Burger Consulting Group: Events & Webinars
CFMA’s Hybrid Conference & Exhibition | July 19-23, 2021
CFO Roundtable – Small Contractors
Friday, July 23, 2021 – 4:15 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. ET
About this Session:
Burger Consulting Group’s Christian Burger will join James Benham (CEO at JBKnowledge, Inc.) and Frank Di Lorenzo (Client Relationship Manager at Preferred Strategies) for a discussion on small contractor technology best practices. Three, five-minute video presentations will cover a vast array of technology topics focused on small contractors. The session will conclude with an open forum to further discuss other issues of importance and a short update on CFMA’s Diversity and Inclusion efforts.
In this session, attendees will learn about key business processes that should be automated and that are changing:
- Labor Management and HR – Automating time-keeping, employees updating their own systems, and scheduling (equipment & labor)
- Procure-to-Pay – this includes purchasing, subcontract management, and invoice processing & payment
- Billing (including Contract Management) – Estimating and pushing it forward to include subcontracts; pulling it in from operations
- Job Cost; Migrating from QuickBooks to Construction ERP – Reasons to switch and solutions that fit small contractors
Who should attend?
This session is intended for the CFOs/Financial Management Staff of contractors with $1-$25 million in annual revenues.
Material Management and Trucking: The State of Automation in Heavy/Civil Construction | August 2, 2021
August 2, 2021 – 3:00 p.m. (EST) – Online
Hosted by CFMA (Construction Financial Management Association)
About this Event:
Burger Consulting Group with the help of many partners and clients in the Heavy/Construction industry conducted a technology and automation survey in late 2020 and analyzed the results earlier this year. Burger Consulting Group will present the results of this survey during this joint CFMA/NAPA webinar. The survey itself asked about automation practices and solutions used for estimating, trucking, material ticketing, quote & ordering, integration, and other important functions. Prevailing trends within Heavy/Civil contractors and material producers will be covered in addition to the prevalence of belt scales and truck tracking, trends on fueling systems, equipment management, and procurement. Christian Burger (President & CEO, Burger Consulting Group), and Karen Wuerfl (President, KLW Construction Technology Solutions), will be co-presenting the results of this study and providing commentary along with their analyses. Karen and Christian each have 20+ years working on automation with Heavy/Civil contractors and material producers. Please join this informative session to learn more about where the industry is and where it is heading. You will gain valuable insights on how to compare yourself to peers in the industry.
In this session, attendees will:
- Learn more about the current IT trends in the Heavy/Civil sector and be able to compare their organization to peer contractors when it comes to automation
- Gain a better appreciation for how the industry is applying today’s technology to streamline business processes
- Become better able to prioritize some of the automation initiatives that exist within their organization
- Determine where value may exist in streamlining processes and having access to more timely and accurate information
Level & Prerequisites:
This is a group internet-based program at the Intermediate level. Some knowledge of materials management for the Heavy/Highway industry is needed.
Earn 1 CPE credit in the field of “Specialized Knowledge.”
Who should attend?
CFOs of Heavy/Civil firms, anyone with an interest in and knowledge of the issues associated with material management & trucking, VPs of Material, and IT Directors.
Christian Burger, President, Burger Consulting Group
Karen Wuerfl, Operations and Technology Executive, KLW Construction Technology Solutions
2021 ACG IT Conference For Construction Professionals | August 10-12, 2021
The Future of Information Technology is Waiting.
Engage with fellow IT professionals within the construction industry to dialogue about the future, and address technology problems you are facing.
Hosted by ACG (Association of General Contractors)
Session: “Lessons Learned from Integrating Data from Point A to B”
August 11th, 2021 I 11:00 a.m. – 11:50 a.m. (CST)
This session will be focused on the real-world lessons learned from managing integration projects between multiple software applications.
Brandon Hanacik, Burger Consulting Group
David Gilbert, Anson Industries
Laura Manaugh, Anson Industries
Tom Zellner, RJ Reliance
In this session, attendees will learn:
- How to determine when integrating solutions makes sense, and when it does not.
- Strategies for building an integration from business process documentation to final integration documentation.
- Strategies for creating buy-in from the business.
- Strategies for communicating out the final documentation detailing what the integration accomplishes for end-users.
720 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60605
Process Changes and Effective Deployment of Technology | October 21, 2021
CFMA Carolinas Construction Conference I In-Person Event
Thursday, October 21 I 1:00 – 2:15 p.m. EDT
Christian Burger, President & CEO, Burger Consulting Group
Many presentations on IT lead with the tech. But there are significant trends happening now in Construction which are impacting. Certainly prefabrication, Lean methods, LEED certification, modular building, an acute labor shortage, increased compliance reporting are among them. So how are these developments impacting the requirements contractors have from technology?
Developments in construction are happening independently from tech. It’s interesting to note that the Tech sector is frustrated with construction’s ability to keep pace but the same could be said in reverse. Requirements contractors have now or will have very soon are not being squarely addressed by the software solution marketplace. This presentation will take a thorough look at the trends now occurring in construction and how that will/translate into changes in technology. We will look at examples of technology that are coming into construction from other industries as well as some technologies which are changing the way construction is performed.
The purpose of this presentation is to help the contractor audience recognize important changes in the way their businesses are trending and understand what technology they will need. We will also discuss how these technologies can be acquired and deployed successfully. Specifically, we will look at prefabrication’s impact on ERP, labor shortage’s impact on HR, supply chain’s impact on procurement and Lean Construction’s impact on production management systems like scheduling. We will also examine ways in which a far more tech-savvy workforce is changing the solution space. This involves Equipment Management, Service Management, and HR.
In this session, attendees will:
- Understand the key trends in construction and how they are impacting requirements from tech
- Prioritize the right solutions or technologies for your business based on where you are and importantly, where you are heading
- Recognize the changing expectations of your now tech-savvy workforce and how that changes the solutions you deploy
- Structure your IT resources (department) according to the new demands of the organization
Grandover Resort & Conference Center
2021 Past Events
2021 BuiltWorlds Construction Tech Conference | July 8, 2021
Learn How Emerging Technology is Changing the Way We Build.
This BuiltWorlds Conference will look holistically at how technology is influencing the way we build – from pre-construction through construction function, and from the office as well as the field. Burger Consulting Group’s Christian Burger will be moderating two panels (outlined below).
Case Study: Lessons Learned with Integrations and Implementations
11:05 a.m. – 11:35 a.m.
Adding new technologies to an organization is always exciting at the point of concept. Integrating them with existing technologies and instilling the new processes in the workflows of the various teams impacted, is typically where the growing pains are heavily felt. In this session, we will dive into some of the key points that need to be addressed within your implementation strategy.
Christian Burger, President, Burger Consulting Group
Weston Tanner, Director of Construction Technology and Innovation, Graycor
Brad Adams, Director of Information Technology, Graycor
Executive Panel: The Automated Workforce
2:50 p.m. – 3:50 p.m.
In this panel session, we will be discussing both barriers and driving factors that are influencing the timeline of adoption and implementation of the various automation technologies that are impacting the construction workforce today.
Christian Burger, President, Burger Consulting Group
Derek Smith, Lean Innovation Manager, Mortenson
Todd Ellsworth, Director or Professional Services, BuildingPoint
Hyatt Lodge Oakbrook
2815 Jorie Blvd
Oakbrook, IL 60523
General Contractors: Why and How to Use Automation for Faster, Easier Payments | June 29, 2021
Live Webinar – Sponsored by ConstructionDive & GCPay
Tuesday, June 29 I 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. ET
Can’t make the live date? Register (below) and you’ll be sent a link to the recording.
Process change can often be tougher for general contractors than for other businesses because there are so many more moving parts: multiple job sites, subcontractors, vendors, and more. When it comes to payment processing, many firms have been clinging to their manual methods because they “just work” and the sheer chaos of the business makes changing difficult.
Automating payment processing comes with a host of benefits that make the change well worth it. In this webinar, our panel of experts shares important reasons your company should consider automating payments, including:
- Significant time savings
- Simplified lien waiver creation and exchange Improved document control
- Simpler subcontractor management
- Reduced miscommunications and manual entry errors
- Maintenance of historical records to resolve payment disputes
- Management of payments on any computer or mobile device from any location
- Confidence in your audit trail Enhanced relationships with your subcontractors
President and Founder
Burger Consulting Group
Head of Global Marketing
Zuuse, a SaaS based business in Construction Payment Management
For more information on how Burger Consulting Group helps companies like yours optimize payments as part of an entire procure-to-pay life-cycle please click here.
Process Change: Improving Systems And Processes Within The Construction Organization | May 11
Before a company buys new software to solve a perceived need in the organization, it is usually a good idea to take a close look at the processes being automated. This session focuses on how to diagnose a given process, identify needs for automation, how to implement new solutions and bring about positive and impactful change. In the construction industry, there is a considerable amount of un-used or under-utilized software. This happens for a variety of reasons, not all of them under the contractor’s power to change. But some of it is and this will be our focus. This session will share a number of specific tactics that can be used to diagnose processes as well as improve them with a combination of software and process change. We will discuss how IT needs to support these initiatives but, most often, cannot lead them by themselves. We will look at some specific case studies from different types of contractors as well as have an open discussion around the challenges with process change in many construction organizations.
May 11, 2021 @ 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Register to earn 1.5 credits in Master Builder Designation: Project Management
ENR Buildtech - Aligning IT and Operations for the Post-Covid-19 Future | March 11
As some organizations struggled to deploy a remote workforce during 2020s raging storms of disruptions, others did not miss a beat. Why? In the session we will hear from McCownGordon Construction executives who say the difference comes from the successful integration of IT with construction operations, and will explain how it is done. And then Nirva Fereshetian, Chief Information Officer at CBT Architects, will throw the discussion forward to opportunities now arising as work-from-home strategies are blended back into in-office operations. She says, “this is an opportunity to refocus digital strategies and move to future proofing that accelerates and builds on the digital momentum we have gained” [and] emerge from the COVID-19 outbreak stronger than ever. And finally, we will hear from the Burger Consulting Group, which advises on construction IT, about a framework for evaluating processes for inefficiencies or effectiveness, before seeking out and applying technologies to align them with need.
Register to join us on Thursday, March 11th @ 2:15 PM ET
Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning in Construction – BuiltWorlds & Burger Consulting Group Analyst Call
Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning are becoming common buzzwords in the construction industry. Like many evolving technologies before it, these two terms carry a lot of promise but also opportunity for misunderstanding.
Even though AI and Machine Learning technology are still early in their inception, they are developing quickly in construction and we are left asking how AI will change construction. AI is beginning to appear in solutions for project scheduling, logistics, in BIM in the form of generative modeling, health and safety, monitoring project risk, and predictive maintenance.
Our panel of industry experts will provide a solid framework for thinking about AI and Machine learning, where they’re being applied in construction today, the challenges the industry faces in trying to adopt AI/ML, and how construction companies might plan for leveraging the technology.
Register to join us on Thursday, March 11th @ 10:00 AM CST
Automating and Managing Construction Materials Logistics & Trucking in the Heavy/Civil Space
Please join experienced consultants from Burger Consulting Group and construction technology professionals from Command Alkon to learn more about the changing landscape of automation in the Heavy/Civil space, based on results from Burger Consulting’s recent Construction Materials & Trucking Automation Survey. The webinar will discuss how materials suppliers and contractors are managing equipment, automating fuel, estimating and bidding work, and handling integration between their disparate systems.
Register to join us on Thursday, February 25th at 1:00 PM Central Time
Master Builders of Iowa - Live - It Trends In Construction: Evaluating Your Systems Within The Context Of The Solution Marketplace | January 13
For many years, the construction industry had a fairly clear path for automation. New ERP systems every ten years or so, estimating solutions for bidding, a PM application for RFIs and Submittals. Ten years ago, things got more complicated as the marketplace offered many more types of systems and solutions to automate various functions (e.g. Human Resources, BIM, and tool tracking). Today, there is even more congestion in the marketplace, overlapping functions, and varying levels of success as well as consolidation of the smaller developers by the larger ones. How can a contractor make sense of this and make good decisions for his/her own organization? This session seeks to provide some clarity around the position we are in and where the technology is heading. We will also look at how contractors can better plan for evolving IT landscape, select and implement better, and finally, get greater return from the investment in IT.
2020 Past Events
BuildWorlds - Events
Analyst Call Series - Connecting Project Management & Accounting Systems - September 2 | Virtual Event
The Analyst call is a monthly one hour call that covers key industry trends and insight from industry professionals. The September call will focus on integration and how to tie in project management systems to accounting systems. It will focus on the benefits of connecting the data, risk management and processes efficiency gains. Christian Burger from BCG will be apart of the September call with other industry experts sharing his insight and expertise. Join the growing list of BuiltWorlds members today and received free access to this event.
Infrastructure Conference - August 12-13 | Virtual Event
Examining emerging ideas around the future of our smart infrastructure projects. The two day event took a deeper view of how emerging technology is influencing the development in smarter construction equipment, better systems and smarter tool. Christian Burger joined Jen Jewet a construction technology sales specialist at Autodesk, Oded Ran, co-founder and ceo at Clue Insight and Lori Robinett, managing partner at Iterisk, as they discussed New Horizon in Construction Management Technology for Infrastructure. Become a member of BuiltWorlds to access this event. Click on the link below for more information.
AGC IT Conference - August 3-6 | Virtual Event
The construction Industry’s number one conference has gone virtual in 2020. This event educates, inspires and provides key takeaways to help companies utilize cutting-edge technology and be more efficient. This year both Angus Frost and Christian Burger from BCG hosted individual sessions. Click on the link below to sign up today, using discount code “Burger15”.
August 3, 2020 |1:30pm – Pandemic’s Unintended Consequences – A discussion on the vision of the future and steps to embrace digital transformation – presented jointly by Angus Frost & Mel Heckman, from West Monroe
August 5, 2020 |12:30pm – Business Process Improvement – This session covers the recent business disruption impact on business process and how to move to more contemporary processes. Presented by Christian Burger
Challenges on the AEC Horizon -July 23 | Online Panel Discussion
Interactive discussion with C-suite executives and national leaders on “Challenges on the AEC Horizon“. Hosted by Northwestern University’s EMDC program. The event offers an in-depth understanding of the future of the AEC industry through the eye of C-suite executives and industry experts, including BCG own Christian Burger. Attendees will also gain insight into how EMDC program offer, designed to provide professional with the managerial leadership skills for this ever-changing industry. Join the conversation through the link below.
MindFuel Construction Series - Available June 1 | Webinar Series
A series of webinar sessions held by IFS focused on how construction organizations can face and conquer ever growing list of challenges. The series includes a session featuring Christian Burger on Two game-changing trends in construction are BIM and offsite – are they the path to a bright future?
AGC Navigating the Outbreak - March 23 - April 1 | Webinar Series
An eight part webinar series on the Factors that Construction Companies Need to Consider, as They Strive for Business Continuity. Including a session featuring Angus Frost on Navigating the Outbreak, Part VII: The Additional Pressure that the Outbreak Could be Putting on Your Information Technology
2019 Past Events
Advancing Integrated Project Delivery - September 16-18 | Minneapolis, MN
Enable Pure IPD & IPD Lite Project Success by Grasping Culture, Defining Values, Securing Buy-In & Mastering IPD Project Stages
Chicago Build- September 19-20 | Chicago, IL
Part of the internationally renowned global Build series in New York, London, Sydney, Glasgow and Auckland. The event featured 200+ speakers across 12 conference tracks (including Government Contracts & Policy, Sustainability, Real Estate, Architecture, BIM & Digital Construction, Health & Safety, Future Construction and Skills Hub).
CFMA Conference - September 22-23 | Lombard, IL
Annually held event offering educational and networking opportunities, designed for CFOs, Controllers and financial managers in the construction industry. Christian Burger attended the event and spoke on “IT Trends in Construction: Technology, Staffing and the Road to Better Adoption”.
Human Resource Executive - HR Technology - October 1-4 | Las Vegas, NV
One of the largest events in the world on HR technology, this annual event brings together industry experts, numerous vendors and an opportunity to learn about the future of technology.
Autodesk University - November 18-21 | Las Vegas, NV
AU connects 10,000+ professionals from construction, manufacturing, architecture, engineering and media creation.