Chicago Build 2019: The Future of Construction Design?

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Construction industry gets more advanced every year, and so do the technologies supporting it. Staying ahead of the curve was the goal of the Chicago Build 2019, from understanding the direction the industry is heading to, to positioning and take advantage of it. This is a key factor for all companies looking to grow in 2019 and beyond.

Enter Chicago Build

Chicago Build is the leading construction, design, and project management show in the Midwest. Based in McCormick Place, Chicago, the largest convention center in America, this year’s event featured around 8000 registered attendees, 160 interactive speakers, and about 200 exhibitors.

PaleBlue attended the event and was able to observe the latest trends in the US lifting & construction industry. The expo itself was designed to allow attendees to explore everything without any restrictions. The open layout encouraged all visitors to walk up to any booth at any time, ask questions or register for discussions.

We too appreciated this approach as it created a very interactive and open experience for both the visitors and the exhibitors.

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Who attended Chicago Build 2019?

Apart from the people in the industry who were at the event, the fact that it was open to the public with free entry attracted a wide range of interested parties.

However, there are a few key attendees that exhibitors were focusing around, mainly:

City, State and Federal Agencies: These companies handle planning and infrastructure, material distribution and supply, and personnel. As these companies are in charge of budgets and planning for major public amenities in and around Chicago, such as emergency services and public transportation, they are a key player in the construction industry and expected to stay at the bleeding edge of technology.

Subcontractors: Responsible for the physical work on projects, subcontractors can benefit heavily from new technology and developments, such as VR and training simulators, as it gives them a key advantage in securing contracts over competitors.

Consultants: Consultants advise and plan projects for any of the above groups, therefore knowing how the markets are developing and any new developments in the industry is key.

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Exhibition Breakdown

Among the 200 exhibitors, we can say that the numbers broke down as follows:

Suppliers (60%): Like all expos, there were a significant number of suppliers looking to sell their products and offering demonstrations, with companies ranging from cranes and other lifting equipment to fireproof materials and emergency equipment.

Consultants (15%): A wide range of engineering consultants across the whole lifting & construction industry, from general administration consulting through to specific, specialist needs.

Training programs (10%): Apart from the expected training programs, including VR training, specific local certifications were also on offer, focused heavily around the needs of Chicago city.

Insurance (10%): Expect specialists in insurance for construction and other similar projects.

Miscellaneous (5%): As well as the above, dozens of periphery industries use Chicago build to advertise their services, from specialist bidding firms to industry-specific marketing companies.

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The Advent of VR, and its Impact on the Construction Industry

PaleBlue demonstrated our technology and solution for construction in VR and the wide array of options to manipulate the different types of equipment, from crane trucks, mobile cranes to complete lifting machines.

The visitors who experienced our VR training programs and seen our full team construction training video were amazed by how much they can use our platform to customize their training.

Moreover, they got to see how our engineering and construction simulators can help them meet their health and safety concerns, as well as set protocols custom-built for specific projects.

Like all new technology, the cost was a prime concern, but in general, people are starting to realize that the future of training lies in VR systems and simulators, due to the variable, modular nature, ease of set up, installation of new protocols, and simplicity of use.

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