Last week, LIVE at the Philadelphia ConTech Roadshow, the ConTechTrio aired episode 76 of the podcast in which James Benham (@JamesmBenham), Rob McKinney (@ConAppGuru) and Josh Bone (@BIM2theBone) discussed the latest construction tech news. Headliners last week included the Milwaukee Tool One Key System, Viewpoint and Dexter + Chaney’s partnership, MCERF‘s Complexity Measurement Tool (CMT) and much more! Special guest, Bob Snyder, CEO at Binsky and Snyder, also joined to discuss how C-suite executives in the construction industry are leading technology strategy.
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Weekly ConTechTrio Twitter Poll:
Last Week’s Poll: How does your company train employees on new technology? The poll resulted in 75% “Hands-On,” 25% “Let Them Figure It Out” and 0% “Virtual.”
This Week’s Poll: “How does your CEO support new technology initiatives?“ Visit the ConTechTrio Twitter page and choose from the following options: “A Lot,” “Somewhat,” or “Not At All.”
Construction Tech News:
Industry Education, Insights & Trends
Last week, in a recent press release, Viewpoint announced that they have agreed to join forces with Dexter + Chaney. Viewpoint, a portfolio company and Dexter + Chaney, a market leader in cloud-based construction enterprise resource planning, believe that this acquisition will drive the adoption of technology in the AEC industry.
Marla McIntyre, Editor of Construction Executive, discusses in this article the top construction technologies released last week. Topics included, RUNNER’s hands-free tablet belts, IrisVR Prospect, CoreLogic’s storm damage identification service, and much more.
This article explains how in every region of the world the decline in solar costs is not slowing down. By 2022, Green Tech Media (GTM) researches believe that there will be a 27% drop in average global project prices. Read this article to gain additional statistics about solar costs for the future.
Emerging technologies such as robotics, apps and internet of things (IoT) have the ability to improve job site safety and limit the number of deaths occurring each year. Read this article to learn how to change employees “19th century mindset.”
This article discusses how the Builders Guild of Western Philadelphia is recruiting trained, qualified talent that is ready to work in the commercial construction industry. Jeff Nobers, Executive Director at Builders Guild of Western Philadelphia, explains in this article how he plans to get qualified workers in the booming AEC industry.
The Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation (MCERF) has partnered with BuildingSP, to develop a custom software capable of analyzing the complexity of a model. To learn more about the MCERF Complexity Measurement Tool (CMT) be sure to watch the video clip below!
Smart video technology gives professionals the opportunity to improve construction site safety and manage safety standard more effectively. This interconnected technology connects video and security systems together in the cloud and will soon be able to utilize machine learning skills to detect hazards and react in real time.
National Geographic announced in their July issue that they will be working with Populous, an architecture firm, to create stadiums of the future. These multi-purpose stadiums will be equipped with food delivery drones, augmented reality “hospitality pods,” pools equipped for water sports with transparent tunnels underwater, holographic instant replay’s and much more.
This article states that the global prefabrication construction market is set to grow from $125 billion in 2015 to $177 billion by 2021. To learn more about this massive industry growth read this article.
[INTERVIEW] Bob Snyder, CEO at Binsky and Snyder, Discusses How Construction CEOs are Leading Technology Strategy
In the second half of the podcast, Bob Snyder, CEO at Binsky and Snyder, joined the ConTechTrio to discuss how CEOs in the construction industry manage technology innovation. Bob earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Bucknell University. Bob has now been the CEO of Binsky and Snyder for almost two years.
In the interview, Bob explains the biggest challenges CEO’s face when adopting new technology and touched on the difficulties that arise when trying to work on the business, as well as, in the business at the same time. Bob and the ConTechTrio discussed successful skills executives should use when evaluating new technology, explained the importance of implementing an Entrepreneurial Operating System (EOS) for tech committees, and lastly explored how the evolution of technology will impact the construction industry in the future.