Last Friday, the ConTechTrio aired episode 84 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 Milwaukee Tool’s Red Lithium USB Light, Climworks‘ carbon capture device, IrisVR’s Prospect 1.6, Ricoh’s new Theta V camera, and much more! Special guest, Josh DeStefano, Integration Manager from DPR Construction, also joined to discuss leading innovation in technology.
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Tech You Should Try:
The Red Lithium USB light from Milwaukee Tool is a personal task lighting device for the construction industry. Tune into last week’s ConTech Tuesday with Rob McKinney to learn more about Milwaukee Tool’s bright, LED powered, light solutions.
Weekly ConTechTrio Twitter Poll:
Last Week’s Poll: Can your company connect 2D plans and 3D models? The poll resulted in 50% “Yes,” 41% “No“ and 9% “Why Should I?“
This Week’s Poll: “Which of the following do you believe will have the most impact on improving construction productivity in the future?“ Visit the ConTechTrio Twitter page and choose from the following options: “Leveraging technology – data collection,” “Adopting lean workflows,” “Improving soft skills/people skills,” or “All of the above.“
Industry Education, Insights & Trends
Construction Technology & Software Rundown
Marla McIntyre from Construction Executive discusses the top construction technology trends in her recent rundown. Topics include Timesheet Mobile’s new Project+, Sage Mobile Projects, Desktop Metal 3D Printer, and much more!
REAL ROI With The Cat® Connect Technology Road Construction Production Study
Watch the video below of a road construction production case study powered by Cat, showcasing the differences between traditional construction verses technology construction.
Watch a Dozen of the Best Demolitions All At Once
Construction Junkie shows in this article a compilation video from Storyful, who compiled dozens of demolition videos from all around the world. Watch the video below!
Strategies to Leverage IOT to Increase Productivity
ForConstructionPros.com discusses in this article strategies to leverage IOT to increase productivity and attract millennials to the construction industry. Strategies include promoting the connected job site, challenging the status quo and focusing on continued safety improvements.
Machine Sucking CO2 Out Of The Air To Save Us From Climate Change
A start-up company called Climeworks has created a carbon capture device that captures CO2 from the atmosphere and sells it or stores the gas in the ground. Visit here to learn more about this direct air capture device.
Branch Technology Wins NASA Competition
Branch Technology, a 3D printing company based out of Chattanooga, recently won $250,000 dollars at a NASA competition for building a 3D printed habitat for deep space exploration. Learn more about this competition and how this money won will advance Branch Technology here.
IrisVR announces that Prospect 1.6 is now live as of August 24th. Read this article to learn about the new features included in the Prospect 1.6 featuring a VR measuring tool, camera viewfinder, scale model mode updates and much more!
With The New Theta V, Ricoh’s 360° Camera Goes Pro
Ricoh has released a new model for the Theta camera called the Theta V. The Ricoh Theta V supports 4K video, captures spatial audio and visuals that have a 360° effects, and is priced at $430 dollars.
The Smartphone’s Future: It’s All About the Camera
New York Times provides a rundown list of how smartphones in the future will work. New smartphone features will include a depth sensing camera system for facial recognition and enhanced augmented reality. Read this article to learn more about 2018 smartphones.
[INTERVIEW] Josh DeStefano, Integration Manager at DPR Construction, Discusses Leading Innovation in Technology
In the second half of the podcast, Josh DeStefano, Integration Manager at DPR Construction, joined the ConTechTrio to discuss leading innovation in technology. Josh grew up in Southern California near Huntington Beach. Josh jumped straight into the industry right after graduating and started working for general contractors as a project engineer. After working for Lendlease and Swinerton Builders, Josh joined DPR Construction and has now been their Integration Manager for the past five years.
In the interview, Josh discussed why DPR Construction decided to create a culture of innovation that is open minded to new technology. Josh and the ConTechTrio provided advice on how to move beyond simple software implementations, discussed strategies to effectively sell technology to owners, as well as, explained what software DPR Construction is currently using to conduct workflows in the field.
Tune into the ConTechTrio podcast this Friday for Episode 85, featuring Peter Lasensky, Founder of NoteVault discussing how to track construction crews with apps.
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