Innovative Technologies Initiative

Miss the 2019 MCAA Tech Conference?  Take a Look at What Happened

The 2019 MCAA Tech Conference featured

  • 20 Education Sessions
  • 250 MCAA Members
  • Case Studies of the Latest Innovations in our Industry

Small Ideas - Big Differences

At the previous MCAA Tech Conference, a popular session called 60 Ideas in 60 Minutes allowed members to share some of their best ideas to improve their processes.  The winning idea was the use of a Logitech G13 Programmable Gaming Mouse that allowed for multiple configurations and hot keys to be pre-programmed.  By configuring the hot keys for the specific program, BIM technicians are able to cut down on the number of clicks and the time for each step of the design.

In this video, Sean McGuire, MCAA's Director of Construction Technology is joined by Josh Bone, Dewalt's BIM/VDC Specialist to demonstrate how it can be used and how much time can be saved.

While this product is no longer sold, new recommendations by Max Keyboards were made at the 2019 Tech Conference that also include custom key icons.

What's New

MCAA is partnering with Dodge Data & Analytics to study the value of BIM for mechanical construction, HVAC, and plumbing contractors. This is the first of a larger, ongoing series of BIM studies to focus specifically on our industry. It will shed light on the opportunities and challenges of using BIM and VDC for your work. Your participation is vital to the study’s success, even if you have no experience with BIM.

MCAA’s Virtual Trade Show connects our contractor members with the members of MCAA’s Manufacturer/Supplier Council.

A Technology Conference Like No Other

Are you tired of conferences that end up being a series of advertisements for products, software or services? The MCAA Technology Conference is different. It focuses on sessions that are by contractors, for contractors. It also showcases innovation and shares ideas from industry experts to help you make your company more agile, productive and future-ready. So, join hundreds of contractors in San Diego this January 29-31 for a conference that’s a cut above the rest. Space is running out, so register now!

With years of manufacturing all types of trench drain under their belts, engineers at Jay R. Smith Mfg. Co.® have come up with a list of 10 tips—and a bit extra—to assist you in specifying a trench drain system. By applying the following tips during design, you will avoid situations that might cause headaches both during and after installation.

Technology Conference

Did you miss our 2019 Technology Conference in Tampa? Check out this quick video recap of the highlights. If you have any questions, contact our very own MCAA Geek, otherwise known as our Director of Construction Technology, Sean McGuire.

Construction Technology Conference
Save the Date!
You won’t want to miss the next Technology Conference, already scheduled for January 29-31, 2020 in San Diego, California. Put it on your calendar because we guarantee this will be the best yet.
Construction Technology at Student Summit
Technology is on the agenda at...

MCAA’s GreatFutures Forum… Where Students and Contractors Come Together - September 19 - 21 in Washington DC. We hope to see you there!

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Director of Innovative Technologies Sean McGuire is your @MCAAGeek, so follow him on Twitter to keep up with what’s on his radar screen day in and day out.

Our Technology Initiative

We’re in a time when disruptive change has come to our industry – change that creates new markets and new value propositions, but also disrupts our existing way of doing business.

We have the option of looking at this change in one of two ways. We can consider it to be disruptive stress, or we can look at it as “disruptive opportunity.”

We have the opportunity to seek out new ways to improve productivity. The opportunity to look for new ways of getting the job done better and faster. And the opportunity to seek out new technologies that simply do things we never thought were possible.

Ignoring change is simply not the best option if we want our companies to continue to be as successful as they can be.

That’s why MCAA created the Technology Initiative. With your association's help our members can understand the challenges of technological change and exploit the opportunities it creates. For more information, contact Sean McGuire.