Future Construct - Season 3
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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 X.com), the Founder/CEO of EndeavorVR. and Mark Oden (@MarkTOden on X.com), the CEO of BIM Designs, Inc.
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Season 3 Episodes
Brian Skripac, the Director of Virtual Design & Construction (VDC) at the Design Build Institute of America
Have you ever wondered how the confluence of technology and construction is reshaping our built environment? Brian Skripac, the Director of Virtual Design & Construction (VDC) at the Design Build Institute of America and a luminary in the BIM and VDC domains, stops by to enlighten us on the revolution within the building industry. His journey from architect to tech evangelist showcases the transformative potential when architects, engineers, and construction managers unite under the banner of innovation. Brian dives into his experiences of promoting a model-centric approach to project delivery, with our guest host and CEO of BIM Designs, Inc., Mark Oden, highlighting how smoother workflows are achieved through close-knit collaboration and technological integration.
Paul Doherty, the visionary at the helm of the Digit Group
Embark on a transformative exploration of architecture and technology with Paul Doherty, the visionary at the helm of the Digit Group. Our latest episode of Future Construct showcases Paul's fascinating shift from an architecture enthusiast to a tech entrepreneur, illuminating the untold stories behind the evolution of smart cities. As we converse, Paul unveils the intricate dance between brick-and-mortar structures and digital innovation, from the early use of modems on construction sites to the creation of interconnected urban landscapes.
Director of Product for One Key and Construction Technology at Milwaukee Tool
Picture this: you're an apprentice with a knack for tools and building, and one day, you find yourself being a director at a company that's revolutionizing the construction industry. Welcome to the world of Andy Lambert, director of Product for One Key and Construction Technology at Milwaukee Tool. Lambert's remarkable journey is not just a testament to his tenacity and passion, but it's also a peek into the heart of Milwaukee Tool and its determination to reshape the construction landscape.
Brian Strydom, the Digital Practice Manager and Senior Associate at FXCollaborative
Micah Callough, the AEC Technical Director at Esri
Can you imagine a world where automation and efficiency form the backbone of architectural practices? In this week's episode of the Future Construct Podcast (24 min interview), let's explore this exciting intersection of tech and architecture with our guest, Brian Strydom, the Digital Practice Manager and Senior Associate at FXCollaborative. Brian's passion for data and technology and his unique perspective on teaching will guide us on a journey through his career from tech-enthusiast to a leader in digital practice.
Carla Lauter, Content Manager and Conference Chair at Geo Week, and Shawana Johnson, the President at Global Marketing Insights
In this week's captivating episode of our highly anticipated Geo Week 2023 series, we had the privilege of interviewing two industry experts who are at the forefront of innovation. Joining Mark Oden, Carla Lauter, Content Manager and Conference Chair at Geo Week, and Shawana Johnson, the President at Global Marketing Insights, engaged in enlightening discussions on a wide range of topics, including the challenges in finding presenters/topics for conference sessions, what attendees learned from the conference's keynote, how technologies covered at Global Marketing Insights tie into BIM, and research reports. This is a conversation you definitely don't want to miss!
Episode 69: Thought Leaders from Esri and Skydio at Geo Week 2023
Marc Goldman, the AEC Industry Solutions Director at Esri, and Colin Romberger, the Solutions Engineering Manager at Skydio
In this week's exciting episode of our highly anticipated Geo Week 2023 series, we interviewed two industry experts, Marc Goldman, the AEC Industry Solutions Director at Esri, and Colin Romberger, the Solutions Engineering Manager at Skydio. Joining Mark Oden, these two senior leaders engaged in captivating discussions on a wide range of topics, including Esri's recent toolsets and Marc's thoughts on GIS, practical use cases, and training opportunities in [GIS and BIM] intersection for BIM managers and BIM detailers, Skydio's history, and Colin's presentation at Geo Week. Get ready for an enlightening and thought-provoking conversation that you won't want to miss!
Episode 68: Thought Leaders from Esri and TopoDOT at Geo Week 2023
Konrad Wenzel, Director of R&D in Stuttgart at Esri, and Ted Knaak, Founder and President at TopoDOT
In this week's episode of our special Geo Week 2023 series, we have the pleasure of hosting Konrad Wenzel, Director of R&D in Stuttgart at Esri, and Ted Knaak, Founder and President at TopoDOT. Join Mark, Konrad, and Ted as they engage in insightful discussions on a range of topics, including Konrad's involvement in ArcGIS, how Esri is involved in the evolution of digital spaces in construction, Ted's background, and his takeaways from panel conversations.
Episode 67: Thought Leaders from Caltrans and WSP USA at Geo Week 2023
Kourosh Langari, Project Engineer at Caltrans, and Douglas Dunrud, Vice President and Technical Principal at the WSP USA
On this week's guest list, for Season 3, Episode 16, we are delighted to welcome to the show Kourosh Langari, Project Engineer at Caltrans, and Douglas Dunrud, Vice President and Technical Principal at the WSP USA (26-minute episode). The insightful discussions between Mark, Kourosh, and Douglas covered several topics, ranging from how Caltrans integrates technology and their challenges for the next few years, to WSP utilizing BIM in infrastructure projects and how they approach training with the adoption of new technology.
Episode 66: Thought Leaders from Skanska USA and USGS at Geo Week 2023
Kara Fragola, Field Engineer at Skanska USA, and Jason Stoker, a Physical Scientist at the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)
Summer is approaching, and our special Geo Week 2023 series is heating up! Featuring our guest host, Mark Oden (CEO of BIM Designs, Inc) and several keynote speakers we met during the conference, we're exploring the future of construction and it's evolving digital landscape!
This week, for Season 3, Episode 16, we are thrilled to welcome to the show Kara Fragola, Field Engineer at Skanska USA, and Jason Stoker, a Physical Scientist at the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) (24-minute episode). The naturally flowing conversations between Mark, Kara, and Johnny took a deep dive into numerous topics, from our guests' career origin stories and how Skanska USA and USGS are involved in the future of construction, to their specific participation in presentations at Geo Week and key takeaways from the conference.
In this episode of the Future Construct Podcast (87 min panel), we are excited to feature Mark Oden, as the host of the Empowering Digital Twins Panel at GeoWeek 2023, along with Ted Knaak - President of TopoDot, Adam Horn - Civil Integrated Solutions - Section Leader at HNTB Corporation, Stan Hennigh - AECO GIS/Digital Twin and Esri Partnership Strategies Manager at MG AECO Technology Partners / Team D3, Konrad Wenzel - Director of the Esri R&D Center at Esri, and Ray Mandli - President and Founder of Mandli Communications, Inc.. The focus of the panel was how the goal of creating BIM deliverables is to create a single source of truth for stakeholders to utilize across the entire building lifecycle and to provide the best outcome for complex projects; managing the data, assets, and outcomes is crucial. The session also highlighted the practicality of creating a digital twin from the ground up and how to maximize the ROI of digital assets.
Dave Davia, the CEO and EVP of the Rocky Mountain Mechanical Contractors Association
Hot off the press, we have another episode of the Future Construct Podcast! This week for Season 3, Episode 15, our guest host Mark Oden, was elated to be joined by Dave Davia, the CEO and EVP of the Rocky Mountain Mechanical Contractors Association, to the show (15-minute interview). The conversation between Mark and Dave took an introspective look into various topics, from Rocky Mountain MCA's (RMMCA) work with contractors and Dave's thoughts on relationship building with labor to insights into a college the organization is developing and Dave's goals for this year.
Danielle O'Connell, the Senior Director of Emerging Technology at Skanska USA, and Johnny Fortune, the BIM Program Director at the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS)
This week, for Season 3, Episode 13, we are thrilled to welcome back to the show Danielle O'Connell, the Senior Director of Emerging Technology at Skanska USA (@SkanskaUSA), and Johnny Fortune, the BIM Program Director at the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) (24-minute episode). The naturally flowing conversations between Danielle and Johnny took an introspective look into various topics, from guests' backgrounds and the work Skanska USA and NIBS do to involvement in presentations at Geo Week and points of excitement from the conference.
Episode 62: Aaron Anderson: Providing Commercial Construction and Construction Management Services at Swinerton
Director of Innovation at Swinerton
We're a few months into 2023, and halfway through Season 3 of the Future Construct Podcast! This week, for Season 3, Episode 12, our host Amy Peck (@AmyPeckXR) was elated to be joined by Aaron Anderson, the Director of Innovation at Swinerton, to the show (30-minute interview). The conversation between Aaron and Amy took an introspective look into an array topics, from Aaron's philosophy on innovation in construction and how Swinerton divides it's focus on future tech and current implementation, to also discussing how owners play a pivotal role in the cohesion of the construction process.
About Aaron Anderson
Aaron joined Swinerton in 2018 to work with their self-perform services in order to exploit his passion for connecting design to business processes using automation and standardization. His work today centers around balancing innovation with the objectives of the business model and Swinerton’s talented people. In his tenure with Swinerton, he has helped develop the application technology and repeatable elements for their parking structure product, Perq. Aaron is also a founding member of Swinerton’s Sustainability Task Force and a contributor to the growth of the Self-Perform Hub.
General Manager of the Manufacturing Informed Design Group at Autodesk
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.
Vice President of Modular Systems at TD Industries
It's a new year, and we at Future Construct Podcast and BIM Designs, Inc. want to welcome you to 2023. This year, we'll dive deeper into the industry's hottest topics and cutting-edge technological advances as we interview some it's most insightful and forward-thinking leaders. To kickstart it, for Season 3, Episode 9, our host Amy Peck (@AmyPeckXR) was thrilled to welcome Ron Mann, the Vice President of Modular Systems at TD Industries, on to the show (22-minute interview). Ron and Amy engaged in a technologically profound conversation as they touched on many insightful topics during the interview, covering how may need to begin thinking differently about working with data and tech, AI deployment, how blockchain may push the industry forward, and Star Trek.
About Ron Mann
Ron Mann leads the Modular division and is responsible for business development, design and production of industrial and data center modular solutions. He has over 25 years of experience in product design, project development and manufacturing. Before joining TDIndustries, Ron was VP of Engineering at TAS Energy, Inc. developing modular IT data center and industrial solutions. Additionally, he helped to launch Vertiv's new data center infrastructure business and spent 20 years at Hewlett Packard Enterprise, leading infrastructure and modular data center initiatives.
BIM Program Director at the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS)
It's a new week, and we know what that means; another episode of the Future Construct Podcast! For Season 3, Episode 9, our host Amy Peck (@AmyPeckXR) was thrilled to welcome Johnny Fortune, the BIM Program Director at the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS), to the show. The conversation between Johnny and Amy touched on a handful of thought-provoking topics, including adoption ratings, inefficiencies, industry standards, and challenges, as well as their impact. They also discussed a roadmap from BIM to the AR cloud and some transcendent industry technologies.
About Johnny Fortune
Johnny Fortune is a technology leader and subject matter expert in building information management (BIM) for the architecture, engineering, construction, and owner/operator industry. He serves as the Director of the U.S. National BIM Program with the National Institute of Building Sciences, where he focuses on the program launch and implementation plan to improve efficiencies in the design and construction industry. Johnny has more than 20 years of experience in computer-aided design and BIM management.
Episode 58: Mike Hazard: Providing a Transition into Civilian Life with the UA's Veterans In Piping Program
Mike Hazard , UA ITF Training Specialist for the United Association Veterans in Piping (VIP) Training Program
In celebration of Veterans Day, this week we had a special guest join us on the Future Construct Podcast! For Season 3, Episode 8, our host Amy Peck (@AmyPeckXR) was delighted to welcome Mike Hazard, the UA ITF Training Specialist for the United Association Veterans in Piping (VIP) Training Program, on to the show (26-minute interview). Mike and Amy engaged in a thought-provoking conversation on many insightful topics during the interview, as they covered reintegrating veterans into civilian life, challenges attracting millennials and Generation Z, technology as a recruitment tool, and the evolution of technology.
About Mike Hazard
Mike Hazard is a third-generation member of the United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters. In 1987, he graduated from Ernest Righetti High School in Santa Maria, California, and joined United Association (UA) Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 114 in Santa Barbara, California, as a pipe tradesman.
John Rygg, the Technology Strategist and R&D HoloLens Product Owner for the Kiewit Innovation Team
It's another week, which means an all-new episode of the Future Construct Podcast! This week, on Season 3, Episode 7, our host Amy Peck (@AmyPeckXR) was joined by John Rygg, the Technology Strategist and R&D HoloLens Product Owner for the Kiewit Innovation Team (27-minute interview). A lot of insightful topics were discussed during the session, as Amy and John delved into exchanges about augmented reality, wearable technology, and integration into the construction industry.
About John Rygg
With more than 20 years of experience managing and leading corporate IT teams in developing and implementing enterprise-wide software and infrastructure, John has been recognized as #10 on the 2017 Buildworlds Top 50 Technology Adoption Leaders. For much of his career, he has served in facilitating the technology strategic planning process to determine how IT can best benefit business outcomes. This also includes helping to capture innovation, thinking through corporate strategy, and putting technology to work to achieve it.
Jason Goecke, the Vice President & General Manager of Intel Commercial Client Software & Services
This week on the Future Construct Podcast, our host Amy Peck (@AmyPeckXR) had the opportunity to talk with Jason Goecke (@jsgoecke), the Vice President & General Manager of Intel Commercial Client Software & Services on Season 3, Episode 4 (26-minute interview). During the interview, Amy and Jason exchange a tremendous amount of insight information and thought-provoking questions about the impact of software on today's industry and that of the future.
About Jason Goecke
By those around him, Jason has been described as influential, innovative, and inspiring. Goecke is an experienced CEO, CTO, and Board Advisor with a passion for high-tech advancements and data analytics. He is skilled in leading high-performance global teams, processes, and partnerships to success from the ground-up, and delivers big-picture thinking with attention for even the smallest details.
Amy Peck, the Founder/CEO of EndeavorVR and host of The Future Construct Podcast
During Geo Week 2022, Amy Peck (@AmyPeckXR) , the Founder/CEO of EndeavorVR and host of The Future Construct Podcast had the distinct privilege of delivering the Keynote Address. The theme of Geo Week was the intersection of geospatial + the built world, and Amy’s keynote address delivered poignant insights into current technology, with glimpses into the future of what the confluence of these two worlds could look like. Geo Week is one of the most relevant programs that covers geospatial technologies and the built environment. Experts from a range of backgrounds meet, collaborate, and gain insights into the newest technology, improved efficiencies on the market, and the future, all under one roof. About Amy Peck Amy is a thought leader in the field of VR, AR, and emerging technologies and on the Future Construct Podcast, she regularly interviews industry experts from the biggest names in the industry, venture capital firms, and construction startups.
Barry Wurzel, the Founder and President at Wurzel Builders
In this week’s release of Season 3, Episode 4 (46-minute podcast) of the Future Construct Podcast, our host Amy Peck (@AmyPeckXR) is thrilled to be joined by Barry Wurzel, the Founder and President at Wurzel Builders.
Join our host, Amy Peck, to learn from Barry about Wurzel Builder's work renovating commercial projects in several sectors. Barry brings 33 years of construction management experience to his work. He spent fifteen years working with excellent companies like The Target Corporation and CF Jordan before forming Wurzel Builders in 1998. Over the years, they’ve worked with numerous companies, including HEB, Walmart, Starbucks, Target, CVS Pharmacy, and Charles Schwab. While it takes a lot to put a building together, Barry has learned over the years that it’s just as important to pull together a team, to orchestrate the personalities toward reaching a common goal. Wurzel Builders is a casual place, but expectations are high.
Episode 53: Hugh Seaton: Enabling Software and Internal Systems to Easily Translate Data at CSI Crosswalk
Hugh Seaton, the General Manager at CSI Crosswalk and Cimatri
In this week’s release of Season 3, Episode 3 (46-minute podcast) of the Future Construct Podcast, our host Amy Peck (@AmyPeckXR) is joined by Hugh Seaton (@hughseaton), the General Manager at CSI Crosswalk and Cimatri.
Join our host, Amy Peck, to learn from Hugh about CSI Crosswalk's work enabling software and internal systems to easily translate quantities, costs and other project data. Hugh has 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.
Episode 52: Burcin Kaplanoglu: Providing Computing Infrastructure for Innovation and Efficiency at Oracle
Dr. Burcin Kaplanoglu, the Vice President of Innovation and Oracle Industry Lab at Oracle
In this week’s release of Season 3, Episode 2 (31-minute podcast) of the Future Construct Podcast, our host Amy Peck (@AmyPeckXR) is thrilled to be joined by Dr. Burcin Kaplanoglu, the Vice President of Innovation and Oracle Industry Lab at Oracle. Join our host, Amy Peck, to learn from Burcin about Oracle's work providing computing infrastructure and how that will help the AEC Industry become more innovative and efficient. Dr. Burcin Kaplanoglu is a recognized industry technologist, innovator, thought leader, and keynote speaker.
Michelle Bockman, the President of Stanley X
We are BACK with Season Three of the Future Construct Podcast! Thank you for supporting the show for two amazing seasons, and if you're new to our platform, we welcome you! In this week’s Season 3 premiere episode (24-minute podcast), our host Amy Peck (@AmyPeckXR) is thrilled to be joined by Michelle Bockman, the President of Stanley X. Stanley X is a group of business leaders, entrepreneurs, technologists, designers, commercial and innovation strategists empowering innovation across Stanley Black & Decker. Their mission is to create new sources of growth for Stanley Black & Decker and to lead disruption in their core industries.
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.