Connect & Construct Summit is just around the corner (November 18th, to be exact), and we couldn’t be more excited! Hosted the day before Autodesk University in Las Vegas, Connect & Construct is a one-day event that brings builders together for over 80 informative sessions and hands-on workshops.

As a part of Autodesk’s suite of preconstruction solutions, the BuildingConnected team — along with our friends from Assemble, BIM 360, Navisworks, and more — will be presenting a number of sessions at Connect & Construct covering all things preconstruction. These classes will focus on making the most of preconstruction technology to enhance how teams plan and execute.

In particular, we’ll highlight how attendees can take advantage of workflows between Autodesk products to improve quality, reduce risk, and produce better outcomes. You’ll hear directly from product experts, integration partners, and leading construction companies. To add even more value to your experience, we’ll be on hand throughout the day to answer questions, provide 1-on-1 product consultations, and share strategies for optimizing your preconstruction process.

Here’s a sneak peek at some of the preconstruction sessions you can look forward to attending during Connect & Construct in November.

(Haven’t bought your tickets yet? Connect & Construct Summit is expected to sell out, so act fast to save your spot!)

The Evolution of Preconstruction: The New Competitive Advantage
Presenter: Dustin DeVan, Vice President of Preconstruction Solutions at Autodesk and Co-Founder of BuildingConnected

During this session, Dustin DeVan will explain how preconstruction is the new competitive advantage in today’s industry. You’ll see how a centralized preconstruction process improves internal communication, efficiency, and transparency, plus how real-life companies are using an optimized preconstruction process to increase margins.

Assemble and BIM 360: Better Together
Presenter: Nathaniel Coombs, Senior Application Engineer at Autodesk 

Attend this session to learn how the integration between Assemble Systems and BIM 360 software is enabling more communication and collaboration between project teams. We’ll walk through the issue-tracking workflow that helps our clients identify and resolve issues in a faster, more traceable way

Reinventing Model Coordination with BIM 360
Presenter: Paul Walker, Senior Product Manager at Autodesk

Join BIM 360 product managers to understand how to take advantage of the new coordination workflows available in the product, and see how you can get your whole project team involved in clash resolution in order to perform coordination faster and avoid more potential issues during construction.

BC Pro and TradeTapp: The Preconstruction Solution for General Contractors
Presenter: Mike Powers, Director of Sales at BuildingConnected

See how BC Pro and TradeTapp seamlessly allow general contractors to identify the right subcontractors for every project through a collaborative bid management process. You’ll learn how to choose the best bidder faster as you access an ever-expanding, crowd-sourced network of subcontractors in real-time.

Using Assemble for Estimating, Scheduling, and Tracking Concrete
Presenter: Nathan Menken, SPW VDC Manager at DPR Construction

This class will show the steps that lead from estimating to production tracking when using Assemble Systems for concrete. Getting quantities out of the model has been around for a while; but utilizing the lifecycle of the model to get costs from the quantities along with planning, scheduling, tracking, and production is a vision made possible by Assemble Systems.

Assemble and Navisworks: The Ultimate Preconstruction Solution
Presenters: Samira Tilly, Industry Marketing Manager at Autodesk; Kenneth Swanson, Application Engineer at Assemble Systems 

Attend this session to learn how you can access an increasing number of file types (including IFC and SmartPlant 3D) through Assemble’s Navisworks publisher. Work collaboratively in the cloud on multidisciplinary design data and learn how you can use Assemble to supercharge your preconstruction and construction workflows.

The Benefits of Automating Preconstruction
Presenter: Satyam Verma, Strategic Partnerships and Market Strategy at Pype

This session will broadly cover the benefits of AI-based automation during preconstruction. Specifically, it will focus on how automating one process — scanning and parsing your spec book — can help teams bid more accurately, get to work sooner, and save time exponentially throughout the project lifecycle.

How to Effectively Mitigate Risk in Construction Using Data, AI, and Machine Learning
Presenter: Justin Levine, Head of Risk Management Strategy at BuildingConnected

The ability to manage risk on construction projects is all about using key data in practical timeframes. During this session, Justin Levine will share strategies for getting ahead of risk with a recurring and data-driven subcontractor qualification process, AI, and machine learning.

Best Practices to Identify the Best Bid
Presenters: Angela Santurbano, Lead Product Manager, BC Pro at BuildingConnected; Cooper Jobling, Customer Success Manager at BuildingConnected 

Discover the best ways to compare bids in an apples-to-apples fashion, all while keeping project information at the front and center. You’ll learn how to identify the best subcontractor to work with given any circumstance — even if they’ve submitted a proposal that’s higher than their competitors’.

Estimating: The Missing Link in the BIM Evolution — Connection Design to Execution
Presenter: Magnus Therkildsen, Co-Founder and CTO at Sigma Estimates A/S

Construction’s digital future is already here. To avoid falling behind, contractors must navigate new workflows and use new tools, despite a lack of clear standards on data and process. With huge advances in digital design management and an increased need for data access, being able to work effectively across 2D, 3D, and 5D for quantities, costs, and simulations is becoming mandatory. Join this session on how to take advantage of innovative tools to succeed in construction’s digital future — today!

Bid Board Pro and BC Pro: The All-In-One Preconstruction Solution for Subcontractors
Presenter: Nate Mahalovich, Head of TradeTapp Sales at BuildingConnected

Subcontractors have been stuck managing bids with manual bid boards and seeking out vendors to bid on projects with static contact databases, none of which are built for preconstruction. Luckily, there’s a better way: Bid Board Pro and BC Pro, the all-in-one preconstruction solution built for subcontractors. Learn how it all works in this live demo.

Get the Most Out of Your Models with Assemble and Improve Preconstruction Processes
Presenters: Anand Gajbhiye, Director of Construction Technology at Joeris General Contractors; Daniel Olivares, Senior Estimator at Joeris General Contractors

This session will focus on how to encourage the use of the model in low-adoption sectors and get the most out of the models during preconstruction. Andy Gajbhiye and Daniel Olivares from Joeris General Contractors will cover how you can use models during preconstruction in low-adoption sectors, or when the BIM process is not required.

Panel: Taking a More Proactive Approach to Risk Management in Construction
Moderator: Justin Levine, Head of Risk Management Strategy at BuildingConnected

During this panel discussion, Justin Levine — along with risk leaders from Shawmut, Moss, and Barton Malow — will share how their organizations proactively tackle construction risk management given the realities of today’s industry.

Panel: How ENR Top 40 GCs Do Preconstruction
Presenter: Mike Pettinella, Head of General Contractor Sales at BuildingConnected

Over the past several years, ENR Top 40 general contractors like McCarthy, Structure Tone, and Mortenson have continually moved up in both rank and revenue… so what do they all have in common? During this session, you’ll learn the #1 secret to their success: an optimized preconstruction process.

Assemble + BuildingConnected: Quantity Take-Offs in the Cloud
Presenters: Dustin DeVan, Vice President of Preconstruction Solutions at Autodesk; Brent Ramos, Sales Director at Assemble Systems 

For general contractors and trade contractors alike, estimators play a key role in winning new business. Join Dustin DeVan and Brent Ramos as they share how they’re working to simplify the process for aggregating and reporting material quantities and streamline preconstruction processes.

Join us at Connect & Construct Summit

We hope to see you in Las Vegas on November 18th! If you haven’t already, be sure to register for a high-impact day at Connect & Construct — or, better yet, stay for the entire Autodesk University conference to create four full days of dynamic learning and networking.

You can learn more about the event and get your tickets here.

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