The 2021 Dodge Construction Outlook Conference Will Model Emerging Practices for Building Product Manufacturers to Work With Architects and Engineers

    The 82nd annual Dodge Construction Outlook Conference will occur on November 3 from 11:00–3:30 (EDT). Although the conference will be virtual this year, due to COVID-19, it remains a cornerstone event for construction industry leaders and the media. Its forecasts offer critical insights into the U.S. economy and the construction market.

    The conference will feature two keynotes: The 2021 construction industry findings will be presented by Dodge Data & Analytics’ chief economist Richard Branch and will outline the risks and opportunities facing the industry in the year ahead. Moody’s Analytics deputy chief economist Chris deRitis will present a forecast for the economy in general.

    A series of conference sessions will target individual audiences: general contractors, architects and engineers, building product manufacturers, subcontractors, and technology leaders.

    The session for building product manufacturers, titled “Strategies for Reaching and Influencing Architects and Engineers are Undergoing Striking Change,” will address the ways that physical limitations emplaced over the past 18 months due in large part to COVID-19 have ignited a permanent shift towards digitally-based processes for product selection, project documentation, continuing education, and ongoing awareness of industry trends and innovations. The session will be hosted by Steve Jones, senior research director for Dodge Data & Analytics.