Last week I had the pleasure of attending my first ENR FutureTech in San Francisco at the Grand Hyatt. The conference started on Tuesday May 30th and went through June 1st. This has always been an event on my radar but this year I was lucky enough to be accepted as a speaker so I made the trip across country to attend.
Let me start by saying the ENR FutureTech is not for your average construction nerd, this is the event for the “Nerdiest” of the nerds in the construction tech space. Tom Sawyer (@tsabroad), Deputy Editor at ENR did a fantastic job at curating content for those that really wanted to know what was on the cutting edge in construction technology. The event was made up of keynotes and panel presentations that covered topics from Data and Analytics, IOT (Internet of Things), Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence (AI/ML), and of course VR/AR. Overall it was a very well-rounded lineup that had something for everyone. In addition, there was a short list of vendors set up to give you the latest update on what they were developing and working on. I also ran into many vendors in the crowd who were there asking the same question I was, where are we going as an industry?
When I left FutureTech I had several pages of notes and lots of insight into what the top 400 were doing to push the envelope. I had also had heard from industry leaders on what is on the horizon that we should be looking at next. Here are the some of the key takeaways that I left with.