JBKnowledge ConTech Roadshow Recap – Atlanta
On December 6th, the JBKnowledge ConTech Roadshow debuted in Atlanta, Georgia. Over 75 construction professionals came to geek out with us at the Georgia Tech Global Learning Center. Attendees had the opportunity to learn directly from our CEO, James Benham, BIM/VDC Specialist, Josh Bone and “ConAppGuru“, Rob McKinney. Together, they are the ConTechTrio. Our dynamic consulting and professional speaking team is dedicated to sharing decades of construction technology experience, research and innovation.
Session topics covered during the event everything from BIM implementation, 3D printing, cloud data security, mobile apps on jobsites, drone regulations and much more. Check out all of the topics that were discussed here. All educational sessions were sponsored by the Mechanical Contractors Association of America (MCAA) and the ConTech Showcase was powered by the Associated General Contractors (AGC) of Georgia. Sponsors in the ConTech Showcase included: Plans4Less, DEWALT, FotoIN, NoteVault, PlanGrid , Autodesk, Catavolt, CFMA, Milwaukee, BusyBusy, Safesite, Rhumbix, Sprint and Faro.
The tech enthusiasts who attended the first ever JBKnowledge ConTech Roadshow had access to try out the latest drones, wearable tech, augmented reality, virtual reality and iBeacon devices and solutions for construction! Complementary breakfast, lunch and happy hour were also included for participants as well as training and educational sessions led by everyone’s favorite construction technology podcast co-hosts – the ConTechTrio! SmartBid training sessions were also offered throughout the day for users in the area. The ConTechTrio hosts led the following educational sessions:
- The Big Cloud, Local Data Threats and Managing Risk: A look at the results found in the 2016 JBKnowledge ConTechReport and why technology security is imperative for the successful protection and maintenance of data, buildings, customers, and business.
- Next Generation Tech Tools for Collecting Data and Imagery on the Job Site: How the adoption of new technology improves safety, workflow efficiency, team collaboration and profits as well as the top tech brands to accomplish these goals.
- A 360 Degree Look at BIM and the Angle of Fabrication: How virtual construction leads to productivity improvements and prevents uncoordinated design models. Also, a look at prefabrication and how offsite construction is changing the game.
- How 3D Printing & Scanning Are Redefining Project Success: Computer vision’s impact on the methods of jobsite data collection. How the scanning of the built environment using lasers, photography, IR, depth sensors, and photogrammetry are transforming construction.
- Amplifying Construction Safety Management with Mobile Apps: Understanding of how new tech, apps, and wearables can help manage safety. Also, suggestions on how you can successfully approach your management team about introducing tech to manage safety using simple ROI scenarios.
- Closing Keynote: Live Broadcast of the ConTechTrio Podcast: The dynamic ConTechTrio co-hosts recorded a live broadcast of the ConTechTrio Podcast where the results of the newly released 2016 Construction Tech Report were discussed.
The live recording of the ConTechTrio podcast turned out to be a hit as audience members witnessed in person what goes on behind the scenes of the ConTechTrio podcast. With the recent release of the 2016 JBKnowledge Construction Technology Report, the ConTechTrio discussed the findings of the 2016 report and how those findings related back to what attendees of the ConTech Roadshow had learned earlier in the day. James Benham, Rob McKinney and Josh Bone aired the ConTechTrio podcast live in which management technology, building technology and an overall lack of tech spending in the industry was discussed. With over 2,600 construction companies contributing towards the findings of the Construction Technology Report, it was interesting to hear how these companies are currently using, or not using, technology during their everyday operations.
The ConTechTrio discussed that in regards to management technology, many companies are failing to implement software to handle their burdensome manual processes, R&D budgets and cloud technology. The ConTechTrio even went on to explain the three things that make a successful construction business. 1) Long term vision 2) The ability to set and achieve short term goals in pursuit of achieving the long term vision 3) Health. JBKnowledge even offers a health analysis to determine a company’s current technology strengths and weaknesses. You can participate in a free exam of your construction company’s health alongside JBKnowledge here.
Building technology was also another topic during the ConTechTrio podcast in which interesting findings from the ConTechReport showed an increase in the popularity of BIM. The trio attributed the increase in BIM to a soon to be transition of estimating and takeoff processes to be more technologically focused. The ConTechTrio even discussed how the app store has been flooded with construction apps as more and more software providers are also offering their solutions for use on smartphones and tablets. With 97% of the ConTechReport survey respondents stating they use their smartphones daily, it makes sense that there is a wide offering of construction apps.
The ConTechReport also illustrated the lack of overall spending on tech in the construction industry as construction companies spend on average only 1% of their revenue on technology. The ConTechTrio illustrated how disappointingly low that percent is when they explained how 1% is even less than the percent of revenue that restaurants spend on technology! The podcast only touched on a few of the many highlights found in the 2016 ConTechReport. For a full analysis of how construction companies are using technology you can download your copy of the ConTechReport here. And of course, if you missed the live recording of the ConTechTrio podcast at the ConTech Roadshow you can listen to it anytime on Spreaker, itunes, or SoundCloud.
Following the live recording of the podcast, attendees of the ConTech Roadshow closed out the day by networking with the educational and interactive sponsors of the event in what was surely everyone’s favorite event of the day… the happy hour! Keeping with the tech savvy spirit of the day, during the closing session a 3D printer was even given away to a ConTech Roadshow attendee!
Overall, the first ever ConTech Roadshow was a great success! The team at JBKnowledge enjoyed getting to network with attendees and sponsors who are equally as enthused about construction as we are and truly appreciate the opportunity we had to connect with the attendees. We are also sincerely thankful for the sponsors who made this event possible and look forward to future ConTech Roadshows to come! So don’t worry, if you didn’t have the chance to attend the first ConTech Roadshow there may be a roadshow coming to a city near you soon! We are excited to announce that the ConTech Roadshow will be traveling to 4 cities in 2017 in the hopes of spreading construction technology enthusiasm and education across the country! Stay up to date with JBKnowledge and the ConTechTrio on twitter to ensure that you don’t miss out on the next #ConTechRoadshow!