May 11, 2021


9 am (USA: CST)  3 pm (UK: BST) 4 pm (EU: CET)

From machine control to robotics


15.00 - 15.05 (UK time) - Welcome

Alex Taylor, host and Andy Brown, Editor, International Construction


15.05 - 15.25

Caterpillar’s vision for the fully autonomous construction jobsite

Fred Rio, Product Manager, Construction Industries Digital & Technology, Caterpillar


15.25 - 15.45

Case study: general contractor using machine control on heavy equipment

James Arnold, Advanced Technology Manager, Goodfellow Bros (general contractor)


15.45 – 16.05

Whole-site autonomous systems: productivity, safety and applications

Johan Holmén, Deputy Chief Technology Officer for Volvo Autonomous Solutions


16.05 – 16.15

Networking Break


16.15 – 16.20

Machine data sharing: Riccardo Viaggi, secretary general of CECE, the Committee for European Construction Equipment


16.20 – 16.40

Case study: autonomous equipment used on a major UK road project

Peter Lavery, Head of Digital Transformation for Highways, Balfour Beatty


16.40 – 17.00

Case study: robots & AI on solar park construction

Travis Schneider, Business Development Manager, RE2 Robotics


17.00 – 17.25

Round-table: what next in autonomous operation?


• Johan Holmén, Volvo Autonomous Solutions

• Peter Lavery, Balfour Beatty

• Travis Schneider, RE2 Robotics

• Moderator: Mike Hayes, Editor, Construction Europe


17.25 – 17.30

Wrap-up - Alex Taylor, Host


17.30 – 18.00

Online networking


James Arnold

Advanced Technology Manager for Goodfellow Bros.

James joins the panel to share his expertise and real-world examples of a large heavy civil contractor using machine control and various other technology solutions to better need the needs of its customers. With headquarters in both Hawaii and Washington, Goodfellow Bros. is a fourth-generation, family-owned civil contractor serving the Western United Sates and Hawaii. The company relies on Trimble hardware, software and services to complete jobs more efficiently and with greater accuracy.


James will share insights about Goodfellow Bros.’ technology-forward culture, how the company uses machine control and other connected construction technology solutions to provide value to project owners on both large and small jobs, and the benefits Goodfellow Bros. sees from its investment in technology. James will also share examples of projects where machine control technology was particularly beneficial.



Fred Rio

Worldwide Product Manager for the Construction Digital & Technology at Caterpillar

Learn about Caterpillar’s vision for the fully autonomous construction jobsite. With new applications for automation, equipment tracking capability, data analytics, and other emerging technology, the next step is industry-wide adoption – but it won’t happen overnight. Our Cat Command solution is structured as a series of building blocks leading to semi-autonomous operation. It is scalable and incremental, allowing customers to enter at whatever level of technology and infrastructure they choose. Fred will explore the critical success factors required to prepare for the jobsite of the future.



Johan Holmén

Deputy chief technology officer (CTO) and manager, Vehicle Development for Volvo Autonomous Solutions

Johan will discuss Volvo Autonomous Solutions' TARA whole site autonomous solution in detail. He will describe how it's much more than just the vehicle itself, but includes infrastructure and even a whole new business model. He will describe the benefits of autonomous solutions, including customer productivity, safety and reduced carbon footprint. He will highlight how autonomous systems are perfect for applications that are repetitive in production operations - and not a threat to human operators.



Peter Lavery

Head of Digital Transformation for Highways, Balfour Beatty

Peter Lavery will describe how autonomous equipment was used on the UK’s A14 road project.

The head of digital transformation for highways will also talk about how his company brought together different technologies and experiences on that project, to drive towards further automation in construction.

He will highlight some of the limitations identified during that process and the critical areas that still need to be addressed before achieving the desired end state of an autonomous construction vehicle.

Lavery says, “The key for us as a consumer of technologies will be our ability to work with consistent data standards across vendors to ensure that we can combine different technologies across our roadmap to deliver an autonomous state.”



Travis Schneider

Business Development Manager at RE2 Robotics (RE2)

Travis will focus on a case study of RE2’s current work on a renewable energy project in North America.

The US Department of Energy selected RE2 to develop a robotic system for the autonomous manipulation of photovoltaic panels, as part of the construction of a solar park.

Travis will focus on the outcomes the development will provide for the customer as well as describing the key technologies used.

He will also describe the potential impact AI (artificial intelligence) technology could soon have on the wider construction industry.





If you are interested in providing a speaker for future events, or have any questions please contact:


Mike Hayes


Andy Brown