Con-Tech in Context

At Con-Tech, we look forward to sharing these exciting technologies with our clients and partners not only to provide real-life demonstrations and case studies illustrating how HKS and Skanska are using these tools across the country, but also to educate and engage in discussion about the expansive possibilities of construction technologies. Together, we can develop new innovative solutions for the future.


Join us on
Thursday, March 5, 2020

4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.


350 North St. Paul Street #100

Dallas, TX 75201

Site Capture Tools

Site capture involves the use of advanced technologies like drones, 3D laser scanners and high definition 360-degree cameras to collect existing or as-built conditions for use during design, construction and operations. By capturing site conditions quickly and accurately, these tools improve logistical and phasing coordination, enhance quality control and inspection, and reveal inconsistencies between what’s “real” versus what is represented in the design plans. This helps to optimize schedules, reduce change orders, increase predictability in the field, and enhance quality assurance.

Oliver Smith

Director of Innovation & VDC


Monica Martinez

Sr. Project Engineer


Ty Johnson

Assistant Superintendent





ScratchPad provides ease in creating, updating and sharing professional phasing and logistics plans by onsite staff. This solution is dynamic, leveraging a gaming engine to let users interact with their surroundings.


ScratchPad provides clarity when planning work for enhanced safety and accuracy. With easy controls, users can view past, current and future phases.

Christian Fernandez

VDC Engineer


AR Environments to Evaluate Work In Place

Augmented reality (AR) and mixed reality (MR) is the merging of real and virtual worlds to produce new environments and visualizations where physical and digital objects appear to co-exist and interact in real time. Using specialized headsets in the field, we can overlay the digital design intent 3D models with real-world conditions. This allows us to check decisions made during planning and evaluate quality by verifying systems are installed according to design.

Edwin Bailey

Sr. Preconstruction Technology Specialist


Skanska Metriks™

We have long prided ourselves on providing accurate estimating advice to our customers at the earliest stages of design through final cost. However by looking beyond costs, we can significantly improve design and efficiency. By harvesting close to 400 specific, quantified attributes from every project we build, we can help our customers and design team members achieve budget optimization. By having organized, comparable data from dozens of projects in the markets we serve, Skanska Metriks™ delivers a greater understanding of the final building products long before construction starts or the design is developed. Metriks™ also helps the team identify potential allowances for scope still being developed so that our initial baseline estimate represents a true complete scope.

Amy Jones

Director, Continuous Improvement and Benchmarking Services


Linh Le

Vice President - Preconstruction


Ross Nhin

Preconstruction Manager


Embodied and Operational
Carbon Tools

Skanska has developed many innovative tools to move towards zero-carbon buildings and carbon neutrality to both support our clients and lead the industry. Developed with the Carbon Leadership Forum, the Embodied Carbon Calculator for Construction (EC3) tracks embodied carbon data for commonly used construction materials. Our preconstruction teams can compare emissions and embodied carbon levels for proposed project materials. When used with preconstruction platforms our teams can weigh embodied carbon impacts with schedule, budget and constructability simultaneously.


Skanska partnered with the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) to develop Insight—a new tool that harnesses the power of USGBC’s rich database of LEED® projects and converts broad data points into project-specific insight. Insight provides information on the energy, water and waste performance of other buildings within a specified geographic region, allowing us to contextualize and rank potential sustainability strategies.


Tolga Tutar

Sustainability Director - Green Project Solutions


VR Environments for Collaboration and Design Review

Extended realities like VR and AR help us visualize, experience and interact with unbuilt spaces early in the design process.  It allows designers as well as users to enter the virtual environment, explore multiple possibilities, and work as a cohesive team of co-creators. These platforms give the user an excellent opportunity to communicate their needs and preferences. The hybrid XR (physical and virtual) approach makes the experience much more seamless and provides increased comfort and transparency in the design process.

Reeti Gupta

Director, Practice Technology


Nethra Ram Mohan

Firmwide Visualization Leader


Chris Weatherford

Practice Technology Solutions Manager


Living Labs

Buildings, like people, change over time, but connecting these two systems through measurement is still uncommon. Advances in technology have changed the way

we can measure impact and helps to connect designers to the most valuable part of a space's life cycle: occupancy.


One-and-done occupancy evaluations can expand to map onto the dynamic relationship between the environment and the occupants we design for. HKS Living Labs are ecosystems committed to a culture of testing, evaluating, and evolving to meet the changing needs of all stakeholders. Living Labs layer qualitative and quantitative methods to meet human outcome, business, and building performance goals.


Casey Lindberg

Senior Design Researcher


Melissa Hoelting

Design Researcher



Mega-Project Integration in Real-Time

HKS has developed a proprietary optimization process that allows the import of incredibly large data sets into real-time engines. Multiple AEC disciplines, vast site context, and peripheral on-going development can all be included in a single model, allowing design and construction professionals to evaluate disparate sets of information in one place. Section and plan cuts can be dragged through the project, time of day, month or year can be adjusted, and multiple design solutions can be explored at the touch of a button, all inside a fully textured and lit environment, resulting in an interactive and immersive experience. HKS’ real-time model for Globe Life Field and the entire district around it, featuring 3 sports facilities and multiple entertainment destinations, will be available for real-time exploration.

Owen Coffee

Principal, Senior Designer



Pat Carmichael

Director of Advanced Technologies


Designing for Fabrication

This table will explore Digital Design and Fabrication (DDF), through case studies of projects ranging in scale and typology.  Implementation of advanced DDF methodology, including early collaboration with fabricators in a Design Assist relationship, can offer affordances for improving and assuring the quality of project outcomes, tracking with schedule, and delivering within budget.  This table will also feature a demonstration of a method for stamping and sealing digital documents for permitting that HKS has created and implemented.

Heath May

Director of LINE



Jon Bailey

HKS LINE Designer/Researcher



Tim Logan

Computational Applications Developer



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Julie Hiromoto

HKS Principal




Kimberly Burke

Skanska Vice President of Business Development



Cory Brugger

HKS Chief Technology Officer





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