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.
For nearly 3 years, an update to the overtime pay rule was held up in court battles, but we may finally have a resolution. The update sought to increase the minimum salary threshold of workers that are exempt from being paid overtime pay for any overs worked over the traditional 40 hour work week.
If you want your construction company to be best-in-class, you need to be able to objectively measure yourself against them. To help assist with that difficult task, Autodesk has announced the release of a new self-assessment tool to measure where your company stands against your competitors based upon 7 different key performance indicators (KPIs).
In a recent press release, OSHA announced that it has implemented a new OSHA Weighting System (OWS) for their 2020 fiscal year. The change will better help OSHA allocate their resources where needed.
Just days ahead of their annual Groundbreak conference, Procore has announced a new feature upgrade to their platform called Embedded Experience.
Infrastructure projects can require some pretty massive heavy equipment to perform all necessary tasks, so it’s a great opportunity to get some stunning footage of the machines and workers during the process.
Mass timber buildings have been a bit of a hot topic in the construction industry for the past few years, especially after Oregon became the first state to approve mass timber buildings up to 18 stories high, which was closely followed by the International Code Council approval of the same height in 2018.
A few months ago, we wrote about a pretty weird and creepy robot dog that was designed to navigate tough and constantly changing terrain, such as on a construction site. Boston Dynamics, the maker of robot, has now officially announced it is available for sale.
Drones are used for a variety of different tasks on construction sites, like for tracking employees, calculating the volume of on-site stockpiles, or even performing OSHA inspections, but I’ve never actually seen any tools attached to them before. Well, engineers recently strapped a nail gun to one to see if it could potentially perform roof shingle installation.
If you didn’t know, the Netherlands loves pedestrian and biking bridges. Perhaps because of that, they seems to have become a leader in 3D printing bridge technology.
Hard hats are staples of the construction jobsite and required by OSHA wherever there is possible danger of head injury from falling objects, impact, or electrical shock (OSHA 29 CFR 1926.100). A common trend that has continued for years is the preference of many hard hat wearers to “reverse” the helmet’s configuration and face the brim to the back. But, is that allowed by OSHA?