Future of Construction Summit

3-4 May 2023 | Melbourne, Australia + Virtual

The annual gathering for the people and companies redefining Australasia’s construction industry

Navigating Disruption

Taking place at the Crown Palladium in Melbourne on 3-4 May, The Future of Construction Summit (FCON) is where 400+ key industry leaders will come together to challenge the status quo, collaborate, find new ideas and source partners. Appropriately themed ‘FCON disrupted’, the focus of the 2023 Summit is on transformation and how to achieve this successfully through brave leadership, policy reform, new approaches and emerging technologies.

This is where Australia’s most senior and influential leaders will come together to discuss and celebrate pathways for a stronger, more progressive construction industry.

FCON is co-located with the Australian Construction Achievement Award (ACAA) presentation event which is held on the evening of the first day of FCON.

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The Program

The Future of Construction Summit is a senior level forum for executives looking for strategic approaches and solutions to drive growth and innovation.

Day 1

  • Keynote Ministerial address
  • Disruption: Why the construction industry must change.
  • Why Incremental change is not enough to keep the industry alive?
  • Productivity – The industry’s silver bullet
  • Establishing trust across all aspects and groups within the industry
  • How does construction become a more flexible and attractive workplace?
  • How construction can become net zero in 10 years
  • Gen Z’s advice for keeping the industry alive
  • Interactive Roundtable discussions

Day 2

  • Overcoming first day disruptions
  • Construction Innovation: taking a look at Australian projects
  • Leading the charge: Examining the latest tech trends in construction
  • Disruption with Connected Construction
  • Making the best procurement decisions in a tough labour market
  • Interactive Roundtable discussions
  • The shark Tank: ConTech innovation showcase
  • Green Tech: Examining the technology transforming construction innovation and enhancing sustainability

Speakers include

Joe Barr

Chief Executive Officer, John Holland Group

Jim Betts

Secretary, Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications and the Arts

Annabel Crookes

Director – Legal, Laing O’Rourke, & President, Australian Constructors Association

Alexis Davison

Director Programme Services and Engineering, Major Road Projects Victoria

Kevin Devlin

CEO, Level Crossing Removal Project

Camilla Drover

Deputy Secretary, Infrastructure and Place, Transport for NSW

Bede Noonan

Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director, Acciona

Seved Robin

Chief Executive Officer, Bouygues Construction Australia

Cressida Wall

Chief Executive Officer, Office of Projects Victoria

Rebecca Wark

Chief Executive, Health Infrastructure NSW
Schedule Dates

Conference Schedule

Day 1 | Wednesday 3rd May, 2023

08:00

Registration & networking

08:30

WELCOME remarks

Robert Sobyra, Head of Policy, Australian Constructors Association
Annabel Crookes, Director – Legal, Laing O’Rourke, & President, Australian Constructors Association
08:40

AUSTRALIAN CONSTRUCTORS ASSOCIATION WELCOME ADDRESS

Annabel Crookes, Director – Legal, Laing O’Rourke, & President, Australian Constructors Association
08:50

KEYNOTE MINISTERIAL ADDRESS

The construction industry is experiencing major headwinds that are expected to persist well into the future. With the industry already accounting for a quarter of all business insolvencies, it’s time to disrupt or die.

09:00

DISRUPT OR DIE: Why the construction industry must change

The construction industry is experiencing major headwinds that are expected to persist well into the future. With the industry already accounting for a quarter of all business insolvencies, it’s time to disrupt or die.

Jon Davies, Chief Executive Officer, Australian Constructors Association
09:10

PANEL - DISRUPT OR DIE - INTERROGATED: Incremental change is not enough to keep the industry alive

The industry’s challenges are well known—so are the solutions. Positive steps forward are being taken every day but for this highly connected industry a collective and disruptive response is needed now.

Panellists:
Joe Barr, Chief Executive Officer, John Holland Group
Rebecca Hanley, Managing Director, Laing O’Rourke
Cressida Wall, Chief Executive Officer, Office of Projects Victoria
Jim Betts, Secretary, Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications and the Arts
Zach Smith, ACT Branch Secretary, CFMEU
Moderator
Romilly Madew AO, Chief Executive Officer, Engineers Australia
09:50

PANEL - SILVER BULLET: Loading the productivity gun

Improving productivity performance is not a matter of choice. The industry is facing a critical workforce shortage of 105,000 workers within the next 12 months and with low unemployment there is no volume of migration or training that will solve this challenge.

The silver bullet is improved productivity—doing more with less. What are the top 5 things we can do now to kick start productivity growth?

Panellists
Mark Mackay, Head of Infrastructure Projects, Downer
John Kirkwood, CEO, Seymour Whyte
Rebecca Wark, Chief Executive, Health Infrastructure NSW
Mark Baker, CEO, BESIX Watpac
Moderator
Jayne Whitney, Chief Strategy Officer, John Holland
10:30

Extended morning coffee, exhibition and networking break

Short remarks: John Priestland, Founder, The C-Tech Club (UK)

11:10

PANEL - RISKY BUSINESS: Learning to trust again

One of the biggest barriers to change is the lack of trust that exists between all stakeholders in the industry. How do we learn to trust again so that we only need a 2-page contract to deliver a $1Bn project?

Panellists
Jason Spears, Managing Director, CPB Contractors
Bede Noonan, Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director, Acciona
Camilla Drover, Deputy Secretary, Infrastructure and Place, Transport for NSW
Kiri Parr, Director, Kiri Parr Consulting
Moderator
Janelle Kerrisk, Director, Helix Legal
11:50

Collaborative (Cash Flow) Contracting

In this session we hear how technology enables working capital to be unlocked so your projects become preferred places for subcontractors to work.

  • Under collaborative procurement models, understand how contractors are combatting cost escalation on projects, while improving cash flow for subcontractors
  • Without big investment, hear how you can start delivering material impact to your profitability and project delivery while retaining the best subcontractors on your projects
  • Learn how State Government procuring, tech-enabled alliances can unlock working capital to deliver better project returns and more trust among subcontractors
Guy Saxelby, CEO, Earlytrade
12:10

PANEL - INDUSTRY OF CHOICE: Building from a bedroom

What does a disrupted industry look like? How do we become a more flexible and attractive workplace? What skills will be needed? Can a site engineer work from home?

Panellists
Pilar Gomez Fabra, Human Resources Director, Acciona
Peter Bennett, Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director, Clough
Jim Frith, Managing Director, McConnell Dowell
Daniel Walton, National Secretary, AWU
Marcelle West, Principal Advisor, Department of Premier and Cabinet Victoria
Moderator
Sarah Marshall, General Manager – People, Safety & Sustainability, Fulton Hogan
12:50

Lunch and exhibition networking break

13:50

PANEL - ZERO IN 10: How construction can become net zero in 10 years

Infrastructure influences 70% of Australia’s emissions and a collaborative and coordinated response is required now. Technology and innovation will have a key role to play in the transition, along with clear government policy that is supportive of sustainability considerations and forward-thinking planning. Time to take action and accelerate the decarbonisation of Australia’s infrastructure.

Panellists
Brett Mason, Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director, Built
Marco Assorati, Executive Director, Asia Pacific, Webuild
Alexis Davison, Director Programme Services and Engineering, Major Road Projects Victoria
Moderator
Rob Bryant, Executive Vice President, APAC, InEight
14:50

Transformation & prosperity in the construction industry

The construction industry faces more problems than other industries: workforce shortages, supply chain delays, safety concerns; it’s not a short list. The tools needed to transform the industry and mitigate the growing challenges already exist today. See how technology can bring the productivity that’s needed for business to prosper, all while also delivering predictable outcomes and attracting a new generation to get excited about construction.

Sumit Oberoi, Industry Strategy Manager, Autodesk Construction Solutions (ACS)
14:50

PANEL - BRING IN GEN Z: Gen Z’s advice for keeping the industry alive

The industry has no choice but to transform, if for no other reason than to maintain a workforce large enough to deliver the substantial pipeline of work it is being called on to deliver. Hear from up-and-coming leaders paving the way for a transformed industry.

Panellists
Libby Paynter, Site Engineer, John Holland
Nicholas Dillon, Site Engineer, Seymour Whyte
Hayley Wheatley, Process Engineer, Clough
Oliver Sharpe, Graduate Engineer, Fulton Hogan
Kayla Chaoui, Graduate, Strategy & Transformation, Laing O’Rourke
Taylor Gileno, Foreman, Built
Moderator
Cathy Hayes, Head of Client Strategy NSW & ACT, CPB Contractors
15:30

Afternoon coffee, exhibition and networking break

16:00

ON-FLOOR ROUNDTABLE ‘DISRUPTION’ DISCUSSIONS

In this session we bring together delegates in a series of facilitated round table discussions. Leading industry experts will kick off discussions with a 5-minute TED talk on disruption around the key theme of their session, before opening it to a table wide interactive discussion.

Roundtable 1:  Equipment hire and the future of construction
Led by: James Oxenham, CEO, HRIA, & George Whyte, Managing Director, Aggreko APAC & Dan Goodfellow, Group Manager – Products, Coates

Roundtable 2:   Technology Disruption: Establishing better construction enablement through digitalisation & technology adoption

Roundtable 3:  Why builders are making bad decisions on subcontractor choices/what info you need to make better decisions
Led by: Michael Ashcroft, Director, EstimateOne

Roundtable 4:  Demystifying HSE data to Drive Project Productivity and Profit
Led by: Ben Leach
, CEO & Co-Founder, HammerTech

Roundtable 5:  Disrupt & Die or Transform & Prosper
Led by: Sumit Oberoi
, Industry Strategy Manager, Autodesk Construction Solutions (ACS)

Roundtable 6:  Delivering planning, risk management, estimating and contract management be major capital projects
Led by: Pieter Rautenbach, Infrastructure & Construction Manager, Deswik

Roundtable 7:  Sustaining construction supply chains

Roundtable 8:  Accelerating net zero in construction

Roundtable 9:  Disrupting culture

Roundtable 10:   Growing an agile and skilled workforce for the future  

16:30

Networking drinks reception

Brought to you by Felix

17:30

Close of Summit Day 1

18:30

The 26th Annual Australian Construction Achievement Award

Hosted by the Australian Constructors Association and Engineers Australia

Day 2 | Thursday 4th May, 2023

08:00

Breakfast and networking

Enjoy a bacon and egg roll after a big night out at the Award and network with those you didn’t meet the night before.

09:00

OPENING REMARKS FROM THE CHAIR

Government, industry and unions all agree on the opportunity and, more importantly, the need for change. Incremental change and 10-year horizons are out. To keep the industry alive it must transform, and it must transform now.

Robert Sobyra, Head of Policy, Australian Constructors Association
09:05

PANEL - DISRUPTIONS: First day disruptions

Government, industry and unions all agree on the opportunity and, more importantly, the need for change. Incremental change and 10-year horizons are out. To keep the industry alive it must transform, and it must transform now.

Panellists
Seved Robin, Chief Executive Officer, Bouygues Construction Australia
Meg Redwin, Executive Director, General Counsel – Global, Multiplex
Corey Hannett, Director General, Major Transport Infrastructure Authority, VIC
Marion Terrill, Transport and Cities Program Director, Grattan Institute
Michael Degotardi, Chief Operating Officer, UGL Limited
Moderator
Katie O’Malley, Group Corporate Affairs Manager, BESIX Watpac
09:45

CONSTRUCTION INNOVATION PANEL

Technology applied: A look at Australian projects

Australian projects adopting innovative solutions and investing in the knowledge they will be reimbursed and share in the upside of new processes.

Panellists
Monica Fontaine, Construction Manager—Sector lead, Built
Georgina North, Head of Technology and Innovation, Laing O’Rourke
Kevin Devlin, CEO, Level Crossing Removal Project
Brett Lehmann, Head of Digital Engineering, Acciona
Moderator
Guy Saxelby, CEO, Earlytrade
10:25

Disruption with Connected Construction

  • Highly connectable platform
  • Cyber security (Customer example showcased)
  • Cool hardware Trimble offers – SPOT, Hololens
  • Emerging tech – the possibilities with Trimble Viewpoint
  • Evolution of the common data environment (access to data at any point in time?)
Jon Fingland, VP & Category GM - Construction Operations, Trimble (USA)
10:45

Morning coffee & exhibition break

11:15

TECH LEADERS PANEL

Leading the charge: The latest trends in construction

A look at some of the top technology trends in the construction industry including Internet of Things, augmented reality, data analytics, robotics and more.

Panellists
Ron Azzi, Group General Manager Technology, Engineering, Knowledge, John Holland
Lidia Ribarovska, Head of Technology - Engagement, Multiplex
Marc McCready, Chief Information Officer, BESIX Watpac
Catherine Caruana-McManus, Co-Founder & Director, Meshed IOT
Moderator
Varhun Prasad, Director of Solutions Engineering ANZ, Cupix
11:55

Building better and smarter - how owners, general contractors and specialty contractors are connecting and working together to build the world around us

12:15

ON-FLOOR ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSIONS

Again, we bring together delegates in a series of facilitated and engaging roundtable discussions. Leading industry experts will again kick off with a 5-minute TED talk on disruption around the key theme of their session, before opening it to a table wide interactive discussion.  

 

Roundtable 1:  The VC/Accelerator perspectives on how to position your ConTech for growth

Roundtable 2:  Fostering Employee Buy-In for New Construction Technology
Construction companies know that the industry’s future is digital, but there is a widespread struggle to create employee buy-in around technology solutions. Effective technology adoption begins well before purchase and is sustained by comprehensive support solutions and thoughtful implementation. In this session, we will discuss specific strategies to make buy-in easier.
Led by: Marko Tomic, Co-Founder & Chief Technology Officer, Assignar

Roundtable 3:  Is technology the key to better cashflow?
Does technology have the ability to improve cashflow across the supply chain and resolve the age-old problem of poor payment practices?Led by: Tony Simonsen, COO, Payapps

Roundtable 4:  What Does Everyday Disruption Mean to You?
Developing technologies such as AI, digital twins, and autonomous vehicles are out of reach for many construction businesses. It’s often the everyday disruption that can dramatically improve quality, safety, and productivity. In this roundtable, we’ll discuss how design, engineering, and construction companies have approached digitalisation and share how companies of all sizes and budgets can get started today.
Led by: Megan Johnstone, Regional Marketing Manager APAC, Bluebeam

Roundtable 5:  Connected Construction
In this session, we examine what is Connected Construction by analysing connected platforms, connected workflows and connected data. Led by: Andrew Farley, AEC Software Manager, BuildingPoint Australia

Roundtable 6:  Bridging the gap between design and field teams with BIM

Roundtable 7:  Looking at Technology and Innovation to drive more sustainable Construction

Roundtable 8: Examining digital engineering in construction

Roundtable 9:  Data Analytics Insight

Roundtable 10:  Establishing construction enablement through digital transformation

12:45

Lunch and exhibition networking break

13:45

Making the best procurement decisions in a tough labour market

  • Leveraging data in your decision making
  • Knowing your subbies
  • The less is more strategy
Chris Dobbyn, Chief Executive Officer, EstimateOne
14:05

GREEN TECH: 6D Bim Driving Carbon Net Zero in Construction

In 2019, the CO2 emissions of the building and construction industry increased to their highest levels to date, representing 38% of global energy related CO2 emissions. As an industry we must take responsibility to reduce emissions and create a sustainable and net-zero future for everyone. In this session, we will discuss how 6D BIM Construction Platform – MTWO Construction Cloud can help construction companies achieve a sustainable future without compromising their productivity through:

• End-to-end project lifecycle management in one platform
• Carbon calculation, simulation and reduction with 6D BIM
• Carbon tracking and control with Data Analytics
• Material suppliers qualification to minimize embodied carbon
• Better decision making with connected and intelligent data

Dan Frawley, ANZ MTWO Construction Cloud Consulting Director, SoftwareONE
14:25

THE SHARK TANK: ConTech innovation showcase

Set to the theme of the Shark Tank, we hear from 5 leading ConTech start-ups who are each delivering solutions to meet the ever-evolving challenges of modern construction. With a panel of international ConTech VC firms, the sharks will question the founders who will share their insights into why they have developed their tech solutions and how they transform key aspects of the construction industry – before an ultimate winner is announced.

ConTech 1: Alastair Blenkin, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, ProcurePro

ConTech 2: Daniel O’Donoghue, Co-Founder & CEO, CONQA Construction Software

ConTech 3: Dev Amratia, CEO, nPlan

ConTech 4: Brett Hulyer, General Manager – Global Business / Australia Defence, OmTrak

Sharks
Rob Phillpot, Co-Founder, Acconex
Samantha Johnson, Executive General Manager HSEQ, McConnell Dowell
15:25

AUSTRALIAN CONSTRUCTORS ASSOCIATION CLOSING ADDRESS

A look at technology trends accelerating the decarbonisation of Australia’s technology.

Jon Davies, Chief Executive Officer, Australian Constructors Association
15:30

Close of Summit

Pre Summit Activity | Tuesday 2nd May, 2023

13:00

Masterclass: Disruption and Change Management

As per the theme of the Summit, disruption is a key challenge and opportunity for the industry and these who do not embrace it are at risk of disappearing altogether. Disruption appears in many ways from culture change, to supply chain delays and of course to innovation, technology and a new way of doing things.

This Masterclass will have 4 areas of focus which includes:

  1. Given the pace of disruption externally and internally within organisations, what is the role of change management to:
    • help you disrupt (new ways of working / reshaping your organisation), as well as
    • managing the disruption (managing change fatigue, reinforce new ways of working, overall change adoption)
  2. ROI on change
    • what is the ROI on change
    • how do you break the myth on change is “fluffy” or it’s just “training and comms”
    • how do you get support for change initiatives, and
    • how do you communicate that in tangible ways?
  3. Individual change vs organisation change
    • why the individual change process is an important factor to consider in shifting organisation and leadership beahviour
    • change management vs change leadership
    • How do embed change capability and agility into your organisation
  4. Showcase: Digital OCM platform, how our tool can support your organisation through the transformation journey.

This is an add-on activity that can be purchased for $495+gst

Led by:
Mimi Lee, Head of Transformation & Change Management, ANZ, Cognizant Consulting

Post Summit Activity | Friday 5th May, 2023

09:00

Yarra Valley Winery Tour & Lunch

Join us for an epic ½ day tour on the door steps of Victoria’s favourite getaway destination – The Yarra Valley.

Indulge yourself to tastings of decadent local wines, and a delicious main course lunch highlighting the region’s fresh produce and local specialties. What better way to finish off your Future of Construction Summit experience.

  • 9.00    Bus Departs Crown
  • 10.30  Winery Tour
  • 12.00  Networking Lunch
  • 14.00  Bus Departs Yarra Valley
  • 15.30  Bus drops off at Tullamarine Airport
  • 16.00  Bus Drops off at Crown 

This is an add-on activity that can be purchased for $195+gst

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2 Day Summit $1695+GST

1 Day Summit $995+GST

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2 Day Summit $2095+GST

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Rework Apac 2022 By The Numbers

2 day in-person and virtual event

SENIORITY LEVEL

C-level
20%
VP & Director
40%
Heads of/Managers
30%
Other
10%

ROLE/RESPONSIBILITY

Workplace Strategy/Experience
40%
People & Culture
20%
Real Estate/Property
20%
Executive Management
10%
Digital Technology
10%

INDUSTRY

Employers/tenants

Landlords - owners of office space, flex space operators

Agencies/ intermediaries

Office design & fit-out firms/consultants

Architects (building and space design)

Tech companies

Why Become A Partner?

FCON sponsorship plans provide you with a unique opportunity to build your brand and influence key power players.

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Thought Leadership Presentations

Establish pre-eminence amongst your peers

Branding And Signage

Multiple opportunities exist before, during and after the event

Roundtable Hosting

Lead a roundtable of industry professionals in this powerful, interactive format

Networking

Impress the world with your team and hospitality

Lead Generation

New business opportunities from a highly targeted audience

Showcase

The exhibition is the place to showcase and build new business connections

Who Should Partner?

Workplace strategy & experience

  • Tenant experience platforms
  • Workplace management solutions
  • Desk and meeting room booking
  • Workplace/resource scheduling
  • Space utilisation
  • Contactless
  • AR/VR

Architecture, design, planning & consulting

  • Design & build
  • Interior design
  • Reconfiguration
  • Fit out

Distributed workforce tools/technologies

  • Digital employee experience platforms
  • Collaboration & networking tools
  • File sharing tools
  • Messaging tools
  • CRM
  • Videoconferencing
  • Cybersecurity

Space & service providers

  • Landlords
  • Agencies/Brokers
  • Tenant reps
  • Consultants

BENEFITS OF ATTENDING

The REwork APAC Summit is a Hybrid event. This format combines the traditional face-to-face conference with virtual elements, allowing both in-person and virtual attendees to access the same content and networking opportunities simultaneously.

High quality curated content

With expert sessions and industry leading speakers, delve into expertly curated content that you won’t find anywhere else.

Live and on-demand

Wherever you are at the time of the event, you’ll be in control. You’ll have the ability to consume all the content being delivered at your leisure through either a live stream of the physical event or on-demand.

Time efficient

If you are based outside of Sydney and for whatever reason can’t make it to the event in-person, you can save on travel time and accommodation costs while still networking with global industry professionals.

Business matchmaking live

Take part in intelligently curated meetings with like-minded individuals that share similar interests and challenges from all over the world through our AI powered matchmaking delivered via our virtual platform.

Accessible from all your devices

Get insights and network at your fingertips – all content sessions and networking activities will be accessible from your laptop, tablets or mobile devices.

Engage, interact and influence

Make the most of your experience by being a truly active participant. Whether at the event or attending virtually, you’ll have the ability to ask questions, participate in polls, and share your experience with other attendees via break-out sessions.

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