The Buildings Show 2019 – Explore technology innovations and connect with transformation influencers


Ontario Construction Report staff writer

The Buildings Show will turn its its focus to technology innovations and transformation influencers with its new Buildings Connect showcase across all market sectors from Dec. 4 to 6 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre (MTCC).

The annual event, in its third decade, includes Construct Canada and PM Expo in the South Building and HomeBuilder and Renovator Expo and World of Concrete Toronto Pavilion in the North Building.

“Presented by Colliers Proptech Accelerator powered by Techstars, Buildings Connect focuses on technology solutions for advanced design and construction, smart buildings, smart cities and smart real estate operations and transactions to connect, inspire, and align technology developers, Proptech investors, building owners, real estate developers, architects, engineers, specifiers, property managers, facility managers, renovators, contractors, interior designers, brokers, tenants and policy makers,” show organizers say in a statement.

“With the rapid advancement of technology in the design, construction and management of the built environment, The Buildings Show has recognized the need for these conversations,” says Nancy Milani, vice-president, Informa Markets, Construction & Real Estate. “Buildings Connect is designed to connect the entire spectrum of Proptech from design and construction to property management to accelerate innovation and transformation for all types of buildings.”

New exhibits and features are planned, along with a comprehensive educational program with skill building seminars and workshops.  “Attendees will see first-hand how innovative ideas and forward-thinking technology is directly impacting tenants, buildings, design, , portfolios, energy use and operational efficiencies within the built environment,” the statement says.

“As we move the industry forward together, the educational program was developed to provide a platform for sharing best practices and strategies and real-life projects by leading companies creating smart buildings and smart cities” says Teresa Baker, Informa’s director of programming. “We will be addressing some of the important issues of data analysis, cybersecurity, connectivity, digital twins, roadmap for technology implementation, building operations, and energy efficiency.”

Some program events include:

Dec. 4
WS300 9:00 a.m. 2020 A Construction Tech Odyssey
WS301 9:00 a.m. Digital Twins Bring Smart Building Benefits
WN600 9:00 a.m. Understanding Today’s Lighting Systems: 10 Most Commonly Asked Questions
WS302 10:30 a.m. Intelligent Buildings Can Improve Organizational Productivity
WS303 10:30 a.m. Enough Talk, Practical Smart Building Applications
WN118 1:00 p.m. Database Collection and Point Cloud Integration to BIM
WS124 1:00 p.m. Do More in Less Time: How to Integrate Technology into Your Residential Construction Firm
WS208 1:00 p.m. Smart Cities: How Technology is Aiding Sustainable Development
WS304 1:00 p.m. Connectivity of Digital Buildings: What it is, Why do it and Network Design Considerations
WS305 1:00 p.m. Virtual Facility and Property Management for Class B and C Properties
WS306 1:00 p.m. Construction Software Overview: What’s Right For You?
WS115 2:30 p.m. Social Media Analytics in Community Engagement
WS503 2:30 p.m. Water and The Built Environment: How to Leverage IoT Technology for Risk Mitigation and Efficiency (Eddy Solutions)
Dec. 5
TN150 9:00 a.m. The Digital Age of Concrete Testing
TS300 10:30 a.m. Smart Cities: A Framework for Innovative Inspiration
TS301 10:30 a.m. Hype vs Reality of Digital Disruption
TS501 10:30 a.m. What You Need to Know about Electric Vehicle Infrastructure for All Types of Buildings (FLO)
TN602 10:30 a.m. How Will AI Influence Interior Design in the Future
TS206 1:00 p.m. Cybersecurity Risk Mitigation and Best Practices: What You Need to Know
TS113 2:30 p.m. Integrating BIM in Your Office with Today’s Technology
TN127 2:30 p.m. Connected Home Roadmap: Learn from the Research
TS302 2:30 p.m. Building Operation Transformation Powered by Data Analytics
TN607 2:30 p.m. The Future of Work: Mapping the Near Future in the Technology Sector


Show hours and locations:

South Building: Construct Canada and PM Expo

North Building: HomeBuilder & Renovator Expo and World of Concrete Toronto Pavilion

North and South Building show floor exhibits:
Wednesday, Dec. 4, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Thursday, Dec,. 5, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 6, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

North and South Building roundtables, workshops and seminars:

Wednesday, Dec. 4, 7 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 5, 7 a.m. – 4 p.m.


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