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The Art of Construction is here to help you grow your business. Together we explore the world of construction with some of the best minds in the industry. This insightful podcast is hosted by thought provoking entrepreneur, Devon Tilly. Devon has been recognized nationally for his innovation and creativity within the building industry. Join our tribe as we master the Art of Construction.

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The Art of Construction is here to help you grow your business. Together we explore the world of construction with some of the best minds in the industry. This insightful podcast is hosted by thought provoking entrepreneur, Devon Tilly. Devon has been recognized nationally for his innovation and creativity within the building industry. Join our tribe as we master the Art of Construction.

    Everyday Information Modeling

    Everyday Information Modeling

    Brian Mackey, Owner of BD Mackey Consulting, joins us for episode 262 of Art of Construction and the second episode in our Digital Built Week 2022 pre-shows.

    BD Mackey consulting was created to support BIM needs for AEC companies of all size through educational services, technical support, mentoring and custom training. Their goal is to make each company they work with more productive, more efficient and more successful in all areas of the Building Information Modeling process. Brian has been using Revit longer than most and knows the ins and outs of its many uses in the AEC industry. Rather than just a tool for large commercial architects and general contractors, he tells us just how there are potentially infinite uses for the data gathered from BIM for companies of all sizes. He himself began using BIM creating shop drawings as an architectural millworker.

    While people think BIM has to be about a whole building, the "information" in Building Information Modeling could be anything. What kind of data do you need on a project, and how can you use that data to improve your process? These are the questions Brian asks his clients, and the question each of us should ask ourselves as we explore the best ways to integrate BIM into our company, workflow, or practice. Microsoft Excel, for example, is technically an "information modeling" tool, and the one the most people are familiar with! Many of us already use Excel in our daily work life to streamline our company's operations. BIM is simply bringing that process to the next level.

    Join Devon and Brian as they discuss everyday and unexpected uses of BIM, Brian's journey as one of the earliest Revit users in the United States, the resources available for implementing Revit into your workflow, what he'll be speaking about at Digital Built Week, and much more!

    Visit our podcast page to enter for a chance to win a pair of FREE PASSES to Digital Built Week Americas, June 14th - 16th in Anaheim, California: www.theartofconstruction.net/aoc-podcast

    • 38 min
    High Stakes Freight

    High Stakes Freight

    Carson Holmquist, Co-Founder and CEO of Stream Logistics, joins us for episode 261 of Art of Construction.

    With the emergence of offsite construction (prefab, modular, and pods), the nature of construction logistics is evolving. This modern approach to construction is defined by high stakes. Timelines are tight, space is limited, and delays are wildly expensive. When stakes are high, the wins are lucrative and the losses can be catastrophic. This is the field that Stream Logistics has chosen to work in. 



    Stream was founded in 2012 by Carson Holmquist and Chad Patton to provide quality and reliability never before seen in the industry. They envisioned meaningful collaborations with loyal clients, delivering incredible solutions, and eliminating uncertainty in transportation. Stream considers themselves an Offsite Construction company and does transportation for many modular and prefab projects across the country.

    Join Devon and Carson as they discuss why logistics is the secret sauce for scaling offsite construction, how the Amazon effect and "just-in-time" delivery models helped create today's high stakes projects, the roadblocks to change our industry faces, and where the Stream team fits into the evolution of the System Build movement in construction. 

    https://streamlogistics.com/

    • 35 min
    The Digital Built Environment Institute

    The Digital Built Environment Institute

    Wesley Benn, Executive Chairman at the Digital Built Environment Institute, joins us for episode 260 of Art of Construction and the first episode in our Digital Built Week 2022 pre-shows.

    If you've listened to our show for many years you probably remember our partnership with Digital Built Week Americas in 2019. One of our highest rated episodes is the keynote of that conference which turned into AOC Episode 153 with Steve Burrows: Why This is the Greatest Time in History to be in Construction. This year, we are proud to announce we will once again be partnering with the Digital Built Environment Institute (DBEI) to serve as the official podcast of Digital Built Week Americas 2022! Today is the first in a series of episodes leading up to the conference, and we will also record a series of episodes live at the event.

    The Digital Built Environment Institute is a not-for profit global organization dedicated to the advancement of people, processes and technology, and the improvement of productivity, efficiency, and sustainability for the built environment and the AECO industry. They do this by connecting industry participants to each other, and working collaboratively to identify the services, activities, and support structures that can be best employed to help all of us. DBEI believes that our planet has significant issues that need to be addressed and that in terms of the built environment, we have the people, the processes, the skills and the knowledge to effect change. The broad AECO industry has significant impact on the planet and together, through our individual and collective improvements, we can make that impact a positive one.

    Join Devon and Wesley as they discuss DBEI's backstory, the evolution of BIM from something on the fringes to the core technology that defines the entire build process, why it's vital to break down the AECO silos, the return to the Master Builder, what people can expect from Digital Built Week this year and in the future, and so much more!

    Visit our podcast page to enter for a chance to win a pair of FREE PASSES to Digital Built Week Americas, June 14th - 16th in Anaheim, California: www.theartofconstruction.net/aoc-podcast

    • 42 min
    The Construction Layout Roomba

    The Construction Layout Roomba

    Derrick Morse and Logan Farrell, CEO, CTO and Co-Founders of Rugged Robotics, join us for episode 259 of Art of Construction. 

    Rugged Robotics is a Houston-based construction technology company. Their first product tackles the challenge of field layout, and replaces slow, error-prone, manual layout with an autonomous vehicle that marks fully-coordinated A/E designs directly onto unfinished floors. Like a Roomba for construction layout!

    Derrick is a professional engineer turned management consultant and entrepreneur with over 12 years of experience in engineering, construction and B2B services. After conceptualizing the idea of Rugged Robotics, he knew he needed a technical partner to help launch the company. Then entered Logan, an engineer who'd spent 7 years in robotic design and development at NASA, to serve as co-founder and develop their first product as Chief Technology Officer. 

    Join Devon, Derrick and Logan as they discuss the backstory of Rugged Robotics, why robots are best for tasks that are dull, dirty and dangerous, how their product could be an easier path forward to digitizing the jobsite than things like virtual and mixed reality, and the freedom construction workers will experience when truly blended with automation in the right way. 

    www.rugged-robotics.com

    • 44 min
    Great People Are Better Than a Great Process

    Great People Are Better Than a Great Process

    Dr. Craig Ellis, Vice President of Services at HighMatch, joins us for episode 258 of Art of Construction. 




    The construction industry is facing a perfect storm when it comes to employees, with an aging workforce nearing retirement, the great resignation pulling skilled and professional talent into other industries, and the new generation (Gen Z) ignoring careers in construction for other industries. Approaching this crisis using the same historical hiring approach is a recipe for disaster. Instead, contractors and affiliates need to take a different approach. 




    HighMatch is a modern approach to employment assessments, delivering personalized candidate insights at every stage of the hiring cycle, leading to better matches and happier employees. As the Vice President of Services, Craig leads the consulting arm of the company. They've served many of the top builders in the country as well as small to medium sized construction businesses for the last 15 years. Craig holds a Ph.D. in Industrial & Organizational Psychology and has used his degree to help contractors and affiliates of all size grow their business. 




    Join Devon and Craig as they discuss modern approaches to hiring, onboarding and workplace culture for construction, why it's vital for builders to rethink who they want to hire and the roles they are hiring for, and why great people will always be the best thing for a company; even better than a great process. 

    • 54 min
    Building a System Built Factory in the Colorado Mountains

    Building a System Built Factory in the Colorado Mountains

    Charlie Chupp, Founder and CEO of Fading West Development, and Matt McMullen, AOC Executive Director, join us for episode 257 of Art of Construction. 

    As the former CEO of Load King Manufacturing in Florida, Charlie spent 20 years manufacturing and general contracting over 4,000 food service stores across the US and Canada. With clients such as Starbucks, Einstein Bros Bakery, Safeway, Kroger and others, Load King delivered and installed turnkey, off-site built stores using systems that reduced standard times to open by over half.




    Through the application of Toyota’s Production System, commonly called “Lean” in the US, Fading West is focused on bringing the same speed and value to the national housing crisis with a particular focus on essential workforce buyers. They recently opened their brand new, 110,000 square foot state-of-the-art housing manufacturing facility in Buena Vista, Colorado. Recently named as one of Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential Companies of 2022, Fading West is making waves in the industry. 

    Join Devon, Matt and Charlie as they discuss the backstory behind Buena Vista's new System Built factory, the manufacturing philosophies of Fading West, and how System Built homes may be the key to solving Colorado's, and the country's, incredible housing shortage. 

    • 50 min

Customer Reviews

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68 Ratings

68 Ratings

Mariann!! ,

Love it!

It’s definitely worth your time if you are trying to stay informed.

Scott Hicken ,

Never a dull moment on AOC!

Extremely interesting podcast that manages to touch on every single aspect of AEC at some point. There’s lots of different conversations happening in the building industries at the moment and the Art of Construction truly manages to tie all those threads together into a single, compelling narrative. Highly recommend!

RWilliamsiii ,

What a great podcast getting construction collaboration

Hearing this great 200th podcast from The Art of Construction reminds me of my own journey when I started a building component factory in 1999. Their conversation about getting the designers and constructors to collaborate to build better buildings and houses. Great thought and passion to improve the processes and industry.

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