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Monday, March 18, 2024

What
When
Track

Construction Safety Excellence Awards Judging

Safety, Health, and Environmental
7:30AM – 5:30PM
Sponsored by:

Description

AGC contractor members from across the country compete for 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place in 21 divisional categories in the Construction Safety Excellence Awards (CSEA). A grand award winner will be selected from among the 1st place winners. The winners will be announced at the AGC Construction Safety Excellence Awards Breakfast on Friday, March 22. The awards judging is open to all convention attendees.

Welcome Reception for Chapter Executives and Chapter Staff

Chapter Executives & Staff
5:30PM
Sponsored by:

Description

Tuesday, March 19, 2024

What
When
Track

Construction Safety Excellence Awards Judging

Safety, Health, and Environmental
7:30AM – 5:30PM
Sponsored by:

Description

AGC contractor members from across the country compete for 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place in 21 divisional categories in the Construction Safety Excellence Awards (CSEA). A grand award winner will be selected from among the 1st place winners. The winners will be announced at the AGC Construction Safety Excellence Awards Breakfast on Friday, March 22. The awards judging is open to all convention attendees.

AGC Charities Attendee Volunteer Event w/ Make-A-Wish San Diego

All Attendees
8:30AM – 3:00PM
Sponsored by:

Description

Pre-registration required.

Spend March 19th volunteering to help out a family in need and showing San Diego how much our industry gives back. This year’s AGC Charities volunteer day is being held in coordination with Make-A-Wish San Diego. Volunteers will make improvements to the house and landscaping of a family whose child is being supported by Make-A-Wish. Come out early to San Diego to give back to the community, get to know fellow members from across the country and have fun. Transportation to and from the project will be provided as will breakfast and lunch.

Contact Nahee Rosso at Nahee.Rosso[@]agc.org for more information or with questions.

AGC Chapter Education Track

Chapter Executives & Staff
9:00AM – 5:00PM
Sponsored by:

Description

Welcome & Opening Remarks

Chapter Executives & Staff
9:00AM – 9:15AM

Description

Opening Session

Chapter Executives & Staff
9:15AM – 10:15AM

Description

“Build a Better Boat: Implementing the RPM’s of Irresistible Culture”
Featuring Scott Beebe
Owner of Business on Purpose

Culture will determine the joy that we find in our work. We all want a great culture, and we know we have to work for it…but how? Most strategies include a cross-your-fingers approach. This fun and surprising talk will remove the confusion around great culture, and provide you the action and clarity you need to build a culture that you are proud of and that all generations want to be a part of.

Break

Chapter Executives & Staff
10:15AM – 10:30AM

Description

Connecting Chapters: Solving Challenges Together

Chapter Executives & Staff
10:30AM – 11:15AM

Description

Paired with chapter staff from chapters of similar demographics as your own, tackle the shared challenges you experience or garner input from the successes of your chapter staff colleagues of like chapters through a facilitated discussion on AGC chapter operations.

San Diego Chapter Apprenticeship Training Center Tour & Luncheon

Chapter Executives & Staff
11:15AM – 2:15PM

Description

Join us for a group tour of the AGC San Diego Chapter Apprenticeship Training Center with lunch to follow on site.

AGC Education & Research Foundation Board of Directors Lunch & Meeting (private)

12:30PM – 2:30PM

Description

Project Innovation and Delivery Committee Meeting

2:00PM - 3:30PM

Description

Open to all attendees.

The Project Innovation and Delivery Committee’s mission is to align the execution of construction projects with the latest innovations in safety, quality and productivity, and to educate the industry on best practices to deliver quality projects on time and on budget. This in-person meeting of the Project Innovation and Delivery Committee is open to all attendees.

Break

Chapter Executives & Staff
2:15PM - 2:30PM

Description

Event Planning Workshop

Chapter Executives & Staff
2:30PM – 3:30PM

Description

Collaborate through the step-by-step process of planning an AGC chapter event gaining perspective and insights from the experience of the chapter staff community. Facilitated by Mike Dean, Event Manager at the Oregon-Columbia Chapter and other AGC chapter event staff.

Break

Chapter Executives & Staff
3:30PM – 3:45PM

Description

Specialty Contractors Committee Meeting, Open to all attendees

3:30PM – 5:00PM

Description

Open to all attendees.

The mission of the Specialty Contractors Committee is to be the advocate and information resource for specialty contractors within the construction industry and create a seat at the table for the specialty contractor. Specialty contractor members learn the “business” of construction through connections made with General Contractors, webinars, networking events, meetings, and improved contract documents, and to implement better business practices and improve their bottom-line, which AGC works to provide specialty contractor members. This in-person meeting of the Specialty Contractor Committee is open to all attendees.

Fireside Chats with AGC of America Staff

Chapter Executives & Staff
3:45PM – 5:30PM

Description

Hear the latest and greatest updates from the AGC of America departmental teams, followed by an open house of the AGC of America departments where you can connect, ask questions, and learn more about all things at AGC of America.

AGC Education & Research Foundation Gala – California Dreamin'

Ticketed Event
6:30PM – 10:30PM

Description

Hosted by the Consulting Constructors’ Council

Separate Registration Required

Open to all interested attendees

Join us for a special night of celebration as we recognize and support the great work of the AGC Education & Research Foundation. For more than 54 years the AGC Education & Research Foundation has made good on its commitment to support the future of our industry through its robust scholarship program and innovative projects. The Gala evening includes a reception, dinner, music and more.

Cocktail Attire: flowy dresses, bright prints, Tommy Bahama floral shirts, Panama Jack hats

Gala Tickets – $350 per person (60% tax deductible) with proceeds going to support scholarships for students seeking careers in construction

Wednesday, March 20, 2024

What
When
Track

Construction Safety Excellence Awards Judging

Safety, Health, and Environmental
7:30AM – 5:30PM
Sponsored by:

Description

AGC contractor members from across the country compete for 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place in 21 divisional categories in the Construction Safety Excellence Awards (CSEA). A grand award winner will be selected from among the 1st place winners. The winners will be announced at the AGC Construction Safety Excellence Awards Breakfast on Friday, March 22. The awards judging is open to all convention attendees.

AGC Chapter Education Track

Chapter Executives & Staff
8:00AM – 12:00PM
Sponsored by:

Description

General Session - "Everything You Need to Know About Artificial Intelligence... But Didn't Know to Ask”

Chapter Executives & Staff
8:00AM – 9:00AM

Description

As we venture deeper into the 21st century, Artificial Intelligence (AI) has become a transformational force in business, and in our industry. Jim brings a unique perspective to this subject, having spent 20 years on both the association management (meetings and events) side, as well as having dedicated his last 24 years to teaching technology applications with a recent focus on AI’s transformative capabilities.

Break

Chapter Executives & Staff
9:00AM – 9:15 AM

Description

Breakout Session - Tech Tips Workshop

Chapter Executives & Staff
9:15AM – 10:00AM

Description

Apps, web resources, digital shortcuts…there are thousands of tools and services out there for you to use. But which ones are the ones that can really save the day? How can you build that essential digital toolbox which always can provide the right tool for each job…one where most of the tools are completely free? Whether you’re trying to build an app (yes, you can do that for free) or ensure that your organization can optimize their social presence, or whether you just want to be able to do something quicker and easier, this session is essential to enhance your productivity.

Breakout Session - Leveraging Your Non-Dues Revenue Opportunities

Chapter Executives & Staff
9:15AM – 10:00AM

Description

Non-dues revenue is a powerful asset for any AGC chapter. Learn hands on in this session as chapter sponsorship opportunities are highlighted and critiqued, offering insights into growing the non-dues revenue at your chapter.

Breakout Session - Social Media, Membership, and You

Chapter Executives & Staff
9:15AM – 10:00AM

Description

Learn how to navigate the dynamic landscape of online platforms to effectively promote membership at your chapter and connect with prospects through impactful digital advertising campaigns.

Breakout Session - Tech Tips Workshop

Chapter Executives & Staff
10:00AM - 10:45AM

Description

Apps, web resources, digital shortcuts…there are thousands of tools and services out there for you to use. But which ones are the ones that can really save the day? How can you build that essential digital toolbox which always can provide the right tool for each job…one where most of the tools are completely free? Whether you’re trying to build an app (yes, you can do that for free) or ensure that your organization can optimize their social presence, or whether you just want to be able to do something quicker and easier, this session is essential to enhance your productivity.

Breakout Session - Leveraging Your Non-Dues Revenue Opportunities

Chapter Executives & Staff
10:00AM - 10:45AM

Description

Non-dues revenue is a powerful asset for any AGC chapter. Learn hands on in this session as chapter sponsorship opportunities are highlighted and critiqued, offering insights into growing the non-dues revenue at your chapter.

Breakout Session - Social Media, Membership, and You

Chapter Executives & Staff
10:00AM - 10:45AM

Description

Learn how to navigate the dynamic landscape of online platforms to effectively promote membership at your chapter and connect with prospects through impactful digital advertising campaigns.

Why Do They Do That? Elevating Precision in Safe Construction

Safety, Health, and Environmental
10:00 AM - 10:45 AM
Professionals

Description

We have come a long way in safety over the past 50 years; what will be the next advancement in our profession? Several opportunities exist: wellness, technology, and human performance, among others. In this talk, we will explore the human element of precise work by discussing “Brain-Centered Hazards,” the natural phenomena that occurs day-by-day, moment-by-moment, within all of us.

The presentation will explore why humans do what they do, what mistakes they make, why they make them, and how they raise the level of exposure to injury, facility and equipment damage, quality problems, and productivity issues. Each of the Brain-Centered Hazards will be discussed, with examples shared. The Brain-Centered Hazards are:

– Fast-Brain Functioning
– Visual Recognition
– Divided Attention
– Memory
– Social Think
– Fatigue
– Stress & Urgency

Beyond the Brain-Centered Hazards, we will discuss Thinking Traps, Human-Machine Interface, Culture, and how they all work together to work for or against precise work.

Speakers

Construction Leadership Committee (CLC) Meeting

10:30AM - 12:30PM

Description

Open to all attendees.

The Construction Leadership Committee’s mission is to fulfill the need to cultivate the next generation of leaders in the construction industry as well as the association both at the local and national levels. Visit www.agc.org/clc for more details. This in-person meeting of the Construction Leadership Committee is open to all attendees.

Break

Chapter Executives & Staff
10:45AM – 11:00AM

Description

Talk the Talk: How Data, AI, and NLP can Boost Craft Engagement, Leadership, and Culture in Construction

Safety, Health, and Environmental
11:00AM - 11:45AM
Executive, Professionals

Description

Frontline leaders in construction face the challenge of engaging their crews in daily planning and hazard control. However, how can we assess the quality of their conversations?

Join Scott Sears of Walker Engineering to hear his personal story, with all the twists and turns, on how they used conversation data, using FactorLab’s artificial intelligence (AI), and natural language processing (NLP) to analyze their planning conversations to uncover key factors that influence their craft engagement, leadership, and culture. 

Craft engagement, the degree to which employees feel committed, satisfied, and energized by their work, is influenced by many factors, such as the work environment, effective leadership, recognition, and the alignment of personal and organizational values. Employee engagement has been shown to have positive effects on various outcomes, including productivity, performance, customer satisfaction, innovation, and safety (Clarke, 2003). Language is a powerful tool that can influence craft engagement, and has been shown to  affect safety outcomes, team performance, and project quality (Hofmann et al., 2017). However, there is a lack of empirical evidence on how to measure or improve the quality of conversations among frontline leaders and their crews.  

In response, FactorLab embarked on a pioneering journey to understand the dynamics of daily planning conversations. Using AI and Large Language Models, FactorLab collected and transcribed over 400,000 daily planning conversations from diverse workplaces across North America to evaluate conversation quality and how it was associated with high-performing work groups. 

This engaging discussion with Scott will reveal his experience applying this method to improve their daily planning process and foster high-impact conversations among their crews. Drawing from Scott’s illuminating story, you will discover how improving conversations is the cornerstone to enhancing craft engagement, leadership, and perhaps most importantly organizational culture. Scott will speak candidly on how he overcame challenges in adopting new methods, including data collection, privacy issues, and change management. 

By the end of this session, you will walk away with practical insights on how to integrate conversational data, AI, and NLP to boost craft engagement, and a clear roadmap on how to create a positive environment that champions trust, open communication, as well as safety. Don’t miss this chance to learn decades of research and one grizzled safety expert who entered a skeptic and now has a completely new set of tools that he never had before. Don’t miss this chance to join the conversation that sparks transformative change! 

Chapter Closing Session - “Communication: How to Cut Through the Noise”

Chapter Executives & Staff
11:00AM – 12:00PM

Description

Breaking the communication barrier and getting from your audience’s inbox to their ears can is a challenge for us all. The good news is that practical tactics can engage your audience and make your message stand out.

Convention Registration / Information Desk Open

11:00AM – 7:00PM

Description

Stop by the 2024 AGC Convention registration desk to check-in, and pick up your name badge.

AGC 535 Club Open

12:00PM – 5:00PM

Description

Crane Liability and Risk Exposure Solutions

Safety, Health, and Environmental
1:00PM - 1:45PM
Professionals

Description

The session will include:

– Recent national crane incident statistics.
– Hidden risks with crane activity on projects.
– Best practices for managing crane activity.
– Defending against crane litigation.

Division Membership Meeting: Federal & Heavy Construction

Federal & Heavy Construction
1:00PM - 2:00PM

Description

Please see my note in “Other.” AGC members perform a diverse range of projects including military construction projects for the Department of Defense, water resources projects that benefit our nation’s navigation and flood control and building construction for agencies such as the General Services Administration. The Federal construction market is accountable for over tens of billions of dollars’ worth of spending annually. Join the leaders of AGC’s Federal & Heavy Construction division to discuss the latest legislative issues, federal regulations, and how this division is working to build a better future for federal contractors.

AGC Division Membership Meeting: Division Membership Meeting: Building Contractors

All Attendees
1:00PM – 3:00PM

Description

This session is the Building Contractors Division’s Leadership Business Meeting. Open to all AGC members and Chapters, this meeting serves to provide a forum for open discussion of current industry issues impacting private vertical contractors; to educate members on important policy, project delivery methods and contracting topics, and inform and advance the business of the division’s committees and forums. This meeting will provide private, vertical contractors the opportunity to understand what involvement in AGC of America consists of and provides an opportunity to meet and network with contractor colleagues who are engaged in national AGC.

Division Membership Meeting: Highway & Transportation

Highway, Transportation, and Infrastructure Construction
1:00PM - 3:00PM

Description

This session is the AGC Highway and Transportation Division’s Leadership Business Meeting. Open for all AGC members and chapters, this meeting serves to provide a forum for open discussion of issues important to transportation contractors, educate members on important policy and contracting topics, and inform and advance the business of the division’s committees and forums. This meeting will provide transportation contractors the opportunity to understand what involvement in AGC of America consists of and provides an opportunity to meet and network with contractor colleagues who are engaged in national AGC.

Division Membership Meeting: Utility Infrastructure Contractors

Utility Infrastructure Construction
1:00PM - 3:00PM

Description

Division provides management and market services to contractors engaged in utility construction, including water and wastewater facilities and pipelines, energy generation and transmission and telecommunications infrastructure. The Division also serves contractors engaged in other underground utility work as well as specialty work such as excavation, tunneling, boring and site preparation. The Division serves as liaison to and monitor for other water, wastewater, and utility user groups in the public and private sectors. This session will include a working discussion of all aspects of division work from federal legislative and regulatory activities to supporting our industry on the state and local levels.

Safety IS About Culture; NOT Policy

Safety, Health, and Environmental
2:00PM - 2:45PM
Executive, Professionals

Description

Esse Quam Videri is the Latin phrase that means, “To be, rather than to seem.” These are the words to live by when it comes to workplace safety. According to Bureau of Labor Statistics, our industry still has a staggering number of 13 deaths per day, and 27,155 accidents reported every 3 seconds. This statistic hasn’t changed much in the last 20 years. Bottomline, there are still way too many moms and dads not coming home to their children every day. 

What is missing in our current approach?  

Our industry spends BILLIONS of dollars and an unmeasurable amount of negative emotional energy developing policy and punishments or fines to reduce the number of deaths and accidents in our industry, but in the end – it hasn’t altered the statistics. Is your plan to do what everyone else does, but somehow achieve better results? 

America has been built on the backs of craftsmen. It is time to interject sustainable motivation that brings everyone home safely at night. 2023 is the time to take a stand and eliminate accidents, self-inflicted injuries, and death. 

Dr. Charlie Cartwright is a workplace culture and safety expert. A recent construction client reduced their workplace injuries by 56% and workers’ compensation claims by 89% in a fiscal year by deploying his methods. 

Negotiating PLAs:  Navigating Key Terms to Safeguard Your Interests

Workforce, HR, and Diversity
2:00PM - 3:30PM
Executive

Description

Whether you like project labor agreements (PLAs) or hate them, more and more contractors are facing them and need to understand their terms. With the new federal contractor PLA mandate now in effect, the issue is more timely than ever. In this session, a panel of experts will discuss critical terms to seek and to watch out for when negotiating a PLA or handed a template agreement. Whether you work on private or public projects, and whether you’re an open-shop or union contractor, understanding the nuances of PLAs is crucial. 

AGC Student & Faculty Kick Off Happy Hour

Student Chapter Experience
2:30PM – 3:45PM
Sponsored by:

Description

To kick off the Convention for students and faculty, join us for a happy hour before the Opening Session (bring your ID) to network and play games like 12-player foosball, shuffleboard, and more. Meet your fellow students, faculty, and National Construction Leadership Council members.

AGC Contract Document Forum and Construction Law Committee

Construction Law and Contracts
3:00PM - 3:45PM

Description

This is a working session discussing the latest on construction law and contracts and AGC participation in ConsensusDocs standard construction contracts. All those interested in construction and contracts are welcome to attend and participate.

AGC First-Time Attendee Reception

3:00PM – 3:45PM
Sponsored by:

Description

Whether you’re a first-time attendee or returning after a hiatus, we invite you to a special reception designed for networking and camaraderie. Join us to connect with fellow first-time attendees, seasoned AGC Ambassadors, and members of the AGC Board. AGC’s Ambassadors are experienced members who are available to ensure you maximize your Convention experience and answer any questions you may have. This is your opportunity to expand your network, make meaningful connections, and kick off a memorable meeting experience.

Convention Opening General Session featuring Keynote Speaker – CEO, Entrepreneur, Television Personality, Daymond John

All Attendees
4:00PM – 6:00PM
Sponsored by:

Description

Don’t miss the AGC Convention Opening General Session events, including state of the association updates from AGC’s Presidents and CEO, and keynote presentation on leadership and life by CEO, entrepreneur, and television personality Daymond John.

Opening Night Welcome Reception

All Attendees
6:00PM – 7:30PM
Sponsored by:

Description

Thursday, March 21, 2024

What
When
Track

Convention Registration / Information Desk Open

6:00AM – 5:00PM

Description

Stop by the 2024 AGC Convention registration desk to check-in, and pick up your name badge.

AGC 535 Club Open

7:00AM – 5:00PM

Description

Construction Risk Partners - AGC Build America Awards Breakfast

Ticketed Event
7:00AM – 8:00AM
Sponsored by:

Description

The Construction Risk Partners Build America awards honor AGC members who build the nation’s most impressive construction projects ranging across the building, highway and transportation, utility infrastructure, and federal and heavy divisions. These projects, with their vision, scope and grandeur, literally dare to challenge, dare to change the industry and way we build.

The Construction Risk Partners Build America Awards program includes breakfast and awards presentation.

Learn more about Construction Risk Partners

Construction Safety Excellence Awards Judging

Safety, Health, and Environmental
7:30AM - 2:30PM
Sponsored by:

Description

AGC contractor members from across the country compete for 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place in 21 divisional categories in the Construction Safety Excellence Awards (CSEA). A grand award winner will be selected from among the 1st place winners. The winners will be announced at the AGC Construction Safety Excellence Awards Breakfast on Friday, March 22. The awards judging is open to all convention attendees.

Milwaukee Tool Break Room Open

All Attendees
7:30AM - 6:00PM
Sponsored by:

Description

Located in the Expo

Morning Expo Breakfast and Conversation

All Attendees
7:30AM – 8:30AM
Sponsored by:

Description

Grab coffee and breakfast treats and check out the latest and greatest in innovative construction solutions and services.

Lean Construction Committee Meeting

8:00AM - 9:30AM

Description

Open to all attendees.

AGC’s Lean Construction Committee is focused on growing the implementation of lean practices in the construction industry by providing educational opportunities and developing a community where anyone with an interest in lean construction can come together to engage in a dialog on best practices, share information, and participate in a broad, coordinated effort to promote and define the use of lean concepts and processes within the construction industry. This in-person meeting of theLean Construction Committee is open to all attendees.

AGC Legislative & Political Briefing

All Attendees
8:30AM – 9:30AM

Description

Do you want to learn more about how AGC of America ensures that you and the association’s more than 27,000 members are well represented in Washington, D.C.? Are you interested in politics and the upcoming 2024 election? Join us for an exciting session that will include updates on the AGC PAC & Construction Advocacy Fund, a political briefing on the 2024 election, and ways you can help AGC win in Congress.

AI & ChatGPT in Construction

Technology and Innovation
8:30AM - 9:30AM
Professionals

Description

The construction industry is undergoing a profound revolution, largely propelled by the advent of AI-driven solutions. From project planning to execution, AI is reshaping traditional approaches, optimizing processes, and fostering unparalleled efficiency. This panel will delve into the innovative ways AI is revolutionizing construction practices, ultimately shaping the future of the industry. 

This panel is ideal for all  construction professionals, technology enthusiasts, and anyone curious about the cutting-edge role AI plays in reshaping the construction industry. Participants will gain valuable insights into AI applications, best practices, and the potential AI holds for a sustainable, safe, and productive future in construction. 

Building Better: How Three Firms Overcame Significant Challenges to Complete Award-Winning Project

8:30AM – 9:30AM
Executive, Professional

Description

For the first time ever, winners of the Construction Risk Partners Build America Awards will hold a session during the convention to share the secrets of their success. The teams behind three of the most successful construction projects of the last year – including an innovative top-down construction project; massive urban highway upgrade and a cutting-edge collegiate campus addition in an extremely tight space. The panelists will discuss the steps they took to overcome significant challenges in completing their award-winning projects. They will share details of the innovations they used, the tactics they employed, the technology they adopted and the leadership they offered to get the job done. The conversation will be moderated by a contractor and former Build America Award judge. Panelists will also answer questions from the audience, offer advice and share best practices on how other firms can share in their success.  

Climate Change Risk and Opportunities in Construction

Safety, Health, and Environmental
8:30AM - 9:30AM
Executive, Professional

Description

Explore some of the market drivers for net-zero carbon and the evolution of modern climate policy. Learn how new rules and trends are reshaping how you approach pursuits, projects, and your company’s plans. Hear the most recent news on climate risk and reporting requirements expected in forthcoming rules from the Securities and Exchange Commission and Federal Acquisition Regulation. Get a sneak peek of a new tool AGC is developing to help make sense of this movement. 

Maximizing Risk Transfer in Complex Construction Defect Claims

Insurance and Risk Management
8:30AM - 9:30AM
Executive

Description

Complex construction defect claims implicate many facets of construction risk transfer. Between insurance and contractual risk transfer, a contractor can either set itself up for success in global resolution of the defect claims or for protracted litigation. This presentation will give participants practical tips for how to maximize risk transfer in these claim. The audience will learn about the significance of, amongst others, the following facets of construction defect risk transfer: 

– When a claim is properly submitted under builders risk vs. general liability policies
– OCIPs vs. CCIPs vs. Traditional Annual Insurance
– How to utilize contractual indemnity rights to influence insurance claims
– The role of the general contractor’s corporate general liability program
– Wrap-up exclusions and their exceptions
– Policy limits demands and associated bad faith implications
– Blue Ridge and Buss reservations 

The audience will learn how to avoid issues with each of these and gain a better understanding of how to identify them and address them proactively to leverage better outcomes. 

More Money More Problems: How the Payment Lag in Construction Can Make or Break Relationships

Financial Management and Business Development
8:30AM - 9:30AM
Executive

Description

How can we maintain healthy relationships when the fundamental principle of business, the exchange of money for services, is fraught with challenges?  

This session will bring together a diverse panel of experts, including a seasoned executive from a prominent national GC, an experienced subcontracting executive, and a moderator representing Billd, an industry-leading company serving thousands of subcontractors nationwide. 

In today’s rapidly evolving construction landscape, strong GC to subcontractor partnerships are the key to successful projects. This presentation will address the challenges of payment timelines and offer innovative solutions, so GCs can: 

– Drive project performance and client satisfaction
– Build long-term, healthy relationships with key trade partners
– Enhance project predictability and minimize risk through timely payments 

We will navigate the intricate web of construction relationships, share real-world insights, and empower GCs to reshape the way they think about, engage with, and ultimately pay subcontractors. Through interactive polling, compelling subcontractor narratives, expert perspectives, and forward-thinking contract clauses, this presentation will deliver actionable takeaways that can drive transformative change in GCs projects and partnerships. 

Crane Liability and Risk Exposure Solutions

Safety, Health, and Environmental
9:00AM – 9:45AM
Professionals

Description

The session will include:

– Recent national crane incident statistics.
– Hidden risks with crane activity on projects.
– Best practices for managing crane activity.
– Defending against crane litigation.

Networking Break in the AGC Contractor Solutions Expo

All Attendees
9:30AM – 10:00AM
Sponsored by:

Description

Stop by the AGC Contractor Solutions Expo during your break between sessions.

Federal Contractors Division Education Session: Navigating Risk in Design-Build: Allocating Construction Performance Risks in Federal Projects

Federal & Heavy Construction
10:00AM - 11:00AM

Description

Design-Build is a well-recognized and increasing form of project delivery in public construction. Obviously, a general contractor with design responsibilities takes on added risks associated with the design. The design-build general contractor’s risks and responsibilities for performing the actual construction may increase as well when it is also responsible for the project’s design. But, certain risks, such as project site conditions, location, and access typically remain with the project owner. Can and should the owner be able to shift such risks to a design-build contractor? The answer to that question should depend on the parties’ written contract rights and obligations, as well as certain obligations a design-build contractor may have during the pre-bid phase of the procurement. In this presentation, Smith Currie Oles partner Scott Walters and RORE CEO Guita Murthy will discuss the allocation of construction performance risks in a design-build project delivery on federal projects and best practices you need to know.

AGC Federal and Heavy Division – Featured Program

Federal & Heavy Construction
10:00AM – 11:00AM

Description

AGC Chapter ELC Board Meeting (private)

10:00AM – 11:00AM

Description

Building Safer: How Three Award-Winning Firms Achieved Safety Excellence

Safety, Health, and Environmental
10:00AM – 11:00AM
Executive, Professionals

Description

Join us for an engaging discussion with representatives from three leading construction companies, and recipients of the AGC Construction Safety Excellence Awards, as they share their insights, strategies, and experiences in pursuit of safety excellence. These companies have successfully developed and implemented safety and risk control strategies that go beyond compliance. The session will include discussions on leadership commitment, technological innovations, employee engagement and training, collaboration and industry partnerships, challenges, and lessons learned. Whether you are a safety professional, construction executive, or industry stakeholder, this session promises valuable takeaways to enhance safety practices within your own organization. 

Construction’s Great Innovation Dilemma: Balancing Risk with Reward

Technology and Innovation
10:00AM - 11:00AM
Executive

Description

It’s said that in construction, there’s a race to be third. But before we all stand in line to avoid the front, it begs the question, is there a downside to being third? Innovators would say yes, while those with a more conservative view may prefer to let others forge forward and risk failure at their own expense. And perhaps the answer lies somewhere in between.  

For construction firms, survival is dependent on maintaining efficiency while managing tight margins. Traditional thinking means a focus on cost-cutting measures. However, some say disruptive thinking is critical to staying ahead – that rather than focusing solely on reducing costs, you must also invest. Innovate, or be blown away like the dust on an unkempt jobsite. Be brave, stand at the front of the line.  

Some in the construction industry are tackling these considerations by setting up incubators, such as DPR Construction’s venture arm WND Ventures or Suffolk Technologies, meant to cultivate new approaches for tackling old challenges. They’re the innovators, tasked with gaining buy-in from internal stakeholders that it’s possible to overcome the myriad of adoption barriers.   

In this fireside chat-style conversation, you’ll hear a variety of perspectives from AEC leaders who are tackling the “cut costs or innovate?” challenge every day. They’ll address how to identify those barriers to adoption, discuss why it’s possible to instill an innovation mindset at every level of a company – from boots on the ground to desks in the office – and share the lessons they’ve learned as they determine the right balance between innovation and staying focused on the nuts and bolts of the business.  

Conversationalists include:  

– Atul Khanzode, Leadership Team Member, DPR
– James Pease, Executive Director, UCSF Real Estate
– Jim Lynch, SVP and General Manager, Autodesk Construction Solutions 

Honey, We Have to T.A.L.K.: Four Steps for Navigating Difficult Conversations

Workforce, HR, and Diversity
10:00AM - 11:00AM
Executive, Professionals

Description

Construction is a challenging business and whether you are a newcomer or an executive leading a massive project or team, one thing remains universal: Difficult conversations. The day-to-day reality is that conflict is inevitable due to safety requirements, tight schedules, differences amongst contractors and subcontractors, etc… but what if you could remove all the fear and dread that comes with having that all-important dialogue?  

This session led by Dave Walsh, Executive Vice President of Human Resources at Miron Construction Co., Inc. in Neenah, Wisconsin, and Sharon Hulce, a 27-year veteran in construction executive search and President/CEO of Employment Resource Group Inc., will focus on a four-step process for turning those tough discussions into opportunities for growth and connection. Whether it is developing a performance improvement plan, bringing forward a change order to a client, or ensuring a quality service is being met, Dave and Sharon will give you the necessary tools to take you from anxiety to assurance by blending humoring, wisdom, and real-life insights. 

The session will provide an easy-to-follow, and equally easy-to-remember, mantra (T.A.L.K.) for those difficult chats, and the audience will also have a chance to practice utilizing real-world examples of conflict in diverse settings. 

Speakers

Win More Business Through Award Submissions

Financial Management and Business Development
10:00AM - 11:00AM
Professionals

Description

Challenge of the Chase is presented by the AGC BD Committee and has been designed to provide participants with best practices related to business development, marketing, and sales. 

To support the industry and convention participants, members of the AGC’s Business Development Committee are convening to share best practices and key takeaways from professional experiences related to award submissions (such as projects, DEI projects/campaigns, community service, innovation, safety, best places to work, etc.) and the value they provide in cultivating new business. Having a robust award submission program can create opportunities to strengthen brand recognition, project expertise, morale, and help future customers decide to hire your firm. 

This session has been designed to address small, mid-size, and large contractor and specialty contractor needs. 

The panel will share insight on topics such as: 

– Why you should submit with topics surrounding reputation impact and marketing, ROI, the reality of the process, and challenges faced by small to mid-sized contractors.
– What do judges look for and what makes a project or campaign award-worthy?
– How to develop an internal process that focuses on minimal time investment, how to capture the necessary information, and the various challenges you can expect.
– How to merchandise/promote the award win to your advantage. 

AGC Utility Infrastructure Division – Featured Program

Utility Infrastructure Construction
10:00AM – 11:00AM

Description

The Good, the Bad, the Ugly – How to Bring Together a General Contractor and Specialty Contractor Safety Program

Safety, Health, and Environmental
10:00AM – 10:45AM
Executive, Professionals

Description

Join members of AGC of America’s Specialty Contractors Council and Safety and Health Committee in this education session as General Contractors and Specialty Contractor safety professional discuss the successes and pain points of harmonizing two safety programs on the jobsite.  

During this session, the GC and SC will cover the following:   

  • Prequalification/Job Start   
  • Jobsite Orientation    
  • Scheduling Pressures vs. jobsite safety   
  • Success stories  

Participants will have the opportunity to ask the panel questions and engage with the speakers.   

Networking Break in the AGC Contractor Solutions Expo

All Attendees
11:00AM – 11:30AM
Sponsored by:

Description

Stop by the AGC Contractor Solutions Expo during your break between sessions.

Plenary Session featuring Keynote Speaker – Workforce Futurist Heather McGowan

AGC Diversity & Inclusion Awards Presentation
11:30AM – 12:30PM
Sponsored by:

Description

Lunch in the AGC Contractor Solutions Expo

All Attendees
12:30PM – 1:30PM
Sponsored by:

Description

Contractors’ Fellowship Luncheon

Ticketed Event
12:30PM – 1:30PM

Description

Ticketed Event — Separate Registration Required

Open to all interested attendees

Join your fellow contractors for a breakfast program featuring guest speaker Andrew Dawson, founder and CEO of Operation for Freedom.

Tickets: $150.00 per person

Women Breaking Ground and Shaping the Future of Construction

Ticketed Event
12:30PM – 2:00PM

Description

Limited Seating Available – Separate Registration Required

Open to all interested attendees

Heather McGowan, Keynote Speaker and Workforce Futurist (moderator)
Tonya Byrd, Business Development Manager, Gilbane Building Company
Shea De Lutis, Director of Federal Affairs, Clark Construction Group
Kari Karst, CEO/President, BX Civil & Construction

This luncheon will feature a panel discussion of female leaders who have excelled in various aspects of project planning, design, execution, and management within the construction industry. This session aims to provide unique insights and perspectives from industry leaders on ways women in the construction industry can embrace, empower, and catalyze change from their current positions, serving as trailblazers for the next generation of aspiring women in construction. We’ll uncover how women have the potential to thrive at every phase of their careers (with success stories) and how the industry is changing.

Following the presentation, we warmly invite participants to interact with our panelists during a live Q&A. This informal luncheon is an excellent opportunity for attendees to engage in meaningful discussions, seek insights, find mentors, learn how to be mentors, and ask questions, all within a relaxed and open environment.

Talk the Talk: How Data, AI, and NLP can Boost Craft Engagement, Leadership, and Culture in Construction

Safety, Health, and Environmental
1:00PM – 1:45PM
Executive, Professionals

Description

Frontline leaders in construction face the challenge of engaging their crews in daily planning and hazard control. However, how can we assess the quality of their conversations?  

Join Scott Sears of Walker Engineering to hear his personal story, with all the twists and turns, on how they used conversation data, using FactorLab’s artificial intelligence (AI), and natural language processing (NLP) to analyze their planning conversations to uncover key factors that influence their craft engagement, leadership, and culture. 

Craft engagement, the degree to which employees feel committed, satisfied, and energized by their work, is influenced by many factors, such as the work environment, effective leadership, recognition, and the alignment of personal and organizational values. Employee engagement has been shown to have positive effects on various outcomes, including productivity, performance, customer satisfaction, innovation, and safety (Clarke, 2003). Language is a powerful tool that can influence craft engagement, and has been shown to  affect safety outcomes, team performance, and project quality (Hofmann et al., 2017). However, there is a lack of empirical evidence on how to measure or improve the quality of conversations among frontline leaders and their crews.  

In response, FactorLab embarked on a pioneering journey to understand the dynamics of daily planning conversations. Using AI and Large Language Models, FactorLab collected and transcribed over 400,000 daily planning conversations from diverse workplaces across North America to evaluate conversation quality and how it was associated with high-performing work groups. 

This engaging discussion with Scott will reveal his experience applying this method to improve their daily planning process and foster high-impact conversations among their crews. Drawing from Scott’s illuminating story, you will discover how improving conversations is the cornerstone to enhancing craft engagement, leadership, and perhaps most importantly organizational culture. Scott will speak candidly on how he overcame challenges in adopting new methods, including data collection, privacy issues, and change management. 

By the end of this session, you will walk away with practical insights on how to integrate conversational data, AI, and NLP to boost craft engagement, and a clear roadmap on how to create a positive environment that champions trust, open communication, as well as safety. Don’t miss this chance to learn decades of research and one grizzled safety expert who entered a skeptic and now has a completely new set of tools that he never had before. Don’t miss this chance to join the conversation that sparks transformative change! 

Why Do They Do That? Elevating Precision in Safe Construction

Safety, Health, and Environmental
2:00PM – 2:45PM
Professionals

Description

We have come a long way in safety over the past 50 years; what will be the next advancement in our profession? Several opportunities exist: wellness, technology, and human performance, among others. In this talk, we will explore the human element of precise work by discussing “Brain-Centered Hazards,” the natural phenomena that occurs day-by-day, moment-by-moment, within all of us.

The presentation will explore why humans do what they do, what mistakes they make, why they make them, and how they raise the level of exposure to injury, facility and equipment damage, quality problems, and productivity issues. Each of the Brain-Centered Hazards will be discussed, with examples shared. The Brain-Centered Hazards are:

– Fast-Brain Functioning
– Visual Recognition
– Divided Attention
– Memory
– Social Think
– Fatigue
– Stress & Urgency

Beyond the Brain-Centered Hazards, we will discuss Thinking Traps, Human-Machine Interface, Culture, and how they all work together to work for or against precise work.

Speakers

Union Contractors Forum

2:00PM - 3:00PM

Description

Business Development Committee Meeting

Financial Management and Business Development
2:00PM - 3:30PM

Description

Open to all attendees.

The mission of the Business Development Committee is to be a valuable resource for AGC member firms, from all divisions, for actionable information and tools that help improve business development programs and results. This in-person meeting of the Business Development Committee is open to all attendees.

Utility Infrastructure Division (UID) Education Session

Utility Infrastructure Construction
2:00PM - 3:00PM

Description

After a serious incident on a construction jobsite there will most likely be a lawsuit. In an attempt to settle the lawsuit there will be a deposition. A deposition is the pre-trial taking of sworn testimony outside of the courtroom about the facts related to a case. This is an opportunity for both parties to meet and ask questions of the opposing side, obtaining answers and statements relevant to the case. Depositions can be all emcompassing, occaisionally requiring the participation of senior leadership of firms, including CEOs. If you have ever been deposed and even if you haven’t, this is a very stressful situation for all involved. This session will re-enact what it is like to be a Defendant in a deposition. We will discuss preparation, proceedings, and the Do’s and Don’ts during a deposition.

AGC Highway & Transportation Division – Featured Program

Highway, Transportation, and Infrastructure Construction
2:00PM – 3:00PM

Description

The AI Blueprint: Revolutionizing Construction from Pursuit to Completion

Technology and Innovation
2:00PM - 3:00PM
Professionals

Description

In this engaging panel discussion, four industry professionals will help guide you through their personal journeys leveraging AI and automation across a project’s lifecycle. Panelists will share insights, strategies, and real-world examples on how AI technologies are reshaping the construction landscape, enhancing efficiency, reducing costs, and ultimately revolutionizing the way we approach projects. Here’s a glimpse of what you can expect: 

From Procurement to Substantial Completion: We will explore how AI can be seamlessly integrated into every phase of a construction project. Learn how AI-driven data and tools can streamline procurement, estimating and scheduling, and how to optimize tasks, ensuring precision and reducing human error throughout a project’s lifecycle. 

Taking the “Artificial” Out of AI: Dive into real-life case studies that highlight the tangible impact of AI. Our panelists will share real-life stories and scenarios on how AI technologies have reshaped their projects and their day-to-day roles and responsibilities. 

The AI Blueprint: Finally, we will discuss the tangible impact of AI on your bottom line. Explore the financial benefits of adopting AI technologies, including cost savings, accelerated project timelines, and improved project outcomes. 

Whether you’re a contractor or industry enthusiast, this session promises to offer valuable insights and practical takeaways. Join us to unlock the potential of AI in construction, gaining a competitive edge in an ever-evolving industry. 

Customize Your Payment Clauses… or They’ll Come Back and Haunt You

Construction Law and Contracts
2:00PM - 3:00PM
Executive

Description

This session will identify two real-life nightmare case studies:  

NIGHTMARE #1. The contractor on the Project is in a companywide cash crunch and cannot pay subcontractors. As money does not get to the subcontractors, they cannot continue to work on the Project. The contractor is not bonded. It is likely that Owner payments made for work performed on the Project were diverted to other uses (i.e., paying subcontractors on bonded projects, payroll, etc.). This can put the Owner into default on its loan agreements. Unpaid subcontractors and suppliers file liens which need to be addressed before the lenders extend more financing to the Owner. Subcontractors hold critical materials hostage, forcing the Owner to pay the subcontractors after having already paid the contractor for those same materials. The contractor’s default causes the Owner to default. The Owner’s lender steps in and takes over the Project. The lender puts in place its own consultants to monitor and manage the Project for the lender’s best interests. As the lender’s consultants climb the learning curve, significant additional costs are incurred by making decisions without a full understanding of the Project. The contractor winds up paying the lender’s bill.   

NIGHTMARE #2.  The Project is incurring tremendous change and negotiations are ongoing to convert the work from a GMP or stipulated sum to a cost-plus basis. The contractor is using other financial resources to keep this one project afloat. Prior to accepting a significant amount of cost-plus work, the contractor should state that constructively changed conditions, now known to the parties, are expected to persist and that resulting labor inefficiency and quality control issues will not be withheld from future payments. If the Owner is resistant, then the contractor should proceed cautiously with any cost-plus payment term in lieu of a stipulated sum. The Owner cannot be permitted to hold an outsized portion of a payment, or the entire payment, as hostage over arguments of ongoing delay and labor inefficiency or minor quality issues when the parties were fully knowledgeable of the now difficult jobsite conditions in play. The contractor must ensure the Owner pays for cost-plus work as it is being performed, and not to the end when the contractor is forced to accept a discount as a condition to getting paid. 

Hoop Dreams MVP: Building Your Path to Success in Construction and Beyond

Job Site Productivity
2:00PM - 3:00PM
Professionals

Description

In this fireside chat, Felipe Engineer and Jennifer Lacy navigate the intersections of basketball and construction to spotlight becoming an MVP in one’s project or department. They’ll explore Lean methodologies, demonstrating their transformative power in projects through tangible examples. The conversation will pivot to the paramount concept of respect for people in construction, elucidating its significance with practical strategies for embedding it in everyday operations. 

Engagement is central to the session theme, so attendees will be encouraged to participate, sharing their insights and challenges. Interactive elements, such as live polls and Q&A segments, will punctuate the conversation. 

Felipe and Jennifer will share their experiences on the art of facilitation, underscoring its impact on bridging communication divides irrespective of titles or academic credentials. They will also take attendees on the MVP journey, drawing from the world of NBA legends to underline the ceaseless quest for excellence. By blending captivating stories, tangible takeaways, and a heavy emphasis on participant engagement, our chat aims to inspire attendees to see leadership, teamwork, and excellence through a fresh lens. 

The core message? Everyone has MVP potential in their roles, and they can unlock it with the right insights and tools. By the end of this session, participants will not only have broadened their knowledge horizon but will be equipped with actionable strategies to enhance their professional trajectories. 

Retain Talent: Harness the Power of America's Workforce

Workforce, HR, and Diversity
2:00PM - 3:00PM
Executive

Description

Introduction: The construction industry is facing a major labor shortage, with a projected over of 1 million+ workers by 2025. This shortage is being driven by a number of factors, including the aging workforce, the lack of skilled workers, and the declining interest in construction careers among young people. 

Diversity: The construction industry is also facing a diversity challenge. The workforce is disproportionately white and male, and this lack of diversity can lead to problems such as communication barriers, lack of innovation, and a hostile work environment. 

Retaining talent: In addition to the labor shortage and diversity challenges, the construction industry also faces the challenge of retaining talent. Workers are often attracted to the industry by the high wages and the opportunity to learn new skills, but they can be quickly discouraged by the long hours, the physically demanding work, and the lack of advancement opportunities. 

Exploring the Intersection of Technology and Unionized Construction Workforces

2:00PM – 3:00PM

Description

This session delves into the transformative impact of AI, robotics and automated equipment on traditional labor structures within the construction industry. We’ll discuss challenges, opportunities, and the evolving dynamics that arise as technology reshapes the landscape of workforces.

Student Chapter Best Practices

Student Chapter Experience
2:00PM – 4:00PM
Sponsored by:

Description

AGC Economic Legislative & Regulatory Session

All Attendees
3:30PM – 4:30PM
Sponsored by:

Description

BAA & CSEA Awards Mixer (Invite Only)

3:30PM – 4:30PM

Description

Building Division Leadership Chairs & Vice Chairs Happy Hour (Invite Only)

3:30PM – 4:30PM

Description

AGC Economic, Legislative, and Regulatory Session

3:30PM - 4:30PM

Description

Which construction markets are headed for boom or bust? What could Congress actually accomplish in an election year that would help your construction business? What new regulations could dramatically impact your projects, bids, and daily operations? During this session, the AGC advocacy team will answer these questions and how the association is fighting for the construction industry in Congress, federal regulatory agencies, and court.

AGC Education & Research Foundation Donor Reception (Invite Only)

4:30PM – 5:30PM

Description

Happy Hour in the AGC Contractor Solutions Expo

All Attendees
4:30PM – 6:00PM
Sponsored by:

Description

Celebrate Construction Party

All Attendees
7:00PM – 9:30PM
Sponsored by:

Description

Friday, March 22, 2024

What
When
Track

Convention Registration / Information Desk Open

6:30AM – 1:00PM

Description

Stop by the 2024 AGC Convention registration desk to check-in, and pick up your name badge.

AGC 535 Club Open

7:00AM – 1:00PM

Description

AGC Construction Safety Excellence Awards Breakfast

Ticketed Event
7:00AM – 8:00AM
Sponsored by:

Description

Sponsored by WTW and STARR

Separate Registration Required

The Willis Towers Watson Construction Safety Excellence Awards program recognizes construction firms across the industry who excel at safety performance. Award recipients will have demonstrated a commitment to safety, occupational health management, and risk control, with outstanding performance being recognized across 6 divisions and in 16 categories.

The Willis Towers Watson Construction Safety Excellence Awards program includes breakfast and an awards presentation.

Milwaukee Tool Break Room Open

All Attendees
7:30AM - 11:30AM
Sponsored by:

Description

Located in the Expo

Morning Expo Breakfast and Conversation

All Attendees
7:30AM – 8:30AM
Sponsored by:

Description

Grab coffee and breakfast treats and check out the latest and greatest in innovative construction solutions and services.

AGC Building Division - Featured Program

Building Construction
8:30AM – 9:30AM

Description

A.I. in Construction: A Roadmap for Business Leaders

Technology and Innovation
8:30AM - 9:30AM

Description

With the release of OpenAI’s advanced language model, construction leaders are awakening to multiple applications across the industry. This session presents findings from Placer Solutions’ recent report which is aimed at the pressing questions and concerns of construction business leaders who are looking to understand A.I. tools. It will discuss the state of the technology, builder use cases, value chain analysis, and best practices for the industry. 

Breaking Barriers, Maximizing Results: The Competitive Edge of Lean Construction in Minority Contracting

Workforce, HR, and Diversity
8:30AM - 9:30AM
Executive

Description

A Lean culture can create a competitive edge for minority contractors in the ever-evolving construction industry, paving the way for unprecedented growth and profitability. Our expert panelists will explore key Lean Construction concepts such as Respect for People, Adding Value and Reducing Waste, and Continuous Improvement as they articulate Lean’s transformative potential, specifically as it relates to empowering minority-owned businesses. Join us for this thought-provoking panel discussion and get ready to unlock new possibilities to thrive in the face of unyielding challenges.

Building Stronger with Better Teaming

Financial Management and Business Development
8:30AM - 9:30AM
Executive

Description

Every team is different. Prime contractors and subcontractors don’t always work together as effectively as possible. Last minute client demands, poor communication, and random assumptions complicate these relationships. Beginning with guidelines that set clear expectations for each side of this teaming partnership can help everyone start and finish well. This session will establish working guidelines for teaming crafted by experts from Barton Malow, JE Dunn, Turner, and PCL; informed by first-hand research from more than 300 construction and design professionals, and written ‘live’ by the audience. Participants walk away with guidelines they can custom-fit to their company and their unique teaming opportunities. Better teaming results in better construction. 

The Emerging Landscape of Behavioral Health in Construction: Are You Prepared?

Safety, Health, and Environmental
8:30AM - 9:30AM
Executive, Professionals

Description

You have to be tough to be in the construction industry – mentally tough and physically tough. The job requires it. But it doesn’t mean that construction workers don’t struggle, and unfortunately, that toughness that’s so valued on the job creates stigma and fear about getting help. You’ve likely seen the stats – the construction industry has the second highest rate of suicide of any industry. Construction workers struggle with substance use disorder at almost twice the rate of the general population. How do we fix it? 

The landscape of behavioral health and substance misuse in the workplace is constantly evolving, making it overwhelming for employers to keep up with the latest legislation and news. This session will explore behavioral health and substance use trends affecting the construction industry, including the entire spectrum of substance use and recovery. Learn what substance use disorder (SUD) really is and who it impacts, from the individual struggling to families, friends, employers, and co-workers. Also gain an understanding of the gaps in the current treatment paradigm that stop people from getting help. Dissect how employers can positively impact employee recovery by breaking stigma, providing resources and education, and creating recovery-friendly workplaces. Know that understanding how substance use impacts your workplace and your employees can improve outcomes and help you provide better support. 

Speakers

Robo Dogs Unleashed on the Jobsite

Technology and Innovation
8:30AM - 9:30AM
Executive

Description

In an industry that is traditionally slow to change and resistant to new technology, it’s become possible in the last few years to see robot dogs walking around jobsites, undeterred by obstacles, stairs, coworkers, and machinery, actually performing construction tasks for their owners.  These AI-powered machines are doing the mundane, unsafe, time-consuming, or even superhuman jobs that field workers are too valuable or unable to do. 

Robo dog has been working for Ryan Companies on its 321 West Tower project in downtown Austin, TX since August 2023.  Ryan determined that it would bring value to their projects through capabilities like precision 3D laser scanning that provides progress updates for schedule and budget projections, identifying quality issues by matching scans with construction drawings, taking thousands of pictures, and much more. 

Ryan determined that the ROI robo dog provides made it worth the purchase because of the significant time and staff resources that it frees up by performing these tasks.  These resources can then be used to focus the human workers on other higher value priorities.  The data it produces, integrated with other applications, can be utilized for decision making and creating workflow efficiencies for the entire team. 

In this session, participants will be part of a roundtable discussion facilitated by a Ryan Companies Project Executive and Procore Technologies Construction Education.  Attendees will gain an understanding of this technology, see an actual use case on a current project, assess potential return on investment, and discuss pros and cons – with the ultimate goal of equipping participants to walk away with data-driven insight provided by actual robo dog users that they can use to determine if and when they should consider investing in this technology themselves. 

Construction Technology and the Future Workforce

Student Chapter Experience
8:30AM – 9:30AM

Description

The labor shortage and slow adoption of technology are among the top challenges the construction industry is facing today. One way to attract new talent in this competitive hiring market is through construction technology. Procore is working to combat these challenges by partnering with universities to ensure students are ready to hit the ground running with the latest construction tech knowledge. Join our panel of industry professionals and students as they discuss how technological tools and skills are critical to the future construction workforce.

Moderator: Dr. Irish Horsey, Director of Industry Advancement, Procore Technologies

Networking Break in the AGC Contractor Solutions Expo

All Attendees
9:30AM – 10:00AM
Sponsored by:

Description

Stop by the AGC Contractor Solutions Expo during your break between sessions.

Plenary Session featuring Adm. William H. McRaven, USN (Ret.) – Retired U.S. Navy Four-Star Admiral

AGC in the Community Awards Presentation
10:00AM – 11:00AM
Sponsored by:

Description

Networking Break in the AGC Contractor Solutions Expo

All Attendees
11:00AM – 11:30AM

Description

Stop by the AGC Contractor Solutions Expo during your break between sessions.

Board of Governors Town Hall

11:30AM – 12:30PM

Description

Building the Foundation for Your People and Talent Capacity

Workforce, HR, and Diversity
11:30AM - 12:30PM
Executive

Description

“HR” can be a dirty word, and not just in construction. Contractors who are seeking growth, just like start-ups and other consumer-facing businesses, however, will ultimately find a need to grow this and other administrative or support departments in their organization. Hi-Way Paving has done that in the past three years building a “people and talent team,” and we want to share our journey – both our successes and ongoing opportunities – with conference attendees. This session will focus on teaching actionable frameworks and processes that senior leaders can use to build a strong foundation for administrative functions – HR, Team and Talent Development, IT, and even Finance. 

Often, little attention is paid to the administrative- and support-function needs of our organizations. We focus on operations, engineering, and building – the work that “pays the bills.” We say people are our most important asset, yet we invest precious little of our organization into helping them. This session will help leaders build dynamic, vibrant departments that support the entire organization. 

Speakers

Demystifying AGC’s Culture of CARE Program for Construction Firms: Unveiling the Why, the What, and the How

Workforce, HR, and Diversity
11:30AM - 12:30PM
Executive

Description

Are you ready to be a driving force in building a culture that prioritizes employee well-being and inclusivity while growing your business? Join us for a dynamic exploration of the Why, How, and What for AGC’s Culture of CARE program. Led by industry leaders who have witnessed its impact firsthand, this session is designed to create awareness, inspire participation, and showcase the transformative potential of Culture of CARE.  

Through industry data, enlightening insights, dynamic examples, and interactive discussions, we will lay the groundwork for a profound understanding of why Culture of CARE is critical for the construction industry. Together, let’s envision an industry where every worker feels valued, supported, and empowered. Join us to explore the Why, visualize the What, and master the How of AGC’s Culture of CARE program. 

Highway and Transportation Division Education Session - Digital Construction in Transportation: Leveraging Digital Data & Open Standards to Increase Profit & Efficiencies

Highway, Transportation, and Infrastructure Construction
11:30AM - 12:30PM

Description

Digital Project Delivery and Digital Construction utilizing openBIM are transforming the way US transportation agencies design, construct and maintain assets -– harnessing resilient digital workflows across the project lifecycle. The session will highlight ongoing efforts within Caltrans and at the national level with Digital Project Delivery, summarize the value Digital Construction provides contractors, and provide several project examples with digital workflows and open data standards.

How to Avoid the Hidden Legal Dangers of Using AI, Robotics, and Advanced Technologies in Construction

Insurance and Risk Management
11:30AM - 12:30PM
Executive, Professionals

Description

The use of AI, robotics and advanced technologies have exploded in the construction industry through its use on both vertical and horizontal construction projects throughout our nationAlthough the use of these innovations have tremendous benefits, there is a general lack of understanding of the legal risks and exposures created by their use. Our panel will not only help you identify and understand the legal risks and exposures generated by the use of these advancements, but just as important, we will help you minimize or eliminate these legal risks through the proper use of contract documents, processes, and techniques. 

Infographics in Proposal Design - Show More, Say Less!

Financial Management and Business Development
11:30AM - 12:30PM
Professionals

Description

Important proposal information can get lost in long strings of textual content. Infographics can break up that textual content to help key data points jump out at your clients within an RFQ/RFP so they aren’t missed. 

This session will teach you about the most common types of infographics, how to recognize which ones to use to reach the maximum attention span of your client, and how to lay out your proposal in a way that is visually stimulating and fun to read. Turn your proposals into magazine quality masterpieces! 

Speakers

AGC Closing Ceremony and Installation of Officers (lunch)

1:00PM – 2:30PM
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Description

AGC Officer Celebration (reception)

2:30PM – 3:30PM
Sponsored by:

Description