International VDI Conference - Smart Construction Equipment
- Learn about and discuss current challenges and opportunities in construction brought about by digitalization, telematics, IoT, automation and big data.
- See how construction processes can be optimized using up-to-date technology, off-site construction and BIM.
- Network with internationally renowned experts
- Thinking outside the box – Listen to a presentation about Machine Learning by our keynote speaker from Google.
- Learn about automation from other industries: Examples from the mining and the automotive industry.
The construction site is getting smarter and this leads to new challenges for all parties involved. The 2nd VDI Smart Construction Equipment conference will discuss these challenges to the construction industry in the face of increasing digitalization, automation, the rise of big data and other current technological developments. In a series of informative discussions, presentations and networking sessions, you’ll have the opportunity to engage with international experts in the field. Get an overview of the potential changes in the market and see how you can position yourself and your company to take advantage of these changes in the best possible way.
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ConWearDi: Digitization of Construction Services and Processes with Industry 4.0 Technologies
Author: Michael Heil, Marco Hirsch, Peter Hevesi, et al, German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI)
Building upon current trends
Digitalization, automation and big data are affecting just about all areas of modern industry. The construction sector is no exception and there is a clear need for new ideas and new approaches to deal with changing client demands and practices. Efficiency is a key factor and new developments in technology make it easier to optimize performance, safety and process metrics. The 2nd VDI Smart Construction Equipment conference will introduce you to the challenges and opportunities increasing digitalization will bring to the industry, and give you an overview of how the coming changes will affect you and your company.
The conference is accompanied by the workshop "The Autonomous Construction Site of the Future". Book those two events together and secure yourself a discounted package pricing.
Program of the Conference
Registration & welcome coffee
Chair’s welcome & opening address
Conference chair: Dr.-Ing. Oliver Geibig, Senior Trade Manager Engineering, Hilti Deutschland AG, Germany
I. Construction Site of the Future
Building Information Modelling - Data Collection, Analysis and Management from Tender to Handover
Dipl.-Ing. René Schumann, Managing Director, HOCHTIEF Vicon GmbH, Germany
The Future of Digital Construction
Craig Garrett, Project Technology Leader, BuroHapphold Engineering, Dubai &
Digital Construction & Machines - Presentation of a CECE study
Riccardo Viaggi, CECE Secretary General, CECE - Committee for European Construction Equipment, Belgium
II. Connected Construction Equipment & Big Data
The Democratisation of Machine Learning & Artificial Intelligence
Dr. Stefan Ebener, Manager CE Specialists, Machine Learning, Google, Germany
IoT in Compact & Light Construction Equipment
Daniel Bone, Manager Diagnostic Services; co-author: Franz Rimböck, Head of Corporate Digitalization, both Wacker Neuson SE, Germany
IoT Architecture for Lifting Solutions
Dr. Christoph Gugg, Sr. IoT Solutions Architect, Palfinger AG, Austria
Networking & coffee break
III. Optimizing the Construction Process
Large-scale 3D Printing for Construction: Current & Future Technology and Applications
Jean-Daniel Kuhn, Managing Director, XtreeE & Maxime Trocme, Research & Development Director, Vinci Construction, France v
Optimisation of Earthmoving Processes – Applying IoT to the Jobsite
Richard Clement, Dep. General Manager, Komatsu, Belgium
Implementing real-time Process Control in Asphalt Construction - Practical Lessons from the Netherlands
Dr. Seirgei Miller, Researcher in the ASPARi Unit; co-author: Denis Makarov, Researcher, both: University of Twente & Berwich Sluer, Head of R&D, Bokalis, The Netherlands
Summary of the first conference day
At the end of the first conference day we kindly invite you to use the relaxed and informal atmosphere for in-depth conversations with other participants and speakers.
IV. Visualisation in Construction
The Hidden Value of drone-based Mapping
Dr. Thomas Gröninger, Head of Digital Object Survey and UAV, STRABAG, Germany
Smart Classification of Geospatial Data by Deep Learning – Basics and Challenges
Prof. Dr. Alexander Reiterer, Head of Department, Fraunhofer Institute IPM, Germany
Digital Service Communication & Augmented Reality for the Industrial Service
Christoph Biberacher, M.Eng., Product and Service Engineer, Zeppelin Baumaschinen GmbH & Martin Riedel, CEO, rise technologies GmbH, Germany
Networking & coffee break
V. Automation in Construction
The Future of Construction Equipment – The next Wave of Automation
Torbjörn Martinsson, M.Eng, Research Engineer, Volvo Construction Equipment, Sweden
Autonomous Construction Site – Line of Sight & Non Line of Sight
Jason Ramshaw, Digital & Technology, Caterpillar Inc., UK
Mine Automation - Improving Productivity and Safety
Peter Burman, Program Manager Mine Automation, Boliden AB, Sweden
Panel Discussion: The Consequences of Automation for Safety on the Construction Site - Blessing or Curse?
Panelists: Prof. Dr. Karsten Berns, Robotic Research Lab, Technical University Kaiserslautern and further experts
VI. Safety on Smart Job Sites
Research Project DigiRab – Safety Work on the Digitized Construction Site
Wolfgang Bücken, Business Development & Key Account Manager DACH; co-author: Raimo Vollstädt, Support Engineer & OEM Business, both: Topcon Deutschland Positioning GmbH, Germany
Safety in Construction - the Connected Jobsite
Jean-Philippe Panaget, CEO, CAD.42 & Co-speaker (tba), France
Conference chair’s closing remarks
End of conference
If you have any questions regarding the conference, please contact Maria Baumeister.
Who is the VDI Smart Construction Equipment Conference for?
This VDI conference is ideal for managers, senior engineers, senior executives and specialists in construction equipment and mobile machine production, as well as suppliers to the equipment industry and construction companies. The topics discussed will be of particular interest to people working in the following areas:
- Research & Development
- Electric & electronics Systems
- Telematics & driver assistance Systems
- Software applications
- Business Innovation & Development
- Product Management
- Site Management
- Fleet management
- Construction surveys
Expand your network
Last year’s Smart Construction Equipment Conference saw over 90 participants from the industry, so take the opportunity to expand your network with international colleagues and experts from Caterpillar, Vinci Construction, Hochtief Vicon, Palfinger, Strabag, Volvo CE, Zeppelin Baumaschinen, the Fraunhofer Institute IPM, BuroHappold Engineering and many more at formal and informal get-togethers. Visit the VDI Tunnel Construction Conference taking place at the same time and network with even more experts from the construction industry; Herrenknecht, Bouygues Construction, Ferrovial-Agroman, WSP Sverige, PORR Bau GmbH, Implenia, Amberg Engineering and many more will attend!
You’re interested in how digitalization, automation and big data will affect the construction site of the future? You’d like to know about the challenges and opportunities presented by new developments and changes in technology? Then book your space at the VDI Smart Construction Equipment Conference now.
If you are a start-up or public funded / state owned enterprise you might qualify for a special discounted rate. Please contact us directly.
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