Hot off the press, we have another episode of the Future Construct Podcast! This week, for Season 3, Episode 11, our host Amy Peck (@AmyPeckXR) was delighted to welcome Ryan McMahon, the General Manager of the Manufacturing Informed Design Group at Autodesk, to the show (21-minute interview). The conversation between Ryan and Amy was a deep dive into a plethora of engaging topics, including how companies are leveraging manufacturing informed design and the divide between companies pushing the envelope and those that are remaining stagnant. They also discussed where digital twins fits into developing end-to-end data sharing and optimization mechanisms, as well as compelling technologies that Ryan wants to adopted more.
About Ryan McMahon Ryan is the General Manager of the Manufacturing Informed Design Group working on building new solutions to enable Industrialized Construction and productization for construction. He has worked for Autodesk for 12 years building and delivering manufacturing products including Factory Design Utilities, Process Analysis, Fusion Production, Factory Digital Twin and Generative Factory layout capabilities. Prior to Autodesk, Ryan worked for several startups delivering products for digital music, medical devices, IT compliance, and high-performance computing. Ryan holds 3 patents, has an MBA from the University of Washington, and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Washington State University.
Throughout the interview, Ryan discussed several topics with host Amy Peck (@AmyPeckXR), including:
- How companies are leveraging manufacturing informed design now, and how Ryan is optimizing the process
- The divide between companies pushing the envelope and the faction with the "if it ain't broke don't fix it" mentality
- Where digital twins falls into the goal of getting an end-to-end data sharing and optimization mechanism
- Compelling technologies that Ryan wants to see develop with more adoption
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5:43 - Amy: "And I saw that you're in Beaverton. There must be something in the water there. You're right in Nike's backyard. It's just like a hotbed of creativity there. What are they doing over there?"
6:13 - Amy: "So when you talk about your title, Manufacturing Informed Design, how are companies leveraging it now, and how are you optimizing the process?"
8:38 - Amy: "The thing that I'm always confused by in the AEC industry is that you have these companies that are really pushing the envelope on the art of the possible, building in all of these deficiencies, using and BIM and all these new technologies, but then there's that faction that 'if it ain't broke don't fix it.' Is this software going to help bring some of those companies along?"
11:54 - Amy: "Talking about optimization both manufacturing and bringing the two together, I personally have a focus on leveraging digital twin. The goal is to get this end-to-end data sharing and optimization mechanism, but really transparency between teams and factions. Where does digital twins fall into that, from your perspective?"
16:24 - Amy: "I'm sure you have a kind of birds eye view, given your experience, on a lot of tangential technologies that are impact the industry, AI, blockchain, XR. Are there things for you, that are really compelling for you, and that you want to see more adoption of?"
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