JBKnowledge Recap of the 2015 AGC IT Forum
This past month I was able to attend my second out-of-state conference as a JBKnowledge, Inc. employee at the annual AGC IT Forum in Chicago, Illinois. Our CEO, professional speaker and technology enthusiast, James Benham, attended the event as the keynote presenter and our Marketing Director, Liz Welsh, helped me run our exhibit booth. It was not only a fast-paced learning experience, but also a great opportunity to meet more construction professionals and gain insight on how to connect with potential clients.
Our first night at the conference, we decided to try our CEO’s favorite Argentine restaurant, Rural Society, just inside the Loews hotel. Since we have an office in Argentina, James makes it a point to visit the office regularly throughout the year to visit staff and to eat authentic, delicious local food. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect, but I quickly fell in love with the protein-rich cuisine.
The next day at the AGC IT Forum, my job was to set up our exhibit booth and to show off our SmartReality construction app for augmented reality and virtual reality technology: the Samsung Gear VR, the Oculus Rift and Google Project Tango (Learn more about it at jbknowledge.com/labs). All of our hardware has to be fairly sophisticated to be able to truly demonstrate the “WOW” factor our SmartReality app is capable of. But that being said, each has their ups and downs. Of the three, my favorite has to be the Samsung Gear VR for a few reasons. First off, it is really cool and easy to use. Secondly, I love the fact that it has very little latency while you use it since I easily get motion sickness.
In addition to the 2015 Construction Technology Survey results, James officially launched a new application from our JBKLabs R&D department (and still in beta testing): Buildstream. This new app will revolutionize the availability of data gathered from the construction site in real time and strives to be a large step toward full jobsite environmental tracking. If you would like to learn more about joining our beta testing group for the application, click here.
While running our JBKnowledge and COSA booths, I was able to introduce our company and grow our network with many of the people that stopped by. I always enjoy getting the opportunity to introduce JBKnowledge to people, and being able to talk with them to discover how our products or services may help them solve their most complex construction problems. If you were at the AGC IT Forum, but didn’t get a chance to stop by our booth to learn more, feel free to reach out and contact us here.