In 2017, CONEXPO-CON/AGG introduced the Tech Experience, an exhibit area dedicated solely to presenting new construction innovations and emerging technologies that will drive change and improvement across the construction industry.
In 2020, the Tech Experience will explore three key areas that will transform the contractor’s business in the future: modern mobility, sustainability and smart cities.
Today’s global infrastructure cannot sustain the expected future growth in vehicle traffic. The Modern Mobility sessions at the CONEXPO-CON/AGG Tech Experience will focus on the transformation of current systems for moving people and products to meet tomorrow’s demands.
Housing, workspace, infrastructure and utilities all have serious social and environmental consequences. The Sustainability sessions at the CONEXPO-CON/AGG Tech Experience will tackle building, vehicle, and civil design with renewable energy, recyclable construction materials, and economic and environmental impact in mind.
Contractors and surveyors will also need to be aware of new technology and how it affects job sites as cities aim to become smarter globally. The Smart Cities sessions at the CONEXPO-CON/AGG Tech Experience will explore how urban centers can incorporate digital data collection and processing to efficiently manage everything from power transmission to law enforcement to waste management.
A 10x22-foot smart city replica was unveiled by the planning team for CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2020. The replica demonstrates how a smart city, through sensors and analytics, will be able to transform information into digestible data, providing knowledge for the city to work smarter: http://bit.ly/TechExperienceSmartCity
“Our goal for the Tech Experience in 2020 is to show contractors how all of these exciting new technologies will impact their current work, how the expectations and demands of customers will change, and how the current state of infrastructure may change,” said Al Cervero, senior vice president at the Association of Equipment Manufacturers.
The replica will be on display at CONEXPO-CON/AGG and will showcase several scenarios at the Tech Experience, including the following:
- Different city grids and how a city responds to heat, wind and storms
- Connectivity in the city, including 5G, sensors, telematics and IoT
- Impacts of construction
The job site of the future within the city and how equipment will communicate will also be on display.
The Tech Experience will feature the 3D printing of an entire house, and a talk about how an 18-mile stretch of interstate highway in Georgia is becoming a solar energy proving ground.
CONEXPO-CON/AGG offers a solid lineup of presentations on modern mobility, sustainability and smart cities.
Driving Decisions with AI | Presenter: Bassem Hamdy, co-founder and CEO, Briq
Overview: The insights that artificial intelligence can now gather for your organization are unparalleled. See how to use construction data to identify the right projects, people, and problems. Also learn how analyzing the right information leads to savings across the entire project cycle.
The Design and Print of Future Structures | Presenter: Platt Boyd, founder and CEO, Branch Technologies
Overview: See a house created in hours with the world’s largest free-form 3D printer. Realized with generative design and created with lasting materials, this house embodies a new direction in construction.
Rebuilding for Better Resiliency | Presenter: Desiree Matel-Anderson, CEO, Global Disaster Innovation Group LLC
Overview: Learn how smart cities are building for better resiliency from natural disasters. Case studies on technology, design and the human factor demonstrate how cities will withstand the forces of nature in the future.
The Ray—Creating the Highway of the Future | Presenter: Allie Kelly, executive director, The Ray Project
Overview: Glimpse a greener future for infrastructure. Stretching across 18 miles of Georgia’s I-85, The Ray is a proving ground for new innovations, including a solar-powered EV charging station, a solar-paved road, rubberized asphalt, and a roll-over tire safety station.