The Pavilion for All Things Digital and Disruptive

IMAGINABLE TECH IN ACTION
The TECHTOPIA Pavilion, booth 2469, is back again and bigger than ever in Las Vegas. We will present new disruptive technology and digital media strategies for you to use in your business. You will learn about the changes in how construction work is being performed now, and in the near future. 

  • Learn how using drones can enhance your project efficiency  
  • Test drive AR/VR, Hologram & Infrared Camera Technologies
  • Tryout the BIM CAVE and see how it streamlines your projects
  • See the amazing capabilities of Power over Ethernet (PoE) smart lighting
  • Discover how 5G opens new opportunities
  • Hear short TECH TALKS on all these topics and more

TECHTOPIA THEATER Schedule

Sunday, September 15, 2019

1:00pm – 1:20pm             Presentation
Mastering Your LinkedIn Profile

LinkedIn has become more than your virtual business card. How does your profile rank? With so many changes within the LinkedIn platform, we will share with you how to master LinkedIn and how you can enhance your professional brand, your company brand and your voice.  This is a must-attend session if you are serious about revamping your LinkedIn profile.

Presenter:          Dahlia, El Gazzar, Dahlia+ Agency, Tech Expert + Idea Igniteur
 

1:30pm – 1:50pm             Presentation
PoE Testing of Installed Cabling: Will My Cabling Support it?

This presentation will look at the parameters to test on installed Category 5e, 6 and 6a cable to be sure that it can support new and existing Power over Ethernet requirements. If it fails these tests, we will look at how to identify where the problem is.

Presenter: Jim Davis, Fluke Networks

1:30pm – 1:50pm             Table topic Discussion
Guidelines on Team/Staff Usage of Social Media in the Workplace

We all know with the explosion of social media, it can make or break a company’s brand and reputation if used incorrectly. That is why it’s essential for company leadership and HR to team up with their employees, and design guidelines for them, and more importantly, educate them on how to properly use social media. Join us for this peer-to-peer discussion on the must-have guidelines for staff when it comes to social media usage in the workplace. Let us discuss and share guidelines that both encourage positive interaction and prevent the kind of posts that will disrupt business.

Presenter:          Dahlia El Gazzar and Tess Vismale, Dahlia+ Agency,
 

2:00pm – 2:50pm             Presentation
Get Better thank Your Competitors, Faster

All construction information right now only flows downhill and gets trapped on jobsites.  By closing the feedback loop of field data back to the home office, contractors can unlock individual project data to make their entire company smarter.  Future plans are better such that future project execution improves even more.

Presenter: Drew DeWalt, Rhumbix

2:30pm – 2:50pm             Presentation
IoT: Residential, Commercial and Industrial

Automation and real-time data are standard and Leviton is leading the way with their latest smart IoT products-- from Decora Voice Dimmers that have Amazon Alexa voice control built in, to the revolutionary Leviton Load Center Smart System with connected breakers that can provide notifications, usage data and remote control, to Leviton INFORM products for commercial/industrial applications that offer sensing capabilities and power indication notifications. 

Presenter: Greg Rhoades, Leviton

3:00pm – 3:20pm             Presentation
The Process of Successful Change           


Change is taking place all around us at a rapidly increasing pace. The rapid pace of change can be overwhelming. How can we prepare ourselves and our employees to cope with change? Assess your situation and improve your business by not becoming overwhelmed and unprepared to cope with change that is all around us.

Presenter:          L. Joe Shorter, Ph.D., Executive Director ELECTRI and NECA Director of Research

3:30pm – 3:50pm             Presentation
Future of the Connected Jobsite

Lead to the digital age with instant and constant updates in BIM modeling.  Contractors are expected to access changes onsite and in real time. Innovative solutions for onsite WIFI designed for the jobsite provide contractors with a convenient, easy to set-up, and reliable internet access.

Presenters: Todd Plajzer and Melody Rose, DEWALT Power Tools

3:30pm – 3:50pm             Table Topic Discussion
BIM for the Small and Mid-Sized Contractor

This session will be an open discussion on how small and mid-sized contractors can become involve in Building Information Modeling (BIM).  We will discuss: What services are available; How these services can improve projects; How to transition a design model into a construction model.  


Presenter:          Michael Massey, Sanveo


4:00pm – 4:20pm             Presentation
15 Must-Have Productivity Apps

You hear about new apps and tech solutions every single second of the day. Life is too short and data is too precious. So which ones do you download? Which ones work and don’t, and more importantly, how would they work for your needs? All of these questions are answered in this session and then some. Come and learn of great apps and how to use them in your business and personal life.

Presenter:          Dahlia El Gazzar, Dahlia+ Agency, Tech Expert + Idea Igniteur

Monday, September 16, 2019

12:30pm – 12:50pm        Presentation
Augmented Reality in AEC Industries

VisualLive is dedicated to speeding up major construction projects and reduce constantly rework, saving millions of dollars and improving profitability with Augmented Reality applications. Our applications are available on the Microsoft HoloLens as well as Generation 6 and above iOS devices, allowing any size company to experience AR technology.

Presenter:          Saeed Eslami, Visual Live

1:00pm – 1:20pm
5G: Opportunities and Disruptions to the Construction Industry

Hear about the changes from 3G to 4G and now 5G.
Learn about:
- MIMO (massive input and massive output); greater throughput of data and greater ability to have M2M communication (IoT products)
-Beamforming: directed signal to each connected device creating a clearer signal
-Use of millimeter waves instead of microwaves and the potential challenges in buildings going through walls.

Presenter: Anand Rajaratnam, Recon Dynamics

1:30pm – 1:50pm             Presentation
How Mixed Reality is Transforming the Construction Industry

The construction industry is currently facing a huge labor shortage as senior workers retire and younger generations are not pursuing jobs in construction. The industry has also been traditionally slow to adopt new technology, but that is changing. Mixed Reality technologies that combine the real world with the virtual world are supporting a new way of working with models and coordination throughout the construction building lifecycle, providing stakeholders with the most up-to-date data on their worksite.

Presenter:          David Burczyk, Trimble

1:30pm – 1:50pm             Table topic Discussion
Your Cheat Sheet to the New Gmail

As we celebrated the 15th anniversary of Gmail on April 1, 2019, it has come a long way from when it first started. We’re here to make it easy for you to utilize a whole slew of new features that will make your life easier. From Smart Compose to email scheduling, get ready to become a Gmail whiz!

Presenter:          Tess Vismale, CMP, DES, DAHLIA+AGENCY, Tech Whisperer

 

2:00pm – 2:20pm             Table topic Discussion
Remote Team Management Tools and Tops

Working remotely is made easier by the numerous platforms that allows for collaboration via the internet and offers great flexibility. Join this discussion to learn about what's out there and ideas on how to implement them for your team!

Presenter:          Dahlia El Gazzar, Dahlia+ Agency, Tech Expert + Idea Igniteur
 


2:30pm – 2:50pm             Presentation
Own Your Client's Data, Provide Better Service Control Customer Relationship

Learn about a simple software helping to visually display a client's entire electrical infrastructure by providing your customer's close out package and ongoing work in SmartCSM as a value add and key differentiator, you will own that customer relationship because you provide and control access to SmartCSM database.

Presenter:          Craig Caryl, SmartCSM


3:00pm – 3:20pm             Presentation
Becoming Highly Effective When You Can’t Be Perfect

In our businesses and in our personal lives we all want to achieve our highest aspirations and overcome our greatest challenges. We must identify and apply the principles of natural laws that govern the results we seek. Start applying what you are learning. To learn and not to do is not really learning at all. To know and not to do is not really knowing at all.

Presenter:          L. Joe Shorter, Ph.D., Executive Director ELECTRI and NECA Director of Research

Tuesday, September 17th, 2019

9:30am – 9:50am             Presentation
Up and In, Because Down and Out Is No Place to Stay

We sometimes feel that “trouble with a capital T” has a way of catching up with us. We all need inspiration, encouragement, and support. Our response to unfortunate circumstances is key to either reducing or prolonging the negative impact of such events in our lives and businesses. We don’t have time to stay “down and out” if our businesses are to thrive and our lives are to matter.

Presenter:          L. Joe Shorter, Ph.D., Executive Director ELECTRI and NECA Director of Research

10:00am – 10:20am         Presentation
Low Voltage and PoE in Residential Lighting and Fans

A number of factors have converged to make low voltage driverless lighting viable and cost effective for residential construction. The savings in copper, energy and waste is proven. What had been missing was an economic solution until today

Presenter: Murray Freeman, ATXLED Consultants, Inc.

10:30am – 10:50am         Presentation 
Mastering Your LinkedIn Profile

LinkedIn has become more than your virtual business card. How does your profile rank? With so many changes within the LinkedIn platform, we will share with you how to master LinkedIn and how you can enhance your professional brand, your company brand and your voice.  This is a must-attend session if you are serious about revamping your LinkedIn profile.

Presenter:          Tess Vismale, CMP, DES, DAHLIA+AGENCY, Tech Whisperer

THE DIGITAL EXPERTS

The Dahlia+ Team experts are available to provide professional branding tips and demonstrate social media management tools through hands-on experiences, you’ll walk away empowered and savvy.

  • Experience a unique spotlight on social media right on the show floor. 
  • Ask Questions about your smartphone, tablet, apps, and tech gadgets
  • Discover Solutions for your everyday life—both professional and personal
  • Increase Productivity through little-known tips and cutting-edge tools
  • Get the Scoop on ​• Social Media • Twitter • LinkedIn • Facebook • Instagram • Snapchat • Mobile Devices • Productivity Apps • Improved Workflow • Cool Gadgets • Project Management 

“With Amazon now selling electrical supplies, emerging disruptive technology is transforming productivity, safety, time and cost savings across the construction industry,”  Joey Shorter, Ph.D., executive director, ELECTRI International, NECA’s director of research and editor of NECA Technology.


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2020 LOCATION & Dates
Sun. Oct. 4 - Tues Oct. 6, 2020
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Chicago, IL

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