BuiltWorlds Summit 2018 Agenda

*preliminary agenda below

Wednesday, April 11th

1:00 pm Off Site Tour

Meet at off-site location at 1:00 PM or Meet a BW staff member in the lobby of The Westin no later than 12:30 pm to coordinate transportation

Option 1: Tour of 900 N. Michigan | 900 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611

Joe Harris, Asset Manager, JMB Financial Advisors

Tour an iconic Michigan Avenue shopping center in the midst of a transformation. Check out the recently installed digital ceiling display- the largest horizontal display currently out there- and take a hard hat tour of the Food Hall, currently being renovated.

Option 2: Tour of Gensler Chicago
| 11 E Madison St #300, Chicago, IL 60602

Gensler is an integrated architecture, design, planning, and consulting firm—5000+ professionals networked across 44 offices—providing global reach with a local touch. Take a tour of the Chicago historic office in the Sullivan Center, participate in an interactive discussion on innovative approaches to design, and take a deep dive into one of their most ground-breaking and award winning projects.

1:30 - 2:30 pm  Microsoft Roundtables at The Connectory | 222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza #570

Option 1 - Microsoft CRM Roundtable
Capacity 12-15 people

Option 2 - Microsoft Mixed Reality Roundtable

BuiltWorld’s Members Only

If interested in attending, please email Zach.Fryman@Builtworlds.com

1:30 - 3:00 AR/VR Field Application Workshop | 1330 W Fulton St Suite 200, Chicago, IL 60607

BuiltWorlds Research Partners Only

Meet at Skender Construction - 1330 W Fulton St Suite 200, Chicago, IL 60607

2:30 pm Office Site Tour - The Connectory | 222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza #570 Chicago, IL 60654

Meet at off-site location at 2:30 pm or meet a BW staff member in lobby of
The Westin no later than 2:00 pm to coordinate transportation

The Chicago Connectory is a community of entrepreneurs, IoT startups, corporate innovators and creative minds – together we’re driving IoT innovation for Chicago, the Midwest and beyond. Located in the historic Merchandise Mart in downtown Chicago, the Chicago Connectory is a partnership between Bosch and 1871.


- Bosch’s approach to help build the jobsite of the future
- State of Construction Disruption Opportunities
- Bosch’s Next Generation Products/Services
- Connectory Tour

6:00 - 8:00 pm  Opening Remarks. Networking & Reception | The Westin River North

Matt Abeles, Co-Founder, BuiltWorlds
Matt Gray, Co-Founder, BuiltWorlds and Co-Chairman, Graycor Inc.
DroneDeploy Welcome: Mike Winn, CEO, DroneDeploy


Thursday, April 12th

7:30 am - 8:30 am Breakfast | Westin River North

8:30 am - 8:55am Keynote

David Wilson, Chief Innovation Officer, Bechtel

8:55 am - 9:25 am Fostering Reliable Business Growth Strategies In Data-Driven Environments

Gary Kaplan, President – Construction, XL Catlin
Rosemarie Lipman, CIO & SVP, Enterprise Intelligence, EllisDon
Laith Amin, Sr. Vice President, Advisian

Moderator: David Bowcott, Global Director - Growth, Innovation and Insight, Global Construction & Infrastructure, Aon

Analyzing markets and managing the building process through new technologies becomes essential to efficiently executing projects.

Through utilizing large data sets of construction and building performance, project managers gain a better understanding of what works and what needs changing to reduce risk and foster reliable business growth strategies. During this session, panelists will present new solutions to these problems in today’s world of Industry.

9:25 am - 9:50 am Forging New Ground In Operations & Maintenance

Gary Baughman, CEO, APTIM
Seth Deutsch,Executive General Manager & Leader, KORE

Buildings; bridges, tunnels, marinas, power plants and utilities, chemical and petrochemical facilities, oil and gas infrastructure, manufacturing, and government facilities are becoming increasingly close internal operations.   The companies that design, build, and maintain them face challenges from their clients, governments, and environmental conditions. In this conversation, two new CEOs share their thoughts on challenges in operations maintenance and shed light on opportunities in this time of change.

9:50 am - 10:00 am Break

10:00 am - 10:30 am The Global Architectural Practice

Nila R. Leiserowitz, Managing Principal, Gensler
Lynn Osmond, President & CEO ,Chicago Architecture Foundation

As projects become larger and more complex, the scale of the firm required to meet these demands has also increased. In some cases, firms have grown organically and in others, through acquisition. The result is complex firm structures that require excellent leadership. Gensler Managing Principal and Board Member, Nila R. Leiserowitz, will discuss the ways of addressing this at the largest architecture firm in the world. We will examine how they develop and retain a talented workforce, as well as how they approach business development and ensure they deliver the best services to their clients

10:30 am - 10:45 am Break

10:45 am - 11:15 am Innovation in Infrastructure

Ted Oberlies, Senior Vice President, Aviation Group, Ghafari
Jeffrey Goetz, Director II of Operations at Fluor; Fellow in Sustainability & Energy Management, Fluor
Audrey Wennink, Metropolitan Planning Council

Moderator: Michael DeLacey, Principal, Microdesk

As projects become more ambitious in scale, form, and level of complexity, engineers face new challenges to make those forms a reality. This often involves innovative design, detailing, and fabrication solutions. New technologies and collaboration strategies are invaluable in making these new ways of building a reality. During this panel, leaders of notable infrastructure projects examine industry limitations and how to challenge common practices to deliver a truly revolutionary project user experience in design, delivery, and operations.

11:15 am - 11:40 am Case Study: Van Ness and Geary Campus Hospital-San Francisco

Ralph Gootee, VP of Product & Co-Founder, PlanGrid
Tom Boldt, CEO, Boldt Construction

Projects are becoming increasingly complex. The cost of materials fluctuates. Skilled workers are in high demand, and new technologies disrupt the way that projects are designed, constructed, and maintained.  Contractors must negotiate these challenges as they maintain their competitive edge. During this panel, Boldt Construction and Plangrid discuss a collaborative effort to efficiently deliver a complex and innovative project; the Van Ness and Geary Campus Hospital in San Francisco.

11:40 am - 12:10 pm The Future of Automation in the Built Environment

Chris Anderson, CEO, 3D Robotics

12:10 pm - 1:30 pm Lunch

1:30 pm - 2:00 pm Making Sense of New Digital Tools For Construction

Adam Cohen, Founder & CEO, Skur
Jes Pedersen, CEO, Webcor
Yves Frinault, Founder & CEO, Fieldwire
Gil Mildworth, VP Business Development, SiteAware

Moderator: Josh Kanner, Founder & CEO, SmartVid

As projects become more complex, it becomes increasingly important to integrate different software tools and address discrepancies quickly to reduce project delays and cost overruns. During this conversation, panelists explore how integrated workflows enable one to easily assign discrepancies to team members. We will also explore how accurate measurements help bridge the physical and digital in order to deliver an instant ROI through specific case studies.

2:00 pm - 2:30 pm Connecting the Players Through New Project Platforms

Jeremy Larsen, Director of Product Management, Viewpoint
Dustin Devan, CEO and co-founder, BuildingConnected
Chase Gilbert, CEO, Built Technologies

Moderator:  Danielle Dy Buncio, LEED AP President, VIATechnik LLC

As project data usage rapidly increases, there is a growing need to connect architects, developers, engineers and contractors with the next ring of broader stakeholders. Those utilizing new platforms could gain considerably from integrating “outside” players; such as second-tier subcontractors, vendors, banks, lenders and others into their inner workflow. During this panel, panelists present their findings of data usage to connect those closest with projects to all involved in its final execution.

2:30 pm - 3:00 pm Leveraging AR/VR in Emerging Markets

Mike Winn, CEO, Drone Deploy
John Chwalibog, Director of AEC, Matterport
Paul Edlund, Chief Technologist - Midwesst, Microsoft

Moderator:  Kevin Bredeson, Chief Technology Officer, Skender

A number of new technologies are making it possible to capture the state of construction at various stages in order to document site conditions, track progress, and ultimately sell the completed space.  During this conversation, the panel will explore how reality capture has evolved and the specific types of technologies used in construction. Covering the use of data collected and how that data can be optimized, panelists explore new ways to integrate technology with other platforms, increasing value to major projects.

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm Break and Networking

4:00 pm - 4:30 pm Evolving Materials: A Case Study on Product Innovation

Rob Strobel, CEO, Lithko
Greg Scurto, Founder, Ductilcrete
Ben Chrin, Vice President Development, Core5 Industrial Partners

Moderator: Francesa Birks, Arup Americas Foresight, Research + Innovation Leader

The success story of Ductilcrete, Lithko, and Core5’s drive to commercialize an innovative product. During this panel, entrepreneurs will discuss how they collaborated to bring a proprietary blend of concrete to market and, through partnering on multiple projects, have grown the business and changed an industry.

4:30 pm - 4:45 pm Maverick’s Award Ceremony

Sarah Hodges, Director, Construction Business Line, Autodesk

4:45 pm - 5:15 pm Closing Keynote

Larry Wash, CEO Americas, Kone

As buildings become more complex, the systems must follow suit.  In order to do so, fabricators must meet the demands of designers seeking to bring ambitious and ever taller designs to life. At the same time, systems are becoming more interconnected.  During this talk, we will look at how Kone has remained on the cutting edge while helping architects take advantage of new capabilities.

5:15 pm - 7:00 pm Networking & Reception | The Westin River North

7:30 pm - 9:30 pm Dine Around Sponsored Dinners | Various Locations

Dine-Arounds are intimate networking dinners hosted by BuiltWorlds and BuiltWorld’s partners. Attendees who signed up for a Dine-Around in advance will make their way to the restaurant of their dinner reservation.  


Friday, April 13th

8:00 am - 9:00 am Breakfast | The Westin River North

9:00 am - 9:40 am Keynote: Thank God it’s Monday

Veresh Sita, WeWork

During this keynote, Veresh will discuss how WeWork is redefining employee engagement, productivity, and space utilization. He will explore ways of humanizing the physical space with digital technology and space and culture as a service.

9:40 am - 10:10 am Keynote

Burcin Kaplanoglu, Senior Director, Industry Strategy and Innovation, Oracle

Dr. Burcin Kaplanoglu examines how current data-driven technologies that increase productivity and safety are propelling the industry forward. His observations and strategies highlight strong opportunities in an industry increasingly reliant on new platforms. Dr. Kaplanoglu looks ahead to what the engineering and construction world might look like in 2030.

10:10 am - 10:40 am Emerging Trends in Real Estate Development

Charles Porter, Owner, Development Management Associates, LLC
Clayton McCaffery, Senior Managing Director, McCaffery Interests, Inc.
Joe Harris, JMB Financial Advisors

Moderator: Collete English-Dixon, Executive Director, Marshall Bennett Institute of Real Estate, Roosevelt University

During this session, real estate experts will discuss the repositioning of major urban retail properties that are shifting with consumer trends.  Panelists will also look into marketing strategies for luxury residential properties and commercial spaces.

10:40 am - 11:00 am Break

11:00 am - 11:25 am Future Workforce and Industry Trends

Mike Bellaman, President and CEO, Associated Builders and Contractors
Aaron Salow, CEO, XOi
Pete Schermerhorn, President and Chief Operating Officer, Triax

Moderator: Tony DeAscentis, CEO & Co-Founder, Ving, LLC

As new technologies continue to proliferate throughout the lifecycle of design, construction, and operations, a new group of jobs has resulted.  These increasingly skilled positions can sometimes be difficult to fill as it places the AEC industries in direct competition with other industries that might offer potential employees enticing benefits.  At the same time, the construction workforce is aging and the robust pace of new projects continues – both placing severe demands on the labor market and resulting in something of a labor shortage. During this panel, we will explore how companies are addressing these challenges, organizing their companies, training their workforce, and leveraging technology to meet complex demands.

11:25 am - 11:50 am Pena Station Next

George Karayannis, Vice President CityNOW, Panasonic

Pena Station Next is a 400 acre genuine smart city in Denver that has pioneered the deployment of the state’s first microgrid, smart street light system, carbon neutral development, and connected vehicle system.  Through aligning the different stakeholders and focusing on human centered design, Panasonic has helped Denver develop a model that can be used for future cities around the world. During this panel, we will explore their current and future work as well as the importance of ending business as usual and embracing cutting edge solutions to address urban problems.

11:50 am - 12:30 am Powering Cities

Gary Beers, Environmental Products Trader, BP
Erik Birkerts, CEO, Clean Energy Trust
Raj Gupta, Executive Chairman, ESD
Mike Smith, Sr. Vice President, Constellation

Moderator: Gunnar Branson, President & CEO, NAREIM

Rising energy costs, denser cities, and the effects that burning fossil fuels may have on the environment all place new demands on both the producers and consumers of energy.  During this panel, we will explore how one of the world’s largest energy producers is working to construct the next generation of energy solutions to meet the changing demands of cities around the world.  We will also look at how organizations like Clean Energy Trust are helping foster new technologies to support this transformation. Panelists will discuss how power companies are adjusting their businesses in this period, how engineering firms are integrating changes into buildings, and how real estate investors are beginning to think about the shifting landscape.

12:30 pm - 1:00 pm Urban Tech and Planning

John Tolva, Co-Founder, CityFi
Elle Ramel, Director of Development, Farpoint Development
Craig Burton, Associate Principal, Senior Mechanical Engineer, Interface Engineering
Richard Wilson, City Design Director, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill

In recent years, master planning has become less about arriving at a complete solution that structures a city through various infrastructure components and more focused on developing flexible frameworks that can meet changing demands.  As new urban technologies mature, it becomes possible to deploy them on increasingly broad scales and with growing effectiveness. This new approach helps cities become intelligent in order to meet the challenges of managing waste, water, energy, mobility, and infrastructure.  At the same time, new technologies create new routes for financing large scale urban development projects. During this panel, we will explore how these approaches are being implemented in unique and potentially revolutionary projects.

1:00 pm Closing Remarks & Wrap Up Lunch