Labor Shortage or Delusion?

We’ve heard that the biggest problem facing construction is the skilled labor shortage, but what if it’s just a delusion? Join host Todd and guest Todd Dawalt of The Construction Leading Edge podcast as they discuss if the labor shortage is just a symptom of a larger problem. They also tackle questions like: is there a better way to do things, or do you search for new and innovative ways to look at construction? How do you make employees and customers feel valuable and important to your business?

Connecting Construction

What’s the biggest problem facing the construction industry right now? On the surface, some of the biggest problems aren’t easy to see. Join host Todd and guest John Reid of Faber Connect as they talk about how new technologies are changing the game, the need for skilled trades and labor, and why construction firms need to begin to embrace innovation and technology.

Using Data to Advance Construction

What’s your stance on adopting new technology in the construction industry? With the growth in venture capital investment and the adoption of new ideas, it’s certainly an exciting industry to be a part of. Join host Todd and Mallorie Brodie of Bridgit as they talk about pushing the industry forward, data versus the “gut instinct,” and the newest challenges of social distancing on the job site.

MEP Force 2020 Edition: Day 3 Recap

When you attend a jam-packed conference (like MEP Force), you have watched all the keynotes, attended your favorite breakout sessions, and hopped on a Zoom call for networking, how do you keep the conversation moving forward after the event ends? Rob McKinney, Nathan Wood, Travis Voss, and James Simpson have joined Todd Weyandt on the Bridging the Gap Podcast again to answer this very question. The answer is so simple that it might surprise you.

MEP Force 2020 Edition: Day 2 Recap

What do get when you pack over 200 industry professionals into one Zoom meeting? If you guessed ‘have a virtual party’, ‘create an amazing conversation’, ‘push the industry forward’, ‘get a cooking demonstration’, ‘learn BBQ tips from a professional’, or ‘learn a new margarita recipe’, you’d be correct!

MEP Force 2020 Edition: Day 1 Recap

LIVE: A look at Day 1 of MEP Force 2020 on the Bridging the Gap Podcast. This special episode features a round table from some industry and podcast veterans: Rob McKinney, Nathan Wood, Travis Voss, and James Simpson. They unpack the biggest trends and conversations coming out of the conference and the trades. Two of our biggest takeaways? 1) Tons of folks in the industry (1300 of them!) are hungry to network and connect. 2) Amy Marks’ Keynote, The Rise of the Subcontractor struck a chord with listeners across the globe. Some more about the amazing panel joining us this week:

The Power and Potential of AI

Join host Todd and Nathan Kirchner of as they discuss the intricacies of tracking AI software, situational awareness, and the issues of safety and work vs. idealization. Also, learn more about three things that matter when it comes to AI: vigilance, reliability, and consistency.

Becoming a Better Leader

Join host Todd and guest Lt. General Robert “Bob” Caslen, Jr., president of the University of South Carolina, as they discuss the importance of character in leadership. Through Caslen’s time in the military, he has seen all kinds of leaders up close. Todd and Bob talk through the need to consistently perform to the upper level of your potential, and how to develop the leadership traits that are best suited to you. Learn more about the importance of character, determination, values and how that reflects on the people you lead.Lt. General Robert Caslen, Jr. has been serving the people of South Carolina as president of their flagship university, the University of South Carolina, and president of the University of South Carolina System.

The Rise of the Subcontractor

Join host Todd and guests “Queen of Prefab” Amy Marks of Autodesk, David Evans of Starr Electric, and Bob Snyder of Binsky and Snyder as they discuss misconceptions about prefabrication, increasing lack of labor and complexity of design, and what productization has to do with the rise of the subcontractor.

The Recipe for Proper Information Flow in Construction

What does optimal performance look like for construction? What about your company? What steps will ensure everyone is on the same page while working on a project? Join host Todd and guest Clay Smith of eVolve MEP as they discuss the need for proper information flow in an organization, flattening and streamlining the communication process, and the danger in “flying blind” while on the jobsite. In addition, Todd and Clay discuss what’s in store for MEP Force—and what you can expect from it now that it’s virtual.