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.
The construction industry has historically been slow to adapt to new technologies, but with a recent push from Silicon Valley, a lot of money is being poured into research and development. Just a few short years ago, robotics on the construction site was thought of as a pipe dream, but now there are several companies around the world that are making it a reality. It still may be years away from being adopted in a large scale, but the industry should begin to take note of the technological changes that are happening around them.
Robotics isn’t the only construction item that made headlines last year, there have also been advances in construction materials, Augmented and Mixed Reality, smart sensors, and RFIDs.
Below is our list of the best advances in construction technology from 2017:
Cameras are EVERYWHERE these days. They’re on sites documenting the full construction process of your project, they’re on projects taking 360 degree progress footage, and most importantly, they’re in your pocket on your smartphone. Having a camera in your pocket at all times can be a good or bad thing, especially for employers, because not only can it make lives much easier for communication and documentation purposes, but it also gives people the chance to show the world when things go absolutely terribly.
With cranes being on many construction sites, it’s easy for workers to get complacent. Hundreds or thousands of construction materials can be lifted by cranes throughout the project, but all it takes is one time for a disaster to occur.
Getting your communications right is critical on any construction site. For effective planning and coordination, for efficient management of different teams and for health and safety, having a reliable means of keeping everyone in touch at all times is essential.
Every year, we search all year long to find construction projects that push the limits on what can be done. Through the hard work of workers in each and every trade, new techniques and technologies are produced to allow us to achieve what was previously thought to be impossible.
Below are 9 examples of projects that pushed the boundaries and were under construction, completed, or announced in 2017. If you have a project that you think is really cool that you think we should include in our 2018 list, please contact us to let us know!
As the world not only becomes more familiar with green products, but also starts demanding them, researchers and contractors alike need to be ready to embrace the ever-changing world and meet their customer’s demands. Each year, new products are released that hoping to reduce waste or harness renewable energy sources, but only some of them reach the mass market.
Below are 8 green products, processes, and stories that we found most interesting in 2017:
In regards to timelapse videos, it was a big year for sports arenas and the city of Atlanta, Georgia. These types of videos have become more popular in recent years due to the wide availability of documentation services available. Not only that, but civilians who own drones have also taking a liking to their area’s construction sites.
Take a look below at our 7 favorite construction timelapse videos from 2017:
The solar photo-voltaic panel installation profession is one of the newest jobs on the construction site. It's also considered by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) to be one of the fastest growing professions across any industry. From 2016 to 2026, the BLS expects employment to rise 105 percent, when the average is only around 5 percent.
This year saw more videos with environmental considerations taken into account, especially over waterways. Instead of imploding entire bridges, the part that spanned over top of the waterway were manually removed. I've also grown an appreciation for in-depth footage of demolitions that occurred under some interesting conditions. Some of the videos below show some extreme creativity to overcome obstacles.
As open land in cities across the world is becoming harder to find, the tendency to go vertical on buildings is becoming more popular. For the fourth straight year, a record number of buildings 200 meters (656 feet) or higher were built in a single year.