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James Benham, president, JBKnowledge, Inc., presented the closing keynote address at the AGC IT Forum Conference on July 31, 2015. He enlightened the audience with the latest and greatest in construction technology trends.
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Rob McKinney, founder of Construction App Guru and member of the AGC IT Forum Steering Committee, recounts the highlights of the 7th Annual AGC IT Forum Conference that took place in Chicago at the end of July. Here are his insights into day two.
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Presentation slides from the AGC IT Forum Conference are now available. The list will be updated as the remaining slides from the speakers are received. Again, thank you for attending and we look forward to seeing you at next year's event!

 
Nearly 350 participants attended this year's AGC IT Forum Conference. Here are a few of the rave reviews that have come in from attendees.
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FOCUS ON TECHNOLOGY
The cloud-based SKYSITE app allows users to view, manage, distribute and collaborate on construction documents in a secure, real-time environment.
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UPCOMING EVENTS
October 6, 2015
2 - 3 p.m. ET
Member Price: $79
Non-Member Price: $99


In the past two years our industry has seen a quantum expansion in the use of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) in construction. From providing quick and easy aerial progress photos to automated BIM model building. UAS technology has become an indispensable tool on the jobsite. But what are the implications for the use of the technology? The webinar will provide an overview of the current legal landscape in the U.S., provide practical how-to information for integrating UAS into your operations, and share insight into the future of this technology. We will also discuss the benefits that the technology can provide your company.

After attending this webinar participants will understand:
  • Current FAA regulatory landscape for commercial UAS use
  • What is the FAA Section 333 Exemption, do I need it, and how do I obtain it
  • Legal restrictions on UAS use
  • Insurance coverage considerations
  • Forthcoming comprehensive FAA regulations
  • Anticipated timeframe for enactment of new regulations
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VDC for Design Phase Management & Preconstruction
Tuesday, October 20, 2015 to Wednesday, October 21, 2015 
Orlando, Florida


The use of virtual design and construction (VDC) techniques is becoming more widespread in just about every global economy. Governments, such as in the United Kingdom, are even setting targets for required VDC/BIM within the next few years. We would like to explore how the utilization of VDC techniques in the design and planning phase are ultimately impacting our project outcomes.

With architects, engineers, builders, and design-assist trade contractors widely using VDC tools during the design and planning phase, how is this early utilization impacting our ultimate project outcomes?

How are we engaging this newly transparent model based design process? Or are we still missing key interfaces or cross-disciplinary understanding? Are we managing and coping with the iterative design process better, or simply locking in designers earlier? Are we still glorifying the printed set, or have we truly found a new medium of communication (and what does it look like)?

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October 22, 2015
2 to 3 p.m.
Member and Non-Member Price: FREE 

At some point every organization must decide, "Is it time to change our Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) System?" If you decide to keep your current system you risk falling behind technologically and functionally. On the other hand, if you decide to change your ERP you will be faced with making a large investment, undergo varying degrees of disruption, and risk a failed implementation.

The primary reasons contractors seek new ERP systems include:

change in management and ownership
change in company direction
greater need for business process improvements
desired improvements in reporting and data mining
field and office operations are not integrated technology is outdated or will no longer be supported, and more.

Once the decision is made to change to a new ERP system, there are common tasks that each contractor must consider in order to make the switch successful. From data conversions to user training, proper planning and implementation management will help make the effort worthwhile and maximize your return on the investment. Join the upcoming AGC webinar and meet two exceptional CFOs who made this critical decision to change their ERP systems and were very active in leading the implementation process, leveraging their systems today to help their organizations achieve their goals.

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FOCUS ON INTEROPERABILITY - agcXML
One of the more interesting sessions at the IT Forum Conference was the update on the Construction Open Standards Alliance (COSA). A panel discussion was held, with representatives from Sage, StratusVue, eSUB and JBKnowledge.
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MEMBER-TO-MEMBER FAQ
Do you wear your technology on the jobsite? Are you working with 3D laser scanning? Constructor would like to hear from you! Please contact Jeanie Clapp at jclapp@naylor.com today and you could be featured in an upcoming article.
 
TECH TIPS
In early September, Apple unveiled its latest news and products. Topping the list is the new version of the operating system for the iPhone and iPad, iOS 9, which has an improved battery life, public transit information, improved search and a better keyboard. Here are some of the highlights from Apple's 2015 fall announcement event.
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FROM THE IT FORUM
In an effort to allow for easier information sharing and improved collaboration, our technology conversations will now be at the 'AGC IT Forum' group in LinkedIn. We invite you to click on the link and join your peers as you continue to provide great contributions on various technology tips that impact your business and our industry. 
 

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