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AEC Business is a digital media outlet helping you keep tabs on construction innovation and technology. The podcast features trailblazers who are making construction better for people, businesses, and the environment.

AEC Business Aarni Heiskanen

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AEC Business is a digital media outlet helping you keep tabs on construction innovation and technology. The podcast features trailblazers who are making construction better for people, businesses, and the environment.

    Digitalizing the Building Permit Process

    Digitalizing the Building Permit Process

    In this podcast episode, Aarni discusses with Francesca Noardo and Rick Klooster who gave presentations at this year’s first WDBE pre-event which took place in Tallinn, Estonia. The event was about BIM-based Building Permit Process Automation.

    • 18 min
    The Rise of Volumetric Construction – An Interview with Henry Mickleburgh

    The Rise of Volumetric Construction – An Interview with Henry Mickleburgh

    Volumetric modular construction is on the rise. I had the pleasure of interviewing one of the leading experts on the subject, Henry Mickleburgh.















    About Henry







    This is how Henry describes himself: “Narrowly avoiding a lucrative career in the burgeoning telecommunications industry of the late 80s, I was convinced, by a friend, to join him at University for the world of Civil Engineering. Years of ‘normal’ Site Engineering and Site Management Progression ensued, which I wasn’t really comfortable with. A part-time sponsored HR Master really only made me more dysfunctional. Fortunately, I found a far better home at AMEC in Preconstruction, where my eclectic outlook and love of all aspects of engineering became more of an asset. 







    Moving to a Process and Project Management controls consultancy, in the late 00s, allowed me to work internationally and autonomously. A transition from Nuclear 7 years ago, to the world of international volumetric modular construction has offered me the opportunity to harness all of my background for what’s a genuinely ‘Jack of all Trades’ and exciting industry.”







    You can find Henry on LinkedIn.







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    • 31 min
    Internal Innovators – An Interview with Kaihan Krippendorff

    Internal Innovators – An Interview with Kaihan Krippendorff

    Conventional business wisdom tells us that entrepreneurs are society’s main source of innovation. Young founders leave college with a big idea, get to work in a garage, and build something that changes the world. Typical corporate employees, strangled by slow-moving bureaucracy, are blocked from making transformative discoveries.















    In this podcast, strategist and advisor Kaihan Krippendorff, will share insights from his latest book, Driving Innovation from Within, seeks to disprove one of today’s biggest business myths to highlight lessons for innovators and leaders. He reveals how many of the modern world’s most impactful creations were invented by passionate employee innovators. If it were left up to go-it-alone entrepreneurs, we would not have mobile phones, personal computers, or e-mail.







    Distilling more than 150 interviews with internal innovators and leading experts along with insights from the latest research and today’s most successful companies, Krippendorff lays out a framework employees can apply to drive innovation from within and leaders can apply to unlock innovation from the inside, IN-OVATE:







    * Intent* Need* Options* Value-blockers* Act* Team* Environment







    Kaihan was recognized by Thinkers50 as one of the eight most influential innovation thought leaders and one of 30 emerging thought-leaders to look out for. His book, Driving Innovation from Within, is meant to be a practical and inspiring guide to leadership from all levels for those who want the fulfillment of changing the world without leaving their job in order to do it.







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    • 23 min
    From Earth to Mars and Back – An Interview with David Malott

    From Earth to Mars and Back – An Interview with David Malott

    David Malott, the Founder and CEO of AI SpaceFactory, is my guest on the AEC Business podcast. We discuss the new robotized 3D printing technology that can make living and working on Mars possible but also help us build more sustainably on our planet.























    AI SpaceFactory was founded in 2017 by David Malott to create technologies for long-term missions to the Moon and Mars, with the goal of revolutionizing the construction industry on Earth. The company’s technologies won first place in the NASA 3D Printed Habitat Challenge in 2019.







    Now, AI SpaceFactory is devising 3D printing buildings with recycled waste and local resources. These buildings, called TERAs, will reduce landfill waste and our collective carbon footprint, leading to carbon-negative construction. It relies on completely autonomously performing robots to keep construction workers safe from dangerous jobs.







    In 2020, the company will begin a multi-year pilot program to build TERAs in locations across the US and globally.







    Connect with David on LinkedIn.







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    • 25 min
    What’s Around the Corner? An Interview with Rita McGrath

    What’s Around the Corner? An Interview with Rita McGrath

    I had the pleasure of interviewing Rita McGrath about pivotal changes in business environments. That’s the topic of her latest book Seeing Around Corners: How to Spot Inflection Points in Business Before They Happen. I was interested in hearing what an inflection point could be in the construction industry.







    In the interview, we discuss the following topics:







    * What are inflection points* Are we going to see one in the construction industry* How should AEC businesses strategize in the changing business environment







    About Rita McGrath







    Rita Gunther McGrath is a best-selling author, a sought-after speaker, and a longtime professor at Columbia Business School. She is widely recognized as a premier expert on leading innovation and growth during times of uncertainty. Rita has received the #1 achievement award for strategy from the prestigious Thinkers50 and has been consistently named one of the world’s Top 10 management thinkers in its bi-annual ranking. As a consultant to CEOs, her work has had a lasting impact on the strategy and growth programs of Fortune 500 companies worldwide.















    Rita is the author of the best-selling The End of Competitive Advantage (Harvard Business Review Press, 2013). Her new book is Seeing Around Corners: How to Spot Inflection Points in Business Before They Happen (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2019). She has written three other books, including Discovery Driven Growth, cited by Clayton Christensen as creating one of the most important management ideas ever developed. She is a highly sought-after speaker at exclusive corporate events around the globe, such as the Global Peter Drucker Forum.







    She received her Ph.D. from the Wharton School (University of Pennsylvania) and has degrees with honors from Barnard College and the Columbia School of International and Public Affairs.







    Follow Rita on Twitter @rgmcgrath. For more information, visit RitaMcGrath.com.







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    • 9 min
    AI for Construction – An Interview with René Morkos of ALICE

    AI for Construction – An Interview with René Morkos of ALICE

    Artificial Intelligence is finding its way into construction planning and simulation. I interviewed René Morkos, the founder and CEO of ALICE Technologies. ALICE combines a first-of-its-kind construction planning platform with a powerful AI engine and promises big savings on construction projects.







    In the interview, we discuss, among others, the following topics:







    * René’s professional experience and his PhD* What is ALICE?* The benefits of AI-based construction platform* Lean construction and AI* The future of AI in construction* How to start using ALICE







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    About René







    René Morkos







    René Morkos obtained his Ph.D. in artificial intelligence applications for construction as a Charles H. Leavell fellow at Stanford University. He is a second-generation civil engineer with over 15 years of construction industry experience that is divided between industry and academia.







    René’s professional experience includes working as a project manager in Afghanistan, underwater pipeline construction, automation engineering on a $350 million gas refinery expansion project in Abu Dhabi, ERP system implementations, and various Virtual Design and Construction projects.







    ALICE Technologies







    ALICE Technologies is the world’s first construction planning and simulation platform that leverages artificial intelligence to dynamically generate and analyze millions of valid schedules for large-scale construction projects.   This enables contractors and owners to plan, bid, and build more effectively, reducing construction durations and labor costs by $30 million for a typical $500 million construction project.







    ALICE: Analyze Schedule







    The founder, René Morkos, completed his PhD in AI applications for construction at Stanford University, where ALICE was born. Current customers include some of the world’s pre-eminent construction companies including Mortenson, Parsons, AF Gruppen, and Katerra. The company is based in Palo Alto.







    ALICE: Explore schedules







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    • 29 min

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