Speakers reveal topics for Texas technology summit

In the run-up to the Construction Technology Summit 2024 in Austin, Texas on 19th March, we outline the topics of the day and a brief introduction on what each of them will be talking about.

Take a look below to find out more about what the expert speakers will be talking about at the Construction Technology Summit 2024:

Peter Bleday

Head of Autonomy and Danfoss Power Solutions

Topic: The latest research projects advancing autonomy in construction

In this session, we will discuss the technical, social, and economic factors that are driving the need for advanced vehicles in the construction industry. We will also discuss the market forces that are creating the need for more vehicles with high operator assistance functions and a future state of driverless automation. This discussion will include some of the significant challenges OEMs and suppliers face with new technologies and ”edgecase” management around the vehicle and job site. During the discussion, we will also focus on how to overcome these challenges and the future of the off-highway autonomous vehicle industry.

ITER project in full-swing in France ITER project in full-swing in France (Photo: ITER)
Laure Navarro

Senior Project Manager at ITER

Topic: Case study - How digital technology is helping to build the ITER fusion reactor

Laure will tell delegates at the conference how she is helping to build an experimental fusion reactor in the south of France. The ITER project aims to use the same nuclear reactions that power the Sun to provide a long-term solution to our quest for non-carbon-emitting energy. The summit audience will no doubt be keen to hear about the construction of ITER’s Tokamak, which lies at the heart of the facility and contains an estimated one million parts.

BIM round-table

Hosted by Mike Hayes, Construction Europe editor, in conversation with Dietmar Bernert, Vice President at Hexagon Geosystems

Topic: Will the latest iterations of BIM help maintain its relevance on today’s infrastructure projects?

Kelley Brown

EPC Operations Manager of Renewable and Clean Power at Bechtel

Topic: How the latest digital systems are driving faster and more efficient renewables construction

Texas, US, is expected to install more than 4 GW of solar capacity over the next five years to lead the nation. But to meet this challenge, developers not only have to build more, but they must build large-scale facilities faster and better than ever before. This talk explores how Bechtel is using digital delivery to rise to this energy transition challenge at its Texas solar projects. Its innovation offers both a glimpse into how technology aids engineering and construction now and a prediction of how more renewable energy projects could be built more efficiently in the future

Associated Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) roundtable

Hosted by John Somers, Vice President of the Construction and Utility sector at the AEM

Topic: Jobsite data - Gathering valuable insights beyond the basics

Cat 374 Hydraulic Excavator Cat 374 Hydraulic Excavator (Photo: Caterpillar)
Todd Farmer

Product Manager of Construction Digital and Technology at Caterpillar

Topic: Machine tech that will enhance productivity and safety on construction job sites

The construction industry has undergone significant changes over the years, with advancements in technology leading the way. Building on 30+ years of technology development experience, Caterpillar is focused on creating technology that allows all customers to adopt and benefit from the tech, without creating additional risks. This session will focus on how technology is helping to enhance productivity, efficiency and safety in the construction industry, for individual machines, operators and sites.

Christopher Rausch

Assistant Professor at the University of Texas

Topic: The XYZ’s of laser scanning in the construction industry

Dr. Christopher Rausch will discuss the present and future use cases of laser scanning in the construction industry. He will also highlight innovative workflows he has worked on, including dimensional quality for offsite construction, solving problems in the field, integration with artificial intelligence, and achieving a sustainable future through there use of materials.

Joel Honeyman

Vice President of Global Innovation at Doosan Bobcat

Topic: Revolutionizing the compact equipment industry - myths, realities and possibilities

The compact equipment industry has seen impressive advancements in recent years as emerging technologies transform how OEMs engineer equipment to be smarter and perform more efficiently. Bobcat Vice President of Global Innovation Joel Honeyman will share how connectivity, electrification and autonomy are driving equipment advancements. During this session, Honeyman will debunk common misconceptions and ignite curiosity about the benefits these innovative advancements offer to equipment owners and operators. Through these transformative developments across equipment lineups, operators can be empowered to accomplish more – with an emphasis on power, performance and sustainability

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