MCAA’s 2022 Fabrication Conference Volunteer Event Details and Pre-Con Sessions

October 17, 2022

As we make the final arrangements for the MCAA 2022 Fabrication Conference, we want to take a moment and announce the volunteer event details and pre-conference session schedule as a new option this year.

MCAA is working with McKinstry’s preferred community organization, Food Lifeline, to organize a community service event at their Hunger Solutions Center on November 2nd from 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM. The volunteer effort will be unboxing and packing food for the local communities experiencing hunger. Busing will be provided by MCAA to the Hunger Solutions Center, departing the hotel at 12:15 PM and returning at 3:30 PM.

Participants will be given a commemorative sweatshirt and have the opportunity to work with McKinstry leaders, Nate Smith (Business Unit Manager, Manufacturing) and Mike Cleek (Director of Shop and Field Operations).
Participation requires advanced registration, so please complete the registration form below. Guests may participate as well but require separate registration.

Optional Pre-Conference Session Schedule

Participation in the optional pre-conference sessions on November 2nd takes no advance registration, but attendees must check in onsite and receive their badges prior to attending. 


1:00 PM – 1:30 PM
MSUITE Cloud Spooling: How to Bring Your Models to the Cloud and Spool with Ease

Come learn about the latest and greatest with MSUITE Cloud Spooling. Michael Schinn, Product Manager at MSUITE will cover how your fab and field teams can leverage data rich BIM models to create and view Spool drawings in the cloud without needing Revit power.

Presented by
Michael Schinn, MSUITE
Presented by
Erin Blomme, MSUITE 

1:30 PM – 2:00 PM
Technology Implementation Tips and Tricks for the BIM and Fab Shop

Implementing a new technology can seem daunting, especially on a busy shop floor. Gleaning off years of experience implementing MSUITE customers, Erin Blomme, Sr. Product Manager, will be onsite to discuss industry best practices when implementing a new technology with your BIM and fab shops.

2:15 PM – 2:45 PM
The Power of Analytics and KPI’s for the Fab Shop

With so many moving parts in a fabrication shop, it can be hard to manage the flow of data to know which parts of your fab shop are most efficient. Andries van Heerden, Product Manager at MSUITE, will walk through the various analytics and KPIs you can track in your fab shop, and how they will have a dramatic impact on your profitability.

Presented by
Andries van Heerden, MSUITE 
Presented by
Julianne Mattecheck,
RM Mechanical

3:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Scaling Up Initial Fabrication Operations  

Whether you work for a small company or a large one, the industry is pushing for more fabrication. With many teams connected to the fab shop, how do you grow the number of hours/dollars? How do you get foreman/site buy-in? And what does this look like financially? Learn how to bring all your operations departments together to run a successful fab shop that can grow with your business.


1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Leveraging Technology: The Right Data, for the Right Person, at the Right Time

Learn about the importance of making data accessible to ensure your teams, subject matter experts, and management stakeholders have the information they need to manage and execute projects efficiently and effectively. Data that is lightweight and easily available, along with rich models and augmented reality, will greatly improve your project execution.

Presented by
David Derocher, Trimble
Presented by
Jonathan Marsh,
Steel Toe Consulting

2:15 PM – 2:45 PM
Field Orderz – Field Centered Prefabrication

Field Orderz is a digital field-centered prefabrication tool that is simple, intuitive and fast. The tedious nature of tickets has made the idea of field-lead prefabrication impractical, but now with Field Orderz, you can order, sketch, track and report from one platform. It provides a fully digital solution to the time-consuming task of sending orders and sketches to the shop. Eliminating the common obstacles of bad handwriting, incorrect parts, and labels. This tool calculates material lengths and automates the sketching and reporting process.

3:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Future of Pipe Welding and Automation

Novarc Technologies is the leader in development of cobots and AI systems for the welding industry. We developed the first Spool Welding Robot (SWR™) and have helped our customers combat their existing welder shortage issues, but we haven’t stopped there. Join us for a conversation to see how Novarc Technologies is continuously pushing the boundary to help the industry advance and get a sneak peak at our Artificial Intelligence product called NovEye™.

Presented by
Rick Campbell,
Novarc Technologies
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