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CONSTRUCTION TECHNOLOGY NEWS
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  
Convention and One-Day Summit: $149 
One-Day Summit only: $225
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 MATTHIAS MCCOY-THOMPSON, CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER AND CO-FOUNDER, AGORA VR In the past 30 years, the construction industry has experienced a digital transformation. Computers are used in every aspect of the business from design to management to communications. It’s nearly impossible to be a contractor these days without at least basic digital literacy.
 
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UPCOMING EVENTS

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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