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CONEXPO – CON/AGG Radio: Construction Technology Trends For Contractors

The award-winning CONEXPO-CON/AGG Radio podcast has been featuring deep dives into construction equipment and technology since its launch in 2016 with host Peggy Smedley. Our new series “Contractor Conversations” is hosted by Missy Scherber and features boots-on-the-ground perspectives and stories from construction business owners about their successes, challenges and whatever else on their minds. Consider them your own personal mentors on workforce development, technology implementation, equipment solutions and more, enabling you to apply their expertise to your business. CONEXPO-CON/AGG Radio releases one new episode each month. CONEXPO-CON/AGG Radio podcasts are brought to you by the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM). CONEXPO-CON/AGG is North America's largest construction trade show. The next show will be held March 10-14, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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Sep 10, 2019

Are your legacy operators hesitant to use machine control? Are you worried the barrier to entry is too high? Ryan Goodfellow, owner of Rock Structures Utility & Excavating, joins Host Missy Scherber to talk about what technology to take advantage of now to increase productivity for your business.  

They also cover:

  • Mastering the groundwork to move from laborer to operator
  • Building your clientele and repeat customers
  • Persevering through times of economic turmoil
  • Investing in your staff for improved performance and morale
  • Planning your trip to CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2020
  • And six things you didn’t know about Ryan from his first job to his gas station guilty pleasure!
Aug 13, 2019
 
Are you losing bids or struggling to recruit new employees? Is new technology passing you by? It’s time to channel your energy into the right areas to supercharge your business. 
 
Keaton Turner, president of Turner Mining Group, joins Host Missy Scherber for the inaugural episode of “Contractor Conversations” on CONEXPO-CON/AGG Radio.
 
They discuss:
  • Taking the leap into starting your own business
  • Where the mining industry is headed in the next 24 months
  • Estimating, bidding and dealing with losses
  • What technology and equipment is changing the game for Turner
  • Using social media to tell your story and recruit your workforce
Jun 4, 2019

With the emergence of the Internet of Things, artificial intelligence, machine learning, predictive analytics, and prescriptive analytics, wireless connectivity is the foundation that is needed to make all these connected strategies successful. Host Peggy Smedley and Marc Eisenberg, CEO, ORBCOMM, discuss how the industry is continuing to evolve, the different types of wireless connectivity available today and still emerging for the future, and trends that will continue to drive automation and digitization forward in construction.

May 13, 2019

Fred Fakkema, vice president, compliance, Zonar, joins CONEXPO-CON/AGG Radio to dive into the topic of telematics—and how it can help improve safety and compliance on construction projects, answering if digital records do in fact help with audits. Fakkema and Host Peggy Smedley dig into the top areas that telematics can help a construction fleet become safer, as well as the barriers to adoption. They also identify what a construction company should look for when investing in a telematics solution.

Apr 11, 2019

No matter the size of your aerial fleet, managing equipment is a priority. This podcast digs into how telematics can help monitor how equipment is performing, how often a piece is being used, where each unit is located, and if it is ready for maintenance. Host Peggy Smedley and Christine Zeznick, Genie Senior Product and Business Development Manager, Terex AWP, talk about telematics and the company’s new Genie Lift Connect. They also discuss how we are moving from a world where information is currently descriptive to one that is more predictive and prescriptive.

Mar 11, 2019

Artificial intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things (IoT) are here and they are changing the way businesses operate. Host Peggy Smedley and Ganesh Bell, president, Uptake, talk about what exactly they will look like for construction—and the drivers and big opportunities that exist. They also provide key advice for executives who are considering emerging technology, while also addressing the results AI can provide and the main risks at play.

Feb 7, 2019

This episode identifies some of the biggest obstacles for contractors when it comes to supply-chain management—and how it has evolved in the past few years. Peggy Smedley and Alexander Schuessler, founder of SmartEquip and president of its International Group, talk about how technology can help increase efficiency from parts ordering to building materials delivery to equipment rentals —both today and in the future. They also offer tangible advice and strategies for contractors who are looking to get started using technology such as this—and the best steps to implementation. 

Jan 7, 2019

Learn practical strategies for how to choose the right machine control on equipment such as bulldozers. Host Peggy Smedley and guests Richie Snyder, solutions marketing manager, CASE Construction Equipment, and Max Winemiller, director of CASE’s Road & Site Prep Division, talk about if it is best for contractors to invest immediately in more advanced systems and go all in—or if there are ways to take a more entry level approach and build from there. They also discuss what dozer owners and operators can do to improve their experience and enhance the machine’s value.

Dec 11, 2018

Technology is helping construction companies break down silos on the jobsite and improve labor-productivity growth. Kris Lengieza, director of business development for the Marketplace at Procore, joins CONEXPO-CON/AGG Radio to discuss why collaboration technology is important and the challenges with user adoption today. He also identifies the practical ways that a construction company can ensure the successful implementation of new software and the areas where it will provide immediate value.

Nov 7, 2018

There has been an uptick in construction companies leveraging fleet monitoring and management. Michael Ross, director of product, Takeuchi, joins CONEXPO-CON/AGG Radio to discuss trends in the space, share best practices for how companies can get started with fleet-management technology today, and provide examples of how construction companies have benefited. He also dives into the most important factors to consider when selecting the right equipment for the construction job.

Oct 9, 2018

While slipform pavers have been around for a long time, many contractors still hand form concrete pavements and sections. Wade Bowman, national sales manager, Wirtgen America, joins CONEXPO-CON/AGG Radio to talk about the benefits that slipforming can provide and the challenges contractors face. He also dives into the topic of stringless paving and discusses if its time has come, identifying how a contractor can ensure success with stringless.

Sep 11, 2018

A number of big trends are already emerging in 2018—and they have set the course for what is to come in 2019 and beyond. Ken Simonson, chief economist, Associated General Contractors joins CONEXPO-CON/AGG Radio to discuss the overall outlook for the construction industry. He also discuss how trade disputes and tariffs are affecting the industry, the change in the labor market situation, and events that might make 2019 a better year for construction.

Aug 21, 2018

Lean construction first began roughly 20 years ago; and it developed out of the need for principles and practices for design and management. Today, it can help workflows become more predictable. Michael Carr, president of MOCA’s software products division, Touchplan joins CONEXPO-CON/AGG Radio to discuss lean construction, last planner, and how to forecast the future of construction. Carr shares obstacles and benefits to using lean and where the industry needs to go to be successful.

Aug 7, 2018

Today’s construction equipment has more capabilities to get more done and with fewer machines. The challenge is successfully implementing new technology. Andrew Kahler, product marketing manager, John Deere WorkSight and ForestSight joins CONEXPO-CON/AGG Radio to discuss the biggest equipment technologies impacting the construction industry today and how it will impact work being done out at the construction jobsite. He also address how construction companies can go about implementing solutions and training operators.

Jul 11, 2018

Why has it taken so long for contractors to embrace technology at the construction jobsite? Chad Hollingsworth, CEO and cofounder, Triax Technologies, joins CONEXPO-CON/AGG Radio to discuss the connected jobsite and what it means for the construction industry. He identifies what kind of data is being collected today and how it is adding value. Hollingsworth also shares some of the best safety practices he has seen implemented on the jobsite and how technology providers are working together today to create a connected ecosystem.

Jun 20, 2018

The construction industry needs to help build the new America. The challenge is the industry is facing a skilled worker shortage. This is where technology enters the equation. Peggy Smedley and Ralph Gootee, cofounder and CTO, PlanGrid, talk about the skilled labor shortage and how technology can help with recruiting. They also broach the topic of how technology can be used on many of America’s infrastructure projects, helping solve some of the challenges that teams face today.

Jun 6, 2018

Construction companies need to know where their assets are—and in the past this information hasn’t been readily available. Now, technology can help centralize all this information. Host Peggy Smedley and Doug Seyler, senior business analyst, B2W Software, talk about collaborative scheduling and dispatching in the heavy, civil construction sector. He gives some real-world examples of how a centralized software solution can connect schedulers and dispatchers with teams in the field to help optimize crews, equipment, and materials.

May 23, 2018

The way major transportation infrastructure projects are being planned is changing at a rapid pace with the help of new technologies. This podcast focuses on advances in transportation construction including railways, roads, bridges, and more. Host Peggy Smedley and Terry Bills, global transportation industry manager, Esri, talk about major changes in transportation infrastructure projects, the integrations of new technologies, and the trend toward the “sensorization” or the digitalization of transportation assets and how that will impact the industry.

May 9, 2018

Minimal waste and an efficient workflow are two of the top priorities when working with materials such as cement and concrete. Contractors need a reliable solution that decreases the time of the labor force and reduces pollution. Mark Roberts, director of Verifi Research and Development, GCP Applied Technologies, chats with CONEXPO-CON/AGG Radio Host Peggy Smedley about how it is advancing sustainability with connected devices and the future of devices in the concrete and ready mix industry.

Apr 17, 2018

From equipment, to materials, to technology, and everything in between, asphalt and concrete paving is changing in the construction industry. Peggy Smedley and Andrew Jeffries, vice president of construction, Kansas Asphalt Inc. (K.A.I.), discuss everything from emerging technologies with paving equipment to how the materials have changed and the impact on the environment. They also address how the skillset requirements for worker to supervisor has changed and trends with workforce development associated with paving.

Apr 10, 2018

Digital transformation is happening in the construction industry today. This podcast zeros in on helping teams get ready for the change. Peggy Smedley is joined by Claire Rutkowski, chief information officer, Bentley Systems. They discuss why the construction industry is behind, what is driving change and why construction is under pressure to leverage digital transformation to increase productivity. They also identify how to help teams through the change.

Mar 27, 2018

Earthmoving is incredibly expensive. Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) produces ground that is at the correct slope, height, compaction and moisture faster for contractors. This podcast identifies how machine guidance technology works as well as applications for the construction industry. David Rowlett, U.S. manager for the Machine Control Division of Leica Geosystems joins CONEXPO-CON/AGG radio to discuss trends in the construction industry, the impact of technology, and the role of GNSS in construction, offering tips for the jobsite and insights for the future.

Mar 19, 2018

Each year, 1.25 million people are killed on roads. Another 50 million are injured—but this can be solved with the help of technology. Road safety management, safer vehicles, and safer users are the first steps to reducing road accidents. David Braunstein, president, Together for Safer Roads, joins CONEXPO-CON/AGG Radio to talk about road safety in the construction industry. Braunstein and host Peggy Smedley discuss training, technologies, and equipment safety.

Feb 20, 2018

Mining technology and data collection has evolved in the last 15 years. Mining construction and operations contractors are now better able to predict extraction costs, increase machine efficiency and accuracy, and reduce their environmental impact. Steve Heap, vice president of commercialization for specialty excavation, pipeline, recycling, and forestry, Vermeer, joins CONEXPO-CON/AGG Radio to discuss how technology advances can improve equipment operator performance and lead to a safer and more productive jobsite. He discusses the four pillars of mining technology, and how remote machine operations lends itself to a generation of new operators that has grown up playing video games.

Feb 13, 2018

Construction companies face a unique set of challenges when it comes to asset management. Ensuring people, materials and equipment are in the right place at the right time is critical to the success of a project. Radio-frequency identification (RFID) can help automatically identify and track tags that are attached to objects. With RFID, contractors can reduce the amount of time it takes to find tools or equipment and eliminate reorders of misplaced materials. David Beaton, director of construction services, Atlas RFID, joins CONEXPO-CON/AGG Radio to discuss how RFID can increase labor productivity on construction sites and how a company can best deploy this technology today.

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