Members: Get to Know Your Industry

Our member-exclusive events offer member companies and their employees the perfect opportunity to further establish their network within the construction industry.

These social and networking events represent a huge added benefit to membership, with exciting and varied events to participate in and show your support for MBEX.

  • Check out the full 2024 Events Calendar as events are being added throughout the year. Dates & times subject to change for listed events.

All of our events are sponsored in part by The Builders Group (TBG).  Thank you, TBG!

February

02.20.2024 Introduction to Upcoming Bluebeam Courses

We are excited to announce we have partnered with Troy DeGroot with UChpater2.com to provide the best quality Bluebeam training in the industry.

Don't miss this opportunity to see an introduction to each upcoming course and learning objectives.

DATE: Tuesday, February 20
TIME:  10:30AM
LOCATION:  Online
INSTRUCTOR:  Troy DeGroot, UChapter2.com
PRICE:  Free!
 


When it comes to AEC industry software, Bluebeam Revu is one of the most popular quickly growing to over 3 million users worldwide. With functionality for Design Review, Estimating, Collecting Field Data, and others, Bluebeam is not your average PDF software.

Get your questions answered to assure you're in the appropriate courses for your skillset and workflows.

Be sure to register right away as seats are limited, and share with your industry peers!

02.27.2024 Member Road Show: Mankato

Join MBEX for a casual gathering with food, drinks, and networking with great company.

DATE: Tuesday, February 27
TIME: 3:00pm - 5:00pm
LOCATION: The Pub 500 (500 S Front St, Mankato, MN 56001)
PRICE: Free!
 


Invite colleagues, members and non-members alike, to learn how MBEX serves the commercial construction sector, what membership entails, and meet staff.

While this event is 100% free, we do request that attendees register so we have an accurate head count for food and drink orders.

02.28.2024 Member Road Show: St. Cloud

Join MBEX for a casual gathering with food, drinks, and networking with great company.

DATE: Wednesday, February 28
TIME: 3:00pm - 5:00pm
LOCATION: Granite City (3945 2nd St S, St Cloud, MN 56301)
PRICE: Free!
 


Invite colleagues, members and non-members alike, to learn how MBEX serves the commercial construction sector, what membership entails, and meet staff.

While this event is 100% free, we do request that attendees register so we have an accurate head count for food and drink orders.

02.29.2024 Member Road Show: Fargo

Join MBEX for a casual gathering with food, drinks, and networking with great company.

DATE: Thursday, February 29
TIME: 3:00pm - 5:00pm
LOCATION: Jasper Hotel (215 Broadway N.Fargo, ND 58102)
PRICE: Free!
 


Invite colleagues, members and non-members alike, to learn how MBEX serves the commercial construction sector, what membership entails, and meet staff.

While this event is 100% free, we do request that attendees register so we have an accurate head count for food and drink orders.

March

03.03.2024 Women in Construction (WIC) Week

Women in Construction (WIC) Week celebrates and promotes the role of women in the construction industry.

DATE: March 3 - 9
TIME: See events schedule for various event times + locations.
EVENTS SCHEDULE:  Coming soon!

The first WIC Week was held in 1998 and has only grown and expanded each year since. The Minneapolis-St.Paul NAWIC Chapter has a full schedule planned for the next week. Check'em out, join in, and celebrate the women of our industry!

03.04.2024 WIC WEEK: Speed Mentoring

Join us for a fast-paced and empowering speed mentoring session, where you can connect and gain valuable insights in your career.

DATE: Monday, March 4
TIME: 7:00am - Check In & Continental Breakfast  |  7:30am - Logistics and Introduction  |  7:46am - Spending Mentoring Rounds 1-5  |  8:58am - Closing Comments  |  9:00am - Networking / Social (optional - no pressure to stay!)
LOCATION: Dunwoody College of Technology (Minneapolis, Minn.)
COST:  Free!
 


Kick-off Women in Construction (WIC) Week with Dunwoody and MBEX POWER!

Speed mentoring is a series of focused sessions with up to five mentors from the design, construction, and engineering world.

How does speed mentoring work? 
Mentees will have 12 minutes per mentor to ask questions, learn about their experiences and get advice. Once 12 minutes is up, you will move to your next mentor. You can network with other participants as well.

How should I prepare for this event?
Review the biographies of the mentors (they will be posted here and emailed out to registrants). Plan out some questions. We will have some prepared questions at the event for a conversation starter.

 

Continental breakfast is sponosred by the Minnesota
Builders Exchange Women's POWER series.

03.05.2024 Bluebeam 1: Baseline Basics

Whether you're opening Bluebeam Revu for the first time, or you've used it for years, this class will ensure a higher baseline knowledge.
 

DATE: Tuesday, March 5
TIME:  10:30am - 12:30pm CST
LOCATION: Online
PRICE: MBEX Member - $110 | Non-MBEX Member - $165
INSTRUCTOR: Troy DeGroot, UChapter2
 


Attendees will learn interface navigation including menu dropdowns, toolbars, various tool panels, keyboard shortcuts and a few recommended settings. While learning various markup and measurement tools, several tips & tricks will be shared to increase speed and accuracy. 


Learning Objectives:
• Interface Navigation
• Calibration & Measurements
• Introduction to the Markups List


About Bluebeam Revu
When it comes to AEC industry software, Bluebeam Revu is one of the most popular, quickly growing to over 2 million users worldwide. With functionality for Design Review, Estimating, Collecting Field Data, and others, Bluebeam is not your average PDF software.

03.06.2024 Bluebeam 2: Material Takeoffs & Estimates (Basic)

With Revu’s intuitive measurement tools and customizable interface, we can turn your highlighters into a data rich takeoff tools.*
 

DATE: Wednesday, March 6
TIME:  10:30am - 12:30pm CST
LOCATION: Online
PRICE: MBEX Member - $110 | Non-MBEX Member - $165
INSTRUCTOR: Troy DeGroot, UChapter2
 


We’ll start out going through the standard measurement tools and settings, then move into various customization options and discuss the results in the Markups List.

*MANDATORY PRE-REQUIITE: Student(s) must have taken Baseline Basics to enroll in this course.
 

Learning Objectives:
• Introduction to Viewports
• Measurement Tips & Tricks
• Custom Estimating Tools


About Bluebeam Revu
When it comes to AEC industry software, Bluebeam Revu is one of the most popular, quickly growing to over 2 million users worldwide. With functionality for Design Review, Estimating, Collecting Field Data, and others, Bluebeam is not your average PDF software.

03.06.2024 [WEBINAR] Win More Women-Owned Contracts in 2024

Join GovWin’s federal market expert, Ashley Sanderson, as she unveils a women-owned small business opportunity analysis and the insights and factors impacting women-owned contractors.
 

DATE: Tuesday, March 6
TIME: 1:00pm CST | 2:00pm EST
DURATION: 1-hour
LOCATION: Online
COST: Free!
 


The federal government implemented the Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) and the Economically Disadvantaged Women-Owned Small Business (EDWOSB) programs in February 2011. Despite competing against many of the other small business programs for federal dollars, the WOSB and EDWOSB programs have some unique rules and regulations on how the programs are used.
 

Highlights include: 
• History of the WOSB program and how to become a WOSB/EDWOSB
• How WOSB differs from other socioeconomic programs managed by the SBA 
• Trends in WOSB/EDWOSB programs and spending
• Spotlight opportunities for WOSB / EDWOSB firms to successfully leverage the programs

 

This webinar is presented by GovWin from Deltek.

03.06.2024 Member Road Show: Duluth

Join MBEX for a casual gathering with food, drinks, and networking with great company.

DATE: Wednesday, March 6
TIME: 3:00pm - 5:00pm
LOCATION: Mr. D's Bar and Grill (5622 Grand Ave, Duluth, MN 55807)
PRICE: Free!
 


Invite colleagues, members and non-members alike, to learn how MBEX serves the commercial construction sector, what membership entails, and meet staff.

While this event is 100% free, we do request that attendees register so we have an accurate head count for food and drink orders.

03.07.2024 Bluebeam 3: Material Takeoffs & Estimates (Advanced)

Did you know you can export to an Excel spreadsheet, or even link directly to that Excel template file full of formulas you’ve been using for years?*
 

DATE: Thursday, March 7
TIME: 10:30am-12:30pm
LOCATION: Online
PRICE: MBEX Member - $110 | Non-MBEX Member - $165
INSTRUCTOR: Troy DeGroot, UChatper2
 


After finishing the Bluebeam Takeoffs & Estimates (Basics) course, we’ll move into creating custom columns, embedding formulas, and information organization.

*MANDATORY PRE-REQUISITES: Bluebeam 1: Baseline Basics & Bluebean 2: Material Takeoffs & Estimates (Basics)


Learning Objectives:
• Custom Estimating Tools - continued from Material Takeoffs & Estimates (Basics)
• Collecting Rich Data with Custom Columns
• Reports and Exporting Data


About Bluebeam Revu
When it comes to AEC industry software, Bluebeam Revu is one of the most popular, quickly growing to over 2 million users worldwide. With functionality for Design Review, Estimating, Collecting Field Data, and others, Bluebeam is not your average PDF software.

03.07.2024 Member Road Show: The Iron Range

Join MBEX for a casual gathering with food, drinks, and networking with great company.

DATE: Thursday, March 7
TIME: 3:00pm - 5:00pm
LOCATION: Sawmill Saloon (5478 Mountain Iron Dr, Virginia, MN 55792)
PRICE: Free!
 


Invite colleagues, members and non-members alike, to learn how MBEX serves the commercial construction sector, what membership entails, and meet staff.

While this event is 100% free, we do request that attendees register so we have an accurate head count for food and drink orders.

03.08.2024 Bluebeam 4: Document Management & Best Practices

Are your drawings or those from your customers a mess? Gibberish in the Page Labels, no hyperlinks, sheets out of order all combined into one bloated document? In this class you’ll learn a quick workflow to fixing all those pain points and more.*
 

DATE: Friday, March 8
TIME: 10:30am-12:30pm
LOCATION: Online
PRICE: MBEX Member - $110 | Non-MBEX Member - $165
INSTRUCTOR: Troy DeGroot, UChatper2
 


Things like automatically finding and clouding changes on revised sheets and tracking the most current version of each sheet.  This class will not only improve consistency and accuracy in document management, but it will eliminate all the time wasted navigating through drawing sets and wondering who has the latest drawings.

*MANDATORY PRE-REQUISITE: Bluebeam 1: Baseline Basics 


Learning Objectives:
• Creating Hyperlinks to Quickly Navigate Drawings
• Manage Revisions with Batch Slip Sheet
• Find Drawing Changes Automatically


About Bluebeam Revu
When it comes to AEC industry software, Bluebeam Revu is one of the most popular, quickly growing to over 2 million users worldwide. With functionality for Design Review, Estimating, Collecting Field Data, and others, Bluebeam is not your average PDF software.

03.12.2024 Air Barrier Symposium

Join CSI - Minneapolis / St Paul, ABAA, and BEC - Minnesota for a half-day event with multiple presentations, tabletops, and lunch.
 

DATE: Tuesday, March 12
TIME: 9:00am - 2:00pm CST
LOCATION: Boy Scouts Base Camp (6202 Bloomington Road, Fort Snelling, MN 55111)
COST: CSI Members - $25 | Non CSI Members - $50
QUESTIONS: Contact Tamara Foncerrada, ABAA, (339) 206-1142 or tamara@airbarrier.org
 


SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
• 9:00am - 9:30am:  Sign In & Welcome

• 9:30am - 10:30am:  Whole Building Testing is Coming - Do Not Fear It

• 10:30am - 11:45am:  Break

• 10:45am - 11:45am:  Why of Commissioning - A Look at the Proess and How It Can Mitigate Risk

• 11:45am - 12:45pm:  Lunch & Visit Vendor Tables

• 12:45pm - 1:45pm:  Groundhog Day - Reoccurring Field Installation Issues with Air Barriers

 

Full session descriptions can be found on the CSI - Minneapolis / St Paul chapter website or download the event flyer

03.12.2024 Bluebeam 5: Collecting Field Data

Learn to create and place custom punch symbols, quickly embed images or videos, and create summary reports.*
 

DATE: Tuesday, March 12
TIME: 10:30am-12:30pm
LOCATION: Online
PRICE: MBEX Member - $110 | Non-MBEX Member - $165
INSTRUCTOR: Troy DeGroot, UChatper2
 


Whether your tracking install progress or running a QA/QC final walk, this class was developed for design and construction professionals in both the office and jobsite looking for ways to build consistency, speed and accuracy of data collection.

*MANDATORY PRE-REQUISITE: Bluebeam 1: Baseline Basics 


Learning Objectives:
• Create and place punch symbols to denote status or deficiencies.
• Embed field images or videos to clearly show site conditions.
• Generate reports integrated directly with document markups.
• See industry examples from your competitors.


About Bluebeam Revu
When it comes to AEC industry software, Bluebeam Revu is one of the most popular, quickly growing to over 2 million users worldwide. With functionality for Design Review, Estimating, Collecting Field Data, and others, Bluebeam is not your average PDF software.

03.13.2024 Bluebeam 6: Administrative Professionals

Administrative teams have unique document workflows that demand a different set of tools compared to design and construction teams.
 

DATE: Wednesday, March 13
TIME: 10:30am - 12:30pm
LOCATION: Online
PRICE: MBEX Member - $110  |  Non-MBEX Member - $165
INSTRUCTOR:  Troy DeGroot, UChapter2
 


A typical Bluebeam class concentrates on design markups, estimating and collecting field data, but this class is very different! In just two hours you’ll be ready to combine documents, mark for redaction, apply digital signatures and several other important administrative tasks.


Learning Objectives:
• Extracting pages from existing documents
• Use Redaction to quickly clean sensitive information from documents
• Creating and applying digital signatures
• Updating Page Labels
• Applying headers and footers
• Search document text and visual symbols
• Apply stamps
• Flag important content in documents


About Bluebeam Revu
When it comes to AEC industry software, Bluebeam Revu is one of the most popular, quickly growing to over 2 million users worldwide. With functionality for Design Review, Estimating, Collecting Field Data, and others, Bluebeam is not your average PDF software.


About the Instructor: Troy DeGroot
With over 20 years in the industry, Troy DeGroot has cultivated a deep understanding of the requirements of customers, the needs of end users, common goals of management, and the capacities of the technology. He had led many companies through successful software implementations and training. Having served as the BIM Manager for a large multi-discipline engineering firm, he provides a broad understanding of the industry and the evolution of technology. Read Troy's full bio

03.14.2024 Bluebeam 7: Civil Workflows

Yes, there are tools in Bluebeam Revu for Civil Designers and Engineers!
 

DATE: Thursday, March 14
TIME: 10:30am-12:30pm
LOCATION: Online
PRICE: MBEX Member - $110 | Non-MBEX Member - $165
INSTRUCTOR: Troy DeGroot, UChatper2
 


In this class we will go through not only navigation and markups but workflows like Calibrating Plan & Profile drawings with different X-Y scales, ideas for Cut & Fill calculations, combining several PDF’s into one large area map, and adding images. We’ll also look at ideas for bidding and tracking field survey projects. 


Learning Objectives:
• Calibrating X,Y Scales
• Adding Images
• Creating large area maps
• Ideas for Cut/Fill Calculations
• Ideas for Bidding & Tracking Survey Projects


About Bluebeam Revu
When it comes to AEC industry software, Bluebeam Revu is one of the most popular, quickly growing to over 2 million users worldwide. With functionality for Design Review, Estimating, Collecting Field Data, and others, Bluebeam is not your average PDF software.

03.19.2024 What’s a MEWP?

Join Minnesota OSHA Compliance at its next online-only Construction Seminar to hear presenter Jay Tyrrell, Northern Safety LLC, discuss MEWP-related training, inspections, ANSI, and why crews and operators are complaining about the new equipment.
 

DATE: Tuesday, March 19
TIME: 7:00am
LOCATION: Online only
COST: Free
 


Mobile elevating work platforms (MEWPs) have many generic and interchangeable nicknames: aerials; aerial work platforms; access equipment boom lifts; scissors; and more. MEWPs can also be deadly and introduce specific safety hazards.

 

ABOUT CONSTRUCTION SEMINARS
Minnesota OSHA (MNOSHA) Compiance's free Construction Seminars feature a presentation about a specific construction safety or health topic --- with time for questions, answers, and input.

The Construction Seminars are set up for interaction with the audience, leading to better understanding of the topic and more practical learning, and providing a safe environment for participants to ask real worksite questions and get real worksite safety and health solutions.

03.20.2024 Reading Construction Documents

All construction professionals, regardless of working in the field or in the office, must know how to read blueprints, specs, and construction plans.
 

• Dates: Wednesday, March 20 & Thursday, March 21, 2024
• Time: 10:30am - 1:30pm CST
• Location: Online via Zoom
• Instructor: Troy DeGroot with UChapter2
• Pricing: MBEX Members - $329*  |  Non-MBEX Members - $460
 

Designed to quickly familiarize students with the basics of reading and understanding construction documents, this 2-part online program is perfect for: apprentices, entry-level tradespersons, project coordinators, assistant project managers, new project managers, estimators, specialty sales representatives, entry-level architectural or engineering designers, or anyone in career transition looking for a refresher.

From navigating title block information to combing through specification documents, participants will learn how to navigate a project and understand the material and construction requirements. Learning objectives include an introduction to construction documents, understanding industry document standards, drawing navigation, and the importance of specialty plans.
 



*Work for a Member Company? That makes *you* an MBEX member and qualifies you for the member pricing. Not sure if your company is an MBEX member? Email Ashlee and she can verify your company's status. 

 

Meet the Instructor
With over 20 years in the industry, Troy DeGroot has cultivated a deep understanding of the requirements of customers, the needs of end users, common goals of management, and the capacities of the technology. He had led many companies through successful software implementations and training. Having served as the BIM Manager for a large multi-discipline engineering firm, he provides a broad understanding of the industry and the evolution of technology. Read Troy's full bio

03.21.2024 MBEX Online Plan Room Demo

Join us for a free live online walk-through of our digital platform to learn the basics, refresh yourself on its offered tools, or to explore if our plan room would benefit your business.
 

DATES:
• Thursday, March 21 - Now Open for Sign-Up
• Thursday, April 18
• Thursday, May 16
• Thursday, June 20

TIME: 9:00am - 10:00am
COST: Free
LOCATION: Online via Zoom
 


From the Deskpad to setting up filters, to project information to bidders lists, this is a one-hour session is a great introduction to our Online Plan Room. There will be time at the end of the presentation for question and answer. Registrants must be signed up by 12:30pm the day before (Wednesday, March 20) to receive Zoom link and other information.

 

ABOUT THE MBEX ONLINE PLAN ROOM
MBEX's modern and innovative online plan room is designed to bring its members the latest in Minnesota's commercial construction project news and bidding opportunities as well as projects from Iowa, Wisconsin, North Dakota and South Dakota. MBEX's team of reporters work hard behind-the-scenes to post complete project details along with viewable files (dependent on a members' level of access). They coordinate project details with the architects, engineers, project owners, and construction managers to create a smooth viewing process for members. Once posted, bidders can easily access the project scope, view plans, specs and addenda, download files, order prints and download needed documents. Bidders can also manage email notifications for timely notices of newly posted projects, new filter results, and addenda notifications on tracked projects.

03.27.2024 Q1 Construction Economic Update & Forecast

Sign up for this 60-minute presentation, followed by 30 minutes of live Q&A, hosted by Construction Executive
 

DATE: Wednesday, March 27
TIME: 1:00pm CST | 2:00pm EST
LOCATION:  Online
PRESENTER:  Anirban Basu, chief economist for Associated Builders & Contractors
COST:  Free!
 


Crafted with commercial contractors in mind, Basu’s presentation will offer up-to-the-minute economic data, including the cost of labor and materials, top market sectors and regions and the Fed’s ongoing efforts to engineer a soft landing for a tumultuous economy. Basu will also provide his thoughts as to if and/or when we’ll actually see a recession and how that may affect construction.

Questions may be submitted in advance when you register for this webinar.

03.28.2024 DOT Hazardous Material (HazMat) & Hazardous Waste Management (EPS / RCRA) Training Seminar

Join Safety-Kleen for their offered DOT / RCRA Compliance Training: DOT Hazardous Materials (HazMat) Training and Hazardous Waste Management (RCRA) Training.
 

DATE: Thursday, March 28
TIME: DOT Hazardous Materials (HazMat) Training: 8:00am-11:15am  |  Hazardous Waste Management (RCRA) Training: 11:30am-12:30pm
LOCATION: Online
COST: $400 / person
Download Seminar Flyer
 

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HAZMAT TRAINING:
This half-day DOT seminar will teach employees the proper prepping, packaging, placarding, and labeling required to ship Hazardour Materials. Every employee involved in shipping, transporting, or handling hazardous materials must receive training to be certified; the training must be repeated at least every 36 months; and the training must be updated whenever there is a regulation change affecting an employee's job duties.

Who Should Attend? Employees who:
1.) Load, unload or handle hazardous materials;
2.) Design, manufacture, fabricate, inspect, maintain, mark, recondition, repair or test a package, container or packaging component that is represented, marked, certified, or sold as qualified for use in transporting hazardous material in commerce;
3.) Prepare hazards materials for transportation;
4.) Are responsible for safety transporting hazardous materials; and
5.) Operate a vehicle to transport hazardous materials.
 

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RCRA TRAINING:
This half-day seminar will teach employees how to identify harzardous waste, proper waste management of hazardous and universal waste, how to complete manifests accurately and emergency preparedness and release reporting.

Who Should Attend?
1.) Waste handlers;
2.) Emergency responders;
3.) Enrionmental managers; and
4.) Anyone with a basic knowledge of hazardous waste requirements seeking an update and refresher on current hazardous and universal waste requirements.
 

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OTHER DETAILS
All training materials will be provided. At the completion of the training, participants will receive their certificate of completion for 3-years of RCRA training.

Register for the training through the link above. Safety-Kleen also asks that for anyone who registers, please flil out this sign-in-sheet and send to them. If you are signing up multiple people, please fill out the form with each person's information included.

For additional information on the seminar program or to enroll, please contact Michael Fisher: (612) 283-7007 or Michael.Fisher@safety-kleen.com.