4960 South 12th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19112 United States
Penn State at the Navy Yard
Tuesday, October 29, 2019 (8:00 AM - 4:00 PM) (EDT)
Event Details

Join the General Building Contractors Association, the Architectural Glass & Metal Assoc, the Mechanical & Service Contractors Association of Eastern PA, and the Penn-Del-Jersey Chapter, NECA, as we host our second annual Construction Technology Expo!


Presenting Sponsor:
PlanGrid, an Autodesk company

App Sponsor:

Platinum Sponsors:
BuildingConnected, an Autodesk Company
BuildingPoint NorthEast
Keystone Mountain Lakes Regional Council of Carpenters

Interior Finish Contractors Association
Med-Tex Services, Inc.
Microsol Resources

Technology and innovation have revolutionized, and will continue to change, the way we build. The second annual GBCA Construction Technology Expo will offer insight on new technologies that are transforming all stages of the engineering and construction process, as well as give guests an opportunity to see, touch, and feel all types of applications, platforms, products, and services.

Join us to make sure your firm is up to speed on new applications, tools, technologies and platforms. From our keynote and breakout sessions to our hands-on expo floor, to our exclusive Learning Lab, learn how to implement new products and services, how they are being used in the industry, how to measure ROI, the common pitfalls of technology, and have the opportunity to share and exchange information with other peer and industry experts.

Tentative Agenda:

8:00 am                                 Construction Technology Expo Begins

8:30 am – 10:00 am                 Keynote Presentation

                                             Bootstrapped Innovation: Building a Mad Scientist for the Future of Construction Tech

                                              James Benham, Chief Executive Officer, JBKnowledge

What does it mean to be a “Mad Scientist”? While the term may conjure images of white lab coats and unkempt hair, James Benham argues a “Mad Scientist” is someone willing to disrupt the status quo and experiment in hopes of breaking down inefficiencies. In this presentation, James Benham challenges contractors to cultivate Mad Scientists within their teams to lead technology research and development efforts. Learn how to create a culture of innovation at your construction company by giving your team the tools and space to creatively solve problems with technology.

10:00 am – 11:00 am               Breakout Session – Measuring ROI     

                                             The Skinny on Calculating Tech ROI

                                              Presenter – Jay Snyder, Technology Practice Leader, FMI

The most common question related to technology investment is also one of the most difficult to answer – how do I determine my return on investment?  There are many different angles you can take to calculate a meaningful ROI.  In this session FMI’s Jay Snyder, Technology & Innovation Practice Leader, will lead a panel discussion of construction technology leaders (contractors and technology companies) to share how answer this question.

10:15 am – 11:00 am               Breakout Session – Augmented Reality   

                                             Visual for Success - High Tech Solutions for an Age Old Industry

                                             Presenter – Andrew Smith, Vice President of Operations, Avontus Software Corporation

High Tech Solutions for an Age Old Industry will take a look at the way visualization tools are impacting our industry now and are poised to impact the future.

11:15 am – 12:15 pm               Breakout Session – Blockchain and AI

                                              Building the Future: How AI, ML, and Blockchain are changing the Game

                                              Presenter: Bassem Hamdy, CEO, Briq

Discover how to rethink construction using blockchain, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and big data.

12:00 pm                                 Lunch Buffet on the mezzanine

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm                    Breakout Session - Safety

                                               Ready to Wear: Wearable Technology to Boost Worker Safety

Moderator:         Dennis Dougherty, Med-Tex Services

Panelists:           Mel Badheka, Guardhat

                         Steve Montgomery, BuildingPoint NorthEast

                         Mark Wieder, Gilbane

In this break-out session, we will be discussing how new wearable technologies are making construction safer for workers. The panelists will discuss different solutions outfitting workers from head to toe, such as sensors, hardhats, and smartglasses, and how workers are using them on jobsites.

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm                     Breakout Session – BIM

                                                 Leveraging BIM Data from the Office to the Field

                                                 Presenter: Nick Marchek, BIM Specialist, Microsol Resources

                                                 1 CEU, 1.0 CM-BIM CE Credit

How do you collaborate and access project data throughout the building construction lifecycle? Join this training to learn how Autodesk BIM 360 can empower a project team to collaborate, those in the field to better anticipate and act, and those in the back office to optimize and manage all aspects of construction performance.

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm                     Breakout Session – Prefabrication

                                                 Assessing Your Company’s Prefab Readiness

                                                 Presenter: Amy Marks, CEO, XSite Modular

Prefabrication is a journey for many organizations that may lead to mixed results. Why are some organizations successful at implementing and even optimizing prefabrication and modular while others are not? Amy Marks, CEO of XSite Modular, the world's leading prefabrication consulting firm, talks frankly about what types of organizations may be positioned to lead the way for this technology and process improvements, including a five-point prefab readiness assessment to help you understand some of the corporate roadblocks and discuss some of the enablers to success.

3:00 pm – 4:00pm                       Breakout Session – Cybersecurity

                                                 Cyber Security Risks in Construction 

                                                 Presenter: Stephanie Snyder, Senior Vice President, AON Cyber Solutions

While improved efficiency is derived from increased digitalization, construction entities face additional risk from the cyber security exposures inherent in technology systems. In this session, we will discuss the vulnerabilities and risk considerations for contractors, including specific cyber incidents as well as measures that can be taken to mitigate risk.

3:00 pm – 4:00pm                       Breakout Session – Lean Construction

                                                 Lean Construction + Technology 

                                                 Presenter: Luke Hester, Technical Solutions Executive - Construction, PlanGrid, an Autodesk Company

                                                 1.0 CM-LEAN CE Credit

Lean business techniques can be applied to any industry and the construction industry has the opportunity to reap many rewards from embracing it. In this session you'll learn about new tools that make it even easier to put lean practices to work.

4:00 pm                                      Exhibit Floor Closes, Event Ends



ARC Document Solutions
Avontus Software Corporation



BuildingConnected, an Autodesk Company

BuildingPoint NorthEast

ClearEdge 3D

CPA Technology (Sage Software)

DJM CAD & Coordinating Services

Excel Document Solutions, Inc.


Graboyes Smart Buildings

Hilti, Inc.

Kastle Systems

Med-Tex Services, Inc.

Microsol Resources

Milwaukee Tool


NextWave Safety Solutions, Inc.

Olsen Associates, LLC

OSHA - Philadelphia Area Office

PlanGrid, an Autodesk Company



Sales Solutions, Inc.


ToolWatch Corporation

Triax Technologies


Thank you to our Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor


App Sponsor

Procore Construction Services Inc.

Platinum Sponsor

Eastern Atlantic States Regional Council of Carpenters
Microsol Resources
Med-Tex Services, Inc.
BuildingPoint Northeast
Interior Finish Contractors Association (IFCA)
Additional Information
Event Contact:
Angela Hendrix
Contact Organization:
General Building Contractors Association | GBCA
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