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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.

    Jenny Moshea: Building Community by Creating Unique Spaces at Sellen Construction

    Jenny Moshea: Building Community by Creating Unique Spaces at Sellen Construction

    In this week's episode of the Future Construct Podcast (29 min interview), we are excited to feature Jenny Moshea, Chief Information Officer at Sellen Construction (@SellenConstruct). Jenny is an accomplished technology and transformation executive. She has been recognized for the ability to create business value through technology, develop high-performing teams, and establish cross-functional partnerships. Jenny is known for getting things done with creativity, energy, and adaptability. She has a proven track record in motivating and leading teams to deliver success under complex conditions.
    Sellen Construction builds iconic projects for the region’s tech, science, arts, health care and hospitality leaders. They believe in building community by creating unique spaces where significant things happen, and in giving back to non-profit organizations that make our community a great place in which to live and work.
    Sellen Construction operates primarily in the Pacific Northwest and offers a wide range of services from preconstruction support, cost estimating and constructability services, to Virtual Design and Construction (VDC), integrated project delivery and sustainability services. Sellen has a Special Projects group that regularly performs renovations and tenant improvements in existing buildings for a variety of office and health care clients.

    Highlights of Jenny’s interview with host Amy Peck (@AmyPeckXR) include:
    The work that Sellen Construction has done in the cybersecurity space developing their "Sellen S.O.S. Team"Some of the projects that Sellen Construction is currently working onHow emerging technology plays a role in current operation and direction of Sellen Construction and how far ahead the company is looking at future technologyDiscussing the impact Sellen Construction's work has on the end user, how the "metaverse" will impact the workforceSHOW NOTES
    0:37  Amy Peck introduces Jenny Moshea, Chief Information Officer at Sellen Construction.
    05:08  You mentioned cybersecurity and where that's going. Where would you like to begin with that?
    7:39  And so, when I'm perusing, I was drawn to some of the work you're doing in mixed reality. Are some of those, projects you can talk about?
    9:09  So how are you looking at really enabling technology at scale?
    14:23  So how far in advance are you thinking about emerging technologies, but then there's the day-to-day? How do we improve process today, but where do we want to go? And how do you balance that in your day-to-day?
    25:10  If you could project yourself 20, 25 years into the future, and if you could bring with you any product or service that would make your life better or make you personally happy, what would it be and what would it do?

    • 27 min
    Sandra Benson: Streamlining and Mobilizing Project Communications at Procore Technologies

    Sandra Benson: Streamlining and Mobilizing Project Communications at Procore Technologies

    In this week's episode of the Future Construct Podcast (29 min interview), we are excited to feature Sandra Benson, Global Head of Industry Transformation at Procore Technologies (@procoretech). Sandra brings over 25 years of experience in the building and building technology industry holding a number of executive positions including CIO/VP at Kentz/SNC-Lavalin, Global Industry Director of E&C at J.D. Edwards/Oracle and at Hexagon PPM. She has worked with many global E&C, EPC, and Real Estate companies throughout her career.
    Procore helps firms drastically increase project efficiency and accountability by streamlining and mobilizing project communications and documentation. This real-time data and accessibility minimizes costly risks and delays—ultimately boosting profits.
    Using their award-winning suite of project management tools, over a million registered Procore users across the globe manage all types of construction projects including industrial plants, office buildings, apartment complexes, university facilities, retail centers, and more.

    Highlights of Sandra’s interview with host Amy Peck (@AmyPeckXR) include:
    The focus of the National Institute of Building Sciences right now and how that will evolve over the coming yearsSome of the industry challenges being faced with multi-dimensional technology and how companies can think about that technology todayWhy we aren't seeing more adoption with BIMM in the construction industryThe one product or service that would transform her life over the next 20 to 25 yearsSHOW NOTES
    0:37  Amy Peck introduces Sandra Benson, Global Head of Industry Transformation at Procore Technologies.
    03:58  So you touched on something that a lot of people struggle with, which is ethics around their job and role, and what their ultimate goals are.  I'd love to talk about what the focus is of the National Institute of Building Sciences and how that will evolve over the next few years.
    7:49  And let's talk about that 3D, 4D, 5D, 6D, and how people are challenged with where they sit today. Give maybe a quick discussion of how you define this evolution and how companies can even be thinking about this technology today.
    11:42  So let's dive a little bit deeper with BIMM. We're already having challenges having BIM really move through that building lifecycle management. It seems like such an obvious choice to be able to have this standard move through your building process and be the source of truth in an as-built environment. So what is the challenge, and why aren't we seeing more adoption?
    17:58  Now, during our sponsor break, we got a look at your "interesting" water glass, can you show us and share the story behind that?
    26:15  If you could transport yourself 20, 25 years into the future, and if you could have any product or service that would make your life better or make you personally happy, what would it be and what would it do?

    • 29 min
    Ryan Denehy: Revolutionizing IT With Simplicity and Efficiency at Electric

    Ryan Denehy: Revolutionizing IT With Simplicity and Efficiency at Electric

    In this week's episode of the Future Construct Podcast (35 min interview), we are excited to feature Ryan Denehy, Founder and CEO of Electric. Ryan is a serial entrepreneur with three ventures and two exits to public companies. Ryan has served as an investor and hands-on advisor to numerous brands including Stadium Goods, Blackbird, and Anchor Worldwide. He has attained a broad level of experience in all aspects of revenue strategy through direct sales, channel sales, BD and M&A. He also has the proven ability to develop a vision, build the team, and get the job done in developing ideas into businesses.
    Electric is on a mission to revolutionize IT by making it simple, effortless, & lightning-fast for businesses everywhere. Through a "first of its kind" technology, paired with an elite squadron of IT technicians, Electric delivers lightning-fast IT support. Whether you're remote or onsite, Electric provides real-time issue resolution, security at the device, app and network levels, employee onboarding/offboarding and IT management. Founded in New York City in 2016, Electric is a Series D startup backed by Atreides Management, Bessemer Venture Partners, Primary Venture Partners, 01 Advisors, Greenspring Associates, Vintage Investment Partners and Slack.

    Highlights of Ryan’s interview with host Amy Peck (@AmyPeckXR) include:
    The challenges Ryan is seeing in the AEC industry around IT concerns and some of the ways Electric able to help solve thatSome of the ways that mid-size companies can look at how to grow 
    or how to pivotWhere the puck is going in a lot of the major businesses and opportunities in immersive technologyThe impact that [our recent world health obstacle] has had on Electric, during a growth cycleSHOW NOTES
    0:37  Amy Peck introduces Ryan Denehy, Founder and CEO at Electric.
    05:36  What do you think are some of the ways that mid-size companies can look at how to grow or how to pivot?
    8:42  And so without giving away your next company, what are some of trends? Where is the puck going in a lot of the businesses that we're all think about? Let's take immersive technology, do you see some opportunities there?
    12:17  So we have a pretty broad audience in the AEC realm. I'm really curious on some of the challenges you're seeing in that industry around IT concerns and some of the ways you're able to help solve that?
    21:19  So how has the situation that we're hopefully at the tail end of, how  did that impact your company, because it fell squarely in the middle of your growth cycle? Was that impactful in a positive way, negative, neutral?
    25:40  If you could project yourself 20, 25 years into the future, besides the next two or three companies you will have built by then, and if you bring with you any kind of gadget or service that would make your life better or make you personally happy, what would it be and what would it do?

    • 28 min
    Salla Eckhardt: Creating Innovative Products in the AEC Industry at Microsoft

    Salla Eckhardt: Creating Innovative Products in the AEC Industry at Microsoft

    We have some amazing content to celebrate our 1-year anniversary episode for you to check out during the holiday season. Thank you to all of our guests that made this past year an amazing experience for the team at BIM Designs, Inc.!
    We are thrilled to bring back our very first Future Construct Podcast (23-min interview) guest, Salla Eckhardt, Director of Transformation Services at Microsoft (@Microsoft).
    Salla has been Director of Transformation Services at Microsoft since 2018, bringing with her an impressive background in construction and digital design. Since her last appearance on the show, Salla has been named chair of the National BIM Program Steering Committee by the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS).

    Salla has established herself as an industry pioneer, and innovative leader in emerging technology and digital transformation. She is committed to building up others and preparing the next generation in the built environment industry. She volunteers with or holds a chair with several construction-related organizations and is a Women in BIM Mentor. Salla specializes in BIM, digital construction, digital twins, extended reality (AR, VR, MR, CAVE), and the Digital Building Lifecycle.
    At Microsoft, Salla leads a multi-million-dollar R&D program as well as the Microsoft WW Construction community. She’s also established the Digital Building Lifecycle, resulting in a 50% reduction in design and engineering expenses, 33% reduction in construction budgets with digital program management, and 20% reduction in operational costs with digital twin supported business intelligence; and established the organization-wide BIM, digital construction, and digital twin programs.

    Highlights of Salla’s interview with host Amy Peck (@AmyPeckXR) include:
    Salla talks about adjusting to the pandemic’s effects on the workplace (home) How the metaverse might affect the social environmentIs the metaverse on the radar at Microsoft?Salla discusses upcoming technologies she’s most excited aboutSHOW NOTES 
    0:37  Amy Peck introduces Salla Eckhardt, Director of Transformation Services at Microsoft.
    02:52  In terms of current trends, how are you thinking about all of this hype around the metaverse and digital twins?
    07:00  How do we close the gap between the future vision of how we can do everything in a different and better way, from where we are right now?
    13:11  We have this opportunity of actually being able to work with data in 3D environments from the inside out. And I don't think we've quite cracked what that visual language looks like. We're still bringing in these 2D constructs into 3D. Is this something that you've looked at, or have you seen anyone really pushing the envelope in terms of how we can start to parse this data and make completely new and broader inferences?
    15:10  Buildings are the anchors of cities and then the built environment in digital twins are really going to be the anchor for smart cities. What does that kind of workflow look like?
    22:11  If you could project yourself, you're 20, 25 years into the future, and you could have any kind of gadget or service or just something that would make your life better or make you personally happy, what would it be and what would it do?

    • 23 min
    Amy Bunszel: Creating Innovative Products in the AEC Industry at Autodesk

    Amy Bunszel: Creating Innovative Products in the AEC Industry at Autodesk

    In this week's episode of the Future Construct Podcast (24 min interview), we are excited to feature Amy Bunszel, who is the EVP of AEC Design, Autodesk (@AmyBunszel).
    Autodesk is changing how the world is designed and made, their technology spans architecture, engineering, construction, product design, manufacturing, media, and entertainment, empowering innovators everywhere to solve challenges big and small. From greener buildings to smarter products to more mesmerizing blockbusters, Autodesk software helps its customers to design and make a better world for all.
    Some highlights of Amy’s interview with host Amy Peck (@VirtualGirlNY) include:
    Amy’s career path starting as an electrical engineer   Training new employees in modular construction in a safe, low-waste factory settingAutodesk works with schools: K - 12, community colleges, and secondary educationHow exciting high-tech construction is for the next generation while passing the knowledge along from the retiring generationShow Notes:
    00:37  Amy Peck introduces Amy Bunszel, EVP of AEC Design, Autodesk.
    06:07 You're in a business that is 3D in nature, and we live in 3D environments, and yet we really have trained ourselves to work in 2D. How has the evolution of moving these sorts of 3D designs and assets into the 3D realm affected workflow, and how difficult is it to manage that end-to-end workflow?
    12:38 So we talked about training the next generation who have no construction experience, but on the other side, there is an incredible amount of knowledge within the workforce who may be retiring over the next decade or so. Are there some ways that companies can capture and leverage that knowledge and expertise for this next generation of construction professionals?
    16:37 And then with this next-generation workforce, there’s a big challenge in recruiting and showing that these industries are leveraging cutting edge technology and great software, it really does require this kind of marketing effort to show what a day in the life of this future worker might be. And so, are there some examples of that we might be able to share that would be interesting for people listening?
    20:05 Yeah. And just looking into the future again, and we talked a little bit about some of the emerging technologies, you know, are there some other things that just, you know, you're really excited about or, or some technologies you've seen or, or uses of technology that really, you know, can, can make a huge difference in, in process and how it improves outcomes?
    21:55 So taking us to the future, I'd love to ask you the question that I ask everyone. And that is if you could project yourself 20, 25 years in the future, and you could bring with you any gadget or service that would actually just make your life, you know, on a personal level better, or make you happy, what would it be and what would it do?

    • 23 min
    Howard Berger: Bringing Industry Leaders Together for Innovation at RealComm

    Howard Berger: Bringing Industry Leaders Together for Innovation at RealComm

    In this week's episode of the Future Construct Podcast (37 min interview), we are excited to feature Howard Berger (@bergerhl), Managing Partner, SVP Programs at RealComm (@RealComm). He is responsible for all programming for the Realcomm, IBcon, CoreTech conferences and the CIO Forums globally. Howard has a combined 30 years experience in both the technology as well as real estate industries.

    Highlights of Howard’s interview with host Amy Peck (@AmyPeckXR) include:

    - RealComm was one of the first organizations to hold a hybrid conference in response to the pandemic
    - Howard’s journey from IT to real estate, to digital transformation in commercial real estate
    - The necessity to have someone in an organization with a vision, ultimately driving change
    - The gross underutilization of most major office spaces in buildings, whether it’s a classic, urban, or even a suburban office
    - Howard's vision to have a device that doesn’t just translate words but translates what the speaker is really thinking, what’s in their heart

    SHOW NOTES

    00:37  - Amy Peck introduces Howard Berger, Managing Partner, SVP Programs at RealComm.
    01:06  - Can you tell us a little bit about your journey to this industry and how you became involved with RealComm?
    18:41  - One of the things that I think is remarkable in this industry is that you have those who are out there kind of forging a path but then you have others that are clinging to these arcane systems because it’s what they know. And it's going to be very difficult for them to compel their workforce to embrace the new technology. So, the companies that are getting it right – what is the secret?
    22:12  - The way space is going to be utilized is changing because people are home and not necessarily going back to work. How do you think this will impact the use of space and how will technology kind of help us redefine workspaces? What do you see as some of the technologies that are emerging to support this kind of fractious workforce?
    34:44  - If you can project yourself 20, 25 years in the future, and you could have a service or a gadget, or just something that makes your personal life better, what would it be and what would it do?

    • 37 min

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