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Tech trajectory: Construction plots its course

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August 24, 2021

Construction is not standing still. As the post-pandemic building market ramps up, the industry’s rapid embrace of new tools such as cloud-based software, job site sensors and building information modelling (BIM) have already begun moving the goalposts on expectations during design and construction.

To remain on the cutting edge, Canada’s leading contractors are making the technology choices today that will dictate how the industry tackles projects throughout the 2020s and beyond.

Join On-Site, and representatives from Bockstael Construction, EllisDon and Turner Construction on Aug. 24 for an hour-long panel discussion. We’ll be covering the progress contractors have already made, areas they’re targeting next, challenges still to be overcome, the potential role of artificial intelligence, and more.

Key topics:

  • Evolving modes of data capture (sensors, drones, photo tagging)
  • Technology’s impact on project risks, costs and timelines
  • Building a suitable tech investment strategy
  • Establishing a single source of truth (SSOT)
  • The adoption of BIM and digital twins
  • Data standardization
  • Opportunities in artificial intelligence and machine learning
  • Cybersecurity


Our panelists:

Dan Bockstael is vice-president of Pre-Construction at Bockstael Construction, a fourth-generation family business based in Winnipeg. To keep the century-old builder on the cutting edge, he has helped drive its adoption of modern tools and processes such as BIM and Lean Target Value Delivery.

Hammad Chaudhry is currently the Director of Virtual Design & Construction (VDC) responsible for EllisDon’s projects in Western Canada. Working with BIM and digital workflows on projects, Hammad’s role is to implement VDC tools to provide the necessary balance between technology, innovation and economic efficiency. Hammad strives to implement technology to offer appropriate and novel solutions to construction problems.

Libby Rowe is the manager of Business Development and Project Development for Turner Construction in Vancouver, as well as an Innovation Champion for the company. Trained and experienced as an engineer, writer, project manager and a sales and marketing lead, she brings a unique perspective and approach that is always driven to maximizing the potential of spaces through technology, communication and teamwork.


The panel discussion will start at 1 p.m. ET on Aug. 24. The moderated panel will run for 45 minutes, followed by a 15 minute Q&A session.



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