Engage With Industry Leaders! Event Schedule:

Monday, May 20, 2024

  • 5-6 p.m. Meet and Greet
  • 6 p.m. Dinner on Own

Tuesday, May 21, 2024

  • 8 a.m. Registration
  • The Good, The Bad and The Ugly—An Economic Forecast
    Presenter: Dr. Anirban Basu, ABC Chief Economist
    Has the Federal Reserve successfully engineered a soft landing? Or is the confluence of geopolitical conflict, a presidential election, rising consumer debt levels and still high-interest rates conspiring to produce an economic downturn in 2024? This presentation will supply an in-depth analysis of major factors shaping economic outcomes, including interest rates, global conflict, wage dynamics, business confidence and demographics. It will then turn toward a forecast for the coming year, highlighting the major risks that economic stakeholders will likely encounter.

    Putting the Best Talent on the Construction Field—Why Should You Care?
    The construction industry workforce shortage is real, with factors such as the aging workforce, the lack of vocational high schools, immigration reform stagnation, negative career perception and inflation. Understand the industry impact and what construction users and contractors must invest and do to attract and retain the best talent in the industry working on their projects. Participants will workshop breakthrough ideas on how the construction industry can collectively solve this chronic workforce shortage issue.

    Addressing ESG and Its Impact on Capital Projects
    Shareholders, boards of directors and society in general are now demanding that essentially all companies, including those in the construction industry, become more sustainable and environmentally responsible. This panel will explore environmental, social and governance trends, discuss how companies are adapting and present new technologies that can help ABC members measure and report reliably on scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions. We also will discuss issues relative to sustainability and governance and how the construction industry can benefit from a stronger focus in these areas.

    Utilizing Visual Management To Incentivize Teams
    Visual management plays a significant role in any successful endeavor by utilizing visual cues and tools to enhance performance communication. Visual management boards are utilized to display critical metrics, key performance indicators and actions in a clear, simple and visual manner. Employee ownership in meeting these goals is driven by engaging them in topics such as safety, quality and delivery on commitments.

    Challenges, Risks and Rewards in Selecting the “Perfect” Delivery Model and Contract
    Find out how to structure procurement models and contracts to attract the top talent in a busy construction market and discover strategies to incentivize the project teams to be collaborative, transparent and committed to a project's success. Learn best practices in distributing risk to those members who are most equipped for controlling or mitigating those risks and learn more about effective processes and governance strategies to build consensus and facilitate timely decisions. Then, gain deeper insights into supply chain strategies and innovations including supply bundling and project award bundling.

    Building Secure Futures: Cybersecurity Awareness in the Construction Industry
    As the construction industry increasingly adopts digital technologies for project management, design and operations, the urgency for heightened cybersecurity awareness has never been greater. Cybersecurity experts, construction industry leaders and technology innovators will shed light on the importance of cybersecurity awareness and the practical steps needed to safeguard digital assets and sensitive information.
  • 6:15 p.m. General Reception
  • 7:15 p.m. Sponsored Dinner
  • 9 p.m. Post-Event Reception

Wednesday, May 22, 2024

  • 7:30 a.m. Breakfast
  • Understanding AI and Its Impact on the Construction Industry
    Join a panel of subject matter experts, ranging from technology companies to contractors, who are utilizing artificial intelligence in their business workflow. Created for all-size contractors in mind, attendees will learn about the basics of AI along with beneficial use cases through interactive group breakouts.
Thank You to Our Sponsors!

Kwest Group is a civil and environmental firm based in Perrysburg, Ohio, with regional offices in Dublin, Ohio and Rockwall, Texas. The firm performs earthwork, utility and environmental construction services for clients in the energy, petrochemical, rail, defense and public/private infrastructure sectors. Kwest Group's core values are safety, quality and customer service.

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United Group Services is dedicated to providing leading-edge industrial contracting to its industrial and manufacturing customers. Founded in 1982 as a process piping contractor, UGS employs highly trained field craft workers managed by an experienced and competent leadership team throughout the United States. In addition, United Group Services houses both its specialty fabrication shop and main office in Cincinnati.

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United Rentals is the largest equipment rental company in the world with more than 1,170 rental locations across North America and Europe and 18,400 employees. The company offers 4,000 classes of equipment for rent with a total original cost of $14.16 billion. United Rentals is a member of the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index, the Barron’s 400 Index and the Russell 3000 Index and is headquartered in Stamford, Connecticut.