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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.

    Dr. Mani Golparvar: Bringing the Project Site to Decision Makers at Reconstruct

    Dr. Mani Golparvar: Bringing the Project Site to Decision Makers at Reconstruct

    In this week’s episode of the Future Construct Podcast (34-minute podcast), our host Amy Peck (@AmyPeckXR) is thrilled to be joined by Dr. Mani Golparvar (@mgolpar2), CTO and Co-Founder of Reconstruct (@reconstructinc). Reconstruct is a startup that Mani has been a driving force behind and describes it as a “Software-as-a-Service company” that equips an “AI-powered digital twin platform.” Reconstruct operates by integrating reality modeling, building information modeling, and project scheduling to visually track progress, analyze productivity, and proactively detect potential delays using predictive analytics.
     
    We learn from Mani about the process behind Reconstruct and how they plan to impact the future of construction. Founded in 2016, Reconstruct has already been acknowledged by several industrial awards, such as Crunchbase’s 50 Hot Tech Companies Globally in 2019, the 2016 World Economic Forum most innovative startup company, and the 2016 Innovation Award from Turner Construction (@turner_talk). He is also an Associate Professor of Civil Engineering, Computer Science, & Technology Entrepreneurship and the director of the Real-time and Automated Monitoring and Control lab at the University of Illinois (@UofIllinois).
     
    Dr. Golparvar is highly regarded with his list of academic and lifetime achievements going on and on. His industry-leading work in the area of computer vision, machine learning, and BIM has been recognized by many awards, including the 2018 Walter Huber Research Prize from the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), 2017 National Top 20 Under 40 from ENR; 2016 Dan Halpin Award for Scholarship in Construction, and 2013 James Croes Medal for innovation in Civil Engineering from ASCE.
     
    Highlights of Mani's interview with host Amy Peck include:

    - How Reconstruct is helping construction companies design digital twins of construction sites to help paint the picture for the future of construction.
    - Mani discusses how he is helping influence and educate the next generation of entrepreneurs.
    - How KPIs can measure tangible impacts in your startup.
    - How Mani sees the future of robotics impacting the construction industry and coexisting with workers and management teams.

    Prior to his work with Reconstruct, Mani has been a part of many national and international construction companies. Most extensively with Turner Construction, where he spent 2 and a half years before becoming an assistant professor in civil engineering at Virginia Tech (@virginia_tech) and going on to become the Director of Real-Time and Automated Monitoring and Control Lab. It was through his early success and through his ongoing research that he was able to build Reconstruct into the industry-changing company it is today. Dr. Golparvar’s vision is to take construction to new heights. With his expertise in AI, BIM, and augmented reality, Reconstruct is in a position to do just that.
     
    SHOW NOTES
     
    0:12  - Amy Peck introduces Dr. Mani Golparvar, the Chief Technology Officer and Co-Founder of Reconstruct.
     
    4:16  - Dr. Golparvar talks about weekly coordination meetings at construction sites being archaic and how Reconstruct can completely change how construction sites operate.
     
    18:10  - Dr. Golparvar talks about his vision for the future of the construction industry and how KPIs help him and his colleagues to gauge success on several different levels.
     
    25:16  - Amy asks Dr. Golparvar about other technologies in his industry that he is wowed by. This is followed by an interesting conversation about the impact robotics has on the future of construction. 
     
    31:19  - Dr. Golparvar talks about the “painstaking administrative work that we do in construction” and how to make it completely autonomous. “So we can have our people work, focus on more value-adding tasks.”

    • 34 min
    Mark Oden at GeoWeek 2022: Finding Better Approaches to BIM Projects at BIM Designs, Inc.

    Mark Oden at GeoWeek 2022: Finding Better Approaches to BIM Projects at BIM Designs, Inc.

    In this week's mini-episode of the Future Construct Podcast (10 min interview), we are excited to feature Mark Oden, CEO of BIM Designs, Inc. (@BIMdesignsInc), and our host Amy Peck (@AmyPeckXR) as they talked during GeoWeek 2022 about the best approaches to BIM projects, better practices for BIM management, and how to integrate technology and tools throughout the end-to-end construction process. Mark also hosted a panel on BIM Project Approaches during the conference featuring representatives from Balfour Beatty, Kiewit, and Flywheel AEC. And next week, we will be releasing the video of this incredibly insightful panel discussion!

    BIM Designs, Incorporated is a BIM company and one of the only certified, federally-recognized minority-owned businesses (MBE) and union-signatories in North America, providing turnkey MEPF design and detailing solutions to contractors that cost-effectively expand their virtual design and construction capabilities. We are dedicated to creating a diverse and inclusive workplace and culture. 

    Prior to BIM Designs, Inc., Mark co-founded Taskware, an API-based micro-tasking platform, and served as the organization's COO. While working at Cisco, he served in several roles, ranging from Network Engineering, Product Management, Strategy and Planning, Mergers and Acquisitions, and Business Development. Mark is a Cisco Pioneer Award winner and Best of Interop Finalist for his work as Product Manager for the WebEx and Media Services Interface integration (Medianet).

    Highlights of Mark’s interview at GeoWeek 2022 with host Amy Peck (@AmyPeckXR) include:
    - Analyzing some of Mark's great takeaways and inspiration from other panels at GeoWeek 2022
    - How do we overcome the challenges of the way things are done today and improve processes for the future
    - Some key learnings from other specialties that Mark hadn't really considered before, specifically with drone technology

    In the midst of his professional career, Mark took a year-long sabbatical, during which he traveled to several countries, including Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina, and Cuba. During this experience, he studied Spanish and remotely advised three startups, improving their pitch decks and styles, investigating and understanding their underlying technology to defend their solutions to interested investors.

    Mark has been featured on the Bridging the Gap Podcast with Todd Weyandt. He discussed BIM and the collaboration between detailers and other teams in a project atmosphere. Watch the full interview here. To learn more about Mark's background and his responsibilities at BIM Designs, Inc., check out his company profile.

    SHOW NOTES

    0:12  - Amy Peck introduces Mark Oden, CEO of BIM Designs, Inc.

    01:34  - So, what were some of the other panels that you went to where you had some great takeaways or were just inspired by the conversation?

    3:02  - There are the challenges of the way things are done today that people have been doing for decades. So the change feels slow on one hand, but seems to be accelerating. What are some the things you've seen, where you think, "Ok, this is where we need to get to?"

    6:21  - And I think the other things I'd like to ask you about is, what are some the learnings? Did you come away and learn some things from other specialities that you hadn't really considered before?

    8:14  - How does [drone technology] impact pizza delivery for me?

    • 9 min
    Edgar Martinez Ceja and Ali Khaloo (Aren) and Mike Giacco (AI Engineers) on Future Construct

    Edgar Martinez Ceja and Ali Khaloo (Aren) and Mike Giacco (AI Engineers) on Future Construct

    In this week's episode and final installment of the Future Construct Podcast and Shadow Ventures special 4-part series, we are excited to feature Edgar Martinez Ceja and Ali Khaloo, Co-Founders of Aren, who are also the COO and CEO respectively, in part one and Mike Giacco, Director of Technology at AI Engineers (@AI_Engineers) in part two. Joining host Amy Peck (@AmyPeckXR) as co-host for this special episode is KP Reddy (@reddy_kp) from Shadow Ventures. KP is a globally recognized authority in AEC environments, AI, robotics, automation, mobile applications, and cloud computing and a sought-after subject matter expert, frequently speaking worldwide on BIM and the built environment. 
    Edgar brings significant business, engineering, and startup expertise to his role at Aren. His prior roles include CEO at Niltsi (a pre-revenue startup in the wind energy space), as well as stints at Bain & Company (@BainAlerts), Fusion Media Group (@FusionMedia), and Univision (@Univision). Over the course of his career, Edgar has been responsible for investing in, acquiring, and operating digital media businesses in the range of $100M in annual revenue, leading a digital vertical with $35M in annual revenue. He also co-founded a company that toured robotic educational exhibits throughout Latin America and Asia, exposing millions of kids to technology. Edgar holds an MBA from NYU-Leonard N. Stern School of Business (@NYUStern) and an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois (@UofIllinois).
    After completing his Ph.D., Ali was appointed as a Postdoctoral Fellow at Cornell University’s (@Cornell) elite Runway program at the Cornell Tech campus in New York City, where Aren was born. He has a unique background that includes over a decade of work and R&D in structural engineering, robotics, computer vision, autonomous sensing, data interpretation, and artificial intelligence. He has authored more than 20 papers published in international high-impact journals and conference proceedings and holds several patents on automated generation and AI-powered analysis of 3D models of large civil infrastructure systems.

    At Shadow Ventures, the focus is on investing in startups in tech-nascent markets where strategic capital is scarce. Their process and closed ecosystem of entrepreneurs, investors, designers, and developers are driven by both experience and technology to radically change how startups start, and investors finish. The company was founded in 2018 and partners with exceptional founders to transform the built environment.
    In part two of this podcast, we are excited to feature Mike Giacco, Director of Technology at AI Engineers (@AI_Engineers). Mike has over 18 years of experience in the AEC industry, with the past 6 years focused on technology implementation. He is an FAA Part 107 Licensed Remote Pilot-in-Command and leads AI’s UAS Program as well as all other company technology initiatives. Mike has performed numerous UAS operations involving signature bridge structure inspection, construction documentation, emergency response, and survey/mapping. Most recently, his team brought artificial intelligence (AI) to the firm to assist with asset inspection and evaluation, keeping AIE on the cutting-edge of UAS capabilities.

    Highlights of Edgar, Ali and Mike’s interviews with hosts Amy Peck (@AmyPeckXR) and KP Reddy (@reddy_kp) include:
    The methodology behind connecting the dots between academia teaching you how to research and actually applying that to go to marketHow we can create the workflows for things to be easily adopted so that we build things in a more efficient and better way in the futureCurrent industry trends around transparency when it comes to technologyHow recruiting is taking shape in our modernized and technology-driven world, in terms of culture and hiring

    • 53 min
    Clay Smith: Helping Leaders Harness Revit at eVolve MEP and Optimizing Software at Applied Software

    Clay Smith: Helping Leaders Harness Revit at eVolve MEP and Optimizing Software at Applied Software

    In this week's episode of the Future Construct Podcast (26 min interview), we are excited to feature Clay Smith, CEO at eVolve MEP (@evolvemep) and COO at Applied Software (ASTI) (@Applied_SW), and our host Amy Peck(@AmyPeckXR). eVolve MEP helps leaders in the mechanical, electrical and plumbing industries harness the power of Revit (@AutodeskRevit) for increased revenue, improved productivity, a stronger workforce and enhanced quality. They do this through software and services that enable faster detailer workflow, smarter use of skilled labor, fewer errors, higher quality and ultimately more projects. Partnered with ASTI, one of the largest AEC, Construction, Fabrication and Manufacturing System integrators in North America, eVolve MEP has created a tremendous breakthrough solution to meet the demands of the MEP prefabrication market.
    As CEO, Clay launched and rapidly grew eVolve MEP, a construction technology start-up and comprehensive SaaS technology platform. He manages a versatile team (6 direct reports/65 total employees) of trade-specific product managers, software developers, and SaaS sales professionals, along with a talented executive team that he recruited and that propelled the business to the top of the subtrade software market. 
    Highlights of Clay’s interview with host Amy Peck (@AmyPeckXR) include:
    Drawing a correlation between skills applied in the military and skills applied in the MEP software industryThe rate at which customers are adopting technology, and how that might pose challenges in the futureHow close we are to doing the "heavy lifting" in the cloud with the admin of 5G, real-time rendering, and edge compute and other toolsThe influx of so much new technology in immersive technology, blockchain, AI, and how these emerging technologies will have an impact in our industryAs the COO, Clay focused on transforming the culture of ASTI from one of misalignment to one that attracts diverse talent from all over the US. He directed operational policies / organizational goals and managed sales and marketing, software development, technical consulting, and information technology. During his 6-year tenure, his efforts created $MM in value as the company grew to 158 employees (12 direct reports). As the empowerment-based culture he implemented flourished, ASTI’s turnaround became a growth story that catalyzed aggressive corporate growth via new client contracts and the subsequent need to recruit additional talent.
    SHOW NOTES
    0:12  Amy Peck introduces Todd Mustard, Vice President at The Association of Union Contractors.
    04:16  It's interesting, because I didn't know you had a military background, but I do seem to come across a lot of people with military background. Do you think there's a correlation in some of the skills you'd apply in the military, you apply in this industry?
    5:26  When you think about the work that you're doing, are you seeing customers really adopt technology on an end-to-end basis, or are they solving problems one at a time, and is that going to be an approach that becomes challenging in the future because there's so much technology coming at us now?
    9:34  Do you think that with the admin of 5G, real-time rendering, and edge compute, that at some point, we'll be able to do the heavy lifting in the cloud and deliver the end result, or are we a decade away from that?
    10:48  So we've talked about your evolution and how you're thinking about software and optimization and the move to the cloud, but there's so much technology coming in immersive technology, blockchain, AI. How do you see these emerging technologies starting to have an impact in our industry?

    • 26 min
    Todd Mustard: Representing All Union Construction and Maintenance Contractors at TAUC

    Todd Mustard: Representing All Union Construction and Maintenance Contractors at TAUC

    In this week's episode of the Future Construct Podcast (20 min interview), we  feature Todd Mustard, Vice President at The Association of Union Constructors (TUAC) (@TAUCbuilt), and our host Amy Peck (@AmyPeckXR). As Vice President, Todd coordinates the government affairs activities of the association, serving as staff liaison to TAUC’s Government Affairs Committee, and working with various legislative coalitions including the Construction Employers of America (@CEABuilds), the Alliance for Industrial Efficiency (@CHPAlliance), the Carbon Capture Coalition (@CCSTechFacts), and the Energy4Us Coalition. Todd also leads the association’s efforts as it relates to industry innovation and technology, serving as the staff liaison to TAUC's Innovation and Technology Committee. He is the point person for the annual TAUC Leadership Conference, Industrial Grade Innovation (IGI) Conference and Expo, and State of the Union Construction Industry Forum, creating the agendas and content for these events. He is the project lead on TAUC's Legacy Partner Program, as well as new and existing affinity programs, and other member products and services.

    Highlights of Todd’s interview with host Amy Peck (@AmyPeckXR) include:
    Addressing some of the industry challenges, and how technology can solve them, as well as some of the initiatives Todd is working on directly or indirectlyBridging the knowledge gap, and where Todd sees some of the innovations coming on that sideHow technology is going to be really important in enticing the next generation's workforceWhat some of the cool jobs Todd is sees evolving now, that our kids can shape for the future
    Over the last two decades Todd has helped market and promote the members of TAUC and the signatory contractors, international and local unions, and owner/clients who participate and use the National Maintenance Agreements. He has been lobbying for changes on Capitol Hill that would better the U.S.construction industry, and the people who work in it. For the last several years, Todd has been working to connect companies, people and ideas to help push the industry forward as it relates to the adoption of new innovation and technology. In addition to his role at TAUC, Todd also serves as the Vice President for the National Maintenance Agreements Policy Committee, Inc. (NMAPC) and as a board member for the Associated General Contractors of California.

    SHOW NOTES

    0:12  - Amy Peck introduces Todd Mustard, Vice President at The Association of Union Contractors.

    02:33  - Moving away from communication, it seems you now have your finger on the pulse of innovation as well, and are really looking at addressing some of the industry challenges, and how technology can solve them. What are some of the initiatives you're working on directly or indirectly, and what are you seeing in terms of great use of technology in this realm?

    8:53  - We talked a little bit about how we bridge the knowledge gap, and you have been front and center, so I'd love to see where you see some of the innovations coming on that side?

    11:43  - Technology is going to really important in enticing the next generation workforce. In fact if you don't have emerging technology, you're not going to be able to attract this next generation workforce, so how is the industry tackling that piece of it as well?

    15:26  - What would you say to your future kids, 20 years from now, about what types of careers are available for them to look at? You mentioned 3D printing, prefabrication, engineering. What are some of the cool jobs you see evolving now, that our kids now can shape?

    18:27  - If you could project yourself 20 years into the future, and if you could have any product or service or gadget or thing, that for you, would make your life better or make you personally happy, what would it be and what would it do?

    • 20 min
    Sara Maffey (Local Logic) and Cal Inman (ClimateCheck) on Future Construct

    Sara Maffey (Local Logic) and Cal Inman (ClimateCheck) on Future Construct

    In this week's episode of the Future Construct Podcast (45-minute interview total in two parts), we are excited to feature Sara Maffey, Head of Corporate Strategy and Business Development at Local Logic (@local_logic) in part one and Cal Inman, Principal at ClimateCheck (@MyClimateCheck) in part two. Joining host Amy Peck (@AmyPeckXR) as co-host for this special episode is KP Reddy (@reddy_kp) from Shadow Ventures. KP is a globally recognized authority in AEC environments, AI, robotics, automation, mobile applications, and cloud computing and a sought-after subject matter expert, frequently speaking worldwide on BIM and the built environment. 

    Sara Maffey's role combines her passions for real estate development and placemaking with data analytics and PropTech. She has deep experience throughout the built environment lifecycle, from site selection and economic development to construction management and commercial asset strategy. This background allows her to provide strategic real estate insights and help set the direction of Local Logic's growth. Prior to her role at Local Logic, Sara was the Founder and Curator-in-Chief of Localhippo, the Managing Director at Transwestern, President and CEO of Edgewood Strategies, and many other roles with a consulting and mechanical engineering background. Sara received her Bachelor of Arts in Urban Design and Architecture Studies from New York University and her Masters in Business Administration from Yale University.

    At Shadow Ventures, the focus is on investing in startups in tech-nascent markets where strategic capital is scarce. Their process and closed ecosystem of entrepreneurs, investors, designers, and developers are driven by both experience and technology to radically change how startups start, and investors finish. The company was founded in 2018 and partners with exceptional founders to transform the built environment. Shadow Ventures' incubator is custom-built to grow the next generation of built environment startups. With less than a 5% acceptance rate, each startup undergoes a vigorous vetting process to be accepted. Their current portfolio is made up of companies tackling hard problems in construction and real estate tech with unique solutions. Learn more about the Shadow Ventures portfolio here. 

    In part two of this podcast, we are excited to feature Cal Inman, Principal at ClimateCheck (@MyClimateCheck). Cal is also the founder and CEO of ClimateCheck. He has a commercial real estate development background and is a lecturer at UC Berkeley Masters in Real Estate Development. Cal is a Bay Area developer who builds creative mix-used projects, including office, retail, mini-lot homes, and multifamily housing. His projects take a fresh approach to small infill with a focus on innovative design, construction techniques, and community-oriented placemaking. A graduate of the University of Southern California with a focus on real estate finance, Mr. Inman started his career working with cutting-edge developer Rick Holiday on adaptive reuse and ground-up multifamily projects in Oakland and San Francisco. He started his own practice in 2008 and lives in San Francisco with his wife and young son.

    Highlights of Sara and Cal’s interviews with hosts Amy Peck (@AmyPeckXR) and KP Reddy (@reddy_kp) include:
    - How consultants are adapting to the evolution of data collection
    - Ways to proactively impact your surroundings and what opportunities are present in doing so
    - How organizations can service their numerous factions that each have different applications and understanding of collected data
    - Products and service of future that both Sara and Cal would like to see become developed

    • 44 min

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