If you want to get anywhere in the Internet field, its important to start with "www." Construction professionals looking for an edge in the new century need to know the "what, when and where" of an event thats right around the corner.
Computers for Construction 2000 & A/E/C Systems Fall will be held Nov. 7-9 at the Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, Calif.
Thousands of design and construction professionals are expected to attend the event, which will center around a two-part keynote entitled, "e-Transformation of the Construction Industry." Presidents from major dot-com AEC companies will cover the industrys transition to the Internet and plans to lead the design and construction sector into the future. The keynotes will explore intranets, extranets, project collaboration and e-commerce.
Part one will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 7, at 8:30 a.m. Panelists include Yoav Etiel, senior vice president of marketing, Bentley Systems Inc.; James Piraino, president and CEO, BuildPoint Corp.; Norbert Young, president, Construction. com, McGraw Hill Construction Information Group; Jonathan Antevy, CEO and co-founder, e-Builder; and John Bodrozic, president, Meridian Project Systems Inc.
Continuing the discussion on Wednesday at 8:30 a.m. will be the panel of Carl Bass, president and CEO, buzzsaw.com; Scott Unger, president and CEO, Constructware; Karim Khoury, president and CEO, ContractorHub.com; and Joel Koppelman, president, Primecontract.com.
This year attendees also will have some extra days to take advantage of the conference. "A Day in the Life of a Project" sessions will demonstrate how team members collaborate using software and equipment innovations throughout the lifecycle of a project. These special segments include:
"Program vs. Project Management" (Tuesday, Nov. 7, 10:15 to 11:15 a.m.) and "Hathaway Dinwiddie Construction" (Tuesday, 1:15 to 2:15 p.m.).
Tuesday, Nov. 7
Mouses will start clicking on Tuesday with the start of a full day of general sessions. "Totally Automated Contractor"; "Implementing Change in the Construction Industry"; "FM/ Accounting for A/E"; and "Web-Enabled Estimating and Bid Management" will run from 8:30 to 10 a.m.
"Technology Applications for Design-Build"; "The Paperless Jobsite"; "Clearing the Smoke from the e-Construction Marketplace"; "Integrating CAD, Scheduling, Cost & Document Management"; "Advanced Internet Applications for Design and Construction"; "Better Buying: Leveraging the Internet"; "Asset Tracking"; and "Developing a Web Site" fill the session schedule between 11:15 a.m and 12:45 p.m.
Forming the third leg of day one are sessions titled "Financial Benchmarks for Contractors"; "Using Technology to Build Client Relationships"; "Information Systems Trends in Construction"; "Design-Build vs. Other Project Delivery Systems"; "Out of the Information Age to the Innovative Era"; "Design & Delivery in an Electronic World"; "Estimating & Bidding for Highway/ Site Contractors"; and "Maximizing Productivity with AutoCAD: Tips and Tricks" from 2:15 to 3:45 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 8
The flow of information hits top speed on Wednesday, with 22 sessions scheduled.
"Object Based CAD"; "Strategic IT Planning"; "CAD for Small Firms"; and "Project Extranet Collaboration" cover the 8:30 to 10 a.m. slot.
"e-Operations in the Construction Industry"; "Its the Process"; "Communications with Remote Offices"; "The Internet Business Model"; "Successful Implementation of Technology in an AEC Firm"; "Simple Use of Technology"; "Managing the Construction Enterprise"; and "3D Visualization" will give listeners an education between 11:15 a.m. and 12:45 p.m.
"XML - the Holy Grail of True Systems Integration?"; "Best Practices for CAD Managers"; "Information Technology for the Jobsite Office"; "The Reality of Project Collaboration Tools"; "Project Collaboration at Disney"; "Internet Applications for Small Contractors"; "Project Management/Collaboration Via the Web"; and "Building Permits on the Web" cap the days events from 2:15 to 3:45 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 9
The conference closers are "Effective Internet Applications for AECs"; "Using the Nets"; "CAD to Estimating Integration"; "Accounting Systems for Contractors"; and "Project Management Using Extranets" from 8:30 to 10 a.m.; "Connecting a Disconnected Construction Industry"; "Wireless Internet Access"; "Implementing Smart Object Technology"; and "On-line Resources" from 11:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.