The first-ever International Intelligent Compaction Technologies Group (IICTG) conference was held September 26-28 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. More than 165 industry professionals were in attendance, representing manufacturing companies, public agencies, private contracting and consulting services, and academia from across North America, Europe, and Asia.
The theme of the conference was Intelligent Construction Technologies – Past and Future, covering the past 25 years of Intelligent Construction Technologies (ICT) development and looking forward to the future of the technologies. On the conference agenda were presentations, workshops, vendor exhibits, and interactive panel discussions. Some of the most popular topics covered include Intelligent Compaction Measurement Values (ICMV), drones, and Building Information Modeling (BIM).
The goal of the conference was to create a platform so all ICT users, experts, and manufacturers could collaborate and move the technology forward.
Curt Turgeon, MnDOT Pavement Engineer and IICTG Steering Committee member, said he found the wide-range of attendees to be the most beneficial aspect of the conference.
“There were professors from China, Europe, and United States providing research on near-future potential,” Turgeon said. “There were international equipment developers and support staff providing the latest in available technology. There were several contractors with firsthand experience using the equipment on today’s projects, and there were more than a dozen state DOTs representing specifiers and practitioners. The conference format provided opportunities for all to provide input and learn across all the interacting disciplines.”
Don Matthews, TSD Manager Chief Engineer at Pavement Recycling Systems, Inc. and IICTG Technical Committee member, found the conference to be beneficial for all people and organizations using ICT.
“The conference gave a great insight into both the challenges and successes that agencies, original equipment manufacturers (OEM), and contractors have experienced in intelligent construction,” said Matthews. “It also shed light on what it will take to make IC more successful and cost effective for full scale implementation in the future.”
For more information about the conference and the topics covered, visit IICTG.org.
IICTG Conference 2019
The next IICTG Conference will be held in March 2019 in Beijing, China. The theme of the second conference is Innovate for Growth and Cooperate for Win-Win. Please visit IICTG.org for more information.
Dr. George Chang, IICTG President and Director of Research at The Transtec Group, has been instrumental in implementing intelligent construction technologies over the past ten years, working with a diverse range of organizations. Dr. Chang began to realize that these organizations, such as state departments of transportation, contractors, and manufacturers, were all using the same types of innovative technologies and discovering new ways of using them or improving them, but there was a lack of collaboration between the groups. To build a bridge over the collaboration gap, Dr. Chang, with the help of many others, started IICTG in the summer of 2016.
IICTG is a source for knowledge and information on intelligent construction technologies for public agencies, contractors, consultants, academia, and all other relevant industries. IICTG provides a forum for the dissemination of knowledge concerning the collection, analysis, and application of information relating to intelligent construction technologies.
IICTG membership is free and open to representatives of public agencies or organizations active in or interested in the scope of IICTG. If you are interested in becoming a member, contact IICTG.