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In Construction Operations?: 6 Must-Attend Sessions at the Connect & Construct Summit 

If you work in construction operations, you know that a critical component of the job involves keeping many balls in the air. Everything seems to move in a different direction, while you scramble to keep everything in line. Although many workers have a strong defense strategy to manage the unexpected, it’s easy to fall short when planning proactively to meet project goals.  

Ultimately, teams need to work towards operational efficiency to deliver projects on time and budget. But to create an action plan in today’s evolving construction environment, professionals should look outward to learn about the latest cutting-edge technology and strategies. On November 18 in Las Vegas, the Connect & Construct Summit at Autodesk University is just the place for professionals in construction to advance their company’s operations and careers.  

With over 80+ workshops and classes to select from, the Connect & Construct Summit is the place to learn best practices and new skills that can be implemented immediately into projects. Select from a variety of classes and speakers, including a can’t miss keynote from Billy Beane, Executive VP of Baseball Operations, Oakland Athletics Baseball and subject of “Moneyball.” Register for one high-impact day of construction at Connect & Construct or stay for Autodesk University (November 19-21) to create four full days of dynamic learning and networking with fellow members from the AEC, Manufacturing, and design industries. 

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Looking for help building your schedule for the event? We’re here to help. Check out our recommendations for the top Connect & Construct sessions to attend for professionals in construction operations.  

6 Top Connect & Construct Sessions for Construction Operations

1. Unlocking Building Operations with Data Across the Construction Lifecycle

Facilities operations begin when you’re given the keys to the building. But the success of the team is determined well before that—during design, construction, and turnover—when meaningful data about the building is captured and passed along. Today, most handovers are done manually, leading to a massive risk of error and data loss. What’s worse, these data leaks ultimately drive up long-term operations costs. In this session, learn how to bridge the gaps during handoffs and set up operations teams for success with a living digital history of the building, accessible from anywhere.   

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Further Reading:  Top 10 Construction Companies in the World [SlideShare]

2. Bringing Technology Out to the Field and Really Getting Use Out It

A critical component of construction operations is the ability to deploy meaningful technology solutions to improve productivity and quality. However, when it comes to rolling out the technology, many teams meet unexpected hurdles to adoption. In this Connect & Construct session, attendees will learn about the real issues involved with rolling new technology out to field teams.  

We’ll cover the overall view of technology within field operations staff, including a brief history of mobile technology, where we’ve come from, and where we’ll be going in the next ten years. Robert Kipp, General Superintendent/Director of Field Operations, Satterfield & Pontikes Construction/Delta CM Team LaGuardia Airport, will present a use case from Hudson Yards. The speaker will showcase how the team rolled out PlanGrid in the field, why it worked, in addition to the lessons learned. Attendees will leave with new insight on how to create a technology implementation plan and conduct a tech rollout.  

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3. Getting to Zero Paper, Data-Driven Workflows, and Predictive Insights: A BAM Story!

What will the future of construction operations look like? In this class, hear more about BAM’s digital transformation journey over the last few years from paper-based workflows to fully digital, and zero paper to leveraging data for insights.  

BAM’s long adoption of digital construction practices and Autodesk construction solutions has positioned them to leverage the benefits of AI and machine learning to improve virtual design and construction processes. As an early adopter of Construction IQ solution, which leverages machine learning, BAM project teams and executives identify risk and take action on a daily basis. Michael Murphy, Digital Construction Operations Manager from BAM, will share how they adapted this new technology to the industry processes. The session will highlight successes and challenges of presenting trustworthy and actionable AI-reviewed data for project teams to predict and prevent problems early.  

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Further Reading:  Top 6 Construction Risks — And How to Reduce Them

4. Connect and Construct Analytics to Drive Construction Project Outcomes

For those in construction operations, all that matters at the end of the day is results. In this Connect & Construct session, learn how Autodesk Construction Solutions helps customers drive successful project outcomes by utilizing available BIM 360 adoption metrics. The class will highlight how developing a deep understanding of project-level and portfolio-wide adoption health can provide valuable insight into focusing and optimizing the use of BIM 360 software.  

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5. Lean BIM: Pull Planning for BIM Coordination

Operational efficiency requires a lean mindset. In this session, learn how to manage BIM clash coordination in the same way superintendents manage work in the field. This class will teach you how to effectively utilize your BIM Execution Plan, your Navisworks clash tests, pull planning and BIM 360 issues to get coordination out of the weekly rut and stay ahead of the construction schedule. This gives order to clash coordination and puts it on the entire team’s radar. 

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6. Field Collaboration with BIM 360 and PlanGrid

With last year’s acquisition of PlanGrid, there are a lot of questions about when to use the collaboration technology versus BIM 360 for field collaboration workflows like quality, safety and project management. This class will help provide clarity and highlight how Autodesk is helping construction operations teams to use the solutions together effectively and efficiently. 

Discover the strengths of these best in class, easy to use solutions and how Autodesk is working towards integrating BIM 360 and PlanGrid to deliver modern field collaboration solutions to the industry.   

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About Connect & Construct 

The Connect and Construct Summit at Autodesk University is a high-impact day dedicated to the construction industry. This one-day event before Autodesk University gives you the opportunity to network with peers, as well as those from the Autodesk Construction Solutions team. See the latest technology, hear inspiring keynote presentations from industry leaders and influencers, as well as learn valuable strategies for improving your construction operations. 

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Grace Ellis

As a Content Marketing Manager at PlanGrid, Grace is the managing editor for the PlanGrid Construction Productivity Blog. With over eight years of experience in marketing, communications and PR for technology companies, she is specialized in high-quality content creation across both traditional and digital media platforms.

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