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.
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.