Hello Fellow Disruptors! Join Christopher Riddell as he chats with the movers, shakers, and pioneers of the AEC Industry over coffee and donuts.
Katerra: What Went Wrong?
Katerra seemed to be the perfect company in terms of what we’ve been talking about on this podcast: it had huge growth momentum, dozens of high-profile projects, massive funding, and more. So, what happened to it? Was it a matter of execution? Was it leadership? Operations?
Rarely have we seen a first mover (think computers and smartphones) knock it out of the park the first time around. A lot of these examples end up in history books and serve as examples for the next company in line that’s trying to do the same thing. In this special episode, join hosts Christopher Riddell and Jackson Sensat as they take a deep dive into what happened to Katerra, what we can learn from the company, and a possible path towards Katerra 2.0.
An Academic View of Construction
Do you remember what it was like before you were out on the field—how you saw construction from afar or from the classroom? Join hosts Christopher Riddell and Jackson Sensat and guest Manish Dixit as they discuss how academia and construction communicate with each other, how technology is changing the industry norms both in and outside the classroom, the industrial strides that construction has made as a whole, what the most disruptive technology will be in the near future, and much more.
Manish Dixit is a LEED Accredited Professional and Assistant Professor in the Department of Construction Science at Texas A&M University. He currently lives in College Station, Texas.
Rebuilding AEC Through Technology
If you were starting a firm today, what does that firm look like? Better yet, if you were to restart your firm today, how would you structure it? Join hosts Christopher Riddell and Jackson Sensat and guest Anthony Zuefeldt as they talk about the trend of new companies in AEC being 'technology-first'.
Anthony Zuefeldt is a Senior Solutions Specialist at Applied Software. He works with companies to systematically unify their business operations and workflows with best practice methodologies and emergent technologies. Parallel to his work with Applied Software and design technology, he runs Zuefeldt Design, a full service residential design firm that specializes in single family housing. The firm's ethos is to marry expert knowledge of building science and best construction practices with creative expression of design.
Why is Blockchain Important for AEC?
Have you heard of blockchain? You might not know about the enormous potential it can have for you and your company. Join hosts Christopher Riddell and Jackson Sensat and guest Lou Verenini as they discuss cryptocurrency, the technological innovation of geolocation, how blockchain technology has recently changed ownership and workflows in projects, and the connection between shared risk and shared incentives.
Lou Verenini is an Architectural Solutions Specialist at Applied Software. He also has years of experience as a BIM Technical Consultant and a Designer and is licensed as a Revit Structure Professional, Autodesk Instructor, and Bluebeam Support Representative.
Connections Between Time and Tasks
What can automation do for you and your company? So far, do you think it’s helped or hindered what you do? Join hosts Christopher Riddell and Jackson Sensat and guest Patrick Chopson as they discuss the differences that automation has and will have on the AEC industry, making informed decisions on the job site, how to optimize data collection, and harnessing AI to achieve both climate and social change.
Patrick Chopson leads cove.tool, a web-based design software for buildings using machine learning and automation to drive decision making. He oversees product development and customer acquisition as a Co-Founder. A graduate of Georgia Tech with a Master's in High Performance Buildings, he is a licensed architect with over 17 years of experience in architecture, research, and mechanical engineering firms. Prior to cove.tool he co-founded a successful building performance consulting firm Pattern r+d. Multiple publications include Architect Magazine, Tech Crunch, Site Selection, ArchDaily, and more.
Seeing Disruption as a Force for Good
Does change drive you crazy, or do you go with the flow? How might you handle change in a better way? Join hosts Christopher Riddell and Jackson Sensat and guest Bianca Coury in the kickoff episode of their third season! They discuss the culture around the AEC industry, the differences between sectors of the industry, how to really be prepared and adapt to “what’s next,” and how to think of disruption in a better, more feasible way on the job site. Bianca Coury is a Construction Technology Manager at Eagle Point Software. In addition to being a Construction Progress Coalition (CPC) Delegate and a member of the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS), she is a LEED Green Associate with a strong background in sustainability, strategic project management and forward-thinking, creative abilities.
Compelling insights into AEC industry
Christoper has created a phenomenal podcast with a roster of guest speakers that operate as thought leaders in the AEC industry. Their discussions on the latest trends and specific initiatives they are championing are tremendously informative and inspiring. I highly recommend adding this podcast to your regular rotation.
Keep up the good work!