Learn from the Industry's Best at World of Modular
World of Modular’s top-notch educational breakout sessions will equip industry professionals with the latest knowledge in every facet of the commercial modular construction business. Attendees learn new skills and techniques, find ways to operate more efficiently, and make valuable contacts to improve their business.
Economic Trends Expert | CEO & Founder of Sage Policy Group, Inc.
Construction Drivers & Trends in 2023
Economist Anirban Basu returns to World of Modular to offer an informative and entertaining forecast for the construction marketplace. Basu is chairman and CEO of Sage Policy Group, a consulting firm in Baltimore, MD, and is one of the most recognizable economists in and around Washington, DC. He provides policy and economic consulting for numerous clients including developers, bankers, brokerage houses, energy suppliers and law firms. He has also written several high-profile reports on construction, including MBI’s “Economic & Financial Performance of Relocatable Buildings in the US Modular Building Industry. Basu was also recently named chief economist for the Modular Building Institute and provides MBI and its members regular macroeconomic updates and research.
Technology Strategist & Futurist
The Future of Work is Here
The world is changing rapidly and providing many new and exciting opportunities for productivity, efficiency, and innovation. But are you taking advantage of the new normal? Crystal Washington is a futurist and expert on technology. She works with organizations to leverage technology and increase profits and productivity. She is well-known for her ability to take complex internet, app, and social media topics and make them easy to understand and accessible for chief executives, business owners, and even everyday people. For World of Modular attendees, Crystal will demonstrate unique ways technology trends impact companies and an entire industry, show how technology is changing human behavior, and shire tactics for riding the wave of change and providing positive business results.
Former NFL Wide Receiver; Now a Coach on Leading Teams, Managing Change, & Peak Performance
Leading & Managing Change in a New Reality
Leading and managing change has never been easy. But has it ever been more challenging than today? Customers are demanding, competition is stiff, employees are less engaged, profit margins are thin, and technology is advancing quicker. Despite these challenges, company leaders are being asked to accomplish more, faster than ever before, while staying on top of changes in culture, society, and world events.
How can we be at our best more of the time? What qualities do peak performers have that allows them to excel at the next level? How do we align goals and values to stay focused on desired outcomes?
Eric Boles is a former NFL player with the New York Jets and Green Bay Packers. Powerful lessons learned from his playing days have given him unique insights on leadership, teamwork, managing change, cultural transformation, and peak performance.
As president of The Game Changers, Inc., Eric helps organizations develop and achieve goals quickly while being true to their purpose and values, all with company-wide support and enthusiasm, to create winning teams that deliver.
Call for Presentations
Interested in speaking at the 2023 World of Modular? Our call for presentations is now open! Submit your proposals today and put your company/project in front of the most influential industry professionals from around the world at the industry's biggest conference.
Our 2023 speaker line-up is growing fast! Check back often for updates.
Director & MMC Lead
Founder & CEO
Fading West Development
Vice President of Innovation
International Code Council
Director of Business Optimization
Fading West Development
Managing Director, Engineering & Construction Sector Lead
CEO & Founder
Government Affairs Director
Modular Building Institute
Tan Teng Hooi
TW-Asia Consultants Pte Ltd
MJH Structural Engineers
Director of Sales, West
NRB Modular Solutions
CEO & Founder
CEO and Co-Founder
Architect & CEO
LAI Design Group
Vice President of VDC & Technology
Chair, Department of Civil Engineering
University of New Brunswick
Director of Innovation and Operations, Offsite Construction Research Centre
University of New Brunswick
Director of Sales, East
NRB Modular Solutions
A Confluence of Innovation: Offsite Construction for Public Housing Projects
Dean Dovolis, Founder, DJR Architecture
A unique project is underway with the Minneapolis Public Housing Authority which will create deeply affordable housing in several neighborhoods throughout Minneapolis. Production recently began on modules for 16 “scattered sites” which will provide 84 affordable two- and three-bedroom homes for families. Join Dean Dovolis, founder of DJR Architecture, as he discusses the use of offsite modular construction in a scattered site setting and how it will reduce disruption to the neighborhoods and increase speed to occupancy. Learn how this unique housing required an emphasis on resident engagement, and the benefits of that input for the acceptance and approval of this initiative. He will also discuss how modular construction can be a more sustainable and cost-effective solution with an emphasis on durability, quality, construction time and cost. Attendees will also learn how projects like this can serve as a model for providing real affordable housing solutions not only in Minneapolis, but also in other major cities across the US.
The Impact of Modular on Construction Profit Pools
Serena Crivellaro, Managing Director, Engineering & Construction Sector Lead, KPMG
Discussions about modular construction typically focus on its value reducing cost, time, and labor compared to traditional building processes. There is another important issue, however, to be considered: how modular construction may reallocate profit pools across the industry. For participants like builders, designers, and material suppliers already operating on thin margins, this issue could constitute a long-term existential threat. In this session, Serena Crivellaro, managing director, and engineering & construction sector lead at KPMG, will outline some of the financial challenges and opportunities of modular construction for engineers, builders, manufacturers, owners, and more.
Scaling Modular Construction & Smashing Barriers to Adoption
Julian Bowron, CTO, METALOQ
Few code-compliant modular plants surpass 2000 units per year despite huge investments in technology. Meanwhile demand for housing continues to increase and the cost of conventional construction is skyrocketing. What are the barriers to the production of 10,000 or more modules annually from a single factory? How can we assemble a building onsite in just one week? This innovative session with inventor Julian Bowron, CTO of METALOQ, will “do the math” and present solutions to scaling the modular building industry.
What Defines Success? Understanding Critical Elements That Determine Housing Attainability.
Charlie Chupp, Founder & CEO, Fading West Development
Rebecca Courtright, Director of Business Optimization, Fading West Development
With headlines reporting a 3.8-million-unit housing deficit in the United States alone and entire books written on the issue, it is clear we are in a housing crisis. Modular construction is certainly a part of the solution, though it can’t be the only solution. As this crisis continues, non-traditional developers are entering the complex and risky real estate development business because of their desperate need to house their own employees. These groups and traditional developers must also be part of the solution. But there is an even smaller part of the total cost puzzle that has the greatest impact: the entitlement, zoning, and building codes. These critical elements determine the ability to create attainable housing. Costs are committed at these stages, only to be later taken on by occupants. How can we help developers work with their state and local municipalities to help solve the national housing crisis? This diverse group of stakeholders needs to work together to make real impact and change the norms when it comes to development and land use codes.
Getting Up and Back Down the Modular Mountain: 8 Steps to Successful Modular Project Delivery
Michael Mathews, CEO & Founder, ASSEMBLAGEworks
Like any difficult climb to an attainable peak, there must be plenty of preparation, thoughtful planning, and successful execution so as to enjoy the fruits of the ascent. From design initiation to project close-out, the planning and development of a modular project is one of the most complex and counter-intuitive processes that exists in the world of project delivery methodologies. This presentation is structured to demystify the process and provide tangible and executable concepts and processes for the architect, developer, general contractor, and associated consultants alike. Michael Mathews’ goal is to provide content you can use and modify for your own projects as well as teach others involved that this process can be done and executed in a predictable manner.
System Thinking to Increase Affordable Housing
Stuart Emmons, Principal, Emmons Design
Affordable Housing is taking too long and is too expensive. In this unique presentation, join architect Stuart Emmons as he discusses how to implement system thinking throughout the whole affordable housing delivery system to bring more affordable housing to market faster and at less cost. We will start with setting ambitious goals, and then lay out a plan to achieve those goals through modular construction, panelization, and a high level of project coordination. Lessons learned from selected previous projects will be analyzed before setting the foundation for a successful affordable housing project with big picture design thinking and excellent team collaboration. Standardization, regulatory constraints, MEP systems integration, panelization, constructability, transport/set, site/factory responsibilities and coordination, and other aspects will be discussed, with the goal to put together a successful, replicable modular affordable housing project.
How to BIM Your Project the Right Way!
Kris Droszcz, CEO & Founder, iQ Module
Designing and constructing a modular building correctly can be a challenge, using multiple elements and regional codes and materials to create an efficient and cost-effective offsite solution. It is important to use smart thinking in the beginning and repeatable standard elements that meet regulations and requirements. Kris Droszcz, CEO and founder of iQ Module, will try to get your focus using artificial reality technology to show how his company does it from design to execution of the building contract for both US and European clients.
Improving MEP and Sustainability Through Modular Design
Stuart Cameron, Director & MMC Lead, Hive Group
This presentation will demonstrate how DfMA (design for manufacture and assembly) and modular MEP (mechanical, electrical and plumbing) can be applied to enable plug-and-play functionality both horizontally and vertically between modules for all MEP systems. Stuart Cameron, director and modern methods of construction lead at Hive Group, will illustrate how the application of the new methods can change the consideration of MEP from just a project that gets installed to a “prioritized product” as well as how this approach can significantly improve quality, speed, and sustainability of projects.
How to Leverage Cross-Border Modular Manufacturing for Large Scale Projects
Rhys Kane; Director of Sales, West; NRB Modular Solutions
Chris Smith; Director of Sales, East; NRB Modular Solutions
With the increased adoption of modular construction for large scale projects in the United States and challenges from local factory capacity constraints, developers are looking outside of the US for reliable manufacturing options. Join Rhys Kane and Chris Smith, from NRB Modular Solutions, for a session on the strategies needed to effectively implement modular construction from an out-of-country supplier. This presentation will include successful examples from a Canadian context, along with best-practice for pre-qualifying your manufacturer, how best to engage during pre-construction with the design team and general contractor, third-party inspections, state/provincial review and certifications, quality control, exchange rates, lender requirements, and border-crossing.
Modular by Design
Ken Puncerelli, CEO, LAI Design Group
This presentation will cover the fundamental design and construction techniques of modular building systems. A discussion of market perception, benefits of modular, and structural integrity will also be explored while several case studies of single-family, multifamily, student and workforce housing, and hotel design will be presented. Join architect Kenneth Puncerelli, CEO of LAI Design Group, for a discussion about the pros and cons of using prefabricated systems for construction as well as regulatory permitting considerations.
Singapore’s 56-Story Residential Towers
Tan Teng Hooi, Independent Director, TW-Asia Consultants Pte Ltd
Singapore’s Building Construction Authority (BCA) has an initiative to promote productivity in construction using modular and offsite technologies. This session outlines the pioneering approach of using a reinforced concrete composite shear wall systems and modular building technology for construction of a 56-story residential project. To raise construction productivity, the Singapore construction industry has been encouraged to embrace the “Design for Manufacture and Assembly” approach whereby a significant portion of work is completed offsite in a factory-controlled environment. Modular construction is one such advanced and highly-productive construction technique that speeds up construction significantly. Avenue South Residence is the tallest building in the world using a modular reinforced concrete system.
Regulatory Issues & Opportunities for Modular Construction
Jon Hannah-Spacagna, Government Affairs Director, Modular Building Institute
MBI’s Government Affairs Committee has been actively monitoring and addressing a number of key issues impacting the industry. From building codes to regulations and policies, there is no shortage of barriers standing in the way of greater market share. There are also many opportunities to grow the market with advocacy efforts. In this session, attendees will get an update from MBI Government Affairs Director, Jon Hannah-Spacagna, on the issues MBI is currently addressing as well as have an opportunity to help shape future policies and regulations. This session will feature open discussion as well as questions and answers with regulators and modular program administrators that are in attendance.
How New Routines in Consumption, Leisure, & Work Are Shaping Design & Construction
Clara Calvo, Architect, Casas inHAUS
Rubén Navarro, Architect & CEO, Casas inHAUS
Throughout history, the geopolitical, economic, and social circumstances of people have had significant impact on the design and trends of architecture and urban planning in cities. Furthermore, the various industrial revolutions have had a significant impact on how projects are carried out and executed. The current paradigm, however, has an impact on how we consume. Unfortunately, design and quality are overemphasized in favor of speed. Although processes can be standardized, customization is often requested and even required. New consumers and workers confirm that industrialization has resulted in a new way of consuming. In this session, join architects Clara Calvo and Rubén Navarro of Casas inHAUS as they discuss how modular design and construction is meeting the needs of high-end customers.
Opening the Playbook on Architecture and Engineering Design for Success in Modular Development
Dean Dalvit, Principal, EVstudio
This presentation offers an in-depth review of essential design strategies and requirements for modular projects and how to achieve a successful design for permitting as well as manufacturing and field construction. Dan Dalvit will provide critical dos and don’ts using case studies as examples for each phase of architecture and engineering. He will also explore opportunities for standardizing designs in order to serve all stakeholders in offsite construction. This session is for anyone just starting out in modular development as well as seasoned industry veterans with an objective to help advance and innovate the marriage of offsite construction techniques with the traditional process of design, permitting, and field construction.
Improving Design & Coordination Workflows of Modular Projects With Transformational Innovation
Amr Raafat, Vice President of VDC & Technology, Windover Construction
Construction technology is evolving rapidly to enhance modular construction coordination in the factory and onsite. This session will explore through several project case studies, including multi-family, academic dorms, life science and affordable housing projects the combination of several cutting-edge construction technologies including building information modeling, additive manufacturing, drone lidar, and laser scanning, and how these technologies are transforming the way we design, assemble, and ultimately manage and maintain modular buildings. Case studies will include the 2022 global Autodesk Excellence Awards project winner project for "Transformational Innovation in the AEC industry," Cabot YMCA, and discuss how the project delivered affordable housing utilizing leading-edge prefabrication technologies combined with BIM. The session will also demonstrate the versatile applications of prefabricated assemblies and how it can support early planning of modular projects. Attendees will leave with a greater understanding of the broad spectrum of technologies available to them and how they can be leveraged during different phases of an offsite construction project to enable a user-friendly, streamlined facilities maintenance asset for the future of their buildings.
People and Robots: Why the Future of Construction Means Both
Rick Murdock, CEO and Co-Founder, Autovol
Robotics and automated assembly have been in most industries for decades. Construction has some catching up to do, and the industry benefits will be great. As the first automated factory of its kind, Autovol has been a huge—and successful—learning experience. The factory design is driven by a simple concept: identifying the things hardest on the human body and the designing robotic systems to do those things. This approach is a game-changer for a factory. Autovol is achieving breakthroughs in quality, speed, and productivity. But what’s most exciting and gratifying is the impact on the company’s team—who they call “Solutioneers.” With automation doing the heavy lifting, more people of various skills, abilities, and backgrounds can work in construction. They can take a more active role in innovating how their work is done. And they can enjoy greater job satisfaction and career growth.
College Road, Croydon: The World’s Tallest Modular Building
Michael Hough, Founder, MJH Structural Engineers
Tide and Vision Modular Structures have developed a modular system utilizing volumetric modules installed around a concrete core to construct high rise buildings extending to the heights of skyscrapers. The system has been engineered by MJH Structural Engineers for Vision. This system has been successfully used on several tall buildings in London over the last number of years with College Road, Croydon as the tallest completed building comprising 49 floors of modules. The towers were constructed from 817 modules manufactured offsite. This is the world's tallest structure to be built from volumetric modules, providing 817 co-Living homes and 120 affordable residential units over two towers. This presentation will outline the system of construction used for College Road, from foundations through both the traditional and modular construction techniques. The benefits of modular construction in high rise developments will be outlined in relation to a number of projects completed by the team in recent years.
Driving Modular & Offsite Construction Solutions: From Tiny Houses to Shipping Containers and Beyond
Ryan Colker, Vice President of Innovation, International Code Council
With the rise in modular and offsite construction as a solution in the building and construction sector comes new innovations and opportunities—from both technological and regulatory perspectives. Despite opportunities to deliver accessible and affordable housing, challenges have surfaced as regulatory processes for off-site construction projects vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. Ryan Colker, Vice President of Innovation at the International Code Council, will walk through the existing standards and regulatory landscape for the varying methods and types of offsite construction projects—from tiny houses to intermodal shipping containers and beyond. This session will discuss some solutions to help address the availability, affordability, and efficiency of housing including education and training, the development and adoption of standards, research and development initiatives for new construction and existing buildings, and opportunities for productization.
Research Projects happening at the UNB Off-site Construction Research Centre
Brandon Searle, Director of Innovation and Operations, Offsite Construction Research Centre, University of New Brunswick
Jeff Rankin, Chair, Department of Civil Engineering, University of New Brunswick
This presentation will focus on the UNB Offsite Construction Research Centre, current trends the centre sees from their industry partners, and the applied research the centre is doing with industry partners. The research focuses on sectors in commercial, institutional, industrial, and residential with a focus on digital tools enabling offsite construction, increased productivity, safety, and quality projects with modular builders, quantifying benefits of offsite construction and material and product testing to create more sustainable materials. The presentation will highlight the centre's work and will do a deep dive on some of the projects happening with the OCRC. Additionally, the presentation will touch on the work research landscape in Canada and some of the new programs being funded by the federal government through the National Research Council Construction Research Centre.