Construction Junkie’s annual Best Construction Podcast Competition is underway for 2019 and the voting booth is officially open. As part of the contest this year, we will be highlighting one of the contest’s nominees each week. This week we highlight The ConTechCrew Podcast.
The ConTechCrew is always a serious contender in the Best Construction Podcast competition, as they won in 2016, placed 2nd in 2017, and 3rd in 2018. Hosted by JBKnowledge CEO James Benham (@JamesMBenham) and a now rotating cast of Rob McKinney (@ConAppGuru), Jeff Sample (@IronmanOfIT), and others, the ConTech Crew Podcast takes a weekly deep dive on construction technology topics and guest interviews with the construction tech industries biggest names.
The best thing about the Crew is that they don’t just talk about technology, they live it. That fact is made very clear by the incredible investment they’ve made into not only their permanent studio, but the mobile studio that they bring to industry conferences for shows on-the-road. The podcast is live-edited for video and streamed in real-time across their social media outlets, as well as published to YouTube. Of course, it’s also released in an audio-only form each week through Spreaker and iTunes.
On the content side, the rotating stable of well-qualified co-hosts welcome a construction technology insider to the show each week to “geek” out. The first half of the show is spent on interviewing the guest, followed by a look at recent construction tech news, with continued interaction with the guest. Each episode usually lasts around an hour in length.
Now 172 episodes deep, the ConTechCrew has most recently hosted guests like Mikki Paradis from PDI Drywall, Baseem Hamdy of Briq, and Stephan Schnell from UA Local 467. Just based upon those past guests, you can see that the team gets a wide perspective of technology from many different aspects of the industry.
If you’d like to vote for The ConTechCrew Podcast or check out the rest of the nominees in this year’s contest, click here to be linked to the voting booth.
Almost 18 months ago, an under construction pedestrian bridge on Florida International University’s (FIU) campus collapsed, killing 6 people and injuring another 8. While many investigations have closed, including OSHA’s scathing report, families of victims and survivors have been awaiting the results of civil lawsuits filed against the companies in charge of the projects.
There’s no doubt that building rectangles in construction is much easier than making round objects, which is why building a 366 foot tall sphere in the middle of Las Vegas really caught our eye.
One of the key components of BIM is the ability to detect clashes, which are design coordination issues that result in the inability to construct a building as drawn. The use of 3-dimensional drawings allows contractors –and software- to detect if key building components are intersecting before it’s about to be installed in the field. Autodesk BIM 360 has recently updated its clash detection abilities within its Model Coordination module more easily and efficiently within its platform.
Hot off of the acquisition of Honest Buildings, a project management software aimed at owners and developers, Procore has announced they have acquired yet another tech company to help bolster their offerings.
According to the most recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, women only account for 9.9% of the workforce in the United States construction industry. To help drive gender diversity in construction and empower women, a new conference will be making its US debut in September, called Women in Construction USA 2019.
For years, Milwaukee has made it very clear that they will continue to keep their M18 platform as their core system. Cordless tool users spend a ton of money into batteries these days, and the company’s goal is to not force them into investing into a new cordless system. That means that Milwaukee has to come up with innovative ways to provide the tools users want while being limited to 18 volts.
The spring of 2019 saw 3 trench collapse deaths in a span of 10 days. One at a home construction site in Colorado, another during a culvert install in Marysville, Ohio, and a third at a residential site in Sugarcreek Township, Ohio. The latter has recently received a hefty fine and penalty from OSHA.
Personal fall protection devices are extremely important to saving lives and preventing injuries due to falls on a jobsite. Half the battle is getting your team to wear harnesses, but when they do, you need to trust that the devices will work when they’re needed. 3M has recently issued an immediate stop use and product recall on two of their fall protection products.
Construction Management software company, Procore, initially launched their annual technology conference, Groundbreak, back in 2015. Originally hosted at their headquarters in California, the event has grown exponentially from that first year and this year may be its biggest yet.
While placing concrete on the 7th floor of a new hotel in Houston, TX, 16 construction workers were suddenly sent falling to the 6th floor below, sending 9 of them to the hospital, according to local news reports.