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Cultivating an Innovative Mindset in Construction

How interconnected are the ideas of innovation and storytelling? In our latest episode, Danielle O’Connell of Skanska joins the podcast to shed some light on concepts like the practical side of using new tech for safer sites, the importance of continuous education on the job, the commonalities between construction and art, and the potential of AI (as long as it’s tempered by human intervention).

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The Backbone of Success: Unveiling the Essential Role of Preconstruction in the Construction Industry

In the construction industry, preconstruction is more than a process where computers crunch numbers. It’s an intricate process that plays a pivotal role in determining the success of a project. This stage is full of opportunities for those looking to establish a productive career. More importantly, it sets the foundation for clear communication and meticulous planning, which are essential for the seamless execution of any construction project.

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How to Bring STEM into Construction

How to Bring STEM into Construction
What’s the connection between STEM education and the trades? When it comes to recruiting the new generation, that connection may actually be crucial to the future of the industry. In this episode, Mike McCarthy of Design Communications, Ltd. joined the podcast and sparked an important discussion about the balance between creativity and practicality, the impact of experiential design in large-scale projects, and some surprising ways in which art, engineering, and construction all intersect.

How to “Make It Your Own” in the Industry

There are many ways to get involved and carve out your ideal career in the AEC industry. Where do you begin? In our latest episode, Chris Ryan of Ryan Studio, LLC joins the podcast to discuss the best ways to foster an environment of collaboration across teams, how to reconcile the different perspectives between architects and owners, the reality of making your own ideal career in the field, and more.

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Developing New Skills in the Construction Industry

The construction industry is changing, driven by advancements in technology, changing customer expectations, and the need for more efficient processes. For professionals in this sector, staying active and connected in their careers requires a commitment to developing new skills. As the industry adapts to new methodologies in preconstruction and prefabrication, the importance of networking, collaboration, and technological proficiency is becoming apparent.

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A Day in the Life of Precon

It’s a common misconception that precon is solely a numbers-and-computers industry. How do we get the word out that in reality, it’s far more complex and full of opportunities? Live from Advancing Preconstruction 2024, Ryan Diekemper of Poettker Construction joins the podcast to spark a conversation about the many different options you have in a precon career, how to tackle communication when the chain of command seems to be a mile long, and why refusing to evolve with the times means “you’ll always be a dinosaur.”

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Navigating Construction’s New Era: Unleashing the Power of Data Management for Superior Project Outcomes

The construction industry has entered a transformative phase, characterized by rapid technological advancements and a heightened emphasis on data driven decision-making. As a result, a new era of data management has emerged, blending ambitious innovations with the need for simplicity and utility. This evolution is setting companies apart from their competitors, primarily through the promise of enhanced efficiency, streamlined communication, and improved project outcomes.

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The Importance of Acknowledging Mistakes

Is failure something to be avoided at all costs—or is it vital to growth? In this episode, recorded live at Advancing Preconstruction 2024, Manasi Pitkar joins the podcast to discuss the “next big thing” in construction technology, how to make the best case for tearing down data siloes, the hurdles of time, talent, and escalation that are facing preconstruction, how to create an environment that welcomes growth and innovation, and more.

Bridging the Gap Podcast with guest Wes Mayes

There’s No “Quick Fix” to Develop New Skills

What’s the key to achieving a relevant, active, and connected career in the industry? The answer lies in your own level of commitment. Live from Advancing Preconstruction 2024, Wes Mayes of The Brandt Companies joins the podcast to discuss the importance of networking, the ways we’re seeing prefabrication and preconstruction overlap with each other, whether AI will make it to the forefront of construction within the next decade, and one of the most interesting and overlooked trends in the industry recently.