8:00 am Chair’s Opening Remarks

Enhancing Supply Chain Agility

8:10 am Maintaining an Agile & Resilient Supply Chain to Mitigate Componentry Delays & Shorten Lead Times

Synopsis

  • Building an inventory database of the capacity, capabilities and expansion of current suppliers to inform design decision-making
  • Achieve Just-in-Time delivery: Exploring the benefits of procuring materials and equipment early and stock-piling prior to construction to overcome long lead times
  • Training employees to ensure they are aligned on the best in-house processes
  • Harnessing lessons learned when dealing with unexpected delays caused by current market volatility to drive greater stability in your supply chain

8:50 am Starting Procurement Early to Improve Cost & Schedule Certainty to Cope With Market Volatility

  • Ron Vokoun Director of Critical Facilities, OAC Services

Synopsis

  • Aligning all teams on what level of price and schedule fluctuations are possible during design for more accurate cost estimates
  • Integrating known and unknown costs into the budget to prepare for price fluctuations, yet remain competitive
  • Choosing the right trade partners and suppliers to set your project up for success
  • Collaborating with suppliers during design to negotiate reasonable estimates and schedules to secure risk against market volatility

9:30 am Structured Networking & Morning Refreshments

10:10 am Diversifying Your Supply Chain to Prevent Overreliance on Individual Suppliers

Synopsis

  • Leveraging established cross-industry supply chains to ensure variation of suppliers when demand exceeds supply
  • Dividing investments between suppliers in different locations across the US to prevent over-reliance and improve competition
  • Aligning suppliers on your values, KPIs and company pillars so that they can perform at your standards

10:50 am Moving Towards More Collaborative Contracting & Sharing of Risk to Meet Compressed Schedule Deadlines

Synopsis

  • Having an in-depth understanding of the supply chain to create coherent agreements of the scheduling and financial obligations required by teams
  • Ensuring all teams are aligned on the goals of the end-product to create a multilateral risk and reward system with owners, contractors and suppliers
  • Setting up a culture of trust to ensure all teams are held accountable to realistic expectations and to ensure the duration of a project timeline is met

Maximizing Productivity

11:30 am Panel: Reducing Barriers to Entry & Working with Inexperienced Construction Partners to Meet the Industry Backlog

Synopsis

  • Discovering why companies should collectively promote trade schools, apprenticeships and internships to overcome challenges associated with a reduced workforce
  • Setting up a mentoring program to retain employees, learn new skills and improve the involvement of underrepresented groups
  • Rethinking how the retired workforce can train younger generations and involve themselves in less intensive tasks
  • Supporting inexperienced project partners and educating them on data center specific construction processes to improve competency of all stakeholders

12:10 pm Lunch

1:10 pm Reviewing How Technology Can Increase Productivity & Efficiency of Construction Workflows Despite Industry Labor Shortages

Synopsis

  • Exploring how automation will reduce manual tasks to maximize efficiency with fewer laborers
  • Reviewing whether advanced technologies, such as artificial intelligence, virtual reality and laser scanning, are at a level of maturity to be widely adopted for improved productivity
  • Understanding how robotics and drones can minimize onsite tasks and ensure workers remain safe

1:50 pm Panel: Evaluating the Best Tools & Construction Methods to Improve Onsite Safety Without Affecting Productivity Rates

Synopsis

  • Communicating effectively from the top-down – site leadership to craftworkers – to drive a safety-first culture
  • Providing regular safety training to prevent workers getting complacent in their safety mindset
  • Uncovering how data collection and analysis can predict future workflows to act proactively rather than reactively on safety methods

2:30 pm Afternoon Refreshments

2:35 pm

Driving Market Sustainability

3:10 pm Panel: Discussing Ways to Further De-Carbonize the Data Center Construction Industry Whilst Keeping Costs Low

Synopsis

  • Communicating ESG policies to all project teams to ensure everyone is aligned on the owner’s goals
  • Discovering how to offset carbon efficiently to meet corporate initiative goals whilst minimizing excess costs
  • Assessing whether alternative equipment and batteries with a lower carbon footprint will be as reliable and cost effective as current systems

3:50 pm Exploring Next-Generation Cooling Systems to Improve Efficiency & Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

Synopsis

  • Determining what the best solution is to meet your sustainability goals: Liquid cooling vs air cooling vs water cooling
  • Working with owners to have robust commissioning and preventative measures plans to run data centers as efficiently and easily as possible
  • Understanding options to reduce the amount of cooling required whilst maintaining high levels of efficiency
  • Reusing heat from data centers for district energy systems to maximize use of energy created

4:30 pm Exploring How to Improve the Retrofitting of De-Commissioned Data Centers & Other Buildings to Reuse Waste & Help Fill the Demand Gap

  • Mason McPike Principal of Mission Critical Facilities, Telios Corporation

Synopsis

  • Uncovering how the challenges associated with the availability and competition for new facilities can be solved with the retrofitting of data centers
  • Conducting a feasibility study to determine whether a retrofit project is a viable option
  • Harnessing lessons learned from previous projects: What could be done differently to further improve this approach?

5:10 pm Chair’s Closing Remarks

5:20 pm End of Day One