Last Friday, the ConTechTrio aired episode 84 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 Milwaukee Tool’s Red Lithium USB Light, Climworks‘ carbon capture device, IrisVR’s Prospect 1.6, Ricoh’s new Theta V camera, and much more! Special guest, Josh DeStefano, Integration Manager from DPR Construction, also joined to discuss leading innovation in technology.
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Weekly ConTechTrio Twitter Poll:
Last Week’s Poll: Can your company connect 2D plans and 3D models? The poll resulted in 50% “Yes,” 41% “No“ and 9% “Why Should I?“
This Week’s Poll: “Which of the following do you believe will have the most impact on improving construction productivity in the future?“ Visit the ConTechTrio Twitter page and choose from the following options: “Leveraging technology – data collection,” “Adopting lean workflows,” “Improving soft skills/people skills,” or “All of the above.“
Industry Education, Insights & Trends
Watch the video below of a road construction production case study powered by Cat, showcasing the differences between traditional construction verses technology construction.
ForConstructionPros.com discusses in this article strategies to leverage IOT to increase productivity and attract millennials to the construction industry. Strategies include promoting the connected job site, challenging the status quo and focusing on continued safety improvements.
A start-up company called Climeworks has created a carbon capture device that captures CO2 from the atmosphere and sells it or stores the gas in the ground. Visit here to learn more about this direct air capture device.
Branch Technology, a 3D printing company based out of Chattanooga, recently won $250,000 dollars at a NASA competition for building a 3D printed habitat for deep space exploration. Learn more about this competition and how this money won will advance Branch Technology here.
Ricoh has released a new model for the Theta camera called the Theta V. The Ricoh Theta V supports 4K video, captures spatial audio and visuals that have a 360° effects, and is priced at $430 dollars.
New York Times provides a rundown list of how smartphones in the future will work. New smartphone features will include a depth sensing camera system for facial recognition and enhanced augmented reality. Read this article to learn more about 2018 smartphones.
[INTERVIEW] Josh DeStefano, Integration Manager at DPR Construction, Discusses Leading Innovation in Technology
In the second half of the podcast, Josh DeStefano, Integration Manager at DPR Construction, joined the ConTechTrio to discuss leading innovation in technology. Josh grew up in Southern California near Huntington Beach. Josh jumped straight into the industry right after graduating and started working for general contractors as a project engineer. After working for Lendlease and Swinerton Builders, Josh joined DPR Construction and has now been their Integration Manager for the past five years.
In the interview, Josh discussed why DPR Construction decided to create a culture of innovation that is open minded to new technology. Josh and the ConTechTrio provided advice on how to move beyond simple software implementations, discussed strategies to effectively sell technology to owners, as well as, explained what software DPR Construction is currently using to conduct workflows in the field.