Achieve Faster, Leaner & Higher Quality Construction

January 28-31, 2019 | Dallas, TX

Session One
Monday, January 28, 2019

10.00 - 12.00
Workshop A: Rethinking Design for Prefabrication

For those architects already championing and engaging with prefabrication, the benefits of offsite construction for delivering client demands is no mystery. However, not all designers feel the same way, and the change in systems and partnering required to fully maximize these advantages are still evolving.

Therefore, this workshop will take a deeper dive into the differences between traditional perspectives and designing with prefab in mind to inspire more of this community to:

  • Understand the benefits of prefabrication to deliver high quality and meet client expectations, and discuss how to promote this more widely in the industry
  • Review the role of the design team in maximizing  the efficiency and benefits of offsite construction by  setting-up the project for success: What are the best  means and methods to do so that will minimize later design changes?
  • Assess the different approach required by architects and engineers for prefab: What needs to be considered, when, and how will this change traditional approaches to design and team collaboration?

Workshop leader

Craig Webber


10.00 - 12.00
Workshop B: Automating Processes From Design Through Construction of Structural Systems

Increasingly, more and more structural systems are being built through BIM automation and industrialized approaches that create more robust, repetitive structural systems quickly & more easily. Whether using steel, precast concrete or timber, there are a multitude of approaches that forward thinking operations leaders can take to reduce waste and establish lean workflows.

With this intention, this workshop will break down the different processes and systems that can be used to:

  • Spotlight two different approaches companies have taken to automating operations and how this differs between steel and precast
  • Review how automation can improve data transfer and streamline handover from one department to the  next so that there is a seamless pathway from design through fabrication
  • Explore the potential for digitization and computer-aided installation to optimize labor productivity on-site and simplify install instructions for teams


Workshop leaders

Jennifer Cipolla,
VP Manufacturing
Prescient Co
Roy Griffith
Director of Corporate Development
Clark Construction


Session Two
Monday, January 28, 2019

13.00 - 15.00
Workshop C: Changing Labor Productivity Through Offsite Work

Solving labor productivity issues is increasingly becoming one of the primary drivers for transferring a portion of work offsite – to ‘do more work with less’. However, for all of the many problems offsite construction can solve, when it comes to manpower, it also creates a few more hurdles.

Understand how increasing offsite work can positively impact labor productivity, and explore the new labor pool opened up by a different required skill set

  • Review difficulties in moving staff offsite: What are the new cultural, training, safety and quality challenges that now need to be considered and overcome, and how can teams successfully do so?
  • Exploring different possibilities to ensure quality of staff in the manufacturing facility and how different types of training can benefit the quality of manufactured components
  • Discussing how unions can better support prefabrication and modularization to improve the success of offsite work

Workshop leaders

Steve Rose
Corporate Director of Prefab & Packaging
Rosendin Electric
Dillon Doyle
Field Support Service Manager
Rosendin Electric


13.00 - 15.00
Workshop D: The Journey to Manufacturing – Transforming a 117 Year Old Company to a Modern Day Manufacturer

As the rise in industrialized construction has begun to take hold, many global construction leaders are taking inspiration from the manufacturing industry to optimize their productivity.

  • Explore the business case for changing traditional fabrication operations, and how teams have successfully secured support for their initiatives
  • Learn how to transform the traditional construction approach, identifying beneficial structures and processes established in the manufacturing industry and adapting them for offsite facilities
  • Reveal a step-by-step process one company took to standardizing their systems and establishing industrialized production lines to optimize productivity

Workshop leaders

Kevin Labrecque
SVP Operational Excellence
Harper Limbach
Justin Brockenbrough
Fabrication Manager
Harper Limbach


Session Three
Monday, January 28, 2019

15.30 - 17.30
Workshop E: Changing Approaches to Design for Full Volumetric Modular Buildings

Just as planning and designing for prefabrication is very different from traditional construction methods, planning and designing for full volumetric modular adds a further layer of complexity to the process. Further, as still very few architects have had the opportunity work on large-scale modularized buildings, many are still learning best practices to do so.

The aim of this workshop is to bring some clarity to the challenge, as you will discuss:

  • Balancing standardization and creativity: What level of standardization of size, materials, logistics etc. must be thought about in the design stages and how does this provide parameters, not restrictions, that ultimately ease the design process?
  • Benchmarking ways the architect and modular contractor can support one another in design to deliver maximum value to the client
  • Highlighting the importance of reviewing the entire building process up-front, such as building codes and regulations, and how design processes and documentation must be restructured to ensure maximum clarity at the start

Workshop leaders

Keith Swenson
Integrated Modular Design
Cannon Design
Deb Sheehan,
Firmwide Strategies
Cannon Design
Greg Heiser
Cannon Design


15.30 - 17.30
Workshop F: BIM 2 Built – Optimizing MEP Design & Estimating Practices Through Automation

The use of BIM for offsite construction has evolved significantly from merely a collaboration platform in recent years, with some teams now pushing the limits of what can be done. The ultimate goal being to fully automate processes from design through construction, there are a multitude of ways forward thinking operations leaders can begin along this journey.

With this intention, this workshop will break down the different processes and systems that can be developed to automate BIM models for MEP prefabrication.

  • Benchmark best practices for using BIM and Spool Drawings to design for MEP systems, and how this information can be fed into the model to streamline all processes from design through install
  • Review how automation can improve data transfer, and streamline handover from one department to the next so that there is a seamless pathway from design through fabrication
  • Understanding the use of BIM to inform resource planning and drive accuracy of estimates for prefab components
  • Explore ways the model can be used to automate and drive machine operations: how can companies set-up the model, extract data, and integrate software and hardware to fully automate in house operations?

Workshop leaders

Jody Seubert
Excellerate Operations Manager
Faith Technologies
Lonnie Cumpton
VDC Manager
Faith Technologies


15.30 - 17.30
Workshop G: Emerging Technology for Prefabrication & Building a Roadmap for Investment

With new construction tools and technologies emerging daily, there are so many different possibilities open to teams to innovate the way they work. However, finding and implementing the tools that are going to really make a difference for your operations is not easy.

Therefore, this workshop will promote discussion and exploration of how emerging technology is changing the way teams are prefabricating. You will be able to:

  • Identify challenges and key deliverables in prefabrication and modular operations that could be further enhanced by emerging technology
  • Review the potential for different emerging technologies on the current market to help prefabrication teams both in the factory and on site. From 3D printing, to VR and more, how have teams secured funding, buy-in, and successfully integrated these into their workflows?
  • Discuss the future of construction technology in the next 5 years: What other tools and systems have the potential to transform industrialized manufacturing and what does the timeline look like for their adoption?

Workshop leader

Ryan Hoggatt
Director of Manufacturing
University Mechanical Contractors