2021 ICRA Industrial Forum: Focus on Advances in Construction


Tuesday, 1 June 2021 from 9:00-11:00am US Eastern time
In Partnership with the RAS Industrial Activities Board (IAB) and the Construction Industry Institute (CII)




Advances in robotics and automation offer new solutions to humanity’s oldest problems of clean water, food and shelter. Join us at the 2021 ICRA Industrial Forum as we focus on the challenges in today’s construction industry, with potential new solutions coming out of research labs around the world. What are the needs for mobility at the construction site? How should materials be moved? How should data be provided to onsite workers, and how do we keep people safe? What can be done remotely, and what other tactics can make construction resilient to weather? These and other challenges will be presented, with an opportunity to ask questions in live and interactive sessions with the speakers. This forum is being developed in partnership between the RAS Industrial Activities Board and the Construction Industry Institute, a leader in new approaches for this fundamental sector of modern life.

How to Attend

This Live Session is FREE to attend, and will also be recorded and available for viewing starting in June 2021.
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PROGRAM: All times EDT (UTC -4)

09:00 Opening Remarks and IERA Award Recipient Announcement
Rob Ambrose - Vice President, RAS Industrial Activities Board
Andra Keay - Vice President Elect, RAS Industrial Activities Board

09:10 Overview of the Construction Industry Institute
John Palmer  - CII Associate Director

09:20 Worksite lifting: No Cranes on Construction Sites
Todd Sutton - Zachry Corp, USA
Team 1 Participants: Misha Nikulin (Bechtel), Jennifer Monreal (Bechtel), Todd Sutton (Zachry), Ajay Raman (Zachry), Abdullah Alsuhaibani (University of Texas)
09:40 Questions

09:50 Augmenting Humans: No People on Construction Sites and Facilities in Operation
Bill Van Sweringen - ExxonMobil
Fernanda Leite - UT Austin, USA
Team 2 Participants: Cory Brennan (Fluor), Bill Van Sweringen (ExxonMobil), Nicole Bariuan (University of Texas)
10:10 Questions

10:20 Weather Resilience: Job Sites With No Weather Constraints
Ariana North - Deloitte
Team 7 Participants: Ariana North (Deloitte), Cody Austin (Autodesk), Lisa Okafor (ExxonMobil), Jose Miranda (University of Texas)
10:40 Questions

10:50 Closing thoughts and additional questions

11:00 Wrap


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