95 episodes

The Digital Builder podcast is for construction professionals working on the forefront of construction. If you are looking for conversations centered on where the industry is headed, this podcast is for you!​ 
Each episode features an interview with top construction professionals discussing themes related to connected construction and the future of the construction industry.

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    • 4.8 • 41 Ratings

The Digital Builder podcast is for construction professionals working on the forefront of construction. If you are looking for conversations centered on where the industry is headed, this podcast is for you!​ 
Each episode features an interview with top construction professionals discussing themes related to connected construction and the future of the construction industry.

    Strategies for Balancing Rapid Business Growth and Tech Deployment

    Strategies for Balancing Rapid Business Growth and Tech Deployment

    When experiencing a period of rapid growth and fast-paced transformation, leaders can get caught up in optimizing processes and finding fast solutions to new problems. This means you may miss opportunities to build deeper connections between your teams and struggle to nurture a strong culture of trust that is ready to adapt to changes on the fly. 
     
    There are already so many important elements of the organization that need to be balanced, so how can leaders effectively navigate these high-growth periods without making their workforce feel like they’ve been left behind? 
    We sat down with Tomislav Zigo, Chief Technology Officer and Vice President at Clayco, during AU2023 to talk through these complex processes, how complex companies like Clayco are changing the way they handle tech deployment, and how leaders can properly invest in their teams now to navigate these periods of rapid growth, new technology, and massive workforce culture shifts. 
    We discuss: 
    How tech adoption practices have evolved over the last 15 years How Tomislav evaluates new technology for potential adoption How to empower leaders in a fast-scaling model How broad workforce culture shifts are impacting the way organizations scale The need for companies to adopt a strong data strategy to remain competitive 
    Digital Builder is hosted by Eric Thomas of Autodesk. 

    • 29 min
    How Specialty Contractors Empower Field Teams with Data

    How Specialty Contractors Empower Field Teams with Data

    Intentional investment in raising an organization's data quality, improving its access to information, and creating and implementing robust, purpose-built technology deployments in the field is already proving to be transformative for all stakeholders across construction projects. 
      For leaders like Christy Steffen, Assistant Director of Gaylor University at Gaylor Electric, and Brandon Floyd, Director of Quality at Rosendin, they are already seeing the major upside to upskilling their teams and implementing these tools on site. In this episode, we’ve invited them to share how their teams are approaching the implementation of data-driven tools, team training programs, and more. 
    We discuss: 
    Ways to maintain a safe environment within a culture of continuous improvement How Gaylor Electric and Rosendin are approaching data training and implementation How project management technology has advanced over the last 10 years in the AEC industry The biggest challenges facing specialty contractors with project delivery and on-site safety How better data and on-demand access are already making field teams more efficient 
    Digital Builder is hosted by Eric Thomas of Autodesk. 

    • 31 min
    CAD’s Promising Future in AEC

    CAD’s Promising Future in AEC

    As new AI tools enter the scene at a rapidly increasing rate, they will transform the way CAD or Computer Aided Design is integrated into our existing workflows. From managing data security and intellectual property to transforming the workflows of workers at all levels of involvement in a project, there is a lot of noise for organ?
    That’s why we sat down with Autodesk’s Global VP for Product Management & Development, Marcus O’Brien. In this episode, Marcus shares the history behind CAD, how it originally revolutionized the industry, and cuts through the noise to share the tangible ways that new AI and ML tools are shaping the way we work.  
     We discuss: 
    The history and purpose of both CAD and AutoCAD Which ML & AI tools are making a meaningful impact in AEC workflows How AI tools can avoid becoming another “Clippy” Organizational safety and data security when working with cloud-based AI tools How AI tools can empower better and wiser decision-making when utilized properly How AEC organizations are shifting from communication and documentation tools to collaborative tools How common data environments could affect the future of AEC 
     Digital Builder is hosted by Eric Thomas of Autodesk. 

    • 20 min
    Modernizing Payment Systems for Construction Companies

    Modernizing Payment Systems for Construction Companies

    Contractors that are still opting for outdated payment management processes, like paper checks and double entry accounting, are starting to experience trouble in the form of higher subcontractor prices and potentially fewer options of partners to bring into projects. With these problems growing in frequency and severity, there is an urgent need to modernize our financial processes. 
    In this episode, we sit down with Mike Milligan, Chief Growth Officer GCPay, an Autodesk Company, to explore the ins and outs of payment systems throughout the AEC ecosystem and make a strong case for why the financial side of our operations should be included in our technology adoption roadmaps. 
     We discuss: 
    How payment systems vary by region whether by culture or regulations The harmful mindset that is holding companies back from digitizing their payment systems How utilizing digital payment solutions builds stronger relationships with sub-contractors The first steps to modernize your company’s payment system 
    Digital Builder is hosted by Eric Thomas of Autodesk. 

    • 22 min
    How Embracing Tech is Revolutionizing State DOT Operations

    How Embracing Tech is Revolutionizing State DOT Operations

    One of the most important contributors to meeting project deadlines accurately and safely is having access to the most updated and accurate project information. For many years, issues like distance, storage, and communication methods have been major obstacles to onsite decision-making, project adaptations, and even building trust between on-site and off-site teams. 
    Thanks to new technology, federal partnerships, and innovative approaches to these old problems, Departments of Transportation around the United States are seeing major improvements in how quickly they work, how much more they can accomplish, and how much more robust their team operations are.  
    During last year’s Autodesk University, we sat down with Andrew Pangallo, Construction Digital Delivery Lead Engineer at The Indiana Department of Transportation, and Kelly Barber, Division Chief for Systems Management at The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation to hear more about how they are seeing these innovations are transforming the way their organizations work. 
    We discuss: 
    Core functions and goals of DOTs How INDOT and PennDOT are using technology to build trust between field and office workers, enable faster decision-making, and empower onsite leaders How INDOT and PennDOT are interfacing with the FHA’s Digital Construction Program How they are maintaining strict regulatory compliance while adopting new technologies How ongoing federal and industry partnerships are empowering innovation 
    Digital Builder is hosted by Eric Thomas of Autodesk. 

    • 33 min
    The Key Elements of Successful DEIB Programs

    The Key Elements of Successful DEIB Programs

    Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB) programs are growing in their impact and importance across the entire AEC industry. When implemented correctly, DEIB improves profits, worker productivity and satisfaction, collaboration across business units, and makes companies more attractive to new and upcoming talent.  
    We had the chance to sit down with Randi Lucas, former Project Manager at CNY Group (now with Cord Meyer Development Company), and Reana Maglis, BIM VDC Manager at Hansen Yuncken, during Autodesk University to explore how you can create a high-impact, successful DEIB program in your organization. 
    In this episode, we explore: 
    Why DEIB Matters in Construction How Diversity in multiple categories improves creative thinking and problem solving A closer look at how Hansen Yuncken and CNY Group are approaching DEIB Current “gaps” in DEIB across the industry Where to start when building a DEIB program How to scale your DEIB program 
    Digital Builder is hosted by Eric Thomas of Autodesk.

    • 39 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
41 Ratings

41 Ratings

CLConst ,

Good Insight for the Construction Industry

If you work in the construction industry or related fields, Digital Builder should be one of your go to’s for industry news! I also enjoy the insight you get from the guests about their “One Tool”.

joshuamj ,

Just what the industry needs!

Behind the scenes, construction has evolved so much in the last ten years. Grateful to have an opportunity to hear about it from industry folks!

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