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International Construction Innovations Conference

ICIC 2006 Program

Monday, October 30, 2006

8:00    Opening Remarks

Dr. David Broski


Bradley University

Illinois, USA

8:05    Welcome to ICIC

Mr. James Owens

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Caterpillar Inc.

Illinois, USA

8:30    Remaking the Industrial Base of Jobs into a Biotech Base of Jobs

The Honorable Ray LaHood


United States Congress

Washington DC, USA

9:00    Business Opportunities in Iraq

His Excellency Samir Shakir Sumaida’ie

Iraqi Ambassador to the USA

Washington DC, USA

Baghdad, Iraq

9:30    Current Issues Affecting the Construction Industry

Mr. Stephen Sandherr

Chief Executive Officer

Associated General Contractors of America

Virginia, USA

10:00   Break

10:20   Panel 1: Investigation & Identification of New World Markets

Ms. Jan Tuchman, Moderator


Engineering News Record at McGraw Hill

New York, USA


Mr. Mark Pflederer

Vice President and Chief Technology Officer

Caterpillar Inc.

Illinois, USA

Mr. John Dalton

Chief Operating Officer

Mustang Process and Industrial Inc.

Texas, USA

Mr. Lawerence Shaw


Washington Group International

Idaho, USA

Mr. John Heisse II

Chairs, Construction Practice at Masons Thelen Reid

California, USA

11:20   Global Construction Insights

Mr. Nick Billotti

President and Chief Executive Officer

Turner Construction - International

New York, USA

12:00    Lunch

1:00    The Construction Industry in Egypt; Current Status and Innovations, with Special Emphasis on the Transportation Sector

Mr. Ibrahim Mahlab

Chairman & Chief Executive Officer

The Arab Contractors

Cairo, Egypt


Dr. Amr Salama

Former Minister of Education & Currently HBRC Chairman

Ministry of Housing, Utilities & Urban Communities

Cairo, Egypt

1:30    Sustainable Buildings Systems for the Future

Mr. James G. Toscas

Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute
Illinois, USA

 2:00   Measuring Information Technology Capabilities of Construction Organizations

Dr. Mustafa Alshawi

Professor of Management & IT in Construction

University of Salford

Salford, United Kingdom

2:20    Risk Management and Sustainability of Global Business Partnerships

Mr. Gregory Suhajda

Managing Director

Veritas Global, LLC

Michigan, USA

2:40      Break

3:00    Inroads to Innovation

Mr. Carl Robertus
BP Bitumen
Global Technology Manager
Llandarcy, United Kingdom

Mr. Mark Bunch

BP Bitumen

US Technical Marketing Development Manager

Indiana, USA

3:30    The Asphalt Revolution and World-Wide Innovations in Materials

Mr. Mike Acott            


National Asphalt Pavement Association                             

Maryland, USA

4:00    Caterpillar Equipment Demonstration

6:30    Reception at the Pere Marquette Hotel

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

8:00    Kansai International Airport

Dr. Takechiho Tabata

Managing Director

Kansai International Airport Land Development Co., Ltd.

Osaka, Japan

8:30    Accelerated Bridge Construction Technology in the U.S.

Mr. Benjamin Tang

Principal Bridge Engineer/Team Leader

Federal Highway Administration

Washington DC, USA

9:00    Lighting the National Fire for Transportation

Dr. T. Peter Ruane

President and CEO
American Road and Transportation Builders Association
Washington DC, USA  

9:30    History and Current Status of Public-Private Partnerships Around the World

Mr. Peter Brettell

Senior Vice President

Jacobs Engineering Group
Virginia, USA

10:00    Break

10:20    Panel 2: Public/Private Partnerships

The Honorable Senator Risinger, Moderator

State Senator

Illinois, USA


Mr. Haytham Haidar

Managing Director

Otak International

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates


Mr. Kirk Brown

Former Illinois Secretary of Transportation

Hanson Professional Services

Illinois, USA


Mr. Peter Brettell

Senior Vice President

Jacobs Engineering Group
Virginia, USA

Mr. Yasser Yacoub

Managing Partner

Gulf House Engineering

Manama, Bahrain

11:10   China Construction Market

Ms. Deb Ferner

Marketing Strategy Manager

Caterpillar, Inc.

Beijing, China

11:35   Czech Republic Construction Market

Mr. Jiri Petr

Core & Large Marketing Manager

Phoneix-Zeppelin SPOL.S.R.O.

Prague, Czech Republic

12:00    Lunch

1:00    Health Monitoring and Retrofitting Systems for Bridges  

Dr. Riadh Al-Mahaidi

Head of Structures Group, Civil Engineering

Monash University

Victoria, Australia

1:25    Applications of Fiber Reinforced Polymer in Infrastructure

Dr. Sami H. Rizkalla

Distinguished Professor of Civil Engineering & Construction

North Carolina State University

North Carolina, USA

1:50    Latest Developments in Construction Automation Technologies

Dr. Miroslaw J. Skibniewski
A. James Clark Endowed Chair Professor of Project Management
University of Maryland
Maryland, USA

2:15    Brazil Construction Market

Mr. Renato Pimentel

Construction General Manager

Sotreq S.S.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

2:40      Break

3:00    O’Hare Modernization Update

Ms. Rosie Andolino

Executive Director

O'Hare Modernization Program

Illinois, USA

3:30      Jobsite of the Future

Mr. Dean Potts

Advance Design Engineering Mgr
Caterpillar Paving
Minnesota, USA

4:00    Panel 3: The World of Ethics and On- Line Reverse Auction Bidding

Mr. James Gill, Jr., Moderator
President and CEO
Iron Mount Corporation
Alabama, USA

Dr. Mumtaz Usmen

Professor and Chair

Wayne State University

Michigan, USA


Mr. Richard Gill

Chairman, Executive Committee

The Shaw Group Inc.

Louisiana, USA


Mr. Petter Berntzen

Senior Vice President

Duke Construction

Indiana, USA


Dr. Yilmaz Karasulu
Assistant Professor
Texas A&M University
Texas, USA