Facility Tours at the MEP Conference

This year at the MEP Innovation Conference, a new feature has been added. A selection of facility tours are being offered that showcase MEP processes, manufacturing facilities and more. Busing will be provided from the Marriott to take you to the tour locations on Wednesday, January 11, prior to the main portion of the MEP Innovation Conference. Tours are extremely limited, and available on a first-come first-served basis. More tours to other locations will be made available as we approach the conference.

DSI Facility Tour – Sold Out

Dynamic Systems Inc is a multi-trade contractor headquartered in Austin, Texas and locations across the country. Their Buda location, located 15 minutes from downtown Austin, is home to their main VDC and fabrication facilities. This tour will include an overview of their VDC processes, their strategy when it comes to data driven fabrication and their model-to-machine capability in their fabrication facility. Attendees will see how they approach their coordination, drawing, and communication in their detailing department. They will continue to see how DSI takes a digital approach to the construction process continues into their fabrication and onto the jobsite. Hosts will explain how they apply a manufacturing approach to their sheet metal, plumbing, hi purity and piping fabrication by utilizing machinery that uses information driven by the VDC department to optimize productivity and reduce material waste. The digital manufacturing approach continues into their shipping and the communications within their software to the jobsite so that project managers, field supervisors and operations leaders all have updates on progress and manpower.

Tours of 20 departing at 10:00 AM, 12:00 PM and 2:00 PM CST will be available.

Plumbers and Pipefitters Apprenticeship and Training program – $100 Fee

Developing apprentices and updating journey workers to compete in modern construction takes an innovative approach to training. The Plumbers and Pipefitters Apprenticeship and Training program in Austin is a jointly administrated program with UA Local 286 and the MCA of Austin. In addition to educating and training workers on plumbing and pipefitting essentials, the center provides instruction to journey workers and apprentices on how to use software and hardware common in today’s projects. They train apprentices on how to use VDC software used today like AutoCad and Revit. They educate them in how to utilize coordination software like Navisworks, along with construction software such as Bluebeam, Procore and Autodesk Cloud Construction. They also educate and train the students on how to use robotic total stations as well as the software to pull points from the model and coordinate it with the equipment onsite.

This tour will provide a walk-through of the facilities to showcase the demonstration and training space as well as the equipment that they use. They will discuss the curriculum that they use to teach and the partnerships they have developed in order to provide the education required for today’s construction.

Tours of 20 departing at 10:00 AM and 12:00 PM CST. This tour will be approximately two hours.

3M Innovation Lab Tour- $100 Fee

The 3M Innovation Center is a one-of-a-kind facility where industry leaders collaborate with 3M’s capabilities, technologies and people to develop creative solutions that help your business grow and succeed.  Centered around current and future industry trends, you will experience a depth and breadth of scientific application aimed at improving lives around the world.  Join us to gain insight into 3M’s global expertise and how it directly applies to your own business strategies.  Together we will ideate on how to inspire solutions through the connection of people and technology.

Tours of 20 departing at 10:00 AM and 12:00 PM CST. This tour will be approximately two hours.

Procore Leadership Lunch n Learn Tour – Complimentary

Enjoy 360-degree panoramic views from one of Procore’s largest offices in the US, located a short walk away from the Austin Marriott downtown. Attendees are invited to network with Procore Executives, customers and design teams to learn about process, software development and technology adoption. Procore will host live group demos and an exclusive fireside chat between leadership and customer speakers. We will also have games, food and beverages available for all attendees. The tour is complimentary, but registration is required to gain entry and coordinate transportation. This tour will be held from 12:00 – 2:00 PM CST. Max capacity is 50 participants. We’ve provided an event schedule below:

12:00 PM – 12:30 PM | Guest arrival, networking activities, food & beverages served

12:30 PM – 1:00 PM | Fireside chat with Procore Executives and Customer speakers

1:00 PM – 1:30 PM | Live Demos, continued networking

1:30 PM – 2:00 PM | Continued conversations, office tours, event ends

Sign up for tours when registering for the conference.