July 14, 2016
Association Highlights
 
AGC IT Forum Conference: See IT, Learn IT, Build IT!
August 3-5 at the Chicago Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel
 
Attention anyone in the information technology job functions: CIO, CFO, VP of IT, IT Managers & Directors, and Network Administrators, or any Construction IT professionals!  You won't want to miss the AGC IT Forum Conference!
 
Here is Chairman Howie Piersma's invitation to you:
 
“I invite you to join us at our 8th Annual IT Forum Conference. Featuring great networking, high audience participation at technology sessions offering best practices for our industry and outstanding speakers. This year’s event is a joint venture with Northwestern University McCormick School of Engineering. We are very excited to welcome Northwestern and look forward to their stimulating and informative sessions. Join your peers at this sought after IT event as we discuss technology through our theme of “SeeIT, LearnIT, BuildIT”. I look forward to meeting all of you.” 
 Howie Piersma, Chairman, IT Forum Steering Committee; Vice President, Pepper Construction

Go to AGC's Event Page Here for full details on registration, speakers, and venue!

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Last Chance to Save 20% on Sponsorships for the AGC Annual Golf Classic
Event is Monday, August 15, 2016 at The Wisconsin Country Club

Take advantage of the 20% discount on sponsorships, and maximize your sponsorship dollars!

Don't delay! The early sponsorship deadline is Friday, July 15th.  In addition to receiving a 20% discount to the standard sponsorship price, our early sponsor companies will be receive recognition on the invitation going out to our extensive list of contacts.

Not able to get payment before the deadline?  Not to worry.  We will send an invoice to the company.  Contact Kim Jalalian at kjalalian@agc-gm.org for sponsorship opportunities.

For the second year in a row we will be hosting this event at an Exclusive Private Country Club.  The beautiful Wisconsin Country Club provides 18 challenging holes to test your skills. Attending the AGC Education & Research Foundation Annual Golf Classic provides a great networking opportunity for construction leaders and their staff.  Your fee includes golf, cart, lunch, reception, dinner, day-long refreshments, door prizes and skill prizes.  All proceeds from this event go toward funding scholarships to our local universities for students entering construction studies.

Your participation and sponsorship is what makes providing these scholarships possible!

Thank you to all of our current Sponsors!

Aon Risk Solutions
Building Advantage
Common Links Construction LLC
Fabick Rents - The CAT Rental Store
J.M. Brennan, Inc.
Kotze Construction Co., Inc.
Lemberg Electric Company, Inc.
Michels Foundations
Midwest Drilled Foundations & Engineering Inc.
Mortenson Construction
Sanchez Painting Contractors
VerHalen Commercial Interiors

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CLC Summer Social Tailgate & Brewers Game!
Wednesday, August 10th - 4:30 Tailgate, 7:10 Game!

Food, Fun & Games at the Ahern Offices, then Watch the Brewers vs. Braves at Miller Park!

Join the AGC Construction Leadership Council at our Summer Social. JF Ahern will be hosting a Tailgate Party at their offices, where we’ll grill out, have a buffet of sides, and set up games and contests to play.  Then we will take a short hike up to the Miller Park stadium where we will watch our Milwaukee Brewers take on the Atlanta Braves. We can cheer them home from our seats in Section 128 right along the third base foul line, and still have a great view of the action both infield and outfield! We want everyone to be included, so we have arranged for members of your immediate family to be able to attend at the price of your level of membership!

We are also seeking Food & Beverage Sponsors for the Tailgate. If you would like more information, please contact Brian Eigenfeld at beigenfeld@agc-gm.org for details.

Get the Registration Form Here

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Member Survey: How Do You Resolve Your Construction Disputes?
The AGC, in collaboration with the National Construction Dispute Resolution Committee (NCDRC), is surveying AGC members regarding preferences in resolving construction disputes. The goal of this survey is to assist the NCDRC and the American Arbitration Association (AAA) by providing information that can be used to tailor the Arbitration process to continue to meet the needs of the Construction Industry. The survey can be accessed by clicking on the following link NCDRC Survey AGC. Please note that the survey is confidential as to the individual responses and should not take more than five minutes to complete. Thank you for your help!
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Learn How A/E/C Firms Are Using Staff to Win More Work

The SMPS Foundation and the Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS) have just released the much-anticipated report,  "Sell. Do. Win Business." Over 65 AGC members were surveyed for this report, which highlights facts and figures on how A/E/C firms are handling business development and using staff to win work.

To find this resource, please visit the AGC Business Development Best Practices webpage.

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AGC Launches Podcast, Highlights 2016 Elections in First Episode

AGC recently launched ConstructorCast, a new monthly podcast that explores in depth issues affecting the construction industry. For each episode, AGC will speak with a different authority on current topics including public policy, safety and health, labor and many more. For its first episode, AGC sat down with David Ashinoff, Director of AGC’s PAC and Political Advocacy, to discuss the 2016 elections and what the association is doing to support the industry’s interests through the process.

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Member Recognition
 
AGC Associate Member Century Fence Celebrates a Century in Business!

 

Century Fence Company of Pewaukee announces that it has commenced its hundredth year of corporate existence on June 20th. Henry Bryant, the founder, incorporated the company in 1917 upon his entry into the U.S. Army and his deployment to France during the First World War.

The firm is a major contractor of fencing and highway marking systems operating in seven states in the north central United States. It was previously known as Henry Bryant & Company and Waukesha Steel Products Company before its final name change to Century Fence in 1925.

It operates a branch office in Forest Lake, Minnesota and owns a subsidiary company, Fortress Fence, located in Green Bay, Wisconsin. A manufacturing facility for highway striping equipment is maintained in western Wisconsin in the Village of Knapp.

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In the News
 
'Pokémon Go' Craze Raises Safety Issues

The hit mobile app “Pokémon Go” is giving millions of people their first taste of futuristic augmented-reality technology. It is also raising questions about whether the game’s location and mapping features are luring players into danger.

In “Pokémon Go,” players use their phones to capture virtual creatures that appear to be hovering in their immediate vicinity in the real world. Advancing in the game involves collecting items such as “Poké Balls,” which are needed to catch monsters, and can be found at “PokéStops.” Players use captured creatures to fight other players at “gyms.”

Both PokéStops and gyms usually are located in public places such as libraries, churches and landmarks flagged by the game on a digital map.

The game uses technologies built into modern smartphones, such as the camera and GPS, to create the digital map and determine the location of the creatures and places to visit. It also relies on players’ suggestions and a database from a previous game to determine viable sites for gyms and PokéStops.

The placements raise questions about whether players could get hurt searching unsafe areas—a dark alley or along a river, for example—particularly while staring at a smartphone screen. It is also a reminder of how fast-developing technologies like augmented reality can be handed to people with little precedent or guidance on how to use them in everyday life.

Days after the game’s launch in the U.S., Australia and New Zealand, players shared images and tales on social media of dangerous encounters, such as Pokémon popping up near subway tracks. In O’Fallon, Mo., four teens waited at PokéStops in order to rob arriving players, police said. Law enforcement has warned people to be mindful while exploring.

The game “could be potentially leading people into areas where they don’t belong,” such as construction sites or shuttered storefronts, said Don Boyes, an associate professor of geography and planning at the University of Toronto.

Niantic Inc., the Alphabet Inc. spinout that makes the game in partnership with Pokémon Co. and Nintendo Co., uses a custom version of Google Maps to create the digital playing field. It relies on players’ suggestions to identify places to designate as PokéStops, and is drawing from a pool of about 5 million locations employees previously vetted for an earlier augmented-reality game, “Ingress.”

Beth King drove to a PokéStop in Columbia, S.C., last week and found herself parked outside what appeared to be a shuttered community center.

“The driveway was all weeded up,” said the 26-year-old administrative assistant. “It was in a sketchy part of town.” Another PokéStop was at what she called a rundown church in an empty lot full of potholes. “It was obviously not open anymore,” she said. “It made me nervous.”

As with “Ingress,” Niantic provides “Pokémon Go” players an online form to suggest places as PokéStops or report inappropriate ones. The list of approved locations shared by the two games has “been honed over the past three years,” Niantic Chief Executive John Hanke said. “It’s in pretty good shape.”

The appearance of Pokémon, meanwhile, is generated randomly by an algorithm that matches creature characteristics with the geographic makeup of a player’s location in the real world—think the goldfish-like Magikarp appearing by a lake.

Players could discover Pokémon in remote places, like a forested area of town, since the creatures can pop up almost anywhere a person has internet access and the app open. But players shouldn’t purposefully travel to hard-to-reach locations hoping to find prized rare creatures, Mr. Hanke said. There is no connection; creature rarity is entirely random.

Niantic blocks creatures from roadways, airport runways, bodies of water and other areas, Mr. Hanke said. The company declined to provide a list of fenced-off locations or discuss how it selects those spots.

It is challenging to keep mapping technology up-to-date, experts say. The mapping technology in “Pokémon Go” doesn’t warn players if a PokéStop is in an area that recently suffered storm damage or has a high crime rate, for example.

“If you’re a tourist in a city having fun, this could be a potentially dangerous app,” said Brian Tomaszewski, associate professor at the Rochester Institute of Technology, who specializes in geographic information systems.

Niantic and its partners are aware of such scenarios as Pokémon hovering near subway tracks or players visiting PokéStops late at night, Mr. Hanke said. He pointed to the game’s warning cautioning players to be aware of their surroundings.

“We rely on our users to use the same common sense they would to go out for a walk or bike ride,” Mr. Hanke said. “Places may be safe during the day but not at night. They may be safe for you but not somebody else.”

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In This Issue
Association Highlights
AGC IT Forum Conference: See IT, Learn IT, Build IT!
Last Chance to Save 20% on Sponsorships for the AGC Annual Golf Classic
CLC Summer Social Tailgate & Brewers Game!
Member Survey: How Do You Resolve Your Construction Disputes?
Learn How A/E/C Firms Are Using Staff to Win More Work
AGC Launches Podcast, Highlights 2016 Elections in First Episode
Member Recognition
AGC Associate Member Century Fence Celebrates a Century in Business!
In the News
'Pokémon Go' Craze Raises Safety Issues
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