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MCA Tech Day

April 5 @ 7:30 am - 2:00 pm CDT

Don’t Miss Tech Day 2018!

For the last eight years, MCA of Chicago has led the industry in educating our members about new, cutting-edge technologies and the ways in which they can help improve their businesses.
On Thursday, April 5, 2018, join the MCA of Chicago at the Pipefitters Local 597 Training Facility in Mokena, IL to test out the latest tech toys, and hear experts discuss blockchain, leveraging technology, the future of contracting, and more!


Thursday, April 5, 2018
Tech Day is an open house format—come for an interesting seminar or stay for the whole day!
Pipefitters Local 597 Training Facility
10850 W 187th St
Mokena, IL 60448
Anyone in the Architecture, Engineering & Construction Industry. If you’re interested in tech, this day is for you.




Download the Tech Day 2018 Program Here.

Schedule of Events:

7:30 a.m. — Coffee and Rolls
8:00 a.m. — Opening Remarks: President Mike McCombie and Jill McCall
8:15 a.m. — Seminar: iOS 11 – Make the Most Out of It! Presented by Dr. Felix Davis
9:00 a.m. — Expo Open
9:45 a.m. — Seminar — Technology as a Weapon: How Smart Contractors Leverage Technology to Capture Market Share and Fight for What Belongs to Them. Presented by Carl Britton, Jr.
10:45 a.m. — Expo Open
11:30 a.m. — Seminar — Blockchain in Construction and Engineering. Presented by Brittanie Campbell-Turner
12:00 p.m. — Lunch in Exhibit Hall, plus Awards and Exhibitor Elevator Speeches
1:00 p.m. — Great Minds Panel: How to Prepare for the Future of Contracting
Featuring Great Minds Panelists:

  • Danielle Dy Buncio
  • Kathy McCauley
  • Brittanie Campbell-Turner
  • Jill McCall, Moderator

2:00 p.m. — Close: Raffle Prizes


iOS 11 – Make the Most Out of It! 
Apple’s eleventh major release is iOS 11. Join Dr. Felix A. Davis Professor of Information Technology (IT) for an interactive conversation about changes associated with Apple’s iOS 11. Discussions will center around topics such as custom settings, file manager, Apple Pay, Siri updates and others. You’ll also learn about the enhanced impact iOS 11 has on the iPad.


Technology as a Weapon: How Smart Contractors Leverage Technology to Capture Market Share and Fight for What Belongs to Them.
Is your market share growing, holding, or fading? How about the wage gap between union and non-union? Is this industry still the best kept secret in the country? Do you feel like your industry is on the offensive or defensive in regards to these issues?

Most markets are beginning to see their market share being slowly chipped away by the open shops. The wage gap between the union and non-union is continuing to be a real issue in regards to our ability to compete, but the reality is most are not doing anything about it. Isn’t it about time to go on the offensive and fight for what is yours?

In this program, you will learn:

  • How to utilize technology to your advantage in regards to the wage gap issue.
  • How to go on the offensive and fight for your market share.
  • How to identify, develop and recruit the top talent in the industry.
  • How to avoid becoming a victim in regards to the failing trends in the industry across the nation.


Is the Architecture, Engineering and Construction Industry Ready for Blockchain?
This session will discuss how blockchain (the technology behind Bitcoin) will likely affect the architecture, engineering and construction industry in the near future. Including how it could change design, procurement, commissioning and labor. We will also look at case studies regarding supply chain and payments.


Great Minds Panel- How to Prepare for the Future of Contracting
The panelists each share their view of where technology is going to do in the next 5 years in our industry and how we can harness that to stay competitive.


Automated Integration — Providing “All-in-One” Integrated Enterprise Software specifically designed for HVAC Commercial Industrial Contractors.

Bradford-White — Manufacturer of residential and commercial water heaters.

Danco Sales — Carries thermal imaging equipment for all trades plus HVAC/R test equipment and Klein tools.

DeWalt — Uses the latest technology to help you get more out of your tools.

Ekso Bionics — United Rentals is demonstrating Ekso Bionics ZeroG robotic arm.

Faro — Developing and manufacturing 3D Laser Scanning Solutions for Facility/Plant.

FollowUp CRM — Mechanical sales management software that helps sales teams implement sales fundamentals.

iBusiness — Mobile solution provider and longtime MCA of Chicago partner.

MCA of Chicago — Software expert Ginnie Floraday will help with your MS Office and Bluebeam questions.

Milwaukee Tool — World-class leader in power tool, power tool accessory and hand tool solutions, including the One-Key digital tool platform.

Purdue University Northwest — The Center for Innovation through Visualization and Simulation is demonstrating Virtual Reality fall protection training/simulation.

ServiceTrade — Helps commercial service contractors deliver amazing customer service and enables online engagement throughout the service cycle.

South Side Controls — HVAC controls and refrigeration distributor that is demonstrating the Pelican Wireless control system.

STS Safety Consultants — A group of retired or practicing firefighters, paramedics, HAZMAT specialists and active rescue team members. We are grateful they helped us connect with Purdue Northwest.

SysQue — Provides MEP designers and contractors with a seamless workflow from design to fabrication to construction while providing a high level of detail within your model.

T-Drill — A tube and pipe fabrication solutions provider demonstrating their automatic collaring machine.

TEC — Supplier of residential and commercial equipment and training provider.

Thermostat Recycling Corp — A non-profit stewardship organization that facilitates and manages the collection and proper disposal of mercury-containing thermostats.

Trimble — Construction technology service provider demonstrating SysQue, Trimble Field Link for MEP construction layout solutions, and Trimble TX6 3D laser scanner.

VIATechnik — A virtual design and construction services firm specializing in BIM, VR, AR, and AI.

WeldWatch by Intertest — High definition welding camera demonstration with First Place UA Welding Competition Apprentice, Nick Lerma, of Jason Mechanical.

XOi — Uses XOi’s Vision™ platform with mobile devices or smartglasses to empower technicians to solve problems faster, transform deliverables and increase the bottom line.

  • 4K Apple TV
  • Oculus Rift VR system
  • Apple Airpod wireless earbuds
  • HUE Lighting Kit
  • DJI Spark Quadcopter
  • Apple Homepod
  • FitBit Blaze watch
  • Flash Forge 3D printer
  • Apple Watch 3
  • Samsung VR Gear w/Controller
  • Bose SoundSport Free wireless earbuds
  • AirTV Box
  • Milwaukee Tool Giveaways
  • DeWalt Giveaways

*Every attendee will get a raffle ticket. All attendees registering by March 29 will be given 2 raffle tickets. Watch for other special promotions!

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April 5
7:30 am - 2:00 pm


LU 597 Pipe Fitters Training School
10850 W 187th St
Mokena, IL 60448 United States
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