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Cyber threat has ushered in a heightened sense of security for CEOs and their IT leaders as they partner to deliver processes and procedures to protect their business environment. For the construction industry, it is critical that cybersecurity is addressed since an attack could mean significant delays in business operations and consequently delays in delivering on work to our customers. AGC recently launched a four-part series with the goal of educating and informing participants on why this should be a concern and how to plan ahead in an effort to secure the company’s information assets.

Three of the webinars are still available to attend. All webinars will start at 2 p.m. eastern.

 

 
Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Bellagio Las Vegas
3:30 - 5 p.m.
 
Mark your calendars and don't miss the Tech Showcase, brought to you by the AGC IT Forum, during AGC's 98th Annual Convention in Vegas. This year's session will demonstrated how video game platforms can attract and train construction workers.
 
Speakers:
Bob McCall – Master Builders Association of Western Pennsylvania
Jason Malatak – Mosites Construction Company
Ken Smith – Simcoach Games

Video games according to a recent study capture the attention of over 155 million Americans. And they spend 3 billion hours a week engrossed in their games. While some may view that as a monumental waste of time, video games are not just for entertainment anymore. They have become a powerful communication and learning medium.

Two AGC chapters in Western Pennsylvania are leading the way in using video games to help potential and current members of the construction workforce to assess career fit, explore construction careers, learn basic skills and experience what they are learning virtually. In this year’s AGC Technology Showcase, you will see some of these amazing video games and hear about the results they are producing.

By attending this session, participants will be able to:
  • Experience, firsthand, how powerful video games can be used as a communication and learning medium.
  • Explore different types of video games, including micro-games, short 3-5 minute experiences that grab your attention and get right to the point.
  • Examine the benefits of the effective use of video games in attracting and recruiting new employees.
  • Demonstrate how video games can be used for workforce development and training.
 

March 10, 2017 
One-Day Tech Summit  
Early Bird Tickets: $250 AGC Member | $300 Non-member 
Regular Tickets: $300 AGC Member | $375 Non-member
Come learn about new and important technology trends impacting the construction industry, when in Las Vegas attending AGC's 98th Annual Convention this March.

 
TRENDS IN TECHNOLOGY
BY JASON HURDIS, SR. MARKET PROFESSIONAL, CATERPILLAR, INC. TIM CRANE, GENERAL MANAGER SAFETY SERVICES, CATERPILLAR INC. The construction industry has transformed drastically over the past 20 years. Smartphone apps have enabled real-time information exchange; armloads of files and blueprints are being replaced by a few taps on a tablet. Technology is changing almost every aspect of the industry, and companies that refuse to adapt and implement it risk being outdone by tech-savvy competitors.
 
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TECHNOLOGY TIDBITS
Apple’s new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar is here, and it's getting mixed reviews. The laptop, which starts at $1,799 for the 13-inch model and $2,399 for the 15-inch version, comes with several compelling features, including Intel Core i5 or i7 processors, a revamped design that makes it notably smaller than its predecessors, and support for Touch ID, Apple’s fingerprint scanner technology. SOURCE: LAPTOP MAG
 
Update: The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus have just landed in our best iPhone round up, but where does each place? You've woken up, looked out the window and then looked down at the crumbling smartphone that you've been using for what feels like ever. Some part of your mind decides that it's time for an upgrade, and if you're set on owning an iPhone, then you've got some big choices to make. SOURCE: TECH RADAR
 
Google at its annual Chrome Dev Summit in San Francisco has revealed that there are now two billion Chrome installs in active use across desktop and mobile. Chrome Engineering VP Darin Fisher shared the numbers during a keynote although as TechCrunch notes, Fisher didn’t announce any new user numbers for Chrome. SOURCE: TECHSPOT
 
Google's new Pixel phones come with some great new features. Google's new smart Assistant and unlimited cloud storage for photos and video are all rolled in. With a little clever tweaking though, you can get most of the big, best features on your phone right now before you even get your hands on the Pixel. SOURCE: LIFEHACKER AUSTRALIA
 
CONSTRUCTION TECHNOLOGY SPOTLIGHT
 
   
BY DEBRA WOOD Data collection and reporting with iAuditor from SafetyCulture allows construction managers to quickly recognize and correct hazards to improve jobsite safety.
 
Constructor's 2016 Software Service Guide contains detailed information on companies and businesses that provide software products and services to the construction industry. Check out this one-stop shop today!
 
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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.
 
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UPCOMING EVENTS

November 17, 2016 
Cybersecurity: Risks and Insurance
2 p.m. (eastern standard time) 

December 1, 2016
2 p.m. (eastern standard time)
 
December 8, 2016
2 p.m. (eastern standard time)
 
March 8, 2017 
Tech Showcase at AGC's 98th Annual Convention
Bellagio Las Vegas
3:30 - 5 p.m.

March 10, 2017
One-Day Tech Summit  
Early Bird Tickets: $250 AGC Member | $300 Non-member
Regular Tickets: $300 AGC Member | $375 Non-member 

 
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