I’m looking forward to attending Trimble’s Dimensions 2010 that will take place at The Mirage, Las Vegas, November 8–10. For those of you who have been to the event in the past, my guess is that you’re looking forward to this year’s revival as much as I am. If you haven’t been before and have no intention of attending this year, allow me to tell you a little of what you will be missing.
For starters, attendees not only have to pay for transportation and accommodations, but registration fee as well…hardly a welcome prospect in these stressful times, particularly when a lot of us will be back in glitter city for World of Concrete and ConExpo/ConAgg/IFPE early in the first quarter of 2011.
Considering that the economy was not a bit rosier then than today, more than 2,000 attendees showed up last year, eager to see what was moving and shaking in the burgeoning field of dimensioning technology. They were there to learn, of course, but the message they brought with them was perfectly tuned to the one the sponsor had in store for them: The past was dead, exposing the gulf that was rapidly separating the technology haves from the have-nots. Either you adapted to the emerging situation or you were apt to become carrion on the electronic job-site battleground.
It may seem amazing to some how far the electronic job site has come in the last five years, and though the handwriting has been on the wall for a decade, this revolution is still in its infancy. No sooner have the productivity advantages of GPS and laser-based machine-control systems been recognized by a swelling number of contractors, than the notion of real-time connectivity among all the components of a total job site—call it a Telematics revolution if you wish, but it is far more when you consider all of the tools and media that can be incorporated into a super network—is heaving into view, poised to obsolete many of the project management practices on which our businesses are founded.
I think if you ask any prior attendee what message he or she carried home, it was the burning need to thoroughly review and, where necessary, overhaul not only practices and operations but even the assumptions on which these have been based.
I would really appreciate comments from prior attendees, telling of your experience and what, if any, changes you’ve incorporated in your operations as a result.