholder is exempt. No matter if you’re a Developer, Real Estate Executive, Architect or Engineer, Contractor, Built Tech Creator, or Facilities Manager, you're all equally responsible for making sense of technology infiltrating the market.
At Projects NYC, we’ll offer the playbook you need to deliver faster, better, and more affordable projects in 2018, featuring case studies of technology adoption on major projects from around the world straight from the experts who completed them.
Finalists are invited to the Projects NYC Conference and the winner will receive one free ticket to our Summit in April 2018, the premier C-Suite gathering focused on innovation in the world of cities, buildings, and infrastructure.
8:00 am – 8:40 am
Breakfast and Networking
8:40 am - 9:00 am
Facilitator: Nick Durham, BuiltWorlds
9:00 am – 9:05 am
Matt Abeles, Co-Founder BuiltWorlds
9:05 am – 9:10 am
Introduction to Urban Tech Hub
Robinson Hernandez, Executive Director of the Urban Tech Hub, Grand Central Tech
9:10 am – 9:30 am
Pioneering New Real Estate Developments
David Malott, CEO, SpaceFactory
From smart buildings in China to ‘engineered cities’ in New York, technology is enabling new ways to connect and engage with the built world. These digital building blocks lay the foundation for buildings which are more attune to the needs of the sharing economy: dynamic, flexible, and experiential. Stakeholders with an innovative mindset will thrive in this new landscape by through the integration of new technologies. This presentation will explore pioneering real estate developments abroad and in New York, including SpaceFactory’s work to integrate technology with design from the Hub at Grand Central Tech.
9:30 am – 10:00 am
Implementing Lean Construction Processes at Cornell Tech
Marielle Price, Director Construction Team, Fieldwire
Tim Croke, First Vice President, Tishman Construction
The Cornell Tech campus on Roosevelt Island is a $2 billion, 2 million square foot, 12 acre endeavor to bring a top university to New York City. The first phase of this complex, high-profile project opened up this year. Tishman AECOM realized the benefits of using mobile technologies to streamline processes on the project. We all know that Lean construction produces higher quality projects but you don’t have to be on an IPD project to use Lean strategies. The mobile technology revolution has changed the way we communicate, even in the construction industry. We’ll look at ways that technology such as Fieldwire can help project teams be more efficient and productive on the jobsite.
10:00 am – 10:30 am
Design to Fabrication: How KPF & Permasteelisa Built New York’s “Pencil Towers”
Charlie Portelli, Sr. Computational Designer, CP-CD
Francois Beaupre, Design Department Manager, Permasteelisa
Justin Dias, Computational Designer, Permasteelisa
10:30 am – 11:00 am
Managing Construction Site Materials with Automation Techniques
Dale Beard, Co-Founder and President, Intelliwave Technologies
Mark Davidson, Procurement & Materials Management, Aecom
Q&A Moderator: Matt Gray, CEO & Co-Founder BuiltWorlds
Learn techniques and best practices on how to successfully deploy and integrate automation technologies into materials management procedures. When the cost of construction materials and equipment make up 40% or more of a project’s capital cost, mismanagement of materials can lead to massive cost overruns and lengthy project delays. By fully integrating automation and visibility technologies into construction processes, projects can realize dramatic increases in worker productivity and schedule predictability, ultimately lowering construction costs and risks. Some of the technologies in this discussion will include cloud, field devices, barcodes and RFID tracking tags. The discussion will also include system implementation, integration techniques, lessons learned and project results.
11:00 am – 11:20 am
New Software, Hardware, and Services for Construction
Brian Saab, CEO, Unearth Labs
Niranjan Shrestha, Co-Founder, OnTarget
Alexander Schwarzkopf, Co-Founder & CEO at Pillar Technologies
Moderator: Matt Abeles, Co-Founder, Builtworlds
11:20 am – 11:30 am Break and Networking
11:30 am - 12:10 pm
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Damon Hemmerdinger, Co-President, ATCO
Zach Aarons, Co-Founder & Advisor, MetaProp NYC
Adam Stanley, Global CIO and Chief Digital Officer, Cushman & Wakefield
Tom Scarangello, Chairman and CEO, Thornton Tomasetti
Chris Johnson, President, Hollister Construction
Bob LiMandri, Senior Principal, Vidaris (former NYC DOB Commissioner)
Dave Bowcott, Global Director of Growth, Innovation & Insight, Global Construction, Aon
Stacy Scopano, VP of Innovation, Skanska
Kate Wittels, Principal, HR&A Advisors
Michelle Council, VP Strategic and Commercial Development, APTIM
David Malott, Chair of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, and CEO of SpaceFactory
Gregory Sauter, Founder, Smart City Works
Rasmia Kirmani-Frye, President, Fund for Public Housing
Mike Lim, Director of M&A, WeWork
Hear 2-3 minute presentations from the five finalists followed by Q&A from the judges. In partnership with the Hub at Grand Central Tech, BuiltWorlds is looking for New York’s most exciting startups aimed at addressing challenges facing our cities, buildings, and infrastructure. That includes construction tech, real estate tech, prop tech, and built tech. It’s an opportunity for promising early-stage “built” companies (Series A or earlier) to get in front of 100+ potential customers and investors. Meet the people who can transform while also getting exposure to media and in the BuiltWorlds newsletter.
12:10 pm – 1:00 pm
Lunch and Networking
1:00 pm - 1:45 pm
Technological Convergence and the Dawn of the Smart Jobsite
Pierce Reynoldson, VDC Manager - Metro NY, Skanska
Q&A Moderator: Matt Gray, CEO & Co-Founder, BuiltWorlds
The 21st century will be about big, hybrid (building and civil) infrastructure projects. The fundamental issue with big hybrid projects is that common tasks become scaled-up to sprawling, multi-faceted challenges. No one in New York understands this like Skanska USA, who has led or is leading some of New York’s biggest infrastructure projects including the World Trade Center Transportation Hub, the Moynihan Train Hall at the Farley Building and the redevelopment of Terminal B at LaGuardia Airport. Large projects such as these can have in excess of 15,000 design drawings, 10,000 CAD and BIM files and schedules exceeding 20,000 tasks, coordinated across a multitude of design and project teams. Organizing, understanding and distributing that information is as much a people as a technology problem. Senior Virtual Design & Construction Manager, Pierce Reynoldson, will discuss big hybrid challenges and Skanska’s strategy for managing it.
1:45 pm – 2:05 pm
How to Fully Digitize a Jobsite
Gil Mildworth, VP Business Development, SiteAware
Digitization has been a major force in transforming entire industries, allowing them to become more efficient. The ability to fully digitize a construction site, one of the most complex environments existing, offers a new way to monitor and manage the site’s work and progress. Using autonomous situation-aware drone technology, the various engineering teams can now scan the site daily, with an unmatched level of details. But in order to really utilize the potential of digitization, advanced data tools and algorithms are needed. First, data needs to be easily accessible from anywhere and at any time. Second, advanced analytical tools are needed to help users extract insight from the data. Tools that provide, for example, accurate comparison between plan and scan and easy detection of changes from scan to scan. Third, an environment to manage and share data related insights is needed in order to streamline the process within the organization.
2:05 pm - 2:25 pm
Fireside Chat with:
Chad Hollingsworth, CEO & Co-Founder, Triax Technologies
Moderator: Tom Wilcock, Arup
2:25 pm - 2:35 pm
2:35 pm – 3:05 pm
Minimize Risk During Pre-Construction by Digitizing Workflows and Streamlining Communication
Tim Egan, Estimator - Skanska
Terriann Nohilly, Account Manager - Bluebeam
Q&A Moderator: Nick Durham, Director of Marketing BuiltWorlds
Risk is a major pre-construction obstacle that can be directly addressed through digital workflows. In this presentation, Skanska Estimator Tim Egan and Bluebeam Account Manager Terriann Nohilly will explore the ways technology can improve visibility, increase accuracy and decrease scope gaps, resulting in more accurate, high-quality estimate that reduces risk and boosts productivity.
3:05 pm – 3:35 pm
Transforming the Multi-Family Real Estate Construction Business
Roger Krulak, Founder and CEO, Fullstack Modular
FullStack Modular (FSM) is the leading innovator in end-to-end construction of high-rise modular residential buildings in urban areas. They seek to provide the next-generation answer to multi-family urban building by providing turnkey modular solutions for developers of residential buildings, hotels and dormitories. From luxury apartments to student housing, they manufacture buildings in a controlled environment and allow the client to see the building complete with finishes before its arrival to the final site. Their team of design, construction and manufacturing professionals is on the forefront of innovation in the construction industry. They built the tallest modular building in the world in Brooklyn New York and they are changing the way the future is built.
3:35 pm – 4:00 pm
AEC Industry Experts on the Hot Seat
Jim Barrett, CIO, Turner Construction Company
Christian Giordano, President, Mancini-Duffy
Robert Snyder, CEO, Binsky Snyder
Stephen Del Percio, Assistant General Counsel, Aecom
Tom Scarangello, Chairman and CEO, Thornton Tomasetti
Moderator: Sam Huffman, BuiltWorlds