The ConTechCrew Episode 86 – Building R&D Programs for Construction Tech with Danny Owens From Holder Construction
Last Friday, The ConTechCrew aired episode 86 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 HoloBuilder’s JobWalk app, the Bluebeam Pulse, Skycool Systems new high-tech panels, John Deere acquiring Blue River Technology, and much more! Special guest, Danny Owens, Innovation Manager at Holder Construction, also joined to discuss building R&D programs in construction companies.
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Bluebeam has announced their new pilot program that plans to implement sensors on construction jobsites. The Pulse will be able to monitor temperate, humidity and light on the jobsite.
Watch the video below to witness the process of how Eindohoven University of Technology and BAM Infrastructure created a 3D printed concrete bicycle bridge that measures 8 meters long and 3.5 meters wide.
Researchers at the Wyss Institute for Biology Inspired Engineering at Harvard University are creating various types of electronics that have never been seen before by combining hard and soft electronic elements into durable, stretchable sensors.
This article from Futurism discusses how after scientists fed small amounts of graphene and carbon nanotubes to spiders, they then created webs that were five times stronger than normal.
[INTERVIEW] Danny Owens, Innovation Manager at Holder Construction, Discusses Building R&D Programs for Construction Tech
In the second half of the podcast, Danny Owens, Innovation Manager at Holder Construction, joined The ConTechCrew to discuss building R&D programs in construction. Danny was born and raised in Shawnee, Kansas. After earning a mechanical engineering degree from Washington University, Danny moved to Atlanta and started working for Holder Construction.
In the interview, Danny talked about Holder Construction’s culture and how it helped him switch his focus from preconstruction over to technology innovation. Danny and The ConTechCrew explained inefficiencies they have learned from the field, explained the value of augmented reality technology, as well as, provided advice to other companies who are starting to apply R&D programs to evaluate new construction tech.