Technology and its many applications in the construction trades is an overarching theme for the upcoming AEC BuildTech Conference & Expo (April 30-May 2) in Rosemont, Illinois. But out of six educational tracks —  including plumbing, roofing flooring, building envelop and HVACR/mechanical systems — the general contracting track is where attendees will learn how technology can tie all the moving operations together. 

Over five sessions — covering topics such as Using New Technology to Achieve the Best Safety ResultsGetting Value from Your Data Through Custom Software, Multiple Sites, One Mission and more — a total of 12 expert speakers will be featured throughout interactive panel discussions. 

The heart of each discussion being how contractors can improve certainty throughout the life cycle of a project, explains Steve Jones, director of industry insights and research for Dodge Data & Analytics and keynote speaker for BuildTech. 

“This is a hideously uncertain business” Jones says. “So the more certainty you can bring at any of these juncture points the better it is for everybody.” 

Jones' keynote will highlight the ways technologies such as BIM, reality capture, virtual reality and others have evolved to make an integrated worflow across trade specialties.

Steve Jones

Steve Jones

“Look at it more like somebody who makes componentry for airplanes or ships," Jones says. "They’re delivering an entire component that can get assembled. They aren’t just delivering their one little system, and then everybody else has to work around it. We don’t need silos of excellence. We need a rethought integrated workflow system.”

More than 80 percent of the education sessions at AEC BuildTech will offer continuing education units. To view the complete list of speakers for the general contracting track, visit To learn more about exhibiting and sponsorship, visit