2020 Agenda (In Progress)


Wednesday, December 2
Time
Type
8:30am — 9:45am
Special Event
Virtual Expo Hall Hours
10:00am — 5:00pm
Virtual Expo Hall
Breakout Session 1
11:00am — 12:30pm
Education Program
Track 1

Systems as Solutions
How Will the Pandemic Affect the Trajectory for Offsite Construction?
How will COVID affect demand for mass timber, panelized and modular solutions? Can movement and interaction be better controlled in a factory environment? Will there be greater focus on sustainability?

Moderator: Brendan Lowney, Co-Founder & Principal, Forest Economic Advisors
Panel Discussion
  1. Colin Booth, Director of Strategy, Placetailor
  2. Gerry McCaughey, CEO, Entekra
  3. Vaughan Buckley, CEO, Volumetric Building Companies
  4. Tom Hardiman, Executive Director, Modular Building Institute
Track 2

Adapt, Integrate, Collaborate
Standardization & Mass Customization
How to combine the efficiency of offsite manufacturing without sacrificing design freedom

  1. “How the Digitalization of Construction can increase speed, precision and quality while driving down costs”
    Alfred Porsche, ProWood Consulting
  2. “The Future of Building has Begun: How the CREE System & Platform Enables the Industry to Integrate, Collaborate and Digitize.”
    Rainer Strauch, Managing Director and CTO, Cree by Rhomberg
Track 3

Potential, Performance and Practicalities
How Green is Mass Timber?
How green is mass timber in practice today? How does it compare to concrete and steel? What needs to happen for mass timber to be truly sustainable?

Moderator: Mark Wishnie, Executive Director, Timberland Investment Group, BTG Pactual
Panel Discussion
  1. Maureen Puettmann, Director of Operations, CORRIM
  2. Elaine Oneil, Director of Science and Sustainability, CORRIM
  3. George Berghorn, Asst. Professor Construction Management Michigan State University
Breakout Session 2
1:30pm — 3:00pm
Education Program
Track 1

Systems as Solutions
The Case for Mass Timber Construction
What are the sweet spots for mass timber construction? What structure types? What range of story heights?

  1. Nick Milestone, Director Mass Timber, Katerra
  2. Nicholas Sills, General Manager Customer and Technical Services, Structurlam
  3. Max Garcia, Technical Operations Manager, Element5
Track 2

Adapt, Integrate, Collaborate
Integrating the Supply Chain
integration of design, procurement, offsite fabrication, delivery and site assembly

Moderator: Alex Schreyer, Senior Lecturer, Building & Construction Technology, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  1. “BIM: A practical approach to a new concept”
    Michael Marzy, President, Dietrichs’s Software
  2. Jim Stube, Sales Manager, Automation, Stiles Machinery
  3. “Workflow from “Idea” to CNC Processing to the Actual Building”
    Sascha Bopp, CoFounder & COO, Blueprint Robotics
  4. “DeepWood: Disruptive Evolving Engineering and Planning in Wood (BIM)”
    Dr. Sonja Geier, Professor Engineering & Architecture
Track 3

Potential, Performance and Practicalities
Building Codes & Fire Safety
Impact of new tall wood ICC and BC codes. Acceptance of offsite light frame construction by building inspectors across North America? Fire safety: How to mitigate the impact of fire on life, safety and property.

Moderator: Bill Parsons, VP Operations, WoodWorks
  1. “Exploring the Planning Complexities of Mass Timber: Reviewing Code Restrictions, Design & Manufacturing Limitations That Impact Design & Construction Outcomes”
    Lisa Podesto, Timber & Innovations Specialist, Lendlease
  2. “Tall Timber Construction: New Code Provisions, Design Steps and Impacts on North American Markets”
    Ricky McLain, Senior Director Tall Wood, Woodworks
  3. “INTRO: A 9-story mixed-use mass timber building in the heart of Cleveland”
    John Mitchell, Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture
4:00pm — 5:00pm
Special Event
Thursday, December 3
Time
Type
8:30am — 9:45am
Special Event
Virtual Expo Hall Hours
10:00am — 5:00pm
Virtual Expo Hall
Breakout Session 3
11:00am — 12:30pm
Education Program
Track 1

Systems as Solutions
The Case for Modular Construction
The relative economics of volumetric modular in both light frame and with CLT shells. What does speed mean to the developer?

Moderator: Paul Jannke, Co-Founder & Principal, Forest Economic Advisors
  1. Speakers TBA
Track 2

Adapt, Integrate, Collaborate
Mechanization and Automation
How does cutting-edge manufacturing technology drive or enable offsite construction? Where and when should it be employed? Are you getting a reasonable return on your investment?

Moderator: Francois Robichaud, Partner, Forest Economic Advisors
  1. Ola Skogland, CEO Randek
  2. Ben Hershey, President 4Ward Consulting Group
  3. “Column, slab, ready – the revolution in timber construction – from research into the market!”
    Stefan Zoellig, Timber Engineer, Timber Structures 3.0 AG
Track 3

Potential, Performance and Practicalities
Financing Offsite Construction
The hurdles that early adopters face in finding institutional sources of capital to finance their projects

Moderator: Greg Lewis, Vice President, Wood Panels, Forest Economic Advisors
  1. “Financing off-site construction: a VC’s perspective on building the investment thesis in off-site construction.”
    Kaustubh Pandya, Principal, Brick & Mortar Ventures
Breakout Session 4
1:30pm — 3:00pm
Education Program
Track 1

Systems as Solutions
The Case for Panelized Construction
In what situations do panelized solutions make more sense than modular

Moderator: Craig Webb, President of Webb Analytics
  1. Mike Schmidt, Principal Consultant, Auto Construct
  2. Mark LaLiberte, Co-Founder & President, Construction Instruction
Track 2

Adapt, Integrate, Collaborate
Generative Design and Offsite Construction
What will be the impact of generative design on the built environment?

Moderator: Art Schmon, Managing Director IWBC and Partner, Forest Economic Advisors
  1. “Offsite Technology: Putting it to Work in Your Homes”
    Scott Reichensperger, VP Global Residential Business Technology, Mitek
  2. “An AI Software Tool which Designs I-joist Floors Automatically”
    Luke Whale, PhD, Technical Director Earlybird Technologies Ltd.
  3. Thomas Strong, Principal, Wired Construction
Track 3

Potential, Performance and Practicalities
Addressing Challenges in Mass Timber Construction
How offsite wood-based construction can integrate with non-wood building systems?

Moderator: François Robichaud, Partner, Forest Economic Advisors LLC
Panel Discussion
  1. Andy Shanahan, WB Engineers | Consultants
  2. Ashley Rao, Leers Weinzapfel Associates
  3. Ermanno Acler, Holzpak

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