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Future Construct: Thought Leaders Discussing BIM and Construction Solutions for the AEC Industry. The Future Construct podcast is powered and executive produced by the team at BIM Designs, Inc. and features thought leaders from around the world working on innovative technology solutions for the construction (AEC, Architectural, Engineering, Construction) industry. The podcast is hosted by Amy Peck (@VirtualGirlNY on Twitter), the Founder/CEO of EndeavorVR.
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Season 2 Episodes
Episode 50: BIM Project Approaches Panel at GeoWeek 2022
Mark Oden, CEO of BIM Designs, Inc. as the host of the BIM Project Approaches Panel, along with Dustin Williams - CEO of Flywheel AEC , Tim Riefenberg - Senior Process Manager at Balfour Beatty, and Kurt Johnston - CAD Applications Lead at Kiewit
In this week's mini-episode of the Future Construct Podcast (90 min interview), we are excited to feature Mark Oden (@MarkTOden), CEO of BIM Designs, Inc. (@BIMdesignsInc) as the host of the BIM Project Approaches Panel, along with Dustin Williams - CEO of Flywheel AEC (@FlywheelAEC), Tim Riefenberg - Senior Process Manager at Balfour Beatty (@balfourbeatty), and Kurt Johnston - CAD Applications Lead at Kiewit (@kiewit), as they talked during GeoWeek 2022 about how to best apply BIM to projects without adding more time or complexity to that project, what their approaches are to integrating BIM into their processes, and how BIM has improved their AEC workflows.
Episode 49 Featuring: Dr. Mani Golparvar
CTO and Co-Founder of Reconstruct
In this week's mini-episode of the Future Construct Podcast (34-minute podcast), our host Amy Peck (@AmyPeckXR) is thrilled to be joined by Dr. Mani Golparvar (@mgolpar2), CTO and Co-Founder of Reconstruct (@reconstructinc). Reconstruct is a startup that Mani has been a driving force behind and describes it as a “Software-as-a-Service company” that equips an “AI-powered digital twin platform.” Reconstruct operates by integrating reality modeling, building information modeling, and project scheduling to visually track progress, analyze productivity, and proactively detect potential delays using predictive analytics.
Click to listen to our interview with Mark on Apple, Spotify, or Google, or watch on our Facebook or YouTube channels.
Episode 48 Featuring: Mark Oden at GeoWeek 2022
CEO at BIM Designs, Inc.
In this week's mini-episode of the Future Construct Podcast (10 min interview), we are excited to feature Mark Oden, CEO of BIM Designs, Inc. (@BIMdesignsInc), and our host Amy Peck (@AmyPeckXR) as they talked during GeoWeek 2022 about the best approaches to BIM projects, better practices for BIM management, and how to integrate technology and tools throughout the end-to-end construction process. Mark also hosted a panel on BIM Project Approaches during the conference featuring representatives from Balfour Beatty, Kiewit, and Flywheel AEC. And next week, we will be releasing the video of this incredibly insightful panel discussion!
Click to listen to our interview with Mark on Apple, Spotify, or Google, or watch on our Facebook or YouTube channels.
Episode 47 Featuring: Edgar Martinez Ceja and Ali Khaloo (Aren) and Mike Giacco (AI Engineers)
Edgar Martinez Ceja and Ali Khaloo, Co-Founders of Aren
Mike Giacco, Director of Technology at AI Engineers
In this week's episode and final installment of the Future Construct Podcast and Shadow Ventures special 4-part series, we are excited to feature Edgar Martinez Ceja and Ali Khaloo, Co-Founders of Aren, who are also the COO and CEO respectively, in part one and Mike Giacco, Director of Technology at AI Engineers (@AI_Engineers) in part two. Joining host Amy Peck (@AmyPeckXR) as co-host for this special episode is KP Reddy (@reddy_kp) from Shadow Ventures. KP is a globally recognized authority in AEC environments, AI, robotics, automation, mobile applications, and cloud computing and a sought-after subject matter expert, frequently speaking worldwide on BIM and the built environment.
Episode 46 Featuring: Clay Smith
CEO at eVolve MEP and COO at Applied Software
In this week's episode of the Future Construct Podcast (26 min interview), we are excited to feature Clay Smith, CEO at eVolve MEP (@evolvemep) and COO at Applied Software (ASTI) (@Applied_SW), and our host Peck (@AmyPeckXR). eVolve MEP helps leaders in the mechanical, electrical and plumbing industries harness the power of Revit (@AutodeskRevit) for increased revenue, improved productivity, a stronger workforce and enhanced quality. They do this through software and services that enable faster detailer workflow, smarter use of skilled labor, fewer errors, higher quality and ultimately more projects. Partnered with ASTI, one of the largest AEC, Construction, Fabrication and Manufacturing System integrators in North America, eVolve MEP has created a tremendous breakthrough solution to meet the demands of the MEP prefabrication market.
Episode 45 Featuring: Todd Mustard
Vice President at The Association of Union Constructors
In this week's episode of the Future Construct Podcast (20 min interview), we feature Todd Mustard, Vice President at The Association of Union Constructors (TUAC) (@TAUCbuilt), and our host Amy Peck (@AmyPeckXR). As Vice President, Todd coordinates the government affairs activities of the association, serving as staff liaison to TAUC’s Government Affairs Committee, and working with various legislative coalitions including the Construction Employers of America (@CEABuilds), the Alliance for Industrial Efficiency (@CHPAlliance), the Carbon Capture Coalition (@CCSTechFacts), and the Energy4Us Coalition. Todd also leads the association’s efforts as it relates to industry innovation and technology, serving as the staff liaison to TAUC's Innovation and Technology Committee. He is the point person for the annual TAUC Leadership Conference, Industrial Grade Innovation (IGI) Conference and Expo, and State of the Union Construction Industry Forum, creating the agendas and content for these events. He is the project lead on TAUC's Legacy Partner Program, as well as new and existing affinity programs, and other member products and services.
Episode 44 Featuring: Sara Maffey and Cal Inman
Sara Maffey, Head of Corporate Strategy and Business Development at Local Logic
Cal Inman, Principal at ClimateCheck (@MyClimateCheck)
In this week's episode of the Future Construct Podcast (45-minute interview total in two parts), we are excited to feature Sara Maffey, Head of Corporate Strategy and Business Development at Local Logic (@local_logic) in part one and Cal Inman, Principal at ClimateCheck (@MyClimateCheck) in part two. Joining host Amy Peck (@AmyPeckXR) as co-host for this special episode is KP Reddy (@reddy_kp) from Shadow Ventures. KP is a globally recognized authority in AEC environments, AI, robotics, automation, mobile applications, and cloud computing and a sought-after subject matter expert, frequently speaking worldwide on BIM and the built environment.
Episode 43 Featuring: Cynthia Maller
Head of 3D Creative Technology at Walmart
In this week's episode of the Future Construct Podcast (32 min interview), we are excited to feature Cynthia Maller, Head of 3D Creative Technology at Walmart (@Walmart), and our host Amy Peck (@AmyPeckXR). Cynthia Maller is also the Head of 3D Creative Technology at three of Walmart's digitally-native brands: Hayneedle, Art.com and Allswell.
In 1999, Cynthia began working as a Creative Director for Yahoo, and for the next 15 years, she held that same roles for large companies including Gyro International, Johnson and Johnson, PayPal, Sam's Club and Adobe. In 2015, she started shifting her focus towards user experience at Touch of Modern, where she led the UX team across all platforms, led a team of 18 photographers, stylists, and editors, and led brand development, creative, and packaging for 4 private label brands.
Episode 42 Featuring: Mike Merrill
Co-Founder and Chief Evangelist at AboutTime Technologies - Workmax
In this week's episode of the Future Construct Podcast (30 min interview), we are excited to feature Mike Merrill (@michaeltmerrill), Co-Founder and Chief Evangelist at AboutTime Technologies - Workmax (@AboutTimeTechs), and our host Amy Peck (@AmyPeckXR). In 2003, with another General Contractor & two Software Engineers, he started AboutTime Technologies out of Payson, UT. WorkMax by AboutTime Technologies is the complete Employee Productivity collection software helping businesses reach their full potential. Combining the power of their TIME, FORMS, ASSETS, and INSIGHT modules businesses are able to track their mobile resources and manage project costs accurately. Since then, they have grown their client base to thousands of customers working in all 50 states, all provinces of Canada, & Internationally.
Episode 41 Featuring: Joseph "Roee" Shua-Haim and Thai Nguyen on Future Construct
Joseph "Roee" Shua-Haim, Founder and CEO at Hathaware
Thai Nguyen, Director of Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) at Hensel Phelps
In this week's episode of the Future Construct Podcast (1 hour interview), we are excited to feature Joseph "Roee" Shua-Haim, Founder and CEO at Hathaware (@Hathaware). He graduated with a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the Technion Israel Institute of Technology in the summer of 2016. After graduating, Joseph moved to NYC and began his career as a structural engineer. Soon enough, Joseph took on an opportunity to shift into project management in RE development. Since making the shift, Joseph has managed over $85M in ground up developments.
In Part 2 of this podcast, we are excited to feature Thai Nguyen, Director of Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) at Hensel Phelps (@HenselPhelps). Thai has more than 20 years of experience in the architectural and construction industries. As Director of VDC, Thai drives the innovation of construction processes for Hensel Phelps, one of the United States’ largest employee-owned general contracting firms. In this role he leads VDC initiatives for all of Hensel Phelps’ district offices, managing a team of more than 80 individuals.
Episode 40 Featuring: Todd Ogle
Applying Immersive Environments and Simulations to Content Creation and Education at Virginia Tech
In this week's episode of the Future Construct Podcast (23 min interview), we are excited to feature Todd Ogle, PhD, Executive Director of the Applied Research in Immersive Experiences and Simulations (ARIES) program at Virginia Tech (@virginia_tech), and our host Amy Peck (@AmyPeckXR). Todd and Amy were able to catch up at the 2022 Geo Week conference (@GeoWeekExpo) in Denver earlier this year to record this episode. We look forward to seeing you at Geo Week 2023, and you can keep up to date on all the Geo Week News here!
The ARIES program supports applied research that brings together industry partners, faculty, and students interested in the cognitive and affective aspects of learning in immersive environments, games, simulations for training and performance support, and more. It provides a destination for students to discover, create and share their own creations in the form of games, simulations, VR and AR experiences for learning and entertainment while having the informal interactions with interested peers, faculty, industry partners, and external researchers that are so valuable for student development.
Episode 39 Featuring: Adeniyi Ogunsua
Empower Every Person and Every Organization on the Planet to Achieve More at Microsoft
In this week's episode of the Future Construct Podcast (30 min interview), we are excited to feature Adeniyi Ogunsua (@kogunsua), Senior Director and Industry Digital Strategist at Microsoft (@microsoft), and your host Amy Peck (@AmyPeckXR).
At Microsoft, the mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. Microsoft enables digital transformation for the era of an intelligent cloud and an intelligent edge. Microsoft operates in 190 countries and is made up of 181,000 passionate employees worldwide.
Episode 38 Featuring: Heather Widman
Championing Disruptive Ideas For a Better Built World at Building Ventures
In this week's episode of the Future Construct Podcast (44 min interview), we are excited to feature Heather Widman (@HBWids), Principal at Building Ventures (@buildingvc, "BV"), and your host Amy Peck. In her role, Heather sources and evaluates investment opportunities in the operation and experience phases of the building lifecycle.
BV is championing disruptive ideas for a better-built world. They offer the perfect mix of capital, mentorship, and industry connections. As-built environment pioneers, their mission is to provide access to funding, rich knowledge, and decades of experience, to entrepreneurs, partners, and disruptive thinkers. Together, they will build a better world.
Episode 37 Featuring: Dave Rhodes
Senior Vice President, General Manager of Digital Twins at Unity Technologies
In this week's episode of the Future Construct Podcast (37 min interview), we are excited to feature Dave Rhodes, Senior Vice President, General Manager - Digital Twins at Unity Technologies (@unity), and your host Amy Peck (@AmyPeckXR).
Unity Technologies is the creator of a flexible and high-performance end-to-end development platform used to create rich interactive 2D, 3D, VR and AR games and experiences. Unity's powerful graphics engine and full-featured editor serve as the foundation to develop beautiful games or apps and easily bring them to multiple platforms: mobile devices, home entertainment systems, personal computers, and embedded systems. Unity also offers solutions and services for creating games, boosting productivity, and connecting with audiences.
Episode 36 Featuring: Jamie Fleming (Altoura) and Marcus Farquhar (Microsoft)
Jamie Fleming, Founder and CEO at Altoura
Marcus Farquhar, Technology Innovation and Experimentation Leader at Microsoft
At Shadow Ventures, the focus is on investing in startups in tech-nascent markets where strategic capital is scarce. Their process and closed ecosystem of entrepreneurs, investors, designers, and developers are driven by both experience and technology to radically change how startups start and investors finish.
Episode 35 Featuring: Shaun Cooley
President and CEO at Mapped
Mapped started with the idea “What if every built space had an API?” Getting data out of buildings was a complex, time-consuming, and often manual process - weeks or even months of work.
Episode 34 Featuring: Jenny Moshea
Chief Information Officer at Sellen Construction
Sellen Construction builds iconic projects for the region’s tech, science, arts, health care and hospitality leaders.
Episode 33 Featuring: Sandra Benson
Streamlining and Mobilizing Project Communications at Procore Technologies
Procore helps firms drastically increase project efficiency and accountability by streamlining and mobilizing project communications and documentation.
Episode 32 Featuring: Ryan Denehy
Founder and CEO at Electric
Electric is on a mission to revolutionize IT by making it simple, effortless, & lightning-fast for businesses everywhere.
Episode 31 Featuring: Salla Eckhardt
Director of Transformation at Microsoft
We have some amazing content to celebrate our 1-year anniversary episode for you to check out during the holiday season. Thank you to all of our guests that made this past year an amazing experience for the team at BIM Designs, Inc.!
At Microsoft, Salla leads a multi-million-dollar R&D program as well as the Microsoft WW Construction community.
Salla talks about adjusting to the pandemic’s effects on the workplace (home)
Episode 30 Featuring: Amy Bunszel
EVP of AEC Design at Autodesk
Autodesk is changing how the world is designed and made, their technology spans architecture, engineering, construction, product design, manufacturing, media, and entertainment, empowering innovators everywhere to solve challenges big and small.
Episode 29 Featuring: Howard Berger
Managing Partner of SVP Programs at RealComm
In this week's episode of the Future Construct Podcast (37 min interview), we are excited to feature Howard Berger (@bergerhl), Managing Partner, SVP Programs at RealComm (@RealComm). He is responsible for all programming for the RealComm, IBcon, CoreTech conferences, and the CIO Forums globally.
Realcomm Conference Group, LLC is a worldwide research and event company at the intersection of technology, innovation, and real estate operations. With their annual conferences, webinars, workshops, CIO Forums, and other strategic services, Realcomm provides networking and collaboration opportunities, while educating industry professionals about the latest business solutions and technologies to improve commercial real estate development, leasing, management, and operations.
Episode 28 Featuring: Sanjay Mistry
Co-Founder of VIM
In this week's episode of the Future Construct Podcast (32 min interview), we are excited to feature Sanjay Mistry, Co-Founder of VIM (@vimaec). Sanjay is an experienced Vice President with a demonstrated history of working in the design industry.
Founded in 2016 with the goal of providing AEC professionals easy access to BIM (Building Information Model) data in real-time and on as many devices and platforms as possible, VIM is transforming the way that architects, engineers, and construction professionals design and build buildings.
Episode 27 Featuring: Cristina Savian
Managing Director of BE-WISE
In this week's episode of the Future Construct Podcast (40 min interview), we are excited to feature Cristina Savian (@cristina_savian), Managing Director of BE-WISE. Cristina is a highly accomplished director with two decades’ experience in technology and engineering. As an expert in the built environment, Cristina has driven consulting engagements and delivered the adoption of technology, digital transformation, and innovation across a number of sectors.
BE-WISE is a London and Melbourne-based consulting firm specializing in innovation, technology, and digital transformation for the built environment.
Episode 26 Featuring: Jag Mallela
Managing Director of WSP USA
In this episode of the Future Construct Podcast (35 min interview), we are excited to feature Jag Mallela, Managing Director of WSP USA. In April 2021, Jag was appointed to the National Institute of Building Sciences BIM Program Steering Committee, which is tasked with creating a national BIM program. His impressive body of work, while closely associated with highway infrastructure, is cross-cutting and touches many areas of surface transportation including innovative project delivery, civil integrated management, highway traffic operations, sustainability and resiliency, highway maintenance, asset management, highway safety, planning, performance measurement, and organizational/institutional capacity building.
About the Host
Amy Peck is the CEO of EndeavorXR, a leading global VR/AR (XR) strategy & consulting firm. She is a recognized thought-leader in the space and speaks globally on the future of XR and emerging technologies like AI, blockchain, robotics, and autonomy. She works with Fortune 500 companies, digital media/production companies, and tech startups on strategies to deploy XR, 5G, AI, Blockchain, and another emerging tech to shape an impactful future.