Hugh Seaton: The Future of AR and the Tech Evolution at CSI Crosswalk

On this episode of the Future Construct Podcast (46 min interview), we spotlight Hugh Seaton (@hughseaton), Head of Product at CSI Crosswalk, as he joins host Amy Peck (@VirtualGirlNY) to discuss:

  • Aquinas Learning, Inc. and how founding that company influences his current career path
  • The future of augmented reality and how it will affect the BIM space, as well as the industry drivers toward the adoption of new technology
  • Smart contracts and how blockchain can be wired into processes of remotely using immersive technology to verify completion of work
  • Technological solutions such as reality capture, virtual reality, and LiDAR that will serve as the catalysts for the next evolution of the industry

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Hugh spent a career digging up the best version of the truth he could find, from reach and frequency metrics in advertising, business culture in China, to startup financing. Now, he spends a crazy amount of time trying to analyze and share information about the Construction industry.

As Head of the Crosswalk business line at CSI, and Head of Construction Practice at Cimatri, Hugh gets to experience the industry at its fundamental level and hear how different companies use data to run projects. As host of the Constructed Futures Podcast, he speaks to two construction rockstars per week; and as the author of the Construction Technology Handbook, he presented a primer on technology for today’s construction professional.

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Aside from his role at CSI Crosswalk, Hugh is the Innovation and Technology Advisor for Blue Collar Capital Partners, where he leads the development of ground-breaking research products into construction field personnel and advises the investment team on strategy. Once a quarter, Hugh presents the Construction Technology Quarterly, an in-depth analysis of key aspects of the construction industry, and the technologies that support it. Sign up for the next webinar, held on June 24th at 5PM EST, here: Construction Technology Quarterly Webinar.

We sincerely hope you enjoy this special episode of the Future Construct podcast and we would love to hear your suggestions for future guests!

- All good things, Luke Lightning, PhD


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0:44 Amy Peck introduces the Head of Product at CSI Crosswalk,
Hugh Seaton.

4:14 So, can we talk a little bit about Aquinas, because I was always struck by your vision with immersive technology and the data and research you did? What were some of the outcomes and how does that inform your career?

11:22 What do you think are some of the drivers towards adoption of new industry technology?

14:35 Are you looking into smart contracts and how blockchain can be wired into this conversation where you're able to remotely use immersive technology to virtually verify work has been done?

26:29 I'm always curious, what would you like to see happen to be a real catalyst of this next evolution? Are there some solutions that are here and about to take off?

44:31 So, let's go even further into the future. Projecting yourself 20 to 25 years in the future, and you could bring with you any kind of gadget that would make your life better or make you happy, what would it be and what would it do?

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