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!
3D printing has had to overcome plenty of obstacles, including materials, mobility, weather, and height. Slowly, but surely, technology companies are beginning to overcome these challenges. A 400 square foot house was recently printed in concrete on-site, in less than 24 hours and in freezing temperatures. Other companies are working on perfecting 3D printed steel for pedestrian bridges. Height limitations seem to be the hardest problem to solve, however.
Remote sites have extreme challenges, like finding enough staff to work the jobs and being able to get materials to the site. Large mining operations have turned to self-driving dump trucks, like this 320 Ton mega machine, for a few years now. But, Lockheed Martin, a giant in the world of global security and aerospace, has a different solution for remote sites.
As of early March, there were nearly 200 construction companies that marked themselves as “interested” in constructing the US/Mexico border wall. The Daily Mail now reports that over 600 have expressed interest in the design and construction of the wall. The Request for Proposal (RFP) package for the conceptual design of the wall was released on March 17th and the responses are due no later than March 29th.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced a recall of a Craftsman portable table saw, sold exclusively by Sears Holdings from April 2014 to October 2016 for around $200. The specific saw was manufactured in China by Rexon Industrial Corp, Ltd. of Taiwan.
Early this year, a landslide caused catastrophic failure to the Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge along California’s famous Highway 1. California Transit officials closed the bridge on February 21st and announced it would be demolished and replaced. Time is of the essence as US News reports that over 400 residents are stranded on one side of the bridge and helicopters have had to bring in food for them. The residents are still able to use the footpaths in the area to cross the canyon.
Scissor lifts are on most typical construction job sites and they’re an often overlooked hazard. Too often, liberties are taken with the lifts that create unsafe conditions, which can cause injuries and deaths. OSHA recently released the results of their investigation of 10 fatalities and 20 injuries involving scissor lifts and released their findings in what the organization refers to as a “Hazard Alert.”
3D printing technology faces major issues when it is required to leave the shelter of a warehouse and step foot on a construction job site. 3D printers are extremely large, heavy, and rely on precise calibration for accuracy. Even the first 3D printed office building in Dubai, which was completed last year, had to actually have its components printed off site and assembled on site. But, Apis Cor, a 3D printing company, believes it has created the technology to print a full structure completely on site.
Road construction is rarely an ideal place for many things. It’s unsafe for workers, it causes traffic issues, and nearby businesses can suffer from it. One more thing can be added to the list, as self-driving cars are also having a hard time navigating construction zones, as well.
Atlanta, GA has been busy recently updated their major sports facilities. The new Atlanta Falcon’s new $1.4 Billion football stadium just recently celebrated a milestone as contractors installed the final roof beam. That stadium is scheduled to open before the start of the 2017 NFL season. Before that, however, the Atlanta Braves’ new baseball stadium will officially open in time to kick off the MLB season, which starts on April 2nd.
The concept of solar roadways has been in the news a lot recently. Using the millions of miles of roadways throughout the world to also create power seems like a no brainer, the asphalt and concrete we’re using now aren’t really accomplishing anything more than handling the traffic on the road. But, there’s also a very strong reason why those products are used: they’re strong, reliable, and relatively durable. Still, many researchers believe there is a lot of unharnessed potential for roads and the world now has a very strong test subject for the future of solar roadways in Tourouvre-au-Perche, France.