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Disruption is defined by the disturbance or problems which interrupt an event, activity, or process. Why such a negative connotation around disruption? We want to invite you into the conversation. This is your platform to help push the AEC industry forward. Make small changes and have lasting impacts. And build long lasting relationships. Welcome to AEC Disruptors podcast brought to you by your friends at Applied Software. I’m your host Christopher Riddell. Welcome to the conversation.

Disruption is defined by the disturbance or problems which interrupt an event, activity, or process. Why such a negative connotation around disruption? We want to invite you into the conversation. This is your platform to help push the AEC industry forward. Make small changes and have lasting impacts. And build long lasting relationships. Welcome to AEC Disruptors podcast brought to you by your friends at Applied Software. I’m your host Christopher Riddell. Welcome to the conversation.

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Disruption is defined by the disturbance or problems which interrupt an event, activity, or process. Why such a negative connotation around disruption? We want to invite you into the conversation. This is your platform to help push the AEC industry forward. Make small changes and have lasting impacts. And build long lasting relationships. Welcome to AEC Disruptors podcast brought to you by your friends at Applied Software. I’m your host Christopher Riddell. Welcome to the conversation.

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English

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+1 (404) 564-1823


Episodes

Getting Your Share of the AEC Industry

4/28/2022
How can we build wealth within the industry that we are in? Investor and director of construction Justin Smith likes to emphasize the term live-live balance over work-life balance. With busy projects, rising costs, and industry curveballs, he encourages us to be mindful of how we spend our time in and outside of work. Justin Smith is the director of construction at Greystar and principal at Relequity Enterprises LLC. He is passionate about multifamily architecture, engineering, and...

Duration:00:46:53

The Foundations of Fractional Leadership

4/21/2022
What is fractional leadership? Is it a growing fad or already part of mainstream business concepts? How is the Great Resignation going to affect your industry? Find the answers to all of these questions and more on this episode of The AEC Disruptors with host Christopher Riddell and Guest Beau Billington. Beau Billington is the Founder & CEO of strategic recruiting firm The Free Agent and host of Finding that Next Gear and the Free Agent Podcast. Beau's wealth of experience across...

Duration:00:42:18

Why Learning and Development is Critical for your Organization

4/14/2022
The rapid growth of technology products and solutions coupled with the disruption of the pandemic have created a perfect storm for rethinking how people within organizations learn and ultimately spread and share the knowledge they learn and create. In some respects, it is the lifeblood of success for design firms. Suzanne Miks is leading the way in design technology learning innovation. With almost 20 years of experience in the industry, she is a passionate advocate for learning and...

Duration:00:45:09

50 Episodes of Disruption and a Big Announcement

4/7/2022
We're a half-century old in episode years. That's a unit of measurement, right? Over the past few years, disruption as a concept has moved from strategic thinking to mission critical for organizations, and we have been honored to cover it all over the course of 50 episodes. Listeners, thank you for joining in to hear about the 10-day hospital, the rise and fall of Katerra, sustainability, leadership and company culture, digital twins, and so much more. Here is to 50 more jam-packed episodes...

Duration:00:31:38

The Two-Way Street of Employee Engagement

3/31/2022
With the onus of engagement being mostly on employers to encourage engagement, what responsibility falls to the individual? How much should a manager rely on direct reports to speak up and keep track of their own engagement? Find the answers to these questions and much more during our second jam-packed episode with Debbie Phillips. Join host Christopher Riddell with guest Debbie Phillips as they discuss employee engagement, even more management books to read, the 'Genius Zone', and much...

Duration:00:47:34

How to Stop Employees from Leaving in Droves

3/24/2022
What does it mean to ensure employee retention? How can you best encourage and embrace change within your company? Join hosts Christopher Riddell and Jackson Sensat with guest Debbie Phillips as they discuss burnout, accepting room for improvement, the importance of accountability, and how best to delegate initiatives. Debbie Phillips, Ph.D., CPM is the President of The Quadrillion. She is an entrepreneur and real estate professional with over 30 years of industry experience. Debbie has a...

Duration:00:54:29

The Future of Sustainable Design

3/17/2022
When it comes to adopting new innovations, the industry is hesitant. How can we change that? Join hosts Christopher Riddell and Jackson Sensat with guest Satpal Kaur as they discuss the current difficulties in designing with sustainability, how we can start changing industry mindsets, the necessity in embracing new technologies, and more. Satpal Kaur is an innovative designer and building systems thought leader with over a decade of experience implementing cutting edge technologies. She...

Duration:00:43:47

Is Your Company Growing Too Quickly?

3/10/2022
Join hosts Christopher Riddell and Jackson Sensat with guest Ed Newton as they discuss the rewards and conflicts inherent in the construction industry, distinguishing your company in the growing world, what the leadership of a general contractor should look like, and more. Ed Newton is the President/Executive-in-Charge at Newton Group Ltd. He has over 25 years of experience uniquely encompassing a wide range of projects from conventional Industrial, Commercial, Institutional (ICI)...

Duration:00:48:12

LEGO Master Talks User Experience

11/22/2021
Sure, we use devices and software, but are they also using us? Join hosts Christopher Riddell and Jackson Sensat and guest Randall Wilson as they discuss the hidden world of finding out how customers interact with interface, the psychology behind user design experience, and the creative minds that are behind “making things work.” Randall Wilson II is the Co-Founder of the HUE Design Summit and a LEGO Master. He has additional experience as a Creative Director, Design Lead, and Freelance...

Duration:00:41:13

Using 3D Printing to Build the Future

11/18/2021
What's next for the sustainability of homes, commercial buildings and structures of all kinds? Join hosts Christopher Riddell and Jackson Sensat and guest Sam Ruben as they discuss using 3D printing to manufacture homes, how to approach collaboration “with humility,” and what kind of construction processes we can expect to see in the near future. Sam Ruben is the Chief Sustainability Officer/Co-Founder of Mighty Buildings. He has served in roles from strategic re-branding, sustainability...

Duration:00:51:56

The Evolution of Technology on a Jobsite

11/11/2021
When you step back and think about it. Many technologies that have been here for years and even decades are still being used, but the way they are used have changed. In this episode, Steve Lindsey and Dave Studdert CTO and CRO of LiveView Technologies join us to talk about how safety and loss prevention on a jobsite have turned, like many other technologies, into a business intelligence tool. Lindsey joined LVT in 2011 after leading technology, software, engineering, and development teams...

Duration:00:41:58

How to Make Time to Improve Your Processes

11/4/2021
How do you make time to innovate and improve your processes? A lot of the times this question circles around cost, both time and money. Can you afford to innovate or can you afford not to innovate? Suffolk Construction's Alexis McGuffin joined us on the show this week to show her process for bringing new thinking to traditional problems and then scaling that inside of an organization. Alexis now leads Business Development in New York For Suffolk, one of the nation’s most cutting-edge...

Duration:00:44:18

What‘s Up With Vertical Farming?

10/28/2021
Where does your food come from? Wouldn’t it be nice to build community and create functionality out of the space we have at the same time? Join hosts Christopher Riddell and Jackson Sensat and guest Jim McCutcheon as they discuss vertical farming in landscape architecture, biophilic design, what happened to the farms we used to see, and “bringing farms back into the city.” Jim McCutcheon is the President of Copiana and CEO of HighGrove. With over 30 years of entrepreneurial success, he...

Duration:00:44:19

What Can AEC Learn From Manufacturing?

10/21/2021
Another industry podcast joins the show today: Forging Manufacturing! Hosted by Dave Hampton and Jason Flores, we continue to bring different perspectives onto The AEC Disruptors. This dynamic duo shares a wealth of manufacturing industry knowledge and advice, as well as an in-depth look at how AEC and manufacturing are both converging and diverging. Dave Hampton is the Director of Manufacturing at Applied Software and the host of the Forging Manufacturing Podcast. He focuses on trends,...

Duration:00:40:21

Construction is the Antidote to Destruction

10/14/2021
Rene Morkos, founder and CEO of ALICE Technologies joined us on this episodes and he has one of the most unique perspectives of any guest on the podcast. Earlier in his career, Rene was working for a company that did construction in Afghanistan. He said "construction is the antidote to destruction." When you build something in this part of the world, you can see a huge tangible impact. If you are building a factory, it might be the first of its kind in the entire country. If you lose a bag...

Duration:00:56:29

Is Hemp the Next Great Sustainable Building Material?

10/7/2021
You heard that right, hemp is here and here to stay. Bob Escher, founder of Escher Design, Inc. and the United States Hemp Building Association gave us the rundown of hemp as a building material. He says that this carbon negative plant is the key to solving a lot of the problems around climate change and sustainable building. You are guaranteed to come away from this episode enthusiastic about the future, having learned a bushel of new information. Bob Escher is the owner of Escher Design...

Duration:00:45:47

The Leadership and Ingenuity of the Panama Canal

9/30/2021
In her work with the Panama Canal Authority, Ilya Espino de Marotta has seen the importance of managing a lot of moving parts. In this episode Marotta explains what it’s like being a high-level manager sporting her pink hardhat and safety vest in the engineering field, which has traditionally been thought of as a production-centered man’s world. Marotta also shares some wisdom on managing large operations with a varied set of stakeholders across many disciplines. In addition to large...

Duration:00:44:05

Energy and Waste in AEC

9/23/2021
Every heard of embodied carbon? It's all the energy and carbon emissions associated with making and placing a material. Skanska's Mark Chen sets the table in this episode for real goal-setting and goal achievement in sustainability. The secret is pretty simple: break down the larger sustainable goals into smaller pieces and start with what's important to your company. Mark is a Senior Sustainability Engineer with the general contracting arm of Skanska in Seattle, WA. In his current role,...

Duration:00:52:10

Data and Location Intelligence

9/16/2021
What gives you a sense of place? Is it that intangible feeling of right-ness? This seemingly intangible feeling is becoming more quantifiable by the day with the advent of data intelligence and location intelligence. Sara Maffey describes her work at Local Logic as akin to creating a digital twin of cities. Thousands of factors like trees, walkability, parks, and more play a part in scoring different locations for real estate investment and consumers. Sara Maffey is the Head of Industry...

Duration:00:43:33

Digital Twins: The Future of Construction

7/8/2021
Are you familiar with digital twins? How about how they can improve your job? Not many people are aware of the benefits that come with adopting them. Join hosts Christopher Riddell and Jackson Sensat and guest Danielle O’Connell as they discuss the definition of digital twins, the overwhelming influx of unused data in the field, and making the leap to embrace innovation and disruption. Danielle O’Connell is the Director of Emerging Technology at Skanska USA Building. She has experience as...

Duration:00:47:15