The latest in information technology for construction will be on display at ConExpo-Con/Agg 2002 in an Information Technology Pavilion sponsored by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC).
“AGC felt it was important to sponsor the Information Technology Pavilion because technology has become an integral part of the construction industry,” said Stephen E. Sandherr, AGC chief executive officer. “Those without the most up-to-date technology are quickly finding themselves at a competitive disadvantage.”
This show within a show will provide show-goers with a comprehensive range of technology products available to increase the efficiency and profitability of their operations, helping them quickly find all the information technology products and service providers they are looking for in one convenient location.
The pavilion will feature software for applications like computer-aided design, construction surveying, project management, bidding and estimating. It also will feature the hardware and peripherals that run the software, business-to-business e-commerce services, telecommunications equipment and other related products and services.
ConExpo-Con/Agg added the Information Technology Pavilion at the previous show in 1999 in recognition of the growing importance of technology to the construction and construction materials industries and to help contractors, materials producers, distributors and other industry professionals stay aware of its rapid changes.
The pavilion was a resounding success at that event, and this time it has already surpassed the previous technology pavilion’s total square footage. More than 90 exhibitors (33% more than before) reserved over 25,000 sq ft of exhibit space.
Summits in the desert
The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM), one of the co-owners and producers of the show, will stage two interactive focus groups and two industry summits at ConExpo-Con/Agg.
The focus groups will use the show’s ability to draw a broad cross section of construction equipment users to ask how they purchase, use and dispose of equipment, so manufacturers can better understand customer preferences.
One of the industry summits will be an open forum between equipment manufacturers and their customers on how equipment consumers want to do business with manufacturers. The other will focus on the subject of distance learning.
AEM will use an immediate-response audience polling system at the open forum summit to confirm the results of its “Doing Business With Manufacturers Survey.” Equipment consumers also will expand on the survey results by discussing specifics of their dealings with manufacturers.
Distance learning, with an increasing emphasis on e-learning combining interactive Internet and telephone presentations, has long been an important AEM activity. At the show, AEM will team with the American Council for Construction Education on a summit highlighting the use of web technology to train personnel, clients and customers.
The show also will offer a cyber cafe offering free Internet access to show-goers and exhibitors.
ConExpo-Con/Agg will not feature a live auction, contrary to a mention in the show program, although it will feature several equipment demonstrations.