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The 2016 AGC IT Forum Conference, powered by HP, is less than two weeks away!

The IT Forum Conference provides participants an opportunity to network, share information, solve problems, keep up-to-date with the latest IT developments relating to the construction industry and to discuss and share best practices on some of the most pressing IT challenges.

The 8th Annual IT Forum Conference, scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 3 through Friday, Aug. 5, in Chicago, Illinois will include session topics such as IoT and Field Connectivity; Cybersecurity - Securing Your Information Assets; Construction Trends Facing IT; Changing Role of IT; Document Management/Project Collaboration; and Digital Technologies in Construction - Impacts and Trends.
New this year is a Welcome Reception, scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2016 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the Radisson Blu and brought to you by HP.
And don't forget to use the conference Twitter hashtag, before, during and after: #seeITConf. Please visit the AGC IT Forum Conference page for more information.



What's a conference without giveaways? Attendees at this year's IT Forum Conference will have the opportunity to win the following great prizes: an Oculus Rift virtual reality device and a Knaack box. Watch for more details unfold during the conference because you don't want to miss your chance to take home one of these exciting prizes!



Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016
11:15 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Joe Oleksak
Joe, a Partner in Plante Moran’s Information Technology Consulting practice, has more than 17 years of information systems security and information technology audit experience in multiple industries. Joe’s experience includes: IT strategic planning, IT risk assessments, IT audit, global/local network security projects, web application security, PCI compliance, SSAE16 & SOC reviews, incident response and business continuity and disaster recovery management. Joe is a member of the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA), and the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium (ISC)². He attends and presents at multiple security and industry conferences annually and is a member of both the Indiana Bankers Association Information Technology Committee and the Illinois Bankers Association Technology Committee. Joe has also been quoted and published in several security and technology publications. Joe is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Certified in Risk and Information System Controls (CRISC), and a PCI Qualified Security Assessor (QSA). 


Thursday, Aug. 4, 2106
12:45 - 2 p.m.
Steve Mulka
As one of the founding partners of SIS Software, Steven Mulka, has utilized 20+ years of technology and business experience to help construction companies align their technology investments with their business goals and strategies. Steven is the SIS Microsoft SharePoint Practice Manager and Product Manager for Compass, the SIS project management software solution powered by Microsoft SharePoint. Steven is a long standing member of the AGC IT Steering Committee and frequent speaker at many AGC events around the county. Steven has been working on the AGC XML initiative and recently participated in the AGC National convention showcasing how AGC XML can dramatically reduce the administrative cost of executing a construction project. Steven is passionate about the impact that information technology can make towards increasing the efficiency and profitability of a business.



Thursday, Aug. 2, 2016
2:45 - 3:45 p.m.
Christian Burger 
Today’s construction software solution landscape is getting rather busy ... and confusing. There are dozens of solutions available today offering functionality around project management, collaboration, document storage and file sharing. There are also Point-solutions which promote the handling of one or more niche tasks very well. This program will examine the various program classifications and how they approach adding value in the project management and field communication and collaboration. This is not so much a critique of specific products within a class as it is a more detailed examination of the product classes and the advantages that each brings to the overall PM, collaboration, and document storage issue. We will also discuss related topics such as long-term storage, security, integration, and access from the field via mobile technology.


This year's IT Forum Conference is being held at the Raddison Aqua Blu Hotel, Chicago. Make your reservations today!

221 North Columbus Drive
Chicago, IL 60601
Phone: (312) 565-5258
Fax: (312) 565-0258

To make reservations: Click here and use promotion code INFO16.

Viewpoint Construction Software
On June 21, 2016, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) finalized a new and comprehensive set of rules for the commercial use of small drones in all industries, including construction. This action completes a rulemaking process that the FAA began in February of 2015 – in an effort to meet Congressional demands and to stem a rapidly rising tide of applications for individual exemptions from longstanding rules that make no distinction between manned and unmanned aircraft. Through January 20 of this year, the FAA had granted 3,136 of these exemptions for the commercial use of drones, and significantly, 48% of that total were for uses in the construction and engineering.
This truck has no driver. What’s more, it’s a safety vehicle. One of the most dangerous workplaces in the construction industry is on an active roadway. As reported in Constructor magazine's July/August issue, high-speed vehicles crashing into work zones is a huge concern to the highway construction industry and state DOTs nationwide. One widely used safety measure is the truck-mounted attenuator (TMA), a sacrificial impact-absorbing device mounted on the rear of a truck that can be parked at the beginning of a roadway jobsite. In the case of a moving work zone, such as a line-painting operation, the TMA truck follows at the end of the work party, constantly protecting the rear of the team.
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Georgia Institute of Technology
The Construction Open Standards Alliance (COSA) is a community of construction industry professionals who support open integration standards in construction software. Join the effort today.

All events are scheduled in Eastern Standard Time. 

July 26, 2016
WedbEd: Construction Technology Forecast: Trends and Analysis
2-3 p.m.

Sept. 28, 2016
WebEd: How Construction Contractors Are Already Using Drones

2 p.m. 

Aug. 4, 2016 
WebEd: BIM Coordination Best Practices
2-3 p.m. 

Aug. 26, 2016 
WebEd: 2016 Level of Development Specification Update
2-3 p.m.

Oct. 5, 2016
Drones: The New Federal "Rules of the Road"

2 p.m. 

Oct. 12, 2016
Privacy, Nuisance and Other Legal Doctrines Restricting Drone Operations

2 p.m.  

Oct. 17-19, 2016
Fall BIMForum 

Atlanta, Georgia 

Oct. 19, 2016
Insurance and Outsourcing Strategies for Drone Operations

2 p.m. 

Oct. 26, 2016
How to Manage the Additional Data that Drones Generate

2 p.m.

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