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Risk and reward: Data strategy for construction

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May 17, 2021

The perception of the construction industry as a laggard on technology adoption is changing. Contractors and other stakeholders have never been more willing to turn to new sets of tools to help them build more productively, more safely and more knowledgeably.

Specialized software, sensors and other job site technologies are also generating huge amounts of valuable information. Harnessing this data to improve performance and effectively manage risk represents a significant opportunity for contractors, designers and owners. The benefits are likely to become even more pronounced as new tools like machine learning make putting the data to use even easier.

But getting to the point where you can fully utilize your past and present project information requires the right data strategy.

Join On-Site for an hour-long panel discussion at 1 p.m. ET on May 17. We’ll be joined by experts on construction and risk management who will go in-depth on the importance of establishing a sound data strategy, share some of the steps for building one and dive a bit deeper into the big opportunities data is likely to provide in the near future.

Click here to register for the free panel discussion!


Our panellists:

Chris Gower, Chief Operating Officer, Buildings, PCL Construction, heads up Buildings operations for PCL across the globe, leading a creative team dedicated to tackling construction challenges in innovative ways. A recognized authority in construction technology, he has provided leadership on many new technologies developed by PCL in-house, including the company’s groundbreaking Job Site Insights smart construction platform.

Through his more than 25 years with PCL, Gower has delivered a range of iconic construction projects across Canada, the U.S. and Australia. Prior to his current role, he served as a regional vice president, district manager, senior project manager and construction risk manager.

David Bowcott, Global Director – Growth, Innovation & Insight, Global Construction and Infrastructure Group, Aon, focuses on helping clients achieve the optimal risk management strategy for their projects and assets by leveraging leading industry tools and methodologies. In his nearly two decades with Aon, he has worked regularly with a wide range of global contractors and subcontractors, designers, developers and owners.

Bowcott sits on a wide range of industry board and advisory panels and was recently named to the Canadian Construction Association’s board of directors. He is also a regular contributor to construction and technology publications, including On-Site, for which he pens a regular column on risk.

Neil Banerjee, Senior Vice President, Operations, Matheson Constructors, leads all of the company’s construction operations. He has over 28 years of professional construction experience in North America and abroad, including time spent working as a project manager for PCL, as a partner in a structural engineering firm and as vice-president of the Buildings Division for EXP.

Banerjee has earned designation as a Consulting Engineer (PEO), Gold Seal Certified Project Manager (CCA) and LEED Accredited Professional. He has worked on all facets of the ICI (institutional, commercial and industrial) and civil design and construction segments, and leads Matheson’s Operations Team with the strength of corporate culture he has acquired throughout his career.

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