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Jul
26
Wed
Drones for the Construction Professional: Your Eye in the Sky @ Knutson Construction
Jul 26 @ 7:30 AM – 9:00 AM
Over the past couple years, drones have captured the imagination of the world. The hope of delivering an Amazon package is great, ­but how can we leverage drone usage in the construction industry? Westwood will be presenting numerous real-world examples of how drones -- and their valuable imagery data – have become an important tool in Westwood’s day-to-day business and in helping our clients be successful. We’ll review the following:

  • Explore the wide variety of potential drone (UAS) products, beyond a simple photograph or video.
  • An overview of the current legal and regulatory environment.
  • Discover real-life examples of how drone data is being used in the engineering and land surveying process, on new and existing projects.
  • Supplement a construction site webcam by keeping stakeholders up-to-date on project status and providing a new perspective.
  • Determine earthwork volumes and quantities in a fraction of the time compared to conventional surveying techniques.
  • Is a DIY approach OK, or should you call a professional instead?
In this session, we will discuss drone basics and overview the current state of the industry. With your own “eye in the sky”, you can easily see your construction site from a whole different perspective!
Pre-registration is closed. If you would like to attend, please register onsite.


About Chad: Bio: Chad Grismer, PE is a senior project engineer at Westwood Professional Services, working on a variety of projects in the land development and power industry throughout the US. He specializes in developing innovative solutions to incorporate and mobile GIS technology and datasets into the engineering design process. Over the past several years, he has been particularly interested in unmanned aerial systems (drones) and has taken a hands-on approach to researching and implementing UAS use at Westwood. Chad has been with Westwood for 13 years and has been involved on projects in over 30 states.
Aug
8
Tue
MCA 2017 Networking Boat Cruise @ Wayzata Bay Charters (Port of Excelsior)
Aug 8 @ 4:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Back again by high demand! Join fellow construction industry professionals for a fun afternoon to network and relax on a beautiful Lake Minnetonka Boat Cruise! This event is limited to 60 participants – tickets will be sold on a first come first-served basis! Last day to register – Friday, July 28th.

Sponsorship Options: *Please note – sponsorship opportunities are limited and will be sold on a first come first-served basis. Click on the link below to register.

  • Drink Ticket Sponsor - $100 (limited to four companies)
  • Food Sponsor - $200 (limited to two companies)
  • Boat Sponsor - $500 (limited to one company) - SOLD OUT!

Register Today!


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Aug
21
Mon
MCA August 2017 Board Meeting @ MCA Office (The Harrington Company)
Aug 21 @ 8:00 AM – 9:30 AM
Are you interested in seeing what your MCA Board discusses at the monthly Board meetings? Are you interested in serving on the Board in the future? All members are invited to join us at the next Board meeting and observe how your Board works to serve the MCA members. Please RSVP to (952) 928-4646 or info@mnconstruction.org.
Sep
13
Wed
Do They Deserve to Work with You? Attract the Right Clients @ American Engineering Testing
Sep 13 @ 7:30 AM – 9:30 AM
Breakfast & Networking 7:30 AM - 8:00 AM Program 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM Presented by: Dawn Wagenaar and Virginia McCoy (Ingenuity Marketing Group LLC) Before pursuing a sale, the question isn’t always raised - “Is this our best client?” An account-based focus (rather than an industry focus) proactively courts a particular prospect based on mutual business models, values and goals. There are actually six questions firm leaders should ask to qualify an opportunity — making sure it’s worth their time and truly attracts the best opportunities long term. Learn how to choose clients who at best fit your firm and, at worst, don’t become a nightmare with time and resources. Takeaways - Attendees will: Change your mindset from industry-focused to account-focused lead generation Develop a detailed persona of an ideal target prospect Employ six questions in the qualification process prior to pursuing any RFP or RFI or RFQ or any other acronym prospective clients come up with next About the Speakers:
Dawn_Wagenaar-6-WebDawn Wagenaar is the principal of Ingenuity Marketing Group, LLC, in St. Paul. She holds a master’s degree in educational leadership from the University of St. Thomas. She is a former in-house marketing director and the founder of several networking groups. Dawn helps A/E/C firms compete by building sales strategies, improving marketing results and developing the next generation of leaders. She has spoken previously to industry associations including the Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS) and the Minnesota Construction Association.
Virginia_McCoy_0007Virginia McCoy is a communications consultant with Ingenuity Marketing Group, LLC, in St. Paul and she holds a B.A. in Corporate Communications. A former in-house marketer for a mid-size architecture firm, Virginia focuses on branded key themes and public relations that help engineers gain competitive visibility and improve their win rates. She also works frequently with clients on social media, search engine optimization (SEO) and web analytics, including writing blogs and social media posts that engage more users. She has spoken to the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) and is an active member of SMPS-Twin Cities.
   
Sep
25
Mon
MCA September 2017 Board Meeting @ Kellington Construction Office
Sep 25 @ 8:00 AM – 9:30 AM
Are you interested in seeing what your MCA Board discusses at the monthly Board meetings? Are you interested in serving on the Board in the future? All members are invited to join us at the next Board meeting and observe how your Board works to serve the MCA members. Please RSVP to (952) 928-4646 or info@mnconstruction.org.
Oct
23
Mon
MCA October 2017 Board Meeting @ MCA Office (The Harrington Company)
Oct 23 @ 8:00 AM – 9:30 AM
Are you interested in seeing what your MCA Board discusses at the monthly Board meetings? Are you interested in serving on the Board in the future? All members are invited to join us at the next Board meeting and observe how your Board works to serve the MCA members. Please RSVP to (952) 928-4646 or info@mnconstruction.org.