The Art of Construction is here to help you grow your business. Together we explore the world of construction with some of the best minds in the industry. This insightful podcast is hosted by thought provoking entrepreneur, Devon Tilly. Devon has been recognized nationally for his innovation and creativity within the building industry. Join our tribe as we master the Art of Construction.
Artificial Intelligence Series: How AI Mitigates Risk And Ensures Profit
Phil Carpenter, CMO at ALICE Technologies, and Michael MacBean, Project Director at Pacific Structures, join us for episode 236 of Art of Construction and episode 1 of our Deep Dive Series looking into how artificial intelligence can improve construction projects.
Pacific Structures is one of the leading concrete contractors in California. Their team has three decades of experience designing and building some of California’s most complex concrete structures. Michael originally joined Pacific Structures as their Director of Preconstruction, and early in his time there he implemented the use of ALICE's AI Simulator on their projects.
When doing the types of jobs Pacific Structures takes on, there is no room for error. When you're building giant concrete structures, your crew schedules, materials, equipment availability, productions rates and more can all make or break your success and profitability on a project.
Mike began using ALICE at Pacific Structures to streamline his planning and management of all those variables. By using the power of artificial intelligence to find the optimal solutions for his projects, his time can be spent making valuable business decisions instead of having to consistently track and analyze all sorts of details about a project.
Join Devon, Phil and Mike as they discuss the way ALICE's algorithms improve Pacific Structures' projects, utilizing ALICE's visually generated solutions for team and stakeholder presentations, and what preconstruction and project management will look like in a fully digitized AEC industry.
Robots and Rebar
Daniel Blank, CEO and Co-Founder of Toggle Industries, and Matt McMullen, AOC Executive Director, join us for episode 235 of Art of Construction.
Toggle Industries is a New York-based company that is focused on increasing safety and efficiency for reinforced concrete and rebar assembly processes, serving the urban high rise, renewable energy, precast concrete and civil construction sectors of the AEC industry. With rebar and reinforced concrete processes having always been a manual labor-dependent practice, Toggle has created a start-to-finish digital system that still fits people into the mix, pushing for productivity rather than total automation.
Originally an outsider to construction, Daniel Blank came from a graphic design background. This helped him immensely, as he utilized his design thinking approach to immerse himself into the current rebar assembly process. He knew there was a better way: prefabricating a project's rebar shapes offsite and having robots take on the heavy lifting and positioning. With this solution, Toggle has seen an overall production rate that is five times higher than traditional assembly methods.
Tune in as Daniel, Matt and Devon discuss the foundation of Toggle, creating a material-agnostic construction technology, the push for a manufacturing approach in our industry, and some tips for entrepreneurs to be seen by venture capitalists.
The Best Modular Construction Requires a Holistic Mindset
Michael Heitsman, President of Development at Best Gen Companies, and Matt McMullen, AOC Executive Director, join us for episode 234 of Art of Construction.
Best Gen is a South Dakota-based turnkey modular real estate company that delivers the complete process, from conception to completion. With specialties covering the entire scope of building (architectural design, development, commercial, single family custom homes, management and investments) they strive to create the next "Best GENeration" in turnkey projects throughout the Midwest and South regions of the U.S.
In construction, the concept of modular is increasing in popularity, even becoming a mainstream building practice. This is crucial in building better buildings, but if there's limited connectivity and communication on all fronts, the process becomes just as inefficient and messy as what we know old construction practices to be.
With a background in architecture and a desire to create the most utilizable buildings, it didn’t take long for Michael Heitsman to realize the immense, typical disconnect between architects, owners, general contractors and modular factories. He knew a beginning-to-end, innovative approach to modular projects was the best practice, which is what led to the becoming of Best Gen with a likeminded business partner, Branden Bestgen.
Join Michael, Matt and Devon as they discuss Best Gen's holistic mindset and approach in modular construction, what being nimble means in our industry today, how building a space with input from the users of the space is crucial, and the benefits of leaving egos at the door.
Building an IT House Series: Connectivity Creates the House
Ryan Lee, President and CEO of Information Technology Solutions, Corp joins us for episode 233 of Art of Construction, and episode four of our Deep Dive Series looking into how construction projects and IT platforms are built, and humanizing IT in construction.
From laying the foundation, to examining the blueprints, to finding the right integrations and support for our project, our IT house is almost complete! Now, our last step is ensuring the data we need is easily accessible from wherever we're working – at a jobsite, the home office, or our favorite remote workplace. Construction and technology have many layers that can change at the drop of a hat, so it is crucial that a mutual, connected understanding of the project among all of those involved is put into place.
Join Ryan and Devon as they discuss the best integrations for connecting the field to the office, the many uses of data in construction practices, what we can learn from video games, and how technology should always work to help your business, not hinder it.
Contractor Marketing That Doesn't Suck
Tim Brown, Founder and CEO of Hook Agency, and Scott Hicken, AOC Executive Producer and Marketing Director of Mountain View Window & Door, join us on episode 232 of Art of Construction.
Hook Agency is a Minneapolis-based, Google-specialized construction marketing company that specializes in high-end website building, search engine optimization and pay-per-click marketing. With a deep respect and passion for the skilled trades, growth-minded contractors and home service companies are their sole client focus. They believe websites shouldn't just be for show and fluff, but rather long-term assets that consistently bring traffic and quality leads to your business.
It's no question that when a building is built lazily, or a project is carelessly thrown together, it usually sucks. Low-quality marketing projects and strategies are no exception! Tim Brown is very well aware of this, which is why he started Hook Agency. He's always appreciated the entrepreneurial spirit of contractors and their abilities to build something tangible – and wanted to help showcase their crafts and earn them more business.
Join Tim, Scott and Devon as they discuss the founding of Hook Agency, the need for contractors in the digital age to own their marketing, agency types to steer clear from, the difference between leads and quality leads, marketing statistics you should actually care about, and how finding a few specific marketing solutions for your business is far more beneficial than trying a bunch at half capacity.
Building an IT House Series: Integrations and Support for a Sound Structure
Ryan Lee, President and CEO of Information Technology Solutions, Corp joins us for episode 231 of Art of Construction, and episode three of our Deep Dive Series looking into how construction projects and IT platforms are built, and humanizing IT in construction.
We've laid the foundation. We've examined the blueprints and have a clear, cohesive plan. Now what? We start to see it come together, by carefully integrating the various systems and supporters that work best for our businesses and our buildings!
Think of IT integrations and support as you'd think of subcontractors on a construction project. All of these intricacies working together toward one common goal – a well-built structure for people to not only survive in, but thrive in. Their unique skillsets are essential. If something is overlooked, miscommunicated or jumbled, the whole project can turn into a costly mess. Technology should work for YOU, not the other way around, which is more than possible with a keen understanding of your business objective and beginning with the end in mind.
Tune in as Ryan and Devon discuss the deeper parallels of IT and construction projects, finding your business's "IT vitals" and key integrations to begin with, how the right support is necessary for success, and the strength of a truly connected team.