Construction Junkie’s 2nd Annual Best Construction Podcast voting booth has officially closed, the votes have been tallied, and we’re ready to formally announce this year’s winner. It’s been an exciting couple years for construction professionals who wanted a podcast made specifically for them, as many new construction podcasts have launched recently. In fact, 2 of the 4 finalists in our contest weren’t even around when we ran our contest last year! If you’d like to check out the rankings from last year, click here to see the final results!
Thank you to all that voted this year. Our main goal was to gain some exposure to podcasts who are doing a great job and, hopefully, they have a few extra fans because of it.
Let’s get to it…
The Winner of Construction Junkie’s Best Construction Podcast of 2016 Is….
With an astounding 67% of the votes, ConTechTrio has earned the top honor in this years contest! All of the hard work they have put into making an interesting and informative podcast has paid off. If you haven’t had a chance to listen to their show yet, do yourself a favor and check it out!
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.
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.
Tie-3rd. Construction Leading Edge
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 millwork 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.
Tie-3rd. Pro Construction Guide
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.
On January 1, 2017, OSHA officially put into effect a revision to workplace injury and illness reporting that requires certain employers to submit recorded information of these instances electronically. Companies were to submit all of this information from the previous year (2016) by July 1, 2017, but now that due date is in jeopardy.
There’s no shortage of company’s trying to improve the world’s roadways. Asphalt and concrete each have their own disadvantages, especially when maintenance environmental factors are taken into consideration. Plastic is a major problem for landfills, as well, as it can take an estimated 500 years to fully decompose. One UK company believes they can solve both maintenance and environmental problems through the use of recycled plastic.
According to the US Department of Labor (US DOL), the construction industry has the highest rate of current drug users (15.6%) as compared to any other industry in the United States. As the city of New York grapples with trying to reduce their alarming rate of injuries and fatalities on construction sites, the New York chapter of the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) has proposed that lawmakers add mandatory drug and alcohol testing for construction workers to the law books, according to the New York Daily News.
Feeling the pressure of 9 straight quarters with a decline in total revenue, Caterpillar has acquired the equipment sharing startup, Yard Club, to get help dig themselves out of the dirt. Their most recent quarter was the company’s first positive revenue quarter since November of 2012.
I’m a firm believer that before robots start taking over construction jobs, we’ll first be working with robotics to make workers more efficient and our job sites more functional. Instead of using 3D printing robots to build an entire project, why not use them first to create intricate details and bring character back to buildings? Instead of pushing human labor out of the way, why not use robotics to enhance the abilities of our workers, to improve their health and productivity? With rise in development commercial exoskeletons, workers will soon be able to harness additional strength by just slipping on a suit.
Traffic in Atlanta sucks, there’s really no other way to say it. So imagine the tough position commuters and city officials were put in when a bridge of a major highway on the north side of the city caught fire on March 20, 2017 and was damaged beyond repair. 243,000 motorists were forced to find alternate routes to work for the estimated 3 months that it was going to take to rebuild it. Now, imagine how thrilled they were when the highway opened back up one month ahead of schedule.
Last year, Tesla announced a new disruptive product to the market in the form of solar roof shingles. Unlike traditional solar roof panels, these shingles mimic the look of traditional terra cotta, clay, and slate tiles, creating a more aesthetically pleasing look. This week, the company began taking pre-orders for the roof shingles and also released a cost calculator.
The worst day on the job is when someone on site gets injured. The 2nd through 500th worst days are the legal battle that follows many of those injuries. Nobody expects accidents to happen, but it’s best to be adequately prepared if one does. That not only includes knowing how to react to injuries with a safety plan, but also making sure your company’s documentation is in order in case lawsuits start flying.
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is constantly researching ways to improve construction process and materials, like this material 10 times the strength of steel, or this solar cell that’s lighter than a soap bubble, or this “reversible concrete.” This time the Institute is showing off its autonomous robot that can spit out building structures on site within hours.