Presentation Abstracts

Keynote Addresses

  • Art Markman, Cognitive Scientist – The University of Texas at Austin
  • Kenneth D. Simonson, Chief Economist – Associated General Contractors of America
  • Tim Spaulding, Secretary of Defense Fellow – U.S. Air Force

New CII Research

 
 
Combining BIM and Virtual/Augmented Reality
(Research Team TC-02, VR Implementation Guide)
 

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Evaluation of Life Cycle Cost Estimation Tools
(Research Team DCC-02, Construction Readiness Assessment for Productivity Improvement)
 

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Flexible Facilities for Manufacturing & Life Sciences
(Research Team MLS-01, Flexible Facility Development for Manufacturing & Life Sciences)

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The New PDRI
(Research Team 361, Integrating FEED MATRS in PDRI)
 

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New Research Findings
(Research Team 320a, Definition and Measurement of Engineering/Design Deliverable Quality for Building Facilities)
 

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New Research Findings
(Research Team FHC-01, The Relationship between the Built Environment and the Business Case​)
 

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Protecting Business Value from the Impact of Regulations
(Research Team PUI-01, Identifying and Evaluating the Impact of Regulations throughout the Project Life Cycle)


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Should I Use a Custom or Standard Design?
(Research Team UMM-01, Achieving Higher Levels of Standardized Facility Design in the Upstream, Midstream, and Mining Commodity Market)


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Keynote Address:
Start Paddling! Staying Ahead of Technological Change

Tim Spaulding, Secretary of Defense Fellow – U.S. Air Force
 

Automation, digitization, machine intelligence: these are just some of the technological tools arriving at an increasing pace. Applying the right set of these tools in the right kinds of ways is critical to staying afloat in a changing world.

Pilots have been applying new technologies to their craft since the dawn of combat aviation. Fighter pilots grew from stick-and-rudder savants flying wooden biplanes into system-monitoring experts maneuvering networked airborne computers. The pilot’s story can provide a useful guide for anyone interested in not being overrun by the river of change. Start paddling!

Takeaways:

  • Two key technologies – automation and virtual/augmented reality – will enable entirely new ways of work.
  • Successfully adopting new technologies requires a bias for action and a flexible organization.

Keynote Address:
To Lead the Change, You Have to Be the Change

Art Markman, Cognitive Scientist – The University of Texas at Austin
 

A significant challenge in large-scale construction projects is the need to align the actions of a variety of people (most of whom are not your own employees) around a common set of goals in order to bring a project in on time, on budget, and safely. Cognitive science – the study of the mind – has a lot of insights and tools for managing people and groups. In this talk, Dr. Markman will introduce you to your motivational brain. Then, he will focus on ways to manage the project environment to create a safe and coordinated site, to examine the rewards and punishments in the environment that promote good behavior, to help people set goals, and to allow the successful people on a job to influence the work of others.


Keynote Address:
Will 2020 Be a Year of Plenty for Construction?

Kenneth D. Simonson, Chief Economist – Associated General Contractors of America
 

Will the construction industry have plenty of work, plenty of worries, or both in 2020? Trade tensions, labor market tightness, rising interest rates, and rising fiscal challenges for all levels of government are just a few of the sources of uncertainty facing an industry that has experienced eight years of expansion.
 
Ken Simonson, chief economist and fearless forecaster for the Associated General Contractors of America, will provide his prognostications for construction spending by segment, material costs, and labor availability by state.