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.
2nd Smart Construction Equipment | VDI conference

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)

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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.

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Program of the Conference

Tuesday, December 4, 2018


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

  • The need of digital data collection & expectations
  • Approach to a digital construction integration platform
  • BIM to field – An example of the implementation

Dipl.-Ing. René Schumann, Managing Director, HOCHTIEF Vicon GmbH, Germany


The Future of Digital Construction

  • The digital story of the Museum of the Future, Dubai
  • Pushing the boundaries of construction technology
  • Implementing practical and smart solutions
  • Successful utilisation of the imbedded data in models
  • Supply chain data management for the whole lifecycle

Craig Garrett, Project Technology Leader, BuroHapphold Engineering, Dubai &
Paul Brennan, VDC Manager, BAM, Ireland


Digital Construction & Machines - Presentation of a CECE study

  • The EU policy to support digital transformation of industry
  • Co-operation across the construction value chain extends to EU policy
  • CECE’s Digitalisation Project

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

  • Why should we care about ML/AI? How will it change our daily life & where are the limits?
  • What can we expect from ML/AI and which use cases are already deployed?
  • See ML in action and learn how to easily adopt this in your company!

Dr. Stefan Ebener, Manager CE Specialists, Machine Learning, Google, Germany




IoT in Compact & Light Construction Equipment

  • Multi stage telematics system & edge computing
  • Diagnostic analysis as enabler for new services
  • Standardized interfaces via IoT platforms to the customer

Daniel Bone, Manager Diagnostic Services; co-author: Franz Rimböck, Head of Corporate Digitalization, both Wacker Neuson SE, Germany


IoT Architecture for Lifting Solutions

  • Market view on relevant technologies for fleet management systems
  • Connectivity in a heterogeneous product portfolio with safety regulations
  • Adding customer value via data analytics for cyber-physical systems
  • New business models for the lifting industry

Dr. Christoph Gugg, Sr. IoT Solutions Architect, Palfinger AG, Austria


World Cafés

  • Communicating smart devices at the construction site – vision or reality?
  • Seamless digital construction site throughout all project phases
  • Autonomous Mobile Machines
  • Deep Learning and Construction Machines

Networking & coffee break

III. Optimizing the Construction Process


Large-scale 3D Printing for Construction: Current & Future Technology and Applications

  • Key challenges the construction industry must face
  • Benefits of large-scale 3D printing vs. traditional construction methods
  • Use cases and available technology: Performance and Limits
  • Market and technical scenarios

Jean-Daniel Kuhn, Managing Director, XtreeE & Maxime Trocme, Research & Development Director, Vinci Construction, France v


Optimisation of Earthmoving Processes – Applying IoT to the Jobsite

  • Utilising Everyday Drone for jobsite progress tracking
  • Optimising earthmoving processes using jobsite data
  • Jobsite simulation, tracking and feedback

Richard Clement, Dep. General Manager, Komatsu, Belgium


Implementing real-time Process Control in Asphalt Construction - Practical Lessons from the Netherlands

  • Development and implementation
  • Optimization of asphalt construction
  • Asphalt process control and the appropriate indicators
  • Control and visualisation using an operator-censored approach
  • Lessons learned for contractors, public clients and R&D

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

Get Together

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.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

IV. Visualisation in Construction


The Hidden Value of drone-based Mapping

  • Drones for surveying and mapping sites
  • Increasing construction efficiency with UAV
  • Mapping with drones - The near future
  • Pointclouds from UAV - The new way for surveying
  • Lidar-UAV and the future with Artificial Intelligence

Dr. Thomas Gröninger, Head of Digital Object Survey and UAV, STRABAG, Germany


Smart Classification of Geospatial Data by Deep Learning – Basics and Challenges

  • Monitoring of large-scale infrastructure elements
  • Data interpretation by deep learning
  • 3D-Data object representation

Prof. Dr. Alexander Reiterer, Head of Department, Fraunhofer Institute IPM, Germany


Digital Service Communication & Augmented Reality for the Industrial Service

  • Challenges in the communication of a field service department
  • Specific needs for the construction machinery sector
  • Why advanced technology is not enough
  • The solution for Zeppelin, shaped over multiple iterations

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

  • Important enablers of the Technological Revolution
  • Past automation - the long term roadmap to independent entities
  • From add-on electronic support in regular machines to new concepts of solving construction work

Torbjörn Martinsson, M.Eng, Research Engineer, Volvo Construction Equipment, Sweden


Autonomous Construction Site – Line of Sight & Non Line of Sight

  • Remote operation of machines
  • Improving safety on the Autonomous Construction Site
  • Optimizing construction and enhancing productivity

Jason Ramshaw, Digital & Technology, Caterpillar Inc., UK


Mine Automation - Improving Productivity and Safety

  • Autonomous trucks on the mining site
  • 5G Networks, the future for mining?
  • The importance of positioning services for mine 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

  • Smart technologies for safety work on the construction site
  • Digitization of occupational safety
  • New possibilities for implementing state health and safety regulations

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

  • Concept and presentation
  • Co-operation with the current eco-system
  • Customer examples and return of experiences
  • Next steps and the future of construction safety

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!

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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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