2nd Annual FCON-TECH
CONSTRUCTION TECHNOLOGY SUMMIT

Leveraging construction technologies to maximise connectivity, collaboration, accuracy and productivity on all projects

23rd October 2024, Doltone House Darling Island, Sydney

FUTURE OF CONSTRUCTION TECHNOLOGY SUMMIT

The construction industry is evolving at an unprecedented pace, driven by groundbreaking technologies that are transforming the way that projects are designed, built and operated. As the move to a more interconnected, sustainable and productive industry grows in importance, it’s crucial for leaders, experts and disruptors to come together and explore the benefits that technology can bring to the built environment.

The Future of Construction Technology Summit (FCON-Tech) is Australia’s premier gathering place for leaders responsible for finding and implementing leading edge technology in the construction sector. Participants can network, learn about the latest trends and gain data-driven insights from analysis garnered via surveys of actual usage by construction companies. Nowhere else do industry technology adopters get the level of objective, comprehensive, and actionable insights on emerging technology adoption that they get at FCON-Tech.

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FCON-Tech 2023 Speakers

Meet Our Speakers

Georgina North

Head of Technology & Innovation, Laing O’Rourke

Doug Zuzic

Chief Information Officer, ADCO

Andy Rampton

Former Group Executive – Construction, Lendlease

Bradley Hall

Group Managing Director, Fortex and 3DCP

Claudelle Taylor

CIMIC, ICT General Manager, Innovation Integration

Sally Archer

Digital Engineering Manager, Built

Tom Brodie

Facade Manager, Richard Crookes Constructions

Darren Bechtel

Founder & Managing Director, Brick & Mortar Ventures (USA)

Rebecca De Cicco

Principal, Digital Enablement, Aurecon

Clive Parsons

Director - Digital Construction Office, Mirvac

Our 2023 Partners

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The Program

The FCON-Tech Summit will bring together senior leaders to discuss the following topics:

Schedule Dates

Conference Schedule

08:30

Registration & morning networking

09:00

Opening remarks

Leon Kantor, ,
09:05

Chairman’s opening remarks

Shivendra Kumar, Managing Director, Shivendra & Co

FOSTERING INNOVATION ACROSS CONSTRUCTION

09:25

INTERNATIONAL KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Examining the global trends and technologies that are transforming construction today

In this International Keynote Address Darren Bechtel will examine the innovation Brick & Mortar Ventures are seeing, the tech trends they see shaping the global industry and what construction technology they are investing in and why? We ask – how will this impact the industry in Australia and what opportunities will there be for forward thinking companies to deploy the next generation of ConTech across their organisations? 

The mission of Brick & Mortar Ventures is to invest in and grow emerging companies who are developing innovative software and hardware solutions for the industries of construction, architecture, engineering and facilities management. 

Darren Bechtel, Founder & Managing Director, Brick & Mortar Ventures (USA)
09:55

PANEL: Connecting and integrating construction operational models and insights through Data Analytics

In this session we hear how some contractors have moved beyond digital engineering to leverage real and tangible business insights through the collection and analysis of data. We discuss how these insights can be applied to foster best practice across operational activities such as improving your supply chain, procurement, sustainability and enhancing overall organisation productivity.

  • Data: Examining the evolution of construction innovation through the collection and analysis of data in order to future proof your organisation
  • Examining how data can be used to drive organisation wide activities that enhance cashflow, procurement, supply chains, sustainability best practice and more within construction
  • How have construction companies overcome the integration piece by working together more effectively – across multiple projects, with multiple stakeholders to make better data driven decisions?
  • Discussing the ongoing investment, staffing, and partnering implications that need to be considered with the ongoing evolution and onboarding of new construction technologies
Panellists
Georgina North, Head of Technology & Innovation, Laing O’Rourke
Doug Zuzic, Chief Information Officer, ADCO
Gregory Koteras, General Manager Applications and Emerging Technology, John Holland
Rhys Craigie, Group IT Manager - Data and Site Technologies, McConnell Dowell
Facilitator
Kurt Robinson, Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer, SIMPEL
10:35

Special Address: Embedding automation that enhances productivity across modern construction projects

Inflationary headwinds and productivity issues have the potential to derail construction if not enough is done to change the way we build. Bradley Hall has been involved in construction for over 20 years and has recently driven innovation by implementing cutting edge technology such as 3D printing and driving its application across the construction process. In this address he looks and what the industry needs to do to automate and truly innovate to enable Australia to become a ConTech leader globally.

  • Fostering collaboration and not disruption as the key to true innovation
  • Looking at lessons from Amazon and how they can be applied to construction to improve productivity
  • Looking at the benefits of perceptible technology and its applications to the construction sector
  • Examining the role sustainability will play as a driver of construction innovation, and the on-site tech that can support this
Bradley Hall, Group Managing Director, Fortex and 3DCP
10:55

Morning refreshments

CONNECTING STAKEHOLDERS ACROSS THE DIGITAL WORLD

11:30

PANEL: Emerging Technologies: Fostering capability uplift by implementing the full digital toolbox across different organisations and projects

  • Filtering through the technological advancement hype to evaluate realistic technology integration goals for your project, organisation and the construction industry 
  • Exploring the current and emerging technology applications that are going to become best practice on an industry level such as AI, Digital Twins, BIM, Data Analytics and more – filtering through the technology hype to evaluate the best tech and the realistic integration and deployment goals  
  • Building a common understanding across project stakeholders to optimise collaboration, communication and the effective use of technology 
  • Understanding the importance of open communication early in the project lifecycle to understand the individual needs, objectives, and goals of each party and formulating collective targets 

10 Minute Mini Insight Presentation:

Rebecca De Cicco, Principal, Digital Enablement, Aurecon, Founder, Women in BIM 

Panellists
Alan Dunn, Chief Information Officer, Richard Crookes Constructions
Sally Archer, Digital Engineering Manager, Built
Clive Parsons, Director - Digital Construction Office, Mirvac
Shanoc Halliday, Enterprise Customer Success Manager, Bluebeam
Rebecca De Cicco, Principal, Digital Enablement, Aurecon
Facilitator
Martin Rubens, IT Solutions Manager, APP Group

ConTech from First Principles: A site up approach to meaningful data

12:40

CASE STUDY: Ensuring a seamless digital workflow to keep information up to date across the whole project team across your supply chain

In this case study we look at supply chain tracking and traceability and the tools available to navigate supply chain risk. We look at what has worked, what lessons have been learnt and how Richard Crookes are using technology to manage supply chain and mitigate risk across their projects

  • Identifying the main handoffs that need to be established between project partners from design through to construction
  • Ensuring the automation and streamlining of information sharing to avoid duplication of work, data misinterpretation, and speed up processes
  • Exploring cloud-based collaborative solutions and how you can optimise their use to ensure a single source of truth for the entire project lifecycle

 

Tom Brodie, Facade Manager, Richard Crookes Constructions
13:00

Lunch & exhibition viewing

14:00

INTERACTIVE ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSIONS:

In this session we bring together delegates to participate in a 40-minute interactive roundtable discussion, led by industry experts. Join the table that most interests you and discuss the latest technology and industry trends with likeminded individuals.  

 

Roundtable 1: Why we need to put the spotlight on construction productivity
Led by: Simon Thompson, Enterprise Account Executive, Procore Technologies


Roundtable 2:
Understanding and using Predictive AI / Chat GPT across construction
Led by: Emile Rademeyer, Executive Director, Creative Strategy, VANDAL 


Roundtable 3:
Developing Cybersecurity resilience across construction
Led by: Dr. James Cameron, Executive Director at Australian Construction Industry Forum (ACIF) 


Roundtable 4:
Building & sustaining a culture of innovation to ensure continuous technological improvement
Led by: Varhun Prasad, Director of Solutions Engineering, ANZ, Cupix 


Roundtable 5: Embedding new & emerging technologies to foster Digital Enablement
Led by: Cameron Kahler, Sales Director, Workato


Roundtable 6: Examining the use of BIM in digital construction
Led by: Andrew Curthoys, Chair, Australasian BIM Advisory Board

  

Roundtable 7:Platforms, point solutions and integrations: Making sense of it all
Led by:
Matt Perrott, Founder & CEO, BuildPass

Simon Thompson, Enterprise Account Executive, Procore Technologies
Emile Rademeyer, VANDAL , Executive Director, Creative Strategy
Dr. James Cameron, Executive Director, Australian Construction Industry Forum (ACIF)
Varhun Prasad, Director of Solutions Engineering, ANZ, Cupix
Cameron Kahler, Sales Director, Workato
Andrew Curthoys, Chair, Australasian BIM Advisory Board
Matt Perrott, Founder & CEO, BuildPass
14:40

FIRESIDE CHAT: Interoperability in Construction and connecting your technology to take control of your data

In this case study we hear about the APP Group’s journey in a traditional technology ecosystem to quickly achieve digital transformation outcomes with Workato. 

  • How leveraging an iPaaS (integration platform as a service) allows you to leapfrog digital transformation goals without a digital transformation budget 
  • Taking control of your data to Reduce Risk and Increase Operational Efficiency 
  • Leveraging new technology to create differentiated Employee and Customer Experiences 
  • Driving change and harnessing the new automation mindset 
Martin Rubens, IT Solutions Manager, APP Group
Cameron Kahler, Sales Director, Workato
15:00

CONTECH TALKS

In this session, we hear from 3 leading ConTech start-ups who are each delivering innovative solutions to meet the ever-evolving challenges of modern construction. The founders will share their insights into why they have developed their solutions and how they transform key aspects of the construction industry:

Talk 1: Pieter Rautenbach, Infrastructure & Construction Manager, Deswik

Talk 2: Andrew Crimston, CEO & Founder, Washbox

Talk 3: Dale Pearson, AU Country Leader, Timescapes

 

Facilitated by: 

Andrew Curthoys, Chair, Australasian BIM Advisory Board 

Pieter Rautenbach, Infrastructure & Construction Manager, Deswik
Andrew Crimston, CEO & Founder, Washbox
Dale Pearson, AU Country Leader, Timescapes
Facilitated by:
Andrew Curthoys, Chair, Australasian BIM Advisory Board
15:40

Afternoon refreshments

CONTECH FIELD APPLICATIONS

16:10

CASE STUDY: Using AR & VR technologies to get the model into the hands of your site leaders

  • Exploring the main solutions for model overlay, the specific benefits offered, and their set up requirements
  • Defining the expected outputs for the use of AR & VR technologies in the field and the main performance metrics that determine success
  • Discussing how to optimise your BIM model for import and how and when to update it based on the evolution of the project

 

Claudelle Taylor, CIMIC, ICT General Manager, Innovation Integration
16:30

CASE STUDY: Examining the impact AI and Emerging Digital Technologies are having on efficiencies in project automation

With 18 years’ experience Daniel started his career as a home builder before getting a degree in technology and implementing various projects for Hansen Yuncken. In this case study we will hear how he is driving the use of emerging technologies such as AI and the impact it is having across various projects. In the case study, Daniel will explore:

  • Integrating AI within your core technology to create efficiencies across workflows
  • Creating a common platform to link silos across different project and technologies
  • Managing the security of your data, both in-house and onsite
  • Training the next generation who understand tech, but don’t necessarily have the in-depth construction background
  • Examining the lessons learnt through implementing AI and the benefits it brings in reduce costs, improve productivity and timely project delivery
Daniel Smith, National Digital Technologies & Development Manager, Hansen Yuncken

MAKING INNOVATION STICK

16:50

LOCKNOTE PANEL: Optimising your technology and training strategy to foster a seamless implementation, usability and a culture of innovation that ensures continuous technological improvement

  • Understanding the learning style of your audience and the training methods and frequency that resonates best 
  • Going beyond technology-specific training towards process-specific training to create the right efficiencies internally 
  • Building a learning and development platform that ensures ease of access to all training material and documentation 
  • Identifying the key stakeholders that are involved in the pursuit of innovation internally 
  • Fostering an environment of critical analysis and feedback across project and organizational levels to identify meaningful innovation opportunities 
  • Discussing the culture shift of how failure is viewed in the context of innovation and empowering your innovation champions to take ownership of their initiatives 
  • How do you invest in the latest tech when you’re a Tier 2 on a limited budget with tight margins across your projects
Panellists
Claudelle Taylor, CIMIC, ICT General Manager, Innovation Integration
Andy Rampton, Former Group Executive – Construction, Lendlease
Alice Hanna, Head of People and Culture, Kapitol Group
Facilitator
Varhun Prasad, Director of Solutions Engineering, ANZ, Cupix
17:30

Networking drinks reception

18:00

Summit close

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