Join us Wednesday,
November 20

10 am to 2 pm
Watermark Country Club
Grand Rapids, MI

Attendance is free

Owners and managers in the construction industry will learn how technology will transform their business.

We’ll show you what’s trending in operations apps, management dashboards, construction software programs, field data collection, digital communication, IT management, and other business process automation tools.


9:30 – 10:00

Registration & Coffee Bar

Easy Grand Rapids location
Connect with Industry Leaders
Get energized for 2020!

10:00 – 10:30

PANEL: Top 10 Ways to Get Tech Buy-In from Your People

A top panel of construction and tech executives share how they’ve fixed roadblocks to tech adoption in construction!

  • Hear success stories from local companies overcoming behavior change resistance to implement more efficient processes
  • Take back actionable tips to avoid the pitfalls of software and hardware deployment
  • Learn how to bridge the innovation to execution gap with simple tactics
  • Hear how other construction leaders get ahead of cultural challenges to adopting digital tools
Implement Tech Strategically
Increase Adoption
Reduce Complexity

10:45 – 11:15

Digital Time and Field Data Collection is a Game Changer

Learn how simple time and data tracking apps provide benefits across the organization—and to the bottom line.

  • See how existing Data can be leveraged for 1-click reporting, visualizing key metrics, and simplifying operations.
  • Hear tips to better manage your field crew using the process of data collection. 
  • Review how automated notifications from digital T & M forms can get you more work faster
  • Learn about leveraging GPS and other built-in mobile features already on everyone’s phones
  • See examples of easy payroll and accounting integrations that save thousands of hours.
Leverage Data
Automate Daily Reports
Improve Efficiency

11:30 – 12:00

Networking Lunch

Chat Construction Leadership
Free Lunch
Connect with W. Michigan Leaders

12:00 – 12:30

Leverage Software to Gain a Competitive Advantage

To have a competitive edge in construction, firms can leverage data driven technology to work more efficiently and effectively, reduce rework, attract talent and do more with less to ultimately differentiate their companies. When it comes to construction technology, it is no longer about, “What is your technology strategy?”, it is, “Do you have the best strategy?” 

Mobile Access
Reduce Rework
Competitive Edge

12:45 – 1:15

SMART Scheduling & Operations Dashboards

Savvy construction leaders are reducing costs by automating scheduling and forecasting. Increase productivity without increasing headcount!

  • See how to ditch the clunky paper and whiteboards tools for automated daily reporting dashboards.
  • Learn how to sync important data from Excel spreadsheets systems or systems like Procore to organize/plan your job schedules.
  • Understand how scheduling technology can help you avoid costly delays and lower risk of compliance violations.
  • Compare several examples of Smart Schedule apps used by local contractors in the office and by their team on job sites.
Reduce Rework
Automate Spreadsheets
Schedule Smarter

1:30 – 2:00

Closing Keynote by
Dr. John Austin

Leveraging Technology to Improve Safety in Construction

  • Understand how using interactive analytics to improve safety performance
  • Learn how auditing applications are being used to identify key risk areas
  • Understand the importance of instant notifications on safety incidents
  • Learn how mobile technology is transforming safety on the jobsite

Hosted by:

Construction productivity software. Delivering real-time project information to the people who need it. With Blueprints in your pocket, get your entire team on the current set, no matter where they are. Used on over one million projects around the world, PlanGrid is the first construction productivity software that allows contractors and owners in commercial, heavy civil, and other industries to work and collaborate from anywhere.

SPARK Business Works serves the construction industry owners that want to maximize gains from the use of technology by improving workflow, process, and management in a way that allows for informed, systematic decisions based on data. The SPARK team hosts educational Executive Forum events alongside business leaders to inform on best practices, lead dialogue, and share experiences in solving costly operational challenges.

The construction industry has been notoriously slow to jump into technology; however, this trend isn’t going away. As owners grow their businesses, they strive to improve safety, scale operations, lower costs, and manage risk – all while retaining a high-caliber workforce and delighting clients. These value-packed interactive information sessions will share technology best practices, highlight examples from innovative companies, and provide answers to questions from participants.