Last Friday, the ConTechTrio aired episode 65 of the podcast in which James Benham (@JamesmBenham), Rob McKinney (@Conappguru) and Josh Bone (@BIM2theBone) discussed the latest construction tech news. Headliners last week included SmartBid, 3D Repo’s cloud based BIM software, Revit HoloView, Europe’s tallest modular tower and much more! Special guest, Damon Hernandez, Founder and Executive Director at AEC Hackathon and Product Manager at Samsung, also joined to discuss hacking workflows with software in construction.
Tech You Should Try:
SmartBid – Construction starts here™! SmartBid, a product of JBKnowledge, is a construction bid software the helps general contractors manage subcontractors, send invitations to bid, share project documents and organize bid proposals. In 2017, SmartBid has released major software updates, including a full integration with Procore, detailed invitation statistics, Stack Estimating integration updates and much more. Schedule a demo today to learn more!
Weekly ConTechTrio Twitter Poll:
Last Week’s Poll: How user-friendly are the construction apps your company currently uses? The poll resulted in 36% “Very, “ 36% “Somewhat” and 28% “Not at all.”
This Week’s Poll: “Are you leveraging the power of Virtual Reality to communicate with customers?” Visit the ConTechTrio Twitter page and simply answer “Yes” or “No.”
Construction Tech News:
Industry Education, Insights & Trends
Construction Junkie provides video footage of a husband from Russia filling his wife’s car with concrete after learning that she changed her last name in order to promote a supermarket chain.
This $52 million, four-story engineered wood building was designed by Boston based architects using cross-laminated timber (CLT.) The building is located on the University of Massachusetts at Amherst campus and is the first project in the U.S. to use a wood-concrete composite floor system.
A start-up company called Eyrus has developed a new app that works hand in hand with barcode technology. This innovative tool uses the barcode that is on the workers hardhat and provides real-time data and analytics about who is and is not present on the jobsite.
This CONEXPO-CON/AGG article explains how important it is for contractors to contact and call 811, the national “Call Before You Dig” phone number to request to have underground lines marked prior to digging. Sadly, according to the CGA’s 2015 DIRT Report, more than 30 percent of excavators are still not contacting 811 before they dig which can cause serious safety issues.
There is change coming to the construction industry. This article from Procore discusses the lagging adoption of Research and Development in the construction industry, as well as, the benefits and innovations that R&D could bring to your company.
Augmented & Virtual Reality
A collaborative online BIM platform called 3D Repo, launched a new version of its cloud-based BIM Software. This new version offers Virtual Reality functionality by using 3D models and project data. With this addition, users can now deploy VR simulations for applications such as training, safety and project consultation.
The Apex House is the tallest modular tower in Europe and was developed by Tide Construction and Vision Modular Systems. This new student housing development is 29 stories tall, compromised of 679 modules, has over 580 rooms and was completed in just 12 months.
Toby McCartney is an engineer that has come up with a method to create plastic roadways, by replacing bitumen, an oil product used to create asphalt, with waste plastic. These roadways will help lower the demand for oil and reduce plastic waste. Watch the video here to learn more.
INTERVIEW] Damon Hernandez, Founder of AEC Hackathon and Product Manager at Samsung, Discusses Hacking Workflows in Construction
In the second half of the podcast, Damon Hernandez, Founder of AEC Hackathon and Product Manager at Samsung, joined the ConTechTrio to discuss hacking workflows in construction. Damon was born in Denton, Texas and was raised in Louisiana.
Twelve years ago Damon moved out to San Francisco to work with a start-up company and while working there he was exposed to the fabrication side of building. After this exposure, Damon got his start working with the construction industry and grew to love the challenge of inspiring innovation.
Damon goes on to discuss the roots of a “hackathon,” who participates, and how companies are using the events to build and explore the next generation of building technology. Damon and the ConTechTrio wrapped up the interview by discussing how to get involved with AEC Hackathon, bringing VR to the Web, as well as, what’s next for Samsung.
Tune into the ConTechTrio podcast this Friday for Episode 66, featuring Julian Norton, Business Development Manager at Pix4D on photogrammetry in construction.