Wednesday, September 22, 2021
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8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Registration Open

9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

Opening Keynote
A/E/C Tech Outlook 2022: New Team, Data, and Workflow Integration is Shaking Up Project Delivery

Andy Leek, VP Technology & Innovation, PARIC Corporation

Andy Leek-5aThe A/E/C industry is in the midst of a project tech revolution, with new platforms and workflow paths demanding executive attention. While we focus on data and individual software, we risk missing opportunities to integrate tools to support the entire lifecycle of a project, the extended team, the facility and associated deliverables. This is particularly dangerous as integrated project teams are often the result a of a forced relationship, with little time to assimilate and act as a Modern Master Builder connecting and coordinating design, cost, schedule, planning, procurement, build operations, and facility management. A/E/C TechSMART is delighted to have Andy Leek, VP of Technology and Innovation at PARIC Corporation (ENR Top 200) kick off our day sharing his big-picture insights on how to effectively support and drive project performance by embracing the contextual information that drives smarter decisions within highly dynamic projects and teams. By leveraging Integrated technology and data standards, with prescriptive workflows, and increasingly more developed BIM, we are able to unlock what is truly possible, and what is needed by our industry.

10:15 AM - 11:00 AM

Concurrent Breakout Sessions

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Joseph Viscuso, PE, PLS

Zack_SoflinHow A/E/C Firms Can Leverage a Common Data Environment to Improve Project Transparency and Productivity
Zach Soflin, AIA
CEO, Layer

11:00 AM - 11:15 AM


11:15 AM - 12:15 PM

Concurrent Breakout Sessions

Pat ChaseCreate Financial and Supporting Efficiencies through Enterprise Solutions
Pat Chase, BRAYN

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Brian Burnett, PE, F.ASCE
PSMJ Resources

12:15 PM - 1:30 PM


With Special Lunch Presentation: 'AI in A/E/C LIVE DEMO'

Greg_HeadshotGregory Schnackel, P.E. demonstrates Artificial Intelligence-based software representing a paradigm shift in the way buildings will be designed well into the future. You'll get a look at how it completely automates and optimizes the design of key systems for unprecedented cost, materials, carbon, and time savings. Gregory will take a 20,000 square foot space from blank architectural backgrounds to completed drawings and 3D Revit models in under an hour. Through the simulation of thousands of design alternatives, the software is able to study and return the most cost efficient, optimized engineering solution to any engineering design challenge. 

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Concurrent Breakout Sessions

RogerLeeHow to Prove the Business Value of an Information Security Strategy
Roger Lee, CIO
Aguirre and Fields, LP

Carolyn_Nobel-1A New Heads-Up Display for A/E/C Firms: Empower Teams and Act on Insights Using Google Data Studio Dashboards
Carolyn Nobel, COO
LRE Water

2:30 PM - 2:45 PM

Networking Break

2:45 PM - 3:45 PM

Concurrent Breakout Sessions

Jason Nichols (002)The View From Here: How Drones Are Driving Significant Wins in for A/E/C Proposal Teams 
Jason Nichols, Product Marketing Lead (AEC), Drone Deploy

LauraledbetterA/E/C Firms are Under Attack! Risk Management Solutions for Cyber Liability & Ransom Demands
Laura Ledbetter
Assured Partners

3:45 PM - 4:00 PM

Networking Break

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Closing Keynote
ERP Upgrade Survival Guide: How One A/E/C Firm Executed An Enterprise Project & Resource Planning Evaluation and Implementation, and Lived to Tell the Tale

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Michael Flatt and Lance Ballinger, Hanson Professional Services

Need to install or upgrade your project focused, enterprise-wide software system for planning and executing projects, managing resources effectively, and producing project and corporate level financial data to grow your A/E/C firm? Making changes to core business systems is fraught with peril. As a growing mid-sized enginering firm, Hanson Professional Services Inc. was feeling the pinch of having an accounting centric system and disparate methods of planning and monitoring projects and managing HR assigned to those projects. There are industry specific software solutions, but how should the executive team evaluate them effectively, come to and support a decision, close the deal, and kickoff a significant organizational change? Our closing keynote delviers an eye-opening case study presentation and discussion that reveals the right and wrong ways to handle:

• Resource management, tool assessment, and processes pain points
• Software evaluation by committee
• PM/service business vs. accounting focused software solution/thinking turning points
• Small group vetting using key evaluators, existing user interviews, vendor demos, user group assessments
• Process mapping – preparing for a software conversion
• Preparing for board approval
• Negotiating the SOW and fee
• Mapping your kickoff process to maintain momentum

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

A/E/C TechSMART and A/E/C THRIVE Networking Cocktail Reception and Casino Night

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