Construction Junkie’s 3rd Annual Best Construction Podcast competition has officially come to a close and we’re ready to announce this year’s winner. The 2017 competition was the most voted for and most hotly contended contest yet, which is a clear indication that construction podcasts are becoming more popular. As always, be sure to also check out our previous contest winners to find other great podcasts to listen to:
The Winner of Construction Junkie’s Best Construction Podcast of 2017 Is….
For the third time in three years, a new champion has been crowned in the best podcast competition! The Lien Zone, hosted by Miami construction lawyer, Alex Barthet (@thelienzone), had an amazing turnout at the voting booth, amassing more votes than any other construction podcast in our contest’s history. Barthet’s podcast focuses on his expertise: construction contracts, liens, and bonds. Each episode is quick – usually around 10 minutes in length – but they’re packed with interesting information that any construction company would find helpful. Alex also runs a fantastic blog, which has equally interesting legal information for the construction industry, and we encourage you to check that out as well.
Barthet touches on his personal experiences to help contractors stay out of court, as well as what to do when they’re faced with a situation that causes them to go to court. I think we can all agree that makes it worth a listen. Be sure to check out their weekly podcast at the links below!
Congratulations to The Lien Zone Podcast!
Although last year’s winner, The ConTechTrio racked up nearly twice the amount of votes they did last year, it was not enough for them to repeat as champions. Even though they placed second this year, Rob McKinney (@conappguru), James Benham (@JamesMBenham), and Josh Bone (@BIM2theBone), are putting out extremely well produced and interesting content every week. Not only can you listen to the show like any normal podcast, they also put out high quality video of each episode so you can actually see the technology they’re talking about.
Each week, the Trio hosts high level guests from around the industry, including representatives from Bluebeam, PlanGrid, Mortenson Construction, and Procore. While their focus is on construction technology, they also highlight many of their favorite construction news stories from throughout the week.
This is The Contracting Coachcast (@anthonybooth) second time in the contest. Hosted by Anthony Booth, the show is now up to a whopping 700+ episodes. The 5 episode per week podcast features a large variety of topics to help contractors’ build their businesses. Recent episodes have covered insurance requirements, safety, communication, and leadership.
Each episode is around 15 minutes and can be found directly on the Contracting Coach’s website.
This year’s newcomer to the contest and our only mini-series is Andrew Weinrich’s Predicting Our Future (@andrewsroadmaps). In series 1 of his show, Weinrich, a self-described “Serial Entrepreneur,” dives deep into the latest innovations of single and multi-family residential construction. Less of a talk show and more of a scripted and edited feature on each topic, each of the six episodes of Predicting Our Future includes audio clips from industry experts on each topic.
Each episode runs for around 30 minutes and can be found on iTunes and directly on the podcast’s website. Weinrich has also been selected as the keynote speaker for the 2017 Professional Builder’s Housing Giants Conference, which takes place on October 18th and 19th in Paradise Valley, AZ.
Contact with overhead power lines is a major hazard when working on most construction sites and especially when working from elevated platforms or with heavy machinery.
Back in September, OSHA issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that would extend the deadline for crane operator certification requirements. Although OSHA 1926.1427 has required crane operators to receive certain certifications to be able to operate the machines since 2010, actual enforcement of that rule has been delayed several times.
Drywall, gypsum, sheet rock, wall board, or whatever you call it, has to be installed by someone, so who better than a drywall installer? Some drywallers install the board and also tape and mud the joints, but others only hang the board.
When sanding, drywallers are exposed to a lot of dust, including silica in some cases, which they need to be protected from. The Center for Disease Control suggests using a vaccuum sander or pole sanding to reduce worker's exposure to harmful dust particles
I’ve written about Hand Tool Rescue’s Youtube channel a couple times before and the reason I like it so much is that it’s not only entertaining and therapeutic to watch, it also informs me about tools I never even knew existed.
There is an opportunity to revolutionize the way we protect construction workers from fall hazards while dramatically reducing waste and inefficiency in the construction industry. The Hilmerson Safety Rail System™ was designed and engineered with feedback from industry experts with one goal in mind: Reinvent the guardrail to eliminate inefficiencies, cut costs, send zero waste to landfills, and improve workplace safety.
FieldLens, a web based application available on both Android and iOs, allows for real-time documentation of safety hazards, job site notes, and punch lists. The app eliminates the need to re-type your notes or send separate emails to the correct people, because it can create instantaneous reports on all the information you typed in to your phone or tablet on the job site.
Recently, Fieldlens added three new features that the company says are requested often
As many of America’s oldest bridges are being demolished to make way for newer, larger bridges, it’s important to look back and understand how those bridges –and other historic buildings- came to be built prior to modern technology. Last year, a collection of 55 year old pictures from the construction of the world famous Seattle Space Needle were released to the public, shedding some interesting insight into the process of the build and the people who built it.
Roofers have one of the most uncomfortable jobs on any construction site, especially when installing a dark roofing material. A traditional black roof, either asphalt shingles or EPDM, can be up to 50 degrees warmer than the surrounding temperatures.
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The Netherlands has a ton of bridges, especially pedestrian and biking bridges, thanks to its abundant system of canals. Perhaps because of that, they have become a leader in 3D printing technology when it comes to bridges.
In most aspects of construction, communication and training is absolutely key to running a successful project and business. That is especially true when it comes to safety on the job site. One of the most popular ways of communicating safety hazards to the field staff is through tool box talks.