TechZone Americas Agenda

Welcome to the first TechZone Americas where you can see innovation in action through a series of demos and scheduled TechTalks. Have you tried Microsoft’s HoloLens—no? Here’s your chance! You’ll see all kinds of cutting edge technology that’s available today to propel your company forward.

TechZone Americas will be open during exhibition hours in Hall A, Booth 200

Wednesday, Oct. 18 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Thursday, Oct. 19 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

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Wednesday, Oct. 18

TECHTALKS

Scheduled presentations for in-depth looks at our industry’s innovators. Come away with technology you can apply in your business.

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Mavic Pro Drone in landing position

10:30 am – 10:50 am & 4:00 pm – 4:20 pm

Drones for Project and Oil & Gas Logistics

The “eye in the sky” offers valuable, and previously unavailable perspectives on operations that can transform processes and procedures—doing things safer, faster and with increased ROI. Agility will discuss how it has piloted drone technologies for remote observation of vessel loading operations, site security enforcement, equipment inspection, hazard identification, laydown yard site management and employee training.

Axel Kirchgessner, VP Information Technology, Agility Project Logistics

11:30 am – 12:20 pm
Terminal Velocity: Accelerate Your Terminal’s Operations with Real-time Apps

Recording activities in real time on the terminal is crucial to speeding up operations, keeping on target and maintaining accurate cargo status. Jade Logistics offers a new suite of web mobile apps that takes the TOS out of the office and into the work points. The intuitive web apps can be used in vehicles or hand-held devices around the terminal.

Delphine Ducuruge, Product Manager, Jade Logistics

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
SpotBot Allows You to See Damage in Real Time

Identify damage in your operations in real-time with world case damage detection technology on an IoT global network. SpotSee, parent company to ShockWatch, launches SpotBot, an impact recorder connected to the cloud that spots damage and sees it in real time.

Ty Stuelpe, Vice President, Global Marketing and North American Sales, SpotSee

2:00 pm – 2:50 pm
Modernize Equipment Maintenance Operations with XL Lifts

If you are like most companies, you probably use a system of clipboards, static forms, and manual processes for equipment maintenance. These methods put a company at risk for data entry errors; lost paperwork; or even worst, inspections that just don’t get done. See how progressive companies are using the Heavy Equipment Checklist solution, the industry’s first equipment maintenance, safety inspection and OSHA compliance software powered by MYMIC Training Technologies, to modernize their equipment maintenance operations.

Mike Marzahl, President, XL Lifts

Large M on red leaf shape, words read Magni Telescopic Handlers

Shows new Magni HTH lifting a heavy block of marble3:00 pm – 3:50 pm
Breakbulk Americas Exclusive: Magni Telescopic Handlers Introduces Magni HTH

World leader, Magni Telescopic Handlers will introduce its HTH line of heavy lift, fixed boom telehandlers at Breakbulk Americas. The HTH line is extremely versatile and offers 7 machines capable of handling loads from 22,000 lbs. to 99,000 lbs.—the heaviest of any machine available—and with lift heights from 31 to 46 feet. Exceptionally well suited for moving cargo, the Magni HTH offers outstanding power and maneuverability. Magni HTH machines are an alternative to using large capacity forklifts and straddle carriers. They can carry out heavy lifting applications to allow for greater flexibility and cost savings.

Gary N. Weisman, Vice President Sales & Operations, Paramount Equipment, LLC

4:30 pm – 5:15 pm
GPS Evolution & The Cell-Free Unit

Lat-Lon, a BSM Technologies company, provides wireless GPS tracking and monitoring solutions for mobile assets in many industries including rail, trucking, marine, intermodal, and direct to manufacturers.

Cam Yeow, Sales Director, Lat-Lon

Thursday, Oct. 19

DEMOS

Drop in and see, hear and touch the cutting edge of innovation that’s transforming our industry. Demos will be ongoing throughout the day.

Jade Logistics Terminal Velocity Apps

Try out Jade’s new terminal velocity apps to understand how they can streamline your terminal’s operations.

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Full color closeup of Microsoft HoloLens headsetGamify Training with Augmented and Virtual Reality

Forget the manuals—experience immersive game-based safety training. The UH research team focuses on transforming the paper-based safety training into an immersive game-based safety training. The developed safety training program puts the trainees into a virtual environment where they need to identify potential safety hazards around them and respond accordingly. Put on the AR/VR headset and test your abilities to identify and respond to virtual hazards.

Kyungki Kim, Department of Construction Management, University of Houston, College of Technology


robot roaming hall at University of Houston, College of Technology, operator shown in distanceRobot in the Plant

See how robots with complex sensors map material handling and monitor respirable dust in real-time. This research aims at continuous monitoring of complex operation environment using sensors and mobile robots. 

Kyungki Kim, Department of Construction Management, University of Houston, College of Technology


Drawing of a simple module transportModule Transport Simulation

See state-of-the-art simulation and optimization techniques designed for the University’s industrial partners to find the best inventory, freight, and supply chain solutions. The planning for breakbulk transportation and logistics is extremely challenging due to tremendous complexities and uncertainties. The solutions were enabled by GIS visualization and animation to find optimal inventory, freight, and supply chain solutions.

Victor Cheng, Department of Construction Management, University of Houston, College of Technology


Physical, Cyber and Infrastructure Security

The conventional traffic and facility monitoring systems entail constant human attentions and have limitations from fatigues, distractions, or errors. The Intelligent Monitoring and Alarm System (IMAS) developed by the UH researchers creates intelligent algorithms which can be embedded in the existing camera network or integrated into a new surveillance system to identify potential perpetrators in moving or static states.

Jack Zhang and Victor Cheng, Department of Construction Management, University of Houston, College of Technology


Drones in the Field

Unmanned aerial vehicles are pushing the boundaries to more efficiently collect data from the regulated air space. Sensing activities happening on the ground, from a different perspective, is transforming the construction and related industries.

Xavier Loayza, Department of Construction Management, University of Houston, College of Technology


Six Sigma and Supply Chain Information Sharing in Action

Accurate and reliable data is needed to support decision making processes, particularly in complex operations such as supply chain management. Due to the large number of participants (internal and external to the organization) that are typically involved in supply chain operations, organizations often find that it is difficult to effectively share information and align goals within the supply chain. To address this issue, the Design for Six Sigma (DFSS) methodology was utilized within a marine transportation organization’s supply chain to create a process for effectively and efficiently sharing information about inland tank barge equipment between supply chain members. See the results.

Jami Kovach, Department of Construction Management, University of Houston, College of Technology

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