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.
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.
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 as human we have lost the ability to fantasize about what we want the world to be like. And now you add this layer of the meta verse, and there will be lots of digitization around us. What do actually want to future of the world to look like, and does anyone has an answer to that?"
44:02 Amy: "If you could project yourself 20 to 25 years into the future, and you could have any product or service that would just make you pe
Burcin Kaplanoglu: Providing Computing Infrastructure for Innovation and Efficiency at Oracle
In this week’s release of Season 3, Episode 2 (31-minute podcast) of the Future Construct Podcast, our host Amy Peck (@AmyPeckXR) is thrilled to be joined by Dr. Burcin Kaplanoglu, the Vice President of Innovation and Oracle Industry Lab at Oracle.
Join our host, Amy Peck, to learn from Burcin about Oracle's work providing computing infrastructure and how that will help the AEC Industry become more innovative and efficient. Dr. Burcin Kaplanoglu is a recognized industry technologist, innovator, thought leader, and keynote speaker. He is leading innovation and Oracle Industry Lab as co-founder. LinkedIn's Chief Editor recognized him as one of the “5 content creators to follow” on LinkedIn in 2022. Also in 2022, he received the prestigious James B. Porter, Jr. Award for Technology Leadership by the Construction Industry Institute (CII) in recognition for his contributions, innovation and dedication to the construction and engineering industry. He has been Chair of the Board Committee at AI in Construction Institute (planning funded by National Science Foundation (NSF) and Discovery Partners Institute) since 2020. He was recognized as one of the “BuiltWorlds 2020 Mavericks” in the Technologists category and one of the 7 “AEC Innovators” by @BD+C magazine. He received CEGBU “Let’s build” award in 2020. He was named one of Engineering News Record (ENR)’s "Top 20 Under 40" in 2016. He is also an adjunct professor at Northwestern University's McCormick School of Engineering.
Oracle is a cloud technology company that provides organizations worldwide with computing infrastructure and software to help them innovate, unlock efficiencies and become more effective. From nonprofits to companies of all sizes, millions of people use their tools to streamline supply chains, make HR more human, quickly pivot to a new financial plan, and connect data and people worldwide.
Highlights of Burcin's interview with host Amy Peck (@AmyPeckXR) include:
The methodology behind technological experimentation at Oracle and how much customers play into that processHow Burcin sees technology and information becoming more broadly adopted within the industry in the futureSome of the challenges we face with integrating permit technology and other forms of advancement and how much we should trust themHow advanced full digital twin landscapes are, and what impact does that have on streamlining constructionSHOW NOTES
0:12 - Amy Peck introduces Burcin Kaplanoglu, the Vice President of Innovation and Oracle Industry Lab at Oracle.
1:26 - Amy: "In terms of how you experiment, is driven a lot by customers, or do you have a plan of we're going to work on all of these technologies this year and it just organically leads from project to project?"
6:08 - Amy: "How do you see technology or even just information getting out there and beginning to permeate where it becomes more broadly adopted in the industry?"
13:49 - Amy: "Do you see a point where we can start to have a baseline of interpretation of what a permit requirement is that is done automatically? What are some of the challenges of adopting that type of technology, and can we trust it?"
17:10 - Amy: "Can we talk a little bit about simulating some of the work that you're doing in the [Oracle Industry Lab], where we can build entire digital twins even before one brick is laid on the construction site? How advanced is that today, and how much is that streamlining the construction process?"
28:03 - Amy: "If you could project yourself 20 to 25 years into the future, which you do daily, and you could have any product or service that would just make you personally happy or make your life better in some way, what would it be and what would it do?"
Michelle Bockman: Creating New Sources of Growth and Leading Disruption at Stanley X
We are BACK with Season Three of the Future Construct Podcast! Thank you for supporting the show for two amazing seasons, and if you're new to our platform, we welcome you! In this week’s Season 3 premiere episode (24-minute podcast), our host Amy Peck (@AmyPeckXR) is thrilled to be joined by Michelle Bockman, the President of Stanley X. Stanley X is a group of business leaders, entrepreneurs, technologists, designers, commercial and innovation strategists empowering innovation across Stanley Black & Decker. Their mission is to create new sources of growth for Stanley Black & Decker and to lead disruption in their core industries. Their experience is in startups, technology, entrepreneurship and venture capital that is committed to the strategic and innovative development of exponential growth opportunities. Their process involves ideation, incubation, acceleration and development of exponential growth opportunities. Stanley X focuses on industrial and manufacturing services, commercial construction and talent services.
Join Amy Peck, to learn from Michelle about the identity and work behind Stanley X and their outlook on their plan to be a key role player in the evolution of construction. Michelle has always been curious about how things move and work. From her days as a mechanical engineer and as a corporate executive, she's found tremendous value in taking things apart and reconfiguring them in innovative, optimized ways. Throughout Michelle's career, she's used that same curiosity and skill to deconstruct, examine the parts, test the functions, and put them back together. As a result, she's been able to transform under-performing organizations into highly successful ones, no matter the industry.
Highlights of Michelle's interview with host Amy Peck (@AmyPeckXR) include:
Michelle discusses some of the things that she's excited about in terms of leveraging technologyDiscussion about the difficulty integrating frontier technology in the work that Stanley X is doingSome of the technologies that Michelle thinks are really going to be transformative for the AEC industryNotable companies that have experienced success in the Stanley X incubator
Michelle is an authentic leader who doesn't need to steal the show — but she will make her voice heard with her own point of view. She has a passion for building high-performing teams and the kind of open and transparent culture that supports them. Michelle works hard to develop each person on her team, some of whom have been with her in one way or another for over 10 years. As a corporate leader with a background in diverse industries and functions, she has experienced many aspects of businesses and their cycles. But each unique challenge demands the same outcome: to deliver its very best for the customer.
0:12 Amy Peck introduces Michelle Bockman, the President of Stanley X.
6:04 Michelle discusses some of the things that she's excited about in terms of leveraging technology.
10:41 Amy as Michelle about the lack of having utility of frontier technology in our personal lives, and discusses her ideology about whether it more difficult to incorporate it in the work she does at Stanley X.
15:47 Amy: "You know you're working cross spectrum with many different types of technology, and it's hard for me to not ask about immersive technology, but are there some technologies that you think are really going to be transformative for the industry?"
18:49 Amy: "So what are some of the other companies, besides Data, that have had particular success [in the Stanley X incubator] that you'd like to share?"
21:22 Amy: "If you could project yourself 20 to 25 years into the future, and you could bring with you any gadget, software or service, or anything that would just make you personally happy, what would it be and what would it do?"
BIM Project Approaches Panel Discussion at GeoWeek 2022
In this week's episode of the Future Construct Podcast (90 min interview), we are excited to feature Mark Oden, CEO of BIM Designs, Inc. (@BIMdesignsInc) as the host of the BIM Project Approaches Panel, along with Dustin Williams - CEO of Flywheel AEC (@FlywheelAEC), Tim Riefenberg - Senior Process Manager at Balfour Beatty (@balfourbeatty), and Kurt Johnston - CAD Applications Lead at Kiewit (@kiewit), as they talked during GeoWeek 2022 about how to best apply BIM to projects without adding more time or complexity to that project, what their approaches are to integrating BIM into their processes, and how BIM has improved their AEC workflows.
Highlights of the BIM Project Approaches Panel at GeoWeek 2022 include:
- Explanations on BIM Designs, Inc., Flywheel AEC, Balfour Beatty, and Kiewit are involved in the AEC industry, and role each panelist plays in their respective companies.
- How we can ensure we're getting every single stakeholder along the process to buy in to the integration of BIM?
- The methodology behind keeping communication flowing with the owner and general contractor, but also with the field
- Dealing with general contractors and primes that don't have BIM in-house, and how to get them up to speed and everyone on the same page
Dustin founded FlywheelAEC, a technology solutions provider for architectural, engineering, and construction projects. He is also the CEO and co-founder of Remote Optix (@RemoteOptix). He is a creative and innovative leader who specializes in BIM for infrastructure as well as reality capture utilizing drones and laser scanning. He has over a decade of engineering, surveying, and BIM experience in California, Colorado, Nevada, Pennsylvania, and Delaware. Dustin’s expertise includes working from conceptual planning through design, construction, and operations on a broad range of commercial, residential, institutional, and mixed-use projects.
Tim started off as an architect, designing and building custom plantation homes in Bluffton, SC. He shifted focus to his technical skills to get a job. His expertise brought him back to Chicago as a consultant, specializing in advanced modeling and laser scanning several large GSA projects in Chicago. When the economy recovered, he was brought into NELSON Chicago (@NELSONworldwide) as a design architect. This role led him to begin teaching Revit firm-wide. Later on, he would be responsible for converting Balfour Beatty's MEP department to REVIT MEP.
Kurt has been with Kiewit for 9+ years, with his role being centered around system design & support for MicroStation, AutoCAD, NavisWorks and everything in between. Prior to Kiewit, he was previously a BIM Manager for Virtual Building Logistics, and a Design Associate for Olsson Associates, a nationally recognized, employee-owned engineering and design firm founded with the mindset of improving communities by making them more sustainable, better connected, and more efficient.
10:23 - Dustin Williams introduces Flywheel AEC, explaining the company's background and the role they play in the AEC industry.
22:33 - Tim Riefenberg introduces Balfour Beatty, detailing their history, projects, and service offerings.
34:52 - Kurt Johnston introduces Kiewit, detailing their background, experience, and service offerings.
55:36 - Panel Question: The BIM process can be so simplified, but how can we make sure we're getting every single stakeholder along the process to buy in to the integration of BIM?
1:02:32 - Panel Question: How do we not only communicate with the owner and general contractor, but also with the field?
1:13:47 - Panel Question: Have you dealt with any general contractors and primes that don't have BIM in-house, and how do you help them get up to speed and everyone on the same page?
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.
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.”
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.
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?