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The Future Construct podcast features thought leaders from around the world working on innovative technology solutions for the construction (AEC) industry. This podcast is hosted by Amy Peck, CEO of EndeavorVR, and is produced by the team at BIM Designs, Inc. Amy is a recognized thought-leader and speaks globally on the future of VR, AR and emerging technologies including AI, blockchain, robotics and autonomy. The podcast has already featured industry experts from Fortune 500 companies, venture capital firms, and construction startups. To suggest a guest or to be featured as a guest, visit https://www.bimdesigns.net/futureconstruct.

Future Construct: Thought Leaders Discuss BIM and Construction Solutions for the AEC Industry Amy Peck

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The Future Construct podcast features thought leaders from around the world working on innovative technology solutions for the construction (AEC) industry. This podcast is hosted by Amy Peck, CEO of EndeavorVR, and is produced by the team at BIM Designs, Inc. Amy is a recognized thought-leader and speaks globally on the future of VR, AR and emerging technologies including AI, blockchain, robotics and autonomy. The podcast has already featured industry experts from Fortune 500 companies, venture capital firms, and construction startups. To suggest a guest or to be featured as a guest, visit https://www.bimdesigns.net/futureconstruct.

    Mike Hazard: Providing a Transition into Civilian Life with the UA's Veterans In Piping Program

    Mike Hazard: Providing a Transition into Civilian Life with the UA's Veterans In Piping Program

    In celebration of Veterans Day, this week, for Season 3, Episode 8, our host Amy Peck welcomed Mike Hazard, the UA ITF Training Specialist for the United Association Veterans in Piping (VIP) Training Program, onto the show (26-minute interview). Mike and Amy covered reintegrating veterans into civilian life, challenges attracting millennials and Generation Z, technology as a recruitment tool, and the evolution of technology.
     
    About Mike Hazard
    In 1988, Mike joined the United States Navy. He served as an Aviation Rescue Swimmer and H-46 Helicopter Mechanic for 11 years before being honorably discharged in 1999 as a Petty Officer First Class. In 1999, Mike returned to the UA as a Journeyman Pipefitter. As a member of the UA working in the construction field, Mike was promoted to the position of Foreman in 2000, General Foreman in 2001, and in 2002 to the position of General Superintendent. In 2005, Mike accepted a position with the Southern California Plumbers and Pipefitters Apprenticeship & Journeymen Training Trust Fund (A&J Training) as a Training Coordinator.

    During the interview, Mike discussed numerous topics with host Amy Peck, including:
    Difficulties approaching the job market as a skilled and trained veteran, and when the Veterans in Piping program originatedChallenges getting the next generation of digital natives to get in and work with their hands in the tradesSome of the other things, whether it's robotics or automation that Mike is seeing being leveraged that poses an exciting evolution in technology
    To ease the transition back into civilian life, the United Association established the UA Veterans in Piping (VIP) Program to equip military service members preparing to leave the service with sought-after skills that can lead to lifelong careers in the increasingly in-demand pipe trades. Through 18-week accelerated courses - provided free of cost on military bases across the country - VIP participants earn industry-recognized certifications and direct entry into solid private-sector jobs with good pay and benefits.
     
    In October 2012, Mike accepted a position with the United Association as a Training Specialist assigned to the Veterans in Piping (VIP) Training Program. Mike manages the day-to-day operations of nine VIP training sites and serves as the United Association’s representative for Helmets to Hardhats.
     
    SHOW NOTES
     
    4:24  - Amy: "So, from your own personal story, you mentioned that your whole family is in the industry, and you had that support system. Was this program created because, collectively, coming out of the military, you have incredible discipline, training, and skills, yet, the job market can be a challenge? When did this program start?"
     
    9:34  - Amy: "Do you find it very common for family members to be in the trade because it seems like there are some challenges getting this next generation of digital natives to get in and work with your hands? Are you finding that as a challenge as well?" 
     
    12:31  - Amy: "We talk a lot about technology, especially in traditional industries. I think on the training side, there's been so much great data to support how training in virtual environments, although they are expensive and cumbersome, they're changing workflows. Do you see technology as a way to train more people and entice more people into the industry?"
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    • 25 min
    John Rygg: Constructing and Engineering for All Industries at Kiewit

    John Rygg: Constructing and Engineering for All Industries at Kiewit

    It's another week, which means an all-new episode of the Future Construct Podcast! This week, on Season 3, Episode 7, our host Amy Peck (@AmyPeckXR) was joined by John Rygg, the Technology Strategist and R&D HoloLens Product Owner for the Kiewit Innovation Team (27-minute interview). A lot of insightful topics were discussed during the session, as Amy and John delved into exchanges about augmented reality, wearable technology, and integration into the construction industry.
     
    About John Rygg

    With more than 20 years of experience managing and leading corporate IT teams in developing and implementing enterprise-wide software and infrastructure, John has been recognized as #10 on the 2017 Buildworlds Top 50 Technology Adoption Leaders. For much of his career, he has served in facilitating the technology strategic planning process to determine how IT can best benefit business outcomes. This also includes helping to capture innovation, thinking through corporate strategy, and putting technology to work to achieve it. In innovative and disruptive technologies, John has focused on identifying and driving incremental and disruptive innovation opportunities for field technologies resulting in operational excellence.

    During the interview, John discussed numerous topics with host Amy Peck (@AmyPeckXR), including:
    Having IT heavily involved in the front-line innovation at KiewitWhat difficulties pose obstacles to integrating wearable technology into the construction environmentAn explanation of the difference between pass-through video and true augmented reality and the impact each will have on the future of the industryJason's opinion on the delineation between AR and VR and the deployments of both headsets for different utilities Kiewit is one of North America’s largest and most respected construction and engineering organizations. Their construction and design engineering professionals work on some of the industry’s most complex, challenging, and rewarding projects – whether it’s boring tunnels through mountains, turning rivers into energy, or building bridges that connect communities. Kiewit people tackle important projects of every size in any market.
    SHOW NOTES
     
    4:14  - Amy: "It's also a little bit unusual to have IT so heavily involved in that front-line innovation, so is that your impetus in saying, 'Hey, we need to look at this,' or was that already happening at the company?"
     
    10:09  - Amy: "That [the construction environment] has always been one of the challenges because as great as those devices [wearable tech like HoloLens] are, they're not as rugged as we'd like them to be, and oftentimes you'd have to wear hard hats and rigs that work with hard hats. Do you find that it's the challenging environment or promoting adoption that is the difficulty?" 
     
    13:39  - Amy: "Can you explain the difference between pass-through video and true augmented reality, and what impact do you think these devices will have on the future of the industry?"
     
    19:36  - Amy: "I guess this is a question for you, too, in terms of AR and VR. I don't look at augmented reality and virtual reality as competing technologies ... Where do you see that delineation, and do you see deploying both kinds of headsets for different utilities?"
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    Jason Goecke: Shaping the Future of Technology at Intel

    Jason Goecke: Shaping the Future of Technology at Intel

    This week on the Future Construct Podcast, our host Amy Peck (@AmyPeckXR) had the opportunity to talk with Jason Goecke (@jsgoecke), the Vice President & General Manager of Intel Commercial Client Software & Services on Season 3, Episode 4 (26-minute interview). During the interview, Amy and Jason exchange a tremendous amount of insight information and thought-provoking questions about the impact of software on today's industry and that of the future.

    About Jason Goecke
    By those around him, Jason has been described as influential, innovative, and inspiring. Goecke is an experienced CEO, CTO, and Board Advisor with a passion for high-tech advancements and data analytics. He is skilled in leading high-performance global teams, processes, and partnerships to success from the ground-up, and delivers big-picture thinking with attention for even the smallest details. Goecke serves as an international management consultant to Fortune 500 firms and as a frequent guest speaker at global industry conferences for collaboration, open source telephony, cloud, and call center technologies.

    Intel’s mission is to shape the future of technology to help create a better future for the entire world. By pushing forward in fields like AI, analytics and cloud-to-edge technology, Intel’s work is at the heart of countless innovations. Jason is responsible for overseeing all operational aspects of the Intel Unite business, including product strategy, product development, go-to-market strategy, as well as building and leveraging key industry partnerships.

    During the interview Jason discussed numerous topics with host Amy Peck (@AmyPeckXR), including:
    Why it is important for companies to embrace cloud technology, especially for those being more cautiousThe need for companies to exhibit transparency, in optimizing their own operations and in how environmentally conscious they areThings that excite Jason about emerging technology, and some of the things he's seeing that are interesting trendsJason's futuristic gadget or service that would increase personal happiness and make his life better SHOW NOTES

    0:12  - Amy Peck introduces Jason Goecke, the Vice President & General Manager of Intel Commercial Client Software & Services.

    3:54  - Amy: "So in your day-to-day now, what are some of the technologies you're seeing, and what are you looking at that's exciting to you?"

    6:36  - Amy: "That is very true that we hear about companies moving to the cloud, but then there are companies that are still reticent. They're nervous about security. Why is it important for companies to embrace cloud, especially for those who are taking a back seat for a 'wait and see' moment?" 

    11:23  - Amy: "So I do want to come back to something you said about transparency. I am a big believer that it's time to rip the bandage off, and for companies to exhibit transparency, not only in optimizing their own operations, but to also show how environmentally conscious they are at a consumer level. How do we get there and move to this new paradigm?"
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    • 26 min
    Amy Peck: Keynote Address at GeoWeek 2022

    Amy Peck: Keynote Address at GeoWeek 2022

    During Geo Week 2022, Amy Peck, the Founder/CEO of EndeavorVR and host of The Future Construct Podcast had the distinct privilege of delivering the Keynote Address. The theme of Geo Week was the intersection of geospatial + the built world, and Amy’s keynote address delivered poignant insights into current technology, with glimpses into the future of what the confluence of these two worlds could look like. Geo Week is one of the most relevant programs that covers geospatial technologies and the built environment. Experts from a range of backgrounds meet, collaborate, and gain insights into the newest technology, improved efficiencies on the market, and the future, all under one roof.

    Amy is a thought leader in the field of VR, AR, and emerging technologies and on the Future Construct Podcast, she regularly interviews industry experts from the biggest names in the industry, venture capital firms, and construction startups. The podcast, which has featured more than 50 guests, has been on the air for almost two years and serves as a knowledge resource for all who are construction technology novices, experts in the AEC industry, and everything in between.

    During her speech, Amy discusses:
    The state of the current digital transformationWhy reactive mode is a non-starter for innovative thinkingWhat the next phase of immersive tech looks likeHow digital tech is changing the building landscape
    SHOW NOTES

    4:27  - Amy: "We must address the elephant in the room ... the metaverse. So we're not going to talk about the metaverse today, but if any of your leadership is saying we need to explore the metaverse, don't say that you don't because it did not just fall out of the sky and it isn't going anywhere."

    7:06  - Amy: "I look at collaboration as a key element in all business activities, but these are the four primary use cases for XR today. And collaboration touches all of them, certainly, training, visualization, and design can all be done on a solitary cycle, but at some point, we will all need to collaborate." [followed by video]

    11:46  - Amy: "So that gives you examples of solutions that are out there today. Different companies have different appetites for being early adopters. Still, there is technology that is out there that is very specific to our industry today, and we're going to talk about some of those."

    24:30  - Amy: "IoT is now IoE, the internet of everything. And the enablers, this foundation is being built all around and has a lot of shortcomings, but it's functional now. There are ways to leverage cloud, 5G, and Edge to be able to deliver these solutions to your workforce."
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    • 30 min
    Barry Wurzel: Renovating Commercial Projects in Several Sectors at Wurzel Builders

    Barry Wurzel: Renovating Commercial Projects in Several Sectors at Wurzel Builders

    In this week’s release of Season 3, Episode 4 (16-minute podcast) of the Future Construct Podcast, our host Amy Peck (@AmyPeckXR) is thrilled to be joined by Barry Wurzel, the Founder and President at Wurzel Builders.

    Join our host, Amy Peck, to learn from Barry about Wurzel Builder's work renovating commercial projects in several sectors. Barry brings 33 years of construction management experience to his work. He spent fifteen years working with excellent companies like The Target Corporation and CF Jordan before forming Wurzel Builders in 1998. Over the years, they’ve worked with numerous companies, including HEB, Walmart, Starbucks, Target, CVS Pharmacy, and Charles Schwab. While it takes a lot to put a building together, Barry has learned over the years that it’s just as important to pull together a team, to orchestrate the personalities toward reaching a common goal. Barry is confident that not only will the company be able to offer clients the best quality of work, but also offer coworkers an exciting environment of growth and opportunity.

    Wurzel Builders' transparent process, comprehensive services, and key sense to detail ensure that they can confidently deliver on time and on budget. They see the gaps ahead of time and offer proactive solutions and discover new possibilities designed with their team’s creative viewpoint. As a full-service general contractor and construction manager, we have extensive experience in construction, renovating projects in the hospitality, multifamily, healthcare, retail, industrial, office, and restaurant industries. Their comprehensive construction services, leadership, planning, and proactive approach to projects ensure each client’s vision is executed efficiently to meet or exceed their expectations.

    Highlights of Barry's interview with host Amy Peck (@AmyPeckXR) include:
    Some of the ways the industry has changed and optimized the building processHow Wurzel Builders find that balance, in our modern times, and shift into more modern building constructs, regardless of archaic methods still in useThe change in types of projects at Wurzel Builders that come with their rapid growth and how that has catapulted them into new sectorsThe origin story and focus of Barry's other company, Southern Cutting and CoringAs a commercial builder and general contractor, Barry Wurzel is a strategist, known for his hands-on approach and open communication style in everything he does, and he’s a problem solver who values moving forward over looking back.

    SHOW NOTES

    0:12  - Amy Peck introduces Barry Wurzel, the Founder and President at 
    Wurzel Builders.

    3:26  - Amy: "In your long career, what are some ways, whether it's technology or processes, what are some of the ways the industry has changed and hopefully optimized the building process?"

    4:35  - Amy: "Coming to more recent times, where we have our mobile devices, iPads, and BIM, there's a lot of technology out there to optimize, but there's still an 
    'if it ain't broke, don't fix it' component in the industry. So how do you find that balance and shift into more modern building constructs?" 

    7:10  - Amy: "So let's talk about a few of your projects. You mentioned that you're growing rapidly. Have the types of projects changed? You made a shift from public to private sector. Have you grown into other sectors as the company's grown?"

    9:54  - Amy: "So in your da
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    • 15 min
    Hugh Seaton: Enabling Software and Internal Systems to Easily Translate Data at CSI Crosswalk

    Hugh Seaton: Enabling Software and Internal Systems to Easily Translate Data at CSI Crosswalk

    In this week’s release of Season 3, Episode 3 (46-minute podcast) of the Future Construct Podcast, our host Amy Peck (@AmyPeckXR) is thrilled to be joined by Hugh Seaton, the General Manager at CSI Crosswalk and Cimatri.


    Join Amy, to learn from Hugh about CSI Crosswalk's work enabling software and internal systems to easily translate quantities, costs and other project data. Hugh has spent a career digging up the best version of the truth he could find, from reach and frequency metrics in advertising, business culture in China, to startup financing. Now, he spends a crazy amount of time trying to analyze and share information about the Construction industry. As General Manager of the Crosswalk business line at CSI, and General Manager at Cimatri, Hugh gets to experience the industry at its fundamental level and hear how different companies use data to run projects. As host of the Constructed Futures Podcast, he speaks to two construction rockstars per week; and as the author of the Construction Technology Handbook, he presented a primer on technology for today’s construction professional.


    Highlights of Hugh's interview with host Amy Peck (@AmyPeckXR) include:


    Artificial intelligence and machine learning, how it solves problems, and how that can be compared to human learning.The general divide that will become increasingly apparent with the implementation of artificial intelligence.How smart cities need to be defined in greater detail than the current landscape of development.Hugh's prediction on the progression of technology with wearables such as augmented reality glasses, smart watches, as well as with motion sensors.Hugh is the CEO of The Link, a Construction Requirements Management platform based on the most advanced graph database technology, combined with the most tried & tested field insights. The Requirements Manager automatically processes your PDF spec manual into a submittal log, as well as testings, meetings and closeout logs. Search across documents, check submittal logs side by side with the original, create lists & exports, and more.

    SHOW NOTES


    0:12  Amy Peck introduces Hugh Seaton, the General Manager at CSI Crosswalk and Cimatri.


    4:49  Amy: "Neuroscience is still a relatively new field. We're trying to get to super intelligence and humans are kind of medium intelligence. We're fed some much on what AI can do, so what is it going to take for there to be a real breakthrough?"


    12:15  Amy: "We talked about putting parameters on creative AI's, and I think what may happen is we'll start to understand our own patterns on how we process information. In terms of though process, and how we build the inputs for AI, I'd love your opinion on what we can let loose in the creative world." 


    18:38  Amy: "If we sort of move back a little, there so much talk on smart buildings and a desire to wire into smart cities. There are elements of them, but I don't believe there's an example of a true smart city. I do see that we're moving toward that, but the amount of data we'll have to parse dynamically in order for this vision of the city of the future, how far and real are we from achieving this notion of a smart city?"


    25:19  Amy: "How do we want to live in 20, 25, 30, 50 years, or how do we want our children to live? We miss a lot of the human factor, and a
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    • 45 min

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