AWCI's Annual Convention: Education

Education

Attendance at the following education sessions on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings is included in all AWCI or CISCA Full registrations or if you register separately for the Education Sessions.

Tuesday, March 27, 7:30 a.m.—9 a.m. - Professional Development

Augmented Reality Is the New Reality: Practical Applications of AR for Real World Problems

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Over the past few years virtual reality has gained popularity among AEC professionals, especially architects. Also, by the growth of devices such as Microsoft HoloLens, mixed reality is becoming a new trend in the industry because it enables the user to have interaction with reality as well.

In this session, you will see some of the practical applications of this technology. We will showcase the HoloLens Apps that were developed at Baker Triangle Prefab and how we are currently using and planning to use this technology in design review, visualization, manufacturing, quality control and marketing.

Bardia Jahangiri

Bardia Jahangiri

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Bardia Jahangiri is a VD&C specialist with Baker Triangle. Besides VD&C operations such as 3D modeling and coordination, he develops add-ins for Revit, Navisworks and also stand-alone software tools. He is also leading the mixed/augmented reality explorations and develops apps for Microsoft HoloLens. He has a bachelor’s degree in architecture and several years of experience in architecture but decided to shift to the construction realm a few years ago. He graduated from Texas A&M University with a masters’ degrees in construction management and in land and property development.

David Keane

David Keane

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David Keane works at Baker Triangle Prefab as a VD&C specialist/project engineer. He has a construction engineering technology degree from the University of North Texas in Denton. Keane started as a VD&C intern with Baker Triangle in 2012 and returned to accept a full-time position in the BIM department in August 2013. Baker Triangle started its prefab division shortly after, and Keane has worked as a project engineer since the division began. He has led several coordination projects recently including Seguin High School Expansion and Renovation, Sheraton Hotel in Georgetown, and United Regions Hospital in Wichita Falls. He has also worked designing exterior finished wall panels for several projects including McCamey Hospital in McCamey, Texas, Medical Center of Arlington, and Aloft/Element Hotel in Downtown Austin.

 
Generation Next—Identifying Future Leadership and Trade Development

THIS SESSION IS CANCELLED

 
Right from the Start

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You can often win or lose the battle before it’s even begun. That’s why it’s essential to focus on conducting a quality pre-construction meeting. If you do it right from the start, you’ll get it right in the end. In this program, participants will learn how to align expectations, develop win-win relationships and minimize risk at the beginning of the job. When you understand and prepare for the job at hand, you can avoid risks that cause

  • Higher insurance premiums or loss of coverage.
  • A disorganized job that leads to major schedule delays and loss of profits.
  • Hazardous job sites.
  • A negative image in the industry that costs you future work.
Norb Slowikowski

Norb Slowikowski

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Norb Slowikowski is a productivity consultant who has been working in the construction industry for over 30 years. Prior to starting his consulting business, Slowikowski served as director of manpower development for McDonald’s Corporation. He has assisted over 450 contractors in improving productivity and maximizing profitability by focusing on the following activities:

  • Training more than 30,000 foremen, superintendents and project managers in management and leadership skills.
  • Working with contractor associations around the country in presenting supervisory skills development courses to their membership.
  • Serving as an organizational consultant to construction companies in the United States and Canada helping them to reorganize to maximize productivity at all levels of the company.
  • Customizing training programs to meet specific contractor needs.

Slowikowski serves as a key instructor for AWCI’s Project Manager Development Series.

He is also the author of the recently published book, “Hard-Hat Productivity: The 9 Critical Factors for Maximizing Profits.”

 
 
OSHA Silica Rule Compliance

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OSHA started enforcement of its very broad and confusing silica rule on Sept. 23, 2017, and in some areas it affects the wall and ceiling industry. AWCI has been an active member of the Construction Industry Safety Coalition, which has been working with OSHA to clarify how to respond to the rule. Rules and how companies are responding including objective data, silica exposure control plans and competent person training will be discussed. Also, learn about the tools AWCI is providing to its members to better protect their field force and follow the rule.

Alicia Dorsey

Alicia Dorsey

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Alicia Dorsey
Environmental, Health, and Safety Leader

Alicia Dorsey is an environment, health and safety leader for Catamount Consulting. She offers an enthusiastic approach to employee training and compliance support, providing interactive coaching and training for operations employees as well as those in management roles. Dorsey has been in the industry for 23 years, most recently serving as environment, health and safety manager for a multi-functioning manufacturing company where she was responsible for leading the development and implementation of management systems to ensure compliance with all health and safety requirements impacting the facility. She has also worked as an industrial hygienist for the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA - NC).

 

Wednesday, March 28, 8 a.m.—9:30 a.m. - Professional Development

The Way to Go: Panelized Load-Bearing Design

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This session will provide a case study of the load-bearing CFS mid-rise project in Green Bay, Wis., that was designed in 2015–2016 and opened in December 2016.

Project Description:

  • Eight stories total with seven stories of load-bearing CFS over a pre-cast podium level.
  • CFS joist floors with 9/16" centering deck and a lightweight topping.
  • All walls and floors panelized.
  • Prefabricated flat CFS roof trusses.
  • CFS distribution members located at truss bearing to account for the off-module spacing of the trusses versus stud walls.
  • Mix of CFS X-braced shear walls and precast concrete shafts for lateral support.
  • Inset, cantilevered steel balconies and diagonal tie-rod steel balconies both supported on CFS posts.
Pat Hainault

Pat Hainault

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Pat Hainault is a principal at Matsen Ford Design Associates, Inc. He is a registered Professional Engineer in Wisconsin and in numerous other states. He is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, the Cold-Formed Steel Engineers Institute and the Steel Framing Industry Association, and a corresponding member of the technical committees of the American Iron and Steel Institute and SFIA.

His professional experience includes staff management and engineering design with Matsen Ford Design. He has also been a structural designer for a concrete reinforcement supplier and a technician for a national material testing firm. His work in these positions has involved structural design, shop drawing preparation, technical report writing, contract and project management duties on a wide variety of commercial, industrial, multifamily residential institutional building projects, in addition to sales and marketing.

In the structural design field, his experience includes the application of the latest technologies and design concepts to a variety of both primary and secondary structures including a variety of prefabricated systems. Hainault’s engineering systems design experience includes structural steel, reinforced concrete, engineered masonry and wood, in addition to specialty expertise in cold-formed steel. He has designed buildings throughout the country.

 
 
Tame the Flame: A Close Look at Exterior Wall Flammability with a Focus on NFPA 285

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There are several changing factors within building and construction that cause us to take a closer look at exterior wall flammability. Regulation changes, recent fire events around the world, needs for energy efficient (green) construction and plans for new tall wood building construction have continued to drive discussion and debate over the issue of rapid fire progression on exterior wall construction materials. To better understand the exterior wall flammability issue and move toward solutions, this presentation will 1) discuss the factors that influence building construction, 2) provide an understanding of certain fire tests that are sometimes misconstrued as suitable for the evaluation of exterior walls and 3) examine the importance of selecting tests for specific regions, codes and regulations. We will also focus on a prominent exterior wall test method, NFPA 285, and how compliance with these test requirements and codes are driving safety of exterior wall construction within the US.

Typically, the acceptance of wall systems (when tested to exterior wall methods) involves a fairly complex review of building code interpretation, individual component manufacturer’s test reports, engineering analysis and application of the manufacturer’s installation instructions. This presentation will also discuss UL’s certification documents for Exterior Wall Systems & Components and demonstrate how this new approach meets the needs of manufacturers, architects, specifiers and code officials for an accessible, up-to-date method of determining code compliance of exterior wall systems evaluated to NFPA 285.

Dwayne Sloan

Dwayne Sloan

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Dwayne Sloan is the manager of principal engineers for building materials and suppression at UL LLC. He is an Active NFPA member and serves on several NFPA technical committees, including the Fire Test Committee responsible for NFPA 285. He is the voting member of Reaction to Fire and Commercial Kitchen Ventilation UL Standards. He also participates heavily in various ASTM committees and is the 2nd vice president of ASTM E05, Committee on Fire Standards. Sloan was recently recognized by UL as a Corporate Fellow within the William Henry Merrill Society, named in honor of UL’s founder.

 
 
Future Trends and Emerging Technologies in the Market

What’s new in construction technology? Where is the industry in general moving? Why is integration between software important? These questions and many more will be explored in this entertaining and informative presentation.

Benny Baltrotsky

Benny Baltrotsky

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Benny Baltrotsky is the chief strategy officer of eSUB Construction Software, a cloud- and mobilebased project management solution for subcontractors. Baltrotsky’s background as a mobile technology consultant, having spent years on the tech forefront of software, advising Fortune 500 companies such as Best Buy and State Farm. Benny’s knowledge of mobile technology as well as his experience with the construction industry gives him a unique understanding of where technology has been and how it will weave itself into the future of construction. He has spoken at national events for organization such as NECA, AGC and BuiltWorlds.

Kyle Hamer

Kyle Hamer

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Kyle Hamer leads marketing programs, brand management and website development for On Center Software. Prior to joining the company, he spent several years in the coatings trade and worked for a general contracting business. Since then, he has invested the last 15 years in strategic sales and marketing management for startups, turnarounds and market expansions for over 40 companies.

Kent Hussey

Kent Hussey

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Kent Hussey, CEO of The Estimating Edge has over forty years of Sr. Executive experience in multiple verticals that include consumer products, aerospace, automotive, and electronics. Prior to accepting the position, he was CEO of Spectrum Brands, a $5 billion global company. Kent actively serves on multiple boards and is involved in Investment groups that range from construction to cutting edge technology.

Brian Moore

Brian Moore

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Brian Moore is a transformational entrepreneur with a passion for innovation and customer value. He is the co-founder and president of Kahua, the creator of the world’s only collaborative network for real estate and construction project management. Prior to Kahua, Moore was co-founder of Constructware, the first cloud-based SaaS solution for construction project management. He was also co-founder and president of Compliance 360, where he helped major corporations streamline and manage their risk and compliance programs.

Chad Pearson

Chad Pearson

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Chad Pearson has been the director of business development for Plexxis Software since 2007. His education spans a degree in sociology from the University of Guelph, to police training systems and crisis resolution. He started his career in office automation, moved into law enforcement and then business development for construction automation where he joined Plexxis in their mission to unite specialty contractors.

 

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