Automation in Construction, Overarching Theme of Clemson’s 2022 Construction Symposium
The 7th Annual Construction Symposium, hosted by the Nieri Family Construction Science and Management Department, was held September 15, 2022 at the Greenville Marriott. This year’s event attracted approximately 200 construction industry professionals.
The exclusive event sponsor was 84 Lumber. Tiger Level sponsors included Brasfield & Gorrie, McGriff, Carolinas AGC, Forvis and Sands Companies. Purple tier sponsors included SteelFab, SC Steel and Eldeco. Groundbreak Carolinas again served as media partner.
The theme “Topics on Building automation made it a very relevant program again this year,” said Bradley Robinson, chair of the department’s Industry Advisory Council Development Committee.
The day started with the 2022′Anonymous‘Construction lecture given by ABC National Economist Dr. Anirban Basu titled “no time to buy.” Dr Basu provided a candid but entertaining prediction for the short-term economic future of construction. He provided a summary of detailed data relating to the current state of inflation in the United States, affected by low unemployment, supply chain problems and the growing excess supply of money. injected into the US economy.
“Adding this endowed conference to our annual construction symposium allows us to attract speakers whose names are recognized and prominent in the construction industry,” said Mike Jackson, chairman of the NfCSM department.
This year’s distinguished speaker was State Senator Michael Johnson, District 16 – Lancaster and York Counties, who sponsored Bill S.888 which was recently signed into law and provides for voluntary monetary contributions from license renewals contractor to go to construction programs across the state.
“This initiative was on the department’s strategic plan when I arrived five years ago,” said Mike Jackson. “We are very grateful to Senator Johnson and Mr. Jim Britton for their tireless work in promoting this new legislation which will help support South Carolina construction management students in the future,” Ms. Leslie said. Armstrong, NfCSM Corporate Partner Program Coordinator.
Following the distinguished speakers, Dan Warren of Harper General Contractors and Timothy Lewis of McMillan-Pazdan-Smith Architecture led an interactive session on “Executing BIM with design partners.” Both spoke of the growing need for trust and collaboration in design, and the efficiencies achieved through these design and build partnerships.
The afternoon sessions featured Clemson University professor Joe Burgett, who shared his research on “Drones in the construction industry.” Dr. Burgett discussed the many innovative ways drones are currently being used to improve both construction design and delivery.
The closing session was a round table on “Automated Technologymoderated by Professor Dhaval Gajjar of Clemson University. Speakers on the panel included Mr. Jason Stanley of IB Roof Systems (representing the National Roofing Contractors Association – NRCA), Mr. Ryan Pastor of Building Point Southeast (representing ABC Carolinas), Mr. Oscar Chica of Choate Construction Co. (representing Carolinas AGC) and Mr. Todd Usher of Addison Homes (representing NAHB). This panel of top builders concluded the 2022 symposium with an engaging discussion of the current state of practice and upcoming advancements in automated technology in their respective industry sectors.
Make your plans now to participate in next year’s 8e Annual Construction Symposium to be held September 14, 2023 at the Greenville Marriott.