4th International VDI Conference - Smart Construction Equipment

  • Learn about current challenges and opportunities in construction brought about by digitalization
  • See how construction processes can be optimized
  • Discuss the future possibilities that AI will bring to the construction site
  • Network with internationally renowned experts
4th Smart Construction Equipment | VDI conference

The construction site is getting smarter and this leads to new challenges for all parties involved. The 4th VDI Smart Construction Equipment conference will discuss these challenges to the construction industry in the face of increasing digitalization, automation, the rise of AI and other current technology 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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The use of artificial intelligence for a cost-effective tunnel maintenance
Author: O. Schneider & A. Prokopová, Amberg Technologies AG and F. Modetta & V. Petschen, Amberg Engineering AG

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Building upon current trends

Digitalization, automation and AI 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 4th 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.


We are currently preparing the final program for you. You will soon be able to download it here. Meanwhile have a look at the conference program 2019:

Tuesday, December 3, 2019


Registration & Welcome Coffee


Chair‘s Welcome & Opening Address

Dr. Oliver Geibig, Division Head & Trend Scout, fischerwerke GmbH, Germany


Say Hi & Get to know your Peers!

Have your business cards on hand and see who else is joining the event!

I. The Future of Building Construction


The Future of Worksite Information Management

  • Using drone survey and other data sources for easy progress & productivity tracking
  • Curing data indigestion: A data-driven vision for site management
  • Becoming future-proof: How the most innovative earthmovers are getting ready

Jan Wouter Kruyt, Director of European Operations, Propeller, The Netherlands


Games Technology in Asset Design, Construction and Management

  • Low-cost methods for modelling existing assets
  • The value of semantic models for data integration
  • Digital Twins and the V-process

Dipl.-Ing. Kim Jung, CTO, LocLab Consulting GmbH, Germany


Refurbishment of the Runway Salzburg Airport - Digitization of Construction Processes

  • Special logistical challenges due to the total closure of flight operations
  • Digitization of processes: Optimization in asphalt paving, fleet management, 3D paving control and compaction control
  • Special features of an airport construction site

Dr. Christoph Winkler, Project Manager - Innovation in construction operation, PORR Bau GmbH, Austria



II. Artificial Intelligence at Construction Sites


Optimizing Large-Scale Earthwork Operations through an AI Supported IoT Solution

  • Real-time state tracking, independent of specific sensor solutions
  • AI based resource optimization
  • Remote monitoring and smart on-site assistance
  • Experiences from real world deployment

Marco Hirsch, Researcher, German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI), Germany & Francisco Javier Royo Abancéns, Head of R&D Projects, Ferrovial Agroman, Spain


AI, Machine Learning and the long Road to autonomous Equipment in Construction

  • Complicated job sites hindering artificial intelligence
  • Autonomous operations - Safety as a primary motivator in construction
  • Steady progression to driverless technology
  • Displacement or empowerment for drivers?

Elza Marisa Paiva de Figueiredo, Autonomous System Manager for Europe, Danfoss Power Solutions ApS, Denmark


Tunnel Facility Management – Experiences of using Artificial Intelligence

  • How can AI help to reduce cost and risk during tunnel maintenance?
  • Tunnel Inspection process and the chance for a digital tunnel twin
  • RetroBIM as an important part for effective Tunnel Facility Management

Oliver Schneider, Business Unit Manager Tunnel, Amberg Technologies AG, Switzerland & Veronika Petschen, Junior Project Leader, Amberg Group AG, Switzerland


Panel Discussion: The Future of AI in Construction

Chairman: Dr. Selim-Tuğra Demir, Project Manager and Lean Construction Manager, firscher Consulting GmbH

Panelists: Oliver Schneider, Business Unit Manager Tunnel, Amberg Technologies AG Veronika Petschen, Junior Project Leader, Amberg Group AG Marco Hirsch, Researcher, DFKI Francisco Javier Royo Abancéns, Head of R&D Projects, Ferrovial Agroman Elza Marisa Paiva de Figueiredo, Autonomous System Manager for Europe, Danfoss Power Solutions ApS


Networking & coffee break

III. Cyber Security and Legal Challenges


The Importance of Product Cyber Security - Keynote

  • What is CS about - The perimeter of attention
  • Be ready for it: The Incident Response Plan
  • Can we prevent incidents? Design for Cyber Security

Piero Blunda, Product Safety and Cybersecurity, CNH Industrial, Italy


Industry 4.0 meets Law – Legal Challenges from Data Management to Smart Dispute Resolution

  • Legal Aspects of Lifecycle Data Management
  • From Data Usage via Data Governance to Data Stewardship
  • Influence of European Data Protection Laws on Smart Processes

Eduard Dischke, Specialist for Construction Law, KNH Rechtsanwälte, Germany


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 4, 2019


Open infra BIM based Automation for Road Construction

  • Automation as a part of Open Infra BIM ecosystem
  • BIM based autonomous control method for machines
  • How to measure real-time work area changes
  • Safety requirements for autonomous control
  • Experiments of autonomous operation

Professor Rauno Heikkilä, Digitalized Construction & Mining Operations and Head of Structures & Construction Technology, University Oulu, Finland

V. Profitability through Smart Equipment


Machine Automation and Autonomy - Following the ROI

  • Construction equipment automation and autonomy
  • Levels of autonomy and return on investment
  • Multi-machine control and latest developments in machine automation

Dr. Ulrich Vollath, CTO Autonomous Technologies, Trimble Inc., Germany


Networking & Coffee break


Machine Integrated Measurement & Connectivity – A holistic Approach to drive Customer Productivity

  • Telematics and connected milling
  • Tracking a performance from A to Z: Innovative measurement, smart documentation & invoicing
  • Facing the challenges of reliable and accurate measurements vs. rough site conditions and various customer applications

Dr. Stefan Wagner, R&D Team Leader Technology Development, Wirtgen Group, Germany


Intelligent Tires – How to Improve Operations & Reduce Costs

  • Digital & Remote Tire Monitoring Solutions for Construction Sites
  • Best practice use cases & cost saving potentials from the industry
  • Advanced Telemetry Analytics & Route Optimization for continuous improvement of vehicle operations
  • Interaction with other FMS/OEMs & future trends

Michael Christian Lorenz, Business Development Digital Solutions, Continental Reifen GmbH, Germany



VI. Understanding the Digital Construction Market


World Cafés

Restrictions and opportunities when using BIM in underground engineering - Ulrike Nohlen, Division Manager, MTS Maschinentechnik Schrode AG

Adding value through Digitization, Automation and Big Data -  Dipl.-Ing. Roland Wagner, Head of Product Marketing, CODESYS Group and other experts!


Understanding Industry and User Needs: Tapping into the Digital Construction Market

  • The complexity of trades and the digital construction ecosystem
  • Our vision and contribution to the digital construction
  • The role of a solution provider based on specific capabilities

Dr. Marc Jost-Benz, Business Owner of the Digital Business Team, Bosch Power Tools GmbH, Germany


Conference chair‘s closing remarks


End of conference

Participants will profit from innovative ideas, best practice examples, case studies, tech presentations and interactive discussion rounds!

The conference will be supported by the expert:

Dr. Oliver Geibig, Division Head & Trend Scout, fischerwerke GmbH, Germany

If you have any questions regarding the conference program or you want to become a speaker at future events, please contact Annick Pauwels.

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

In the last three years, we welcomed over 100 participants from the construction industry, so take the opportunity to expand your network with international colleagues and experts!

Book now

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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International VDI Conference - Smart Construction Equipment


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