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A technology podcast for the curious and creative in the AECO and Beyond. At Wrenches Gadgets & Hacks, we dive into the dynamic intersection of Architecture, Engineering, Construction, and Operations (AECO) with cutting-edge Technologies. In every 30-minute episode, we unravel the tools, technologies, and time-saving hacks that are reshaping the landscapes of industries and hobbies alike. Whether you're a professional in AECO, an enthusiast, or someone just curious about the future, join us ...
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The Future is Built! Learn more at: https://thecontechcrew.com/ Welcome to The ConTechCrew, hosted by Jeff Sample! Here, we discuss innovation and all things construction tech, including hardware, software, devices, apps, and the strategies for applying them to construction projects. Tune in each week to get your latest construction tech news update. Follow us on social media and join the conversation: @TheConTechCrew
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Anthony Fasano, PE, Mathew Picardal, PE, and Cara Green, EIT

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The Structural Engineering Channel (TSEC) focuses on helping structural engineering professionals stay up to date on technical trends in the field. Our hosts for the show, Mathew Picardal, PE, and Cara Green, EIT interviews engineers ranging from recent engineering graduates to professionals from top engineering organizations on professional development topics for structural engineers to facilitate career advancement. Topics covered include but are not limited to performance-based design, fa ...
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Join the innovation adventure that spotlights MEP and the construction industry – advancements in technology, distinctive perspectives, the soft skills required for successful digital transformation, and stories about the problem-solving mindset that continues to shape this great industry and propel it forward. The Bridging the Gap Podcast gives voice to the incredible things happening in and around construction while championing the fact that this is a great industry to be in. The host, Tod ...
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Join us as we talk to Design and Construction Professionals about their challenges & what they are doing to create amazing businesses.If everyone in the industry better understands each other, we’ll communicate better – leading to stronger relationships, better built outcomes, and more profitable businesses.Architects are from Mars Builders are from Venus is brought to you by RubySketch, makers of PlusSpec for SketchUp, an easy to use 3D BIM and Estimating software for Architects and Contrac ...
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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 pr…
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In this episode, we talk with Bill Woodburn, founder and chairman of the board at Engineering Tomorrow, about the creation and impact of Engineering Tomorrow and the significant talent gaps in engineering education. ***The video version of this episode can be viewed here.*** Engineering Quotes: Here Are Some of the Questions We Ask Bill: What made …
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EPISODE 412: Burnout has long been a cause of higher suicidal rates in the construction industry. But what if there’s a way to detect burnout before anything worse happens? Join me in this week’s episode as my co-host, Nathan Wood, and I speak with Eitan Vesely, a former engineer turned successful founder. Today, we’ll talk about the world of emplo…
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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…
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EPISODE 411: Imagine having a tool that makes it easier for construction workers at all levels to find the information they need. Builder Answers is designed to do just that! Join me in this week’s episode as my co-host, Nathan Wood, and I speak with Marcus Kirkwood, founder of Builder Answers. Builder Answers is an online tool that provides immedi…
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Welcome to another episode "Wrench's Gadgets & Hacks" where we explore the latest in technology and innovation. In this episode, we're joined by Daniel Peterson, also known as the Revit Wizard, a senior design technology coordinator at the Beck group. Be sure to stick around to the end, after the outro music, for the bonus content, that covers poin…
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In this episode, we talk with Roberto Leon, P.E., Ph.D., professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Virginia Tech, about the aftermath of the Baltimore Bridge collapse, including what the future holds for its reconstruction and the broader implications for infrastructure resilience. ***The video version of this episode can be viewed here.*…
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Welcome to the first episode of Series 2 of Wrenches Gadgets & Hacks! The theme of this series is "AI in the AECO and Beyond," where we'll explore all things AI, including General AI, Custom GPTs, Prompt Engineering, and much more. We kick off this series with a bang as we have not one, but two great guests this episode: Dennis Dixon - Partner at O…
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We’re in a new era of construction—does that imply a new era of data management, as well? Live at Advancing Preconstruction 2024, Darrell Torres of Irvine Company joins the podcast to discuss the balance between ambition and “keeping it simple,” the power of data management platforms to set companies apart from their competitors, and the most effec…
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EPISODE 410: Is digital twinning completely achievable in construction? In this week’s episode, my co-host Jacob D’Albora and I have the pleasure of speaking with Alexis McGuffin, National Director of Digital Delivery at Suffolk Construction. With a solid background in software engineering and nearly two decades of experience in the construction in…
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What does it mean when a new tech sweeps the industry? Times are changing, but the way we interact with technology on a wider scale seems to be similar. Live from Advancing Preconstruction 2024, Devin Sherman joins the podcast to discuss the way AI is received in construction, the riskiness involved in preconstruction startups, and how to utilize n…
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EPISODE 409: Imagine a construction job site where every worker feels heard, and seen, where leadership is not about barking orders but about understanding and empathy. That’s what our guest came in for. In this week’s special Pause for the Cause episode, I sit down with Matt Ohley, a seasoned general superintendent from Ajax Paving Industries of F…
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How can we be sure we’re collecting “the right” data to drive future success? The secret lies in when (and how) we gather that data in the first place. Live from Advancing Preconstruction 2024, Will Lehrmann of Procore Technologies joins the podcast to break down the best ways to prevent data siloes, the ongoing issue of worker safety in constructi…
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In this episode, we talk with Ben Moerman, P.Eng., M.Eng., Ph.D., and project structural engineer at StructureCraft, about earthquake-resistant designs and sustainable construction with mass timber. He shares insights on how mass timber can enhance safety during earthquakes and the challenges it poses compared to steel and concrete. We also explore…
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Live from Advancing Preconstruction 2024, Steve Dell’Orto of ConCntric joins the podcast to discuss some of the most common misconceptions surrounding precon, how top-of-the-line technology truly benefits those who are the backbone of the construction industry, and how a resistance to change can be reframed towards a desire to be a champion of inno…
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EPISODE 408: Have you ever struggled to find good housing while on work travel? We all did at some point. With all these mega projects going on around the country, workforce housing is a very serious challenge. But most people don’t realize that bad housing conditions significantly impact traveling workers’ morale, especially those in construction.…
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The younger generation may be full of people who would shine as construction professionals—what if they just don’t know it yet? When it comes to considering the trades as a viable profession, a huge factor tends to be whether you “see yourself” there. In this episode, Colleen Martindale of McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. shares her experience as …
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Construction: is it only slow to innovate due to tradition, or is there another conversation to be had? In this episode, Sarah Buchner joins the podcast to discuss the industry’s outlook on new technology, the difference between AI and “IA,” how to leverage artificial intelligence as a tool in your career, the worldwide issue of construction data i…
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EPISODE 407: Are you struggling with inaccurate construction layouts? Well, say hello to precise projections! In this week’s episode, my co-host Jonathan Marsh and I sit down with William St-Pierre, co-founder and CEO at Mechasys, to discuss his journey from 3D printing to laser projection technology for construction layouts. Discover how this lase…
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In this episode, we talk with Michael McDonagh, P.E., P.Eng., vice president and senior technical principal at WSP, about the exciting uses of ultra-high-performance concrete (UHPC) and the challenges and promising future of this groundbreaking material in structural engineering. ***The video version of this episode can be viewed here.*** Engineeri…
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What’s the best process of leveraging your software to its fullest potential? How do stakeholder communication and project transformations fit in? In this episode, delve into Adrian Mangan's Advance Steel-centric YouTube channel, the impacts he's observed since its launch, and his ultimate goal in sharing knowledge about both Advance Steel and its …
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EPISODE 406: How can a finance expert reshape the construction world and demonstrate its urgent need for cutting-edge technology? In this week’s episode, join my co-host Tannis Liviniuk and me as we dive into the extraordinary journey of Lisa Giuffra Diaz–a former managing director at Goldman Sachs turned construction technology trailblazer and men…
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If the world is in 3 dimensions, and we think in 3 dimensions, why would we work in only 2? Join Todd and guest Jonathan Jasinski as they unpack the inherent advantages of BIM, how Advance Steel and its GRAITEC PowerPack have benefited the production at Mezzanines By Design, some of the best ways to navigate the stakeholder sign-off process, and mu…
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EPISODE 405: As fewer students opt for trade schools, addressing today’s skills gap in construction seems far-fetched. But this episode might inspire others to step up and educate the trades of the future. In this week’s episode, I’m joined by an old friend of mine, Jim Jones. Jim is the program director of skilled crafts and trades at Colorado Mou…
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In this episode, we talk with Ishwarya Srikanth, Ph.D., P.E., A.M.ASCE, structural engineer at EXP, about innovative advancements in bridge monitoring systems, the integration of machine learning in asset management, and the unique challenges faced in offshore structural engineering. ***The video version of this episode can be viewed here.*** Engin…
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Technology stacks are transforming the construction industry. In the years to come, what benefits in decision-making and project efficiency might we see from this transformation? Join Todd and guest Edward Garcia for an in-depth conversation on traditional vs. transformative methods, how to foster a culture of continuous learning and adaptability, …
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EPISODE 404: Construction is always ahead of what is going to happen. You can’t have a data boom until you have the data center–and somebody has to build it. Yet, most companies don’t put that much weight on extensive training to upskill their people. In this week’s episode, my co-host Jacob D’Albora and I sit down with Ian Theodore, the training d…
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As AR and AI continue to sweep the construction industry, what are some of the best and most proven ways to leverage this enigmatic technology? Could it, in fact, help us address some of the largest and most persistent pain points of the industry at large? Join Todd and guest NK Chaitanya as they discuss the connection between data and AI, NK’s com…
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Welcome to the 6th and final episode of Series 1 of the Wrenches Gadgets & Hacks Podcast. In this episode of the “Technology, Innovation, and Curiosity On and Off the Clock" series, Carl and guest host John engage in a stimulating discussion with Zach Kron. They learn about all the great things he as done in his career, and how he uses those techno…
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Welcome to episode 5 of Series 1 of the Wrenches Gadgets & Hacks Podcast. In this episode, of the “Technology, Innovation, and Curiosity On and Off the Clock" series, Carl and guest host John have a Thought-provoking discussion with Ehsan as they learned about the refreshed Script Editor for Rhino 8, and the 4 years of effort that have gone into it…
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Where do most training programs fall short? The answer may lie in the way we’ve been approaching the subject of training at large. Straight from GRAITEC Innovate2Build with Amy Powell of Well Works, this episode takes a closer look at what it means to truly and effectively train workers, how to support the “learning transfer” in every stage of trai…
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EPISODE 403: Imagine a world where roads and bridges are designed and constructed with unmatched accuracy and efficiency. That future is NOW! In this week’s episode, my co-host Jacob D’Albora and I sit down with Connor Christian, the BIM (Building Information Modeling) operations manager at Kiewit, as we explore how BIM and generative design techno…
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Now that prefabrication is taking off, we’re looking for ways to make it a seamless process. Is there yet a “perfect software” that has everything you need for a prefab project? Often, we don’t streamline our workflows until something raises the alarm bells. In this episode from Advancing Prefabrication 2024, we sit down with Chris Fischer to discu…
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Welcome to episode 4 of Series 1 of the Wrenches Gadgets & Hacks Podcast. In this episode, of the “Technology, Innovation, and Curiosity On and Off the Clock" series, Carl and guest host John have a great conversation with Jisell Howe as they learn about sketchnotes and technology behind them. As we chatted about sketchnotes we uncover many other p…
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In this episode, we talk with Gbadebo Atewologun, S.E., P.E., about the importance of finding fulfillment in the profession and the satisfaction of seeing one’s designs come to life. Gbadebo also discusses the impact of computers on the field, highlighting the increased speed and complexity of analysis. He shares strategies for managing diverse des…
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Prefab has demonstrated itself to be a valuable addition to the construction industry, but there’s still some pushback against it. When we’re certain of the benefit of new processes, we just need to be persistent. As they say, “the proof is in the pudding.” In this episode, Mike Barrett of CRB joins us to discuss how the cumulative successes of pre…
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EPISODE 402: The biggest challenge in construction isn’t technology; it’s changing perceptions. When did you last hear field workers compliment a tech specialist on his latest software? It seldom happens, and it’s hurting the industry one way or another. In this week’s episode, my co-host Jonathan Marsh and I have the pleasure of interviewing James…
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Welcome to episode 3 of Series 1 of the Wrenches Gadgets & Hacks Podcast. In this episode, of the “Technology, Innovation, and Curiosity On and Off the Clock" series, Carl and guest host John interview Sarah Causey about Passion Projects, including her own, Implexus Lab. As we chat about passion projects we cover lots of great things: Unreal Engine…
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The productization of prefab will be a tricky and incremental process. Can we still bring our creativity to the table when there are so many unknowns? In this episode, Todd Mustard joins us at Advancing Prefabrication 2024 and sparks a discussion about repurposing supply chains, the power of BI dashboards, and growing widespread interest in IBEW Lo…
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Depending on how you look at them, AI and prefabrication in construction can be time-saving game changers or tools of disruption. Paul Sweeney joined us at Advancing Prefab 2024 to discuss the substantial shifts in mindset around prefabrication as a whole, how to look at the past to prepare for the future, the positive aspects of newer technology, …
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EPISODE 401: The construction industry consumes a staggering 40% of the world’s resources while simultaneously dumping 40% of waste into landfills. Building a more sustainable future may seem like a far-fetched dream, but this week’s podcast guest thinks otherwise. In this week’s episode, my co-host Nathan Wood and I sit down with Brittany Harris, …
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A solid management team is foundational to the success of your company. When you come to management with a request or idea, whether they listen or not will inform how you interact with your job as a whole. In this episode from Advancing Prefab 2024, Chris Traugh joins us to discuss the importance of morale, the exciting future of productization, an…
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Welcome to episode 2 of Series 1 of the Wrenches Gadgets & Hacks Podcast. In this episode, of the “Technology, Innovation, and Curiosity On and Off the Clock" series, John and Carl got to interview Jason Kunkel about his digital sketching skills, which is just one of many topics and skills covered. Just some of the things we talk about: DC vs Marve…
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In this episode, we talk with Peter Johann about the evolution of technology and innovation within the field of structural engineering. We discuss the latest tools, the impact of Building Information Modelling (BIM), and how artificial intelligence is shaping design and construction. ***The video version of this episode can be viewed here.*** Engin…
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Transparency is often key to the success of a project. When you bring in something newer, like prefabrication, harmony and communication between teams is essential. Join host Todd and guest Steve Houston as they discuss how to combat inertia, the current inefficiencies of the construction industry, and what “works” compared to what’s “always been d…
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Hello and welcome to the first episode of "Wrenches Gadgets & Hacks" or just WGH for short! This episode also kicks off Series 1 “Technology, Innovation, and Curiosity On and Off the Clock.” It's all about those in AECO who love to geek out, tinker, and create - not just when they're on the clock. They're always diving into new ideas, exploring the…
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EPISODE 400: Imagine managing your project with construction technology solutions that complement your business needs–it’s like efficiency and collaboration on the next level. But how do we inspire people to become paperless builders? In this week’s episode, my co-host Nathan Wood and I sit down with Hamzah Shanbari, an avid listener of our show an…
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The great Dave Cooper joined us at Advancing Prefab 2024. He brought plenty of energy and hard facts about the industry. Namely, there is a cool-factor with jobs when you're young. If you can go home and show off the unique things you're doing and building in a career, it's going to be a draw for the next generation. Once you have people on board, …
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Each and every building is indeed one of a kind, but in truth, not everything needs to be that special. UMC's Ryan Hoggatt worked on a project one time that had two almost identical buildings but a bathroom on the bottom floor of each had a different center point. His point with the story here is that the subtle differences between buildings and pr…
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