International VDI Conference - Smart Construction Equipment 2017

  • Engage with experts and peers from all over the world in a unique international exchange platform for construction and construction equipment.
  • Meet the movers and shakers and key industry players in a truly interactive conference with panels and round table discussions.
  • Gain free access to events running at the same time, such as ‘Industrial Maintenance and ‘Drones: Industrial Applications.’
  • Learn about important issues, such as OEM and contractor cooperation and automation in different industries.
Smart Construction Equipment - International Conference

The construction industry is getting smarter. Connectivity, digitalization and automation are driving developments forward and having a substantial impact on construction projects around the world. Stay on top of these developments at the VDI Smart Construction Equipment conference and connect with equipment producers, contractors and construction companies and discuss innovations in functionality, safety and site management.

Build upon the strengths of smart construction equipment

The relentless pace of technological development is changing the face of modern construction. From building information modelling, digital fleet management and data sharing to 3D printing with concrete and using drones, the construction site of the future is already taking shape. The International Conference “Smart Construction Equipment” will help you make sense of these new developments and to see how you can profit from automation, digital site and building management, for example. 

Hear from industry experts and innovators and find out how the need for functionality can be balanced with the harsh demands on reliability and costs on building sites. Learn how safety can be increased with the help of smart technology and how data can be shared and protected. Build upon the strengths of industry leaders in smart construction by taking part in a professional forum for specialists in IT, automation and construction Equipment.

Conference Themes

A wide range of topics and themes will be discussed, including:

  • The construction site of the future - BIM (building information modeling) and construction machines, OEM/contractor cooperation and making business decisions on site.
  • How to manage machines and data – predictive maintenance, data protection (in accordance with new EU regulations) and managing equipment from various suppliers.
  • Optimizing construction processes – from concrete 3D printing to navigation and the monitoring and control of the asphalt integration process.
  • What can we learn from automation elsewhere? Examples from mining, agriculture and the automotive industry.
  • Protecting people and assets – site safety, virtual models and intelligent cameras.
  • Flying high? What drones can bring to the construction site and what alternatives are available. 

Who this conference is for

The VDI Smart Construction Conference Equipment is for engineers, technologists, designers and specialists in construction equipment and mobile machine manufacturers as well as suppliers to the equipment industry and construction companies.  

The themes and topics discussed will be of particular interest to people working in the following Areas: 

  • Research and development
  • Electric and electronics systems
  • Telematics & driver assistance systems
  • Software applications
  • Communication technologies
  • Business Innovation & developement 
  • Product management
  • Site management
  • Fleet management
  • Construction surveys 

Special features: Evening reception and parallel running events

After the first conference day we invite you to enjoy delicious food and drinks with your peers. Use the relaxing atmosphere to review the first conference day and make new contacts. In addition to the evening reception with networking opportunities, participants in the VDI Smart Construction Equipment Conference will also have free access to the 'Maintenance: Data Analytics, Predictive Maintenance, Smart Services' and 'Drones: Industrial Applications - Increasing Efficiency and reducing Costs' events running at the same time.

Construction is changing. Be a part of its future 

Book your space at the VDI Smart Construction Equipment Conference now and profit from the expertise of international industry leaders and experts. Drive your construction business forward by building upon new developments in smart technology and exchange experiences and ideas with your peers. Get started now.  

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Program of the Conference

1st day


Registration & welcome coffee


Chair’s welcome and opening address

Prof. Dr. Karsten Berns, Head of Robotics Research Laboratory, Department of Computer Science, University of Kaiserslautern, Germany

I. Construction Site of the Future & BIM


Future Smart Sites – The Road to Autonomy

  • The vision for the construction job-site of the future
  • The importance of collecting reliable data
  • Analytics and visualisations to drive timely action on the job-site
  • Automation and autonomy as a driver for improving productivity

Kjeld Jespersen, Global Digital Product Manager, Caterpillar Inc., Switzerland


Concept of Smart Construction & BIM Implications

  • Smart Construction principals and benefits
  • BIM and mobile construction machines
  • Implications for BIM: Data collection and as-built information

Richard Clement, Planning Manager, Komatsu UK Ltd, United Kingdom


Making Road Construction Site Processes intelligent – SMARTSITE

  • Publicly funded development and demonstration project in road construction
  • Reconciling design, production, supply and logistics through ICT-technology for main project Stakeholders
  • Increasing efficiency of production site and logistics processes
  • Optimized managing of construction site contingencies through intelligent Technologies

Dr.-Ing. Norbert Pralle, Head of Development & Innovation, STRABAG SE c/o Ed. Züblin AG, Germany


PIM – Visions on Pavement Construction in the Netherlands

  • Dutch pavement construction contractor, CE-marking for asphalt and the ASPARi initiative
  • Pavement Information Modelling (PIM): Basic need for a modern pavement construction company
  • Innovation and development of pavement construction with pavement lifecycle data
  • Interconnecting pavement construction supporting systems and data exchange with pavement management systems

Berwich Sluer, Manager, R&D Department, Boskalis N.V., The Netherlands



II. Optimizing Construction Processes & 3D Printing


Monitoring, Controlling and Optimization for Aspalt paving Process

  • Current situation
  • Process optimization – To increase efficiency and quality in road construction
  • Temperature measurement as an indicator for Quality
  • Digital network to increase transparency of asphalt paving processes
  • Practical experience and implementation

Dr. Stephan Weller, Head of Software Products, JOSEPH VÖGELE AG, Germany


Large Scale Additive Manufacturing for Construction: 3D Concrete Printing Processes and their Applications

  • Review of international research and development on 3DCP
  • Definition of the processes and their applications
  • Drivers for and benefits of the technology

Dr. Richard Buswell PhD., Reader in Building Energy Systems, Loughborough University, United Kingdom


3D Printing a fully functional 10 meter Steel Bridge

  • Designing for 3D printing
  • Creating a large scale 3D printing technique ‚Printing outside the box‘
  • Engineering a bridge with a new technique
  • Project results

Gijs van der Velden, Co-CEO, co-author: Tim Geurtjens, Co-CEO and CTO, both: MX3D B.V., The Netherlands


Networking & coffee break

III. Big Data – Benefits and Challenges ahead


Telematics Value – For Customers and OEMs

  • Fleet management use cases and benefits
  • Real value of telematics for end users and OEMs
  • Big Data vs. Smart Data

Mohamed Abd El Salam, Platform Manager Industrial Telematics & Machine Control, CNH Industrial Italy S.p.A., Italy


Vibration-based Monitoring in Heavy Duty Machine Driveline Parts

  • Improving uptime in the heavy duty construction equipment Business
  • Adequate condition monitoring of the torque converter
  • Signal analysis of the data using Order Power Spectrum and Order Modulation Spectrum methods

Elisabeth Källström tekn. lic., Industrial PhD Student Diagnostics, Volvo Construction Equipment AB, Sweden (tbc)


Defining Standards for Agricultural Industry – How to avoid Potholes in the Road to safe Communication

  • The scope of Agricultural Industry Electronic Foundation
  • Major projects and tools solving communication issues with ISO11783
  • Challenging automation with Tractor-Implement-Management
  • Managing safety and security – Adequate level for Ag industry
  • The highway to future of communications networking

Dipl.-Ing. Norbert Schlingmann, General Manager, AEF – Agricultural Industry Electronics Foundation e.V., Germany


Digitalization & Law – Data Protection and Data Ownership

  • Data ownership and data licensing
  • Protecting your company’s digital “know-how”
  • Data security requirements
  • The new European data protection laws (EU-GDPR) Dr. Markus Häuser, Laywer – Equity Partner,

Dr. Michael Dorner, Laywer, both: CMS Hasche Sigle Partnerschaft von Rechtsanwälten und Steuerberatern mbH, Germany


End of conference day one


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.

2nd day

IV. Positioning and Drones in Construction


Autonomous Positioning and Control for Heavy Machinery

  • Autonomous applications in heavy industries
  • The evolution from guidance to autonomy
  • Sensor requirements

Dr. Ulrich Vollath, Director Trimble Autonomous Technologies, Trimble Germany GmbH, Germany


Innovative Solutions to Construction Industry using a Drone

  • Drone x construction x ICT
  • CIM – 3D modelling
  • Software – All workflows from the autonomous flight of a drone to image processing and analysis

Toru Tokushige, CEO, Terra Drone Corporation, Japan


Digital Construction 4.0 - Mass Data Capturing Solutions for Smart Construction Sites

  • Current system solutions for mass data capturing
  • Systems to data – Current software Solutions
  • Project examples and future vision

Dipl.-Ing. Heiko Lohre, Project Manager, Topcon Deutschland Positioning GmbH, Germany


Networking & coffee break

V. Round Tables


Round Table Discussions

  • Deep learning and construction machines
  • Automation and its impact on HMI
  • Qualification of workers and recruitment of skilled workers
  • Construction sites of the future


VI. Automation in other Industries – How can we follow?


Benefits of Smart Logistics and Automation in the Mining Industry

  • Using lean principles in mining Transports
  • What is your process and how do you know it works?
  • Working with cycle time and tact time to balance the production flow
  • Autonomous systems rather than autonomous vehicles

Jon Fangel M.Sc., Project Manager, Scania CV AB, Sweden


Automation and the Digital Transformation – How can the Construction Industry follow?Panelists:
Mohamed Abd El Salam (CNH Industrial), Dr. Richard Buswell PhD. (Loughborough University) and further experts


Networking & coffee break

VII. Safety on Smart Job-Sites


On-Site-Safety – Challenges and Opportunities for Smart Construction

  • Definition of on-site safety today and tomorrow
  • Holistic system perspective
  • Trust through communication – Facilitating safety
  • Automation and safety

Dipl.-Ing. (FH) Martin Frank, Research Engineer, Specialist Intelligent and Autonomous Machines, Volvo Construction Equipment GmbH, Germany, co-authors: Dr. Fares Beainy, Engineer, Volvo Construction Equipment, USA and Ryan Ruvald, Researcher, Blekinge Tekniska Högskola BTH Karlskrona, Sweden


Safety for Construction Machines

  • Sensor System
  • Perception of human and other objects
  • Behavior based implementation
  • Experiments and construction scenarios

Prof. Dr. Karsten Berns, Head of Robotics Research Laboratory, Department of Computer Science, University of Kaiserslautern, Germany


Increasing Safety on Construction Sites with Artificial Intelligence Microsoft (Invited)


Conference chair’s closing remarks


End of conference

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