The 2016 nomination ballot for Construction Junkie's Best Construction Podcast of 2016 has officially closed and now it's time for the fun part: the voting! If you haven't listened to these construction podcasts before (or any podcast for that matter), we definitely encourage you to give these 4 finalists a shot. If you want to check out a couple more options, take a look at our 2015 contest results by clicking here.
Why do we have such an interest in construction podcasts? Podcasts are all meat, unlike terrestrial radio stations. No commercials, no product placement, no listening to the same news, traffic, and weather over and over again. It's all substance and, chances are, you can find a podcast that completely fits your interests. In this case, discussing the ins and outs of the construction industry. Another great thing about podcasts is that they're on demand, so you can listen when you can and not miss half of a show because you weren't in your car at the right time. Simply download them and listen on your phone or tablet whenever you feel like it.
Without further adieu, let's get to the finalists....
The ConTechTrio Podcast is not only the newest podcast on the list, but it also made the biggest splash in our nomination round, making it our early favorite to take home this year's top honor. Hosted by Rob McKinney (@conappguru), James Benham (@JamesMBenham), and Josh Bone (@BIM2theBone), the trio discusses the latest construction news and are typically joined by a heavy hitter in the construction technology world, such as Procore's CEO Tooey Cortemanche or Tracy Young, the CEO of Plangrid. All 3 hosts are part of the JB Knowledge team, which created products like Smart Bid Net, Smart Compliance, Smart Reality, and Smart Insight.
You can catch new episodes of the ConTechTrio podcast on a weekly basis by visiting their page on Spreaker. Each episode typically runs between 45 minutes to an hour.
Another new podcast addition to our voting this year is John Gordon and David Dovell's Pro Construction Guide Podcast, which began in January of 2015. Currently 50 episodes deep, the bi-weekly released podcast is aimed at professional contractors and gives tips regarding best practices and other how-to information. Gordon and Dovell are not only construction experts themselves, but they also invite other experts in their field to join them on the show as guests each episode. Most recently the pair had Justin Wilson, from Construction Instruction, which provides building science consulting to professionals, on the show to discuss the best mechanical systems.
Additional information on the Pro Construction Guide Podcast can be found on their website, by clicking here.
Hosted by construction lawyer, Alex Barthet, the Lien Zone podcast is a weekly show in which the host gives incredibly valuable tips regarding lien waivers, "pay if paid" clauses, and many other legal topics. These are quick hitter episodes, typically around 3 minutes in length, so their great for those who want insightful information of the construction law, but don't have a ton of time to devote to podcasts. Not only is Barthet a talented podcaster, he's also a great blogger and amazing at finding great construction videos, several of which we have shared with our readers this year.
To listen to The Lien Zone podcast and view all the past episodes, click here.
Hosted by Todd Dawalt, Construction Leading Edge is a regularly occurring podcast that often features interviews with other construction professionals. Recent guests have included a COO of a millwaork contractor, the owner of C.D. Moooney Construction, and the CEO of Batson-Cook. In each episode, DaWalt highlights the importance of building skills to help you become a leader in construction, while also offering helpful tips for construction trades.
Construction Leading Edge is typically released every couple weeks and new and old episodes can be found here.
Submit Your Vote for Best Construction Podcast 2016!
The voting booth will be open until 6/22, so cast your vote and share with your friends to help your favorite podcast get some great notoriety!
Caterpillar is not resting on what made it successful in the past anymore and probably for good reason. The equipment manufacturing giant recently bought Yard Club, a heavy construction equipment sharing company, looking to take advantage of the recently popularized sharing economy. Earlier this month, Caterpillar invested $2 million in Fastbrick Robotics, an Australian robotic technology company.
Augmented and Virtual Reality has always been designated for large headsets. Even with recent developments in the construction industry, like Microsoft Hololens and the DAQRI Smart Helmet, if you want to experience AR, you have to get used to wearing something you’re not used to around a job site. As cool as both of those technologies are, it seems that the ole trusty smartphones and tablets have been overlooked. A Danish BIM company has developed a smartphone and tablet application that leaves the headsets behind.
Just last November, a massive Five-Alarm fire rocked a multi-story residential building that was almost 80% complete at the time, completely destroying the project. This month, yet another multi-story residential tower that was almost complete caught fire, making it the 5th in 5 year to suffer the same fate. At least 3 of the previous 3 fires have been ruled as arson but, up to this point, no arrests for any of the previous arsons have been made.
Buildings are demolished all the time in order to make way for new construction. The buildings that are demolished have usually lived out their useful life and are no longer functional. Recently a demolition video resurfaced, which shows a 27 story building in China being imploded. The strange thing is that, since it was finished in 1999, the building had never even been used.
In January of 2017, OSHA released a final rule which greatly reduced the allowable exposure to beryllium, a mineral that can cause deadly lung disease. While not as commonly encountered in the construction industry as other substances that cause terrible lung diseases, like crystalline silica and asbestos, beryllium is linked to a disease called chronic beryllium disease, which kills around 100 people each year. It’s commonly found in coal slag, which is used for sandblasting. According to the New York Times, OSHA estimates that 11,500 construction workers would be affected by OSHA’s reduced exposure limit.
There are a lot of people that would be pretty unhappy with whoever tears down a 98 foot tall, 105 year old tree to make room for a building expansion. In order for most projects to work financially, however, many trees are uprooted and replaced with smaller trees. That’s not what happened with what is believed to be the state of Idaho’s largest sequoia tree, however.
Many contractors and repair technicians live out of their truck and Milwaukee Tool knows this. That’s why they’ve just released an M12 and M18 battery charger that plugs into the c12V DC outlet in your truck or van! As added security, the charger will automatically shut down if it senses that your vehicle’s battery is getting too low. Smart and ultra-convenient.
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As recently highlighted by several multi-story building fires, contractors should always be prepared in the event a fire starts on a job site. There have been dozens multi-story building fires in the past few years and many were started when the building was topped out. In most cases, the project was completely destroyed, leaving developers and owners to deal with years of delays from insurance claims. A massive five-alarm fire at an Oakland construction site is one of the more recent examples.
It’s pretty amazing all of the things that smartphones can do right now. While some wish phones would go back to “just making dang blasted phone calls, like the good ole days,” it’s clear that phone’s will always be more than that moving forward. Through apps and other attachments, phones can now turn into a thermal imagine camera, an x-ray vision scanner to see what’s behind walls, a laser measure, and now an augmented reality tape measure.
In a year that OSHA can’t seem to enforce any new rules, it appears to have found a way to remove a rule from its books. As announced last week, OSHA has removed monorail hoists from Subpart CC – Cranes and Derricks in Construction. Employers are still required to follow other OSHA regulations regarding the hoists, but this rule should help clear up some inconsistencies.