Future Construct: Thought Leaders Discuss BIM and Construction Solutions for the AEC Industry

Amy Peck

The Future Construct podcast features thought leaders from around the world working on innovative technology solutions for the construction (AEC) industry. This podcast is hosted by Amy Peck, CEO of EndeavorVR, and is produced by the team at BIM Designs, Inc. Amy is a recognized thought-leader and speaks globally on the future of VR, AR and emerging technologies including AI, blockchain, robotics and autonomy. The podcast has already featured industry experts from Fortune 500 companies, venture capital firms, and construction startups. To suggest a guest or to be featured as a guest, visit https://www.bimdesigns.net/futureconstruct.

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In this week's episode of the Future Construct Podcast (32 min interview), we are excited to feature Sanjay Mistry, Co-Founder of VIM (@vimaec). Sanjay is an experienced Vice President with a demonstrated history of working in the design industry. He is a strong professional, skilled in game design, ZBrush, computer animation, graphics, and MEL. Founded in 2016 with the goal of providing AEC professionals easy access to BIM (Building Information Model) data in real-time and on as many devices and platforms as possible, VIM is transforming the way that architects, engineers, and construction professionals design and build buildings. By removing the artificial walls between the AEC disciplines, and borrowing innovation from the gaming industry, VIM-equipped teams are delivering and sustaining a building’s design intent, from its originally approved conception to its ongoing operation.Highlights of Sanjay’s interview with host Amy Peck (@AmyPeckXR) include:Sanjay's journey into the industry of Building Information Modeling and what led him to start VIMHow the entertainment industry impacted gaming and how game engines can influence smart buildings, smart cities, and IoTOperating on a job site without access to internet connections, and making data accessible on personal devicesHis desired gadget of the future that would completely transform his personal life and the automotive industry entirelySHOW NOTES0:37  Amy Peck introduces Sanjay Mistry, Co-Founder of VIM.2:00  "Through your journey, was it a natural progression into the world of AEC [from computer graphics], or did you start off on more of the creative bend?"24:12  Sanjay discusses the operating on a work site without internet connections and making data accessible on personal devices.29:14  If you project yourself 25 years into the future, and you could have any kind of gadget or service or just something that would make you personally happy or make your life better in some way, what would it be and what would it do?

Nov 15

32 min 26 sec

In this week's episode of the Future Construct Podcast (40 min interview), we are excited to feature Cristina Savian, Managing Director of BE-WISE. Cristina is a highly accomplished director with two decades’ experience in technology and engineering. As an expert in the built environment, Cristina has driven consulting engagements and delivered the adoption of technology, digital transformation and innovation across a number of sectors. She has been recognized for unsurpassed levels of commercial awareness underpinned by strong problem-solving, client management and leadership qualities.BE-WISE is a London and Melbourne based consulting firm specializing in innovation, technology and digital transformation for the built environment. The company launched in 2018, and their current client list consists of global construction technology companies, NGOs, and numerous educational institutions.Highlights of Cristina’s interview with host Amy Peck (@AmyPeckXR) include:The start of Cristina's career, and what inspired her to found BE-WISEThe importance of having the level of confidence for yourself and providing inspiration for othersThe rapid evolution of technology, and the role it plays in the progression of different industries.Her desired gadget or service that would make her life better on a personal levelSHOW NOTES0:37  Amy Peck introduces Cristina Savian, Founder and CEO at BE-WISE.01:12  You have such an interesting background. What was your journey, and what led you to start BE-WISE?17:05  Talking about so many cool things, including your crazy clubhouse adventure, which seems to be expanding at an exponential rate. I'd love to hear a little bit about what is the importance of having the level of confidence for you, even just to inspire others?26:28  You know, you talked about digital twins. What are some of the things you're hearing that are the honest challenges about how  we leverage digital twins?37:36  Let's take a little trip to the future. Let's go 20 to 25 years past that edge you live on, on a daily basis, and you could bring with you any kind of gadget or service or just something that would make your life better on a personal level, what would it be and what would it do?

Nov 5

40 min 29 sec

In this week's episode of the Future Construct Podcast (35 min interview), we are excited to feature Jag Mallela, Managing Director of WSP USA. In April 2021, Jag was appointed to the National Institute of Building Sciences BIM Program Steering Committee, which is tasked with creating a national BIM program. His impressive body of work, while closely associated with highway infrastructure, is cross-cutting and touches many areas of surface transportation including innovative project delivery, civil integrated management, highway traffic operations, sustainability and resiliency, highway maintenance, asset management, highway safety, planning, performance measurement, and organizational/institutional capacity building.Highlights of Jag’s interview with host Amy Peck (@AmyPeckXR) include:Mallela’s inspiration(s) and how he came to combine his cerebral and creative roots How vision, imagination, science, and technology together lead to innovationThe importance of using technology to solve social and infrastructure problemsHow the pandemic has changed communities and how to plan around the changesSHOW NOTES0:37  Amy Peck introduces Jag Mallela, Senior Vice President and Managing Director at WSP.05:37  We see news about failing infrastructure. What are some of the things — whether trends or cures — you see as solutions for some of these infrastructure challenges? Especially where things were not constructed in a way that supports scalability and sustainability?15:43  What are some of your thoughts on ways companies can close that digital divide? How can diversity, equity, and inclusion become more than a company mandate?21:22  With remote work becoming the norm, do you find that you’re able to collaborate with a broader group of people globally within and outside the company to gain better insights into some of the problems you're solving?29:02  Due to the pandemic, some streets were taken over to allow restaurants and shops to have outdoor seating areas. So we’re seeing more people walking, biking, relishing this new sense of community. How do you now start to plan around this new paradigm?33:00  If you could project yourself, 20, 25 years into the future, and you could have any kind of gadget or service or just something that would make your life better or make you personally happy, what would it be and what would it do?

Oct 14

35 min 35 sec

In this week's episode of the Future Construct Podcast (36 min interview), we are excited to feature Kimon Onuma (@KimonOnuma), Founder and President of Onuma, Inc. Onuma, Inc. enables the “I” in BIM. They are a team of architects and computer scientists that build software for the rapidly changing AEC industry. The ONUMA System is an open-source, web-based ecosystem of tools, platforms, and services for buildings, cities, and more, built by architects and programmers who have been using BIM for over 30 years. The open-source architecture supports better quality designs, sustainable data, improved efficiency, and fewer unwelcome surprises throughout the built lifecycle.Some highlights of Kimon’s interview with host Amy Peck (@AmyPeckXR) include:- Kimon’s interest in information and things – and how that motivated him to fix inefficiencies in the architecture industry- How he came to combine BIM with traditional design- The importance of open source, taking software outside the box- Automating tasks so creativity can remain humanSHOW NOTES0:37 - Amy Peck introduces Kimon Onuma, founder and president of Onuma, Inc.04:10 - At what point was it really evident that software was going to go hand in hand, not only with design, but with the practical elements, the data that goes along with it?07:52 - I think one of the challenges is that there's so much technology now, there's this broad swath of technology that's not as advanced as we'd like it to be. Do you think that’s stagnating some growth on the practical use cases, because there's just too much for companies to experiment with?12:27 - I think we have an opportunity, augment human potential. To build machines that free us up to do what we're best at – which is the creativity and the nuance of our individual industries. So, I'm wondering if you hear that from your clients and what your thoughts are in terms of that kind of blend of automation and human creativity?18:49 - So much of this is parallel to open-source software. The more that we open source,  the more we can all learn from the same construct. But there's still a corporate veil of secrecy. They're concerned about their shareholders, which is fair, but how do we change that mindset?25:10 - I'd love to hear some of your thoughts on VR. We're really at the very early stages of this, but I'd love to hear your thoughts on what role you think immersive technology plays in the future.32:45 - If you could project yourself, 15, 20 years into the future, and you could bring with you an object or service that makes your life better, what would it be, and what would it do?

Oct 14

35 min 53 sec

In this week's episode of the Future Construct Podcast (41 min interview), we are excited to feature James Benham, CEO, and Co-founder of JB Knowledge. JB Knowledge offers technology solutions for Insurance & Construction companies, transforming risk management technology and implementing technologies to transform construction projects. You name it; they can build it! JB Knowledge aims to make the world a more tech-savvy place; insurance and construction are just where they started.Some highlights of James' interview with host Amy Peck (@VirtualGirlNY) include:● A recap of James' career, including his University degrees, founding JB Knowledge, and traveling and working worldwide. ● The future of employment, particularly how technology and automation will influence the future of work. ● James' time as a City Council Member with the city of College Station and how he introduced innovation to the 125,000 residents to create a smarter city. ● Why the world needs more doers and fewer critics for us to move forward. ● The difference between wasting time or making time and how the human brain is the best computer ever built.SHOW NOTES00:12 - Amy Peck introduces James Benham, the CEO and Co-Founder of JB Knowledge, and his work experience. 02:52 - What inspired the move to Texas, with it being a tech hub? Explain your thought-process for the move. 07:38 - How do you ensure that you are intentional with the way you spend your time? What do you think of people who spend a lot of their time complaining, rather than acting on the things they want to do?17:52 - What are some strategies that you’ve employed at your company and that you recommend to other business owners? In terms of retraining the workforce, and integrating technology in a positive way. 23:55 - How can companies stay relevant with the technology life cycle and innovation cycles being so short? 35:26 - Tell me about your daughters. Are they interested in technology? Are they interested in flying? 38:22 - If you could project yourself 20 years into the future, and you can bring one product or service with you that makes your life better, what would it be and what would it do?

Sep 14

41 min 55 sec

Our team is excited to bring you this new episode of the Future Construct Podcast (28 min interview), where we spotlight Danielle O'Connell, Director of Emerging Technology at Skanska USA (@SkanskaUSA). Skanska USA creates sustainable solutions and aims to be a leader in quality, green construction, work safety, and business ethics to drive profitability and reduce construction timelines.Some highlights of Danielle's interview with host Amy Peck (@VirtualGirlNY) include:- Danielle's day-to-day responsibilities at Skanska USA and how she remains up to date with the landscape of emerging technology.- The next wave of emerging technologies that will be at the forefront over the next three to five years.- Danielle's top three solutions that will most impact the industry now and in the future.- The technologies that are being most adopted within the industry.SHOW NOTES0:37 - Amy Peck introduces Danielle O'Connell, the Director of Emerging Technology at Skanska USA.4:45 - So, how do you stay abreast among the current landscape of emerging technology?9:26 - What are some of the emerging technologies you see over the next three to five years that we're going to see more of?11:36 - What are your top three solutions that are really going to impact the industry, that you're implementing now or that you see in the near future?16:16 - Are there some other trends that you're seeing or leveraging some other technologies like blockchain or AI that are getting adopted more?25:50 - If you could project yourself 20 to 25 years in the future, and you can you could have a product or service that makes you happy or makes your life better, what would it be and what would it do?

Sep 14

28 min 39 sec

Our team is thrilled to bring you this fresh episode of the Future Construct Podcast (27 min interview), where we spotlight Dr. Cornelia Scheitz, Director of Programs and Business Excellence at Autodesk (@Autodesk). Autodesk is changing how the world is designed and made, their technology spans architecture, engineering, construction, product design, manufacturing, media, and entertainment, empowering innovators everywhere to solve challenges big and small. From greener buildings to smarter products to more mesmerizing blockbusters, Autodesk software helps its customers to design and make a better world for all.Some highlights of Conny's interview with host Amy Peck (@VirtualGirlNY) include:Conny's background in life sciences, specifically genetics, and how she transitioned into academia, ultimately leading her to AutodeskThe frequency of solution providers working with customers to solve problems and how that workflow evolves into new projectsTrends and combinations of technologies that are at the forefront of the Autodesk Technology CentersThe industry's fear about advancements in automated technology and types of jobs impacted by technologySHOW NOTES0:37 Amy Peck introduces Dr. Conny Scheitz, the Director of Programs and Business Excellence at Autodesk.0:55 So, first I want to get into your history and your journey into where you are today, but what happens at the Technology Centers at Autodesk?5:57 What are some of the trends or combinations of technologies that you're seeing coming through the centers?11:08 And do you find that within the network or beyond, are people really recognizing that there's a multitude of technologies and a convergence of these technologies, or is it a tough sell?15:47 How prevalent is the thought process that companies are using all of these technologies [artificial intelligence, blockchain, utilizing algorithms, ethical sourcing], or are there companies with specialties that come together and combine them?

Sep 2

27 min 39 sec

Our team is thrilled to bring you this new episode of the Future Construct Podcast (23 min interview), where we spotlight Doug Ludlow (@dougludlow), CEO at MainStreet (@MainStreet). MainStreet helps software, hardware, and venture-backed companies realize tax credits opportunities missed by many accountants. Doug is a serial entrepreneur and senior executive, with over 15 years of leadership experience, scaling new companies and serving as an innovation resource. Doug founded two other companies prior to MainStreet, then he transitioned to Google as an Operations Lead and then Chief of Staff, where he spent over three years. There, he also met the two other co-founders of MainStreet.Some highlights of Doug's interview with host Amy Peck (@VirtualGirlNY) include:How the evolution of technology will impact the community and small businesses, as tech companies continue to spread from the major tech hubsWhere the shifts are in inbounds and customers as innovation continues to evolve in the increasingly remote workforceHow influence plays a role in a small business and the direction Mainstreet is headedHis insights on whether startups are aggressive or cautious toward pushing and accepting new technologySHOW NOTES0:37 Amy Peck introduces Doug Ludlow, the CEO at Mainstreet.6:09 So, I'd love to hear where you think the evolution of technology will go as it relates to community and reinvigorating small businesses?12:54 Are you seeing in terms of your inbounds and your customer base, are they coming from larger cities, or trend upwards into more suburban or even rural areas?15:30 And let's just talk about a global view. What do you see as the outlook in the startup space with technology? Is there caution or is it full steam ahead?18:02 Do you see an opportunity for your company to get so large and influential because your working with so much small business that you might even be able to influence tax credits? Is that the goal to have that level of impact and influence to help some of these challenges?29:36 If you could project yourself 15 to 20 years in the future, and you can you could bring with you any gadget or service that makes you personally happy, what would it be and what would it do?

Aug 25

32 min 51 sec

Our team is thrilled to bring you this new episode of the Future Construct Podcast (23 min interview), where we spotlight Julie Giannini (@jgiannin) Chief Customer Officer at Egnyte (@Egnyte). Julie is a senior executive with 25+ years of go-to-market experience scaling renewals, customer success, professional services, training, and support organizations focused on enterprise & SaaS cloud offerings. Julie builds high-performing teams with the goal of great experiences for employees, customers, and shareholders and she has been involved in several successful exits including Thoma Bravo's purchase of Imperva for $2.1B in 2019, New Relic's 2014 IPO, and Yammer's $1.2B acquisition by Microsoft in 2012. Egnyte is trusted by 16,000+ content-critical businesses and transforms them through smarter content allowing organizations to connect, protect, and unlock value from all their content.Some highlights of Julie's interview with host Amy Peck (@VirtualGirlNY) include:How Egnyte is utilizing artificial intelligence in their own product linesMethods to overcome hesitance to adopt new and transformative technology, within your own companyThe day to day responsibilities within her role as the Chief Customer Officer and her focus aside from customersHer vision for the future, as she discusses the one product that would transform her life, making it significantly easier and more efficientSHOW NOTES0:37 Amy Peck introduces Julie Giannini, the Chief Customer Officerat Egnyte.3:58 So, as Chief Customer Officer, what does your day to day look like? What is your primary focus, aside from customers?5:10 What are some of the trends you're seeing [in technology] moving forward and things that are exciting you?7:20 And so, talking about artificial intelligence, how are leveraging AI, even in your own product line?10:05 Where do you see some of the easier ways that companies can bring in technology, especially among a workforce that be a little more reticent to be accepting of new technology and new workflows?21:27 If you could project yourself 15 to 20 years in the future, and you can you could bring with you any services or any product that makes your life better, what would it be and what would it do?

Aug 25

23 min 33 sec

Our team is thrilled to bring you this new episode of the Future Construct Podcast (30 min interview), where we spotlight Miquel Vidal, Head of XRS (eXtended Reality Solutions) at CBRE Global Workplace Solutions (@CBRE). Miquel has been an evangelist on XR within CBRE for the last three years, working across numerous teams, presenting the values and benefits of disruptive technology, having run numerous PoC and pilots with some of CBRE's front-line workers on their respective clients' sites. For the majority of his time in CBRE, he led teams that delivered an array of different innovative initiatives and projects, from ideation to implementation and final delivery, positively impacting internal customers and clients.Some highlights of Miquel's interview with host Amy Peck (@VirtualGirlNY) include:Some of the trends and solutions he believes will streamline workflows and facilitate industry improvementsHis deployment strategy and how his internal team has conducted a soft launch of concepts, garnering interest from clientsHow consumer devices hitting the market will influence the introduction of technology to industry workflows and the work he's doingMiquel's thoughts on computing, the evolution of consuming information, and its impact on consumers and businessSHOW NOTES0:37 Amy Peck introduces Miquel Vidal, the Head of XRS at CBRE Global Workplace Solutions.2:59 So, what are some of the ways and trends you're seeing that make you say, "we think these kinds of solutions will streamline workflows"?9:19 We know that these consumer devices are coming. Do you feel as though those devices are going to have an impact on how easily we'll be able to introduce this technology into the workflow?12:28 And so, what kind of trends are you seeing, beyond the things that you're looking at directly, but really future forward, across this industry and emerging technology in general?14:59 You mentioned computing and having information all around us. Consuming content in context, with location being a big component of that. How do you see that evolution? Are you seeing it as a two-way street, and how does it impact consumers and business?25:48 Projecting yourself 20 to 25 years in the future, and you can have any environment or any gadget that makes your life better, what would it be and what would it do?

Aug 11

29 min 48 sec

On this episode of the Future Construct Podcast (27 min interview), we spotlight KP Reddy (@reddy_kp), Founder and General Partner at Shadow Ventures. Shadow Ventures is a venture capital firm focused exclusively on technology that drives innovation in the built environment.Some highlights of KP's interview with host Amy Peck (@VirtualGirlNY) include:How he got started in the venture capital industry and his experience with the first company that he supportedHis motivation and decision to author a book on BIM and how timing played a key role in the decision-making processThe "investment ethos" he has developed on deciding when and why to invest in particular, exciting companiesHow his reputation and brand factors into founders finding him, and why there is no investment that is too earlySHOW NOTES0:37 Amy Peck introduces KP Reddy, the Founder and General Partner at Shadow Ventures.5:40 You've written a book on BIM and you've written a book on startups. Let's start with the BIM book. Why a BIM book at that time?13:30 So, I'd love to talk about your portfolio and your "investment ethos" and what excites you in some of the companies. Can you share some of the successes of some of your portfolio companies?18:13 And so are you getting most of your inbounds from being in the industry and just having the reputation that you do, or are there other ways that founders are finding you?21:37 So are you seeing any particular trends in the industry, and where should large commercial builders be looking for this next-level technology?25:35 Projecting yourself 15 to 20 years in the future, and you could bring with you any service or gadget, and it doesn't have to be based in reality at all, what would it be and what would it do?

Jul 27

27 min 13 sec

On this episode of the Future Construct Podcast (30 min interview) we spotlight Leigh Christy, Principal at Perkins&Will and Head of their Innovation Incubator. Perkins&Will is a global design practice founded in 1935 and has more Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) accredited professionals than any other design firm in North America. We learn about Leigh's work in her roles at Perkins&Will as well as her experience as an adjunct professor and hear her perspectives on the direction companies should be taking toward the evolution of technology.Some other highlights of Leigh's interview with host Amy Peck(@VirtualGirlNY) include:How companies should be thinking about responsibility and sustainability as components of innovationThe role of technology in designing and what processes in automation  or technology focus on visualization, helping with AR and VRHow technology is a toolbox for solving industry problemsClosing feedback loops to eliminate repeating mistakes, which can (and will) enhance the global landscapeSHOW NOTES0:37 Amy Peck introduces the Principal at Perkins&Will, Leigh Christy.4:07 Also you've been an adjunct professor as well, so what was some of the work that you did there?7:40 So, let's talk a little bit about the technology and where you see technology's role in the way that you're designing today and are there processes that you're seeing in automation or visualization. What are some of the trends in tools that you're going to be using over the next couple of years?18:05 So you talked about the incubator a little bit. What are the types of companies that you're drawn to for the incubator and maybe share some of the ones that you're particularly excited about?20:42 Do you think that the incubator program helps everyone at Perkins and Will feel like they're a part of the future of the company?27:44 Projecting yourself 15 to 20 years in the future, and you could bring with you any service or product that just makes you happy and makes your life better, what would it be and what would it do?

Jul 14

30 min 31 sec

On this episode of the Future Construct Podcast (30 min interview), we spotlight Aarni Heiskanen, Managing Partner at AE Partners, and address AE Partners' perspective on pain points and trajectory of technology in construction, digital buildings and infrastructure, and real estate and construction.Aarni joins host Amy Peck (@VirtualGirlNY) to discuss:How the construction industry is ripe for technological advancements and digitalization, and closing the gap of reluctance to bring technology in Tendencies of companies to want to move toward the next "shiny object" of technology simply for technology's sakeHow companies can circumvent the cycle of accomplishing goals through innovation, and think more progressively about what kinds of companies they want to be in the futureFurthering a culture of collaboration among companies to further the progression of industries as wholeSHOW NOTES0:37 Amy Peck introduces the Managing Partner at AE Partners,Aarni Heiskanen.5:36 I've heard you say this different ways. On one hand, the construction industry is ripe for digitization and innovation, but on certain scenarios there has been real reluctance or challenges to bring technology in. How do you see that gap closing?7:53 You mentioned as well, that there's this tendency to move toward the next "shiny object", and that there are some dangers in using technology just for technology's sake. Can you expand on that and give some advice to companies who are looking at this digital transformation?12:04 How do companies step outside of the cycle of having goals and targets to hit, and really project themselves into the future to think about what kinds of companies they want to be in the future, and how can they carve out that type of innovation in their company construct?20:02 I think we'll hit a critical mass of data and start to optimize how we're building. So, how do you see being able to implement much more of a predictive design methodology, so that you're designing toward a more efficient design cycle?26:23 Projecting yourself 20 to 30 years in the future, and you could bring with you any kind of gadget that would make your life better or make you happy, what would it be and what would it do?

Jul 1

30 min 21 sec

On this episode of the Future Construct Podcast (40 min interview), we spotlight Todd Lewis, Vice President at Prologis Ventures, as he joins host Amy Peck (@VirtualGirlNY) to discuss:His investments into different companies, and which ones drew the most interest and excitementChallenges in the investment realm when it comes to balancing the disruption to the industry, in regards to what you can do today that will lead you to success in future technology Immersive technology around the AR cloud and how far out autonomous vehicle and drone technology are from becoming fixed pieces within our societal landscapeHow real estate figures into drone technology and how it will evolve as drones progress in the futureSHOW NOTES0:44 Amy Peck introduces the Vice President at Prologis Ventures,Todd Lewis.4:36 So, let's talk about some of the companies you've invested in. I know you want to favor all of them equally, but are there some that you're very excited about?10:17 So one of the challenges in the investment realm is that you don't want to be too early or too late. How do you balance what you can do today that will set you on a path for success with future technology?17:25 You talked a little bit about autonomous vehicles and drones. How far out are you thinking on those and what are some of the inherent challenges that you're finding today?25:35 So how does real estate figure into the airspace with drones? How do you see that evolving and how will drone delivery evolve that piece of the market as well?38:06 So, let's go way into the future. Projecting yourself 20 to 30 years in the future, and you could bring with you any kind of gadget that would make your life better or make you happy, what would it be and what would it do?

Jun 21

40 min 31 sec

On this episode of the Future Construct Podcast (46 min interview), we spotlight Hugh Seaton (@hughseaton), Head of Product at CSI Crosswalk, as he joins host Amy Peck (@VirtualGirlNY) to discuss:- Aquinas Learning, Inc. and how founding that company influences his current career path- The future of augmented reality and how it will affect the BIM space, as well as the industry drivers toward the adoption of new technology- Smart contracts and how blockchain can be wired into processes of remotely using immersive technology to verify completion of work- Technological solutions such as reality capture, virtual reality, and LiDAR that will serve as the catalysts for the next evolution of the industrySHOW NOTES0:44 - Amy Peck introduces the Head of Product at CSI Crosswalk,Hugh Seaton.4:14 - So, can we talk a little bit about Aquinas, because I was always struck by your vision with immersive technology and the data and research you did? What were some of the outcomes and how does that inform your career?11:22 - What do you think are some of the drivers towards adoption of new industry technology?14:35 - Are you looking into smart contracts and how blockchain can be wired into this conversation where you're able to remotely use immersive technology to virtually verify work has been done?26:29 - I'm always curious, what would you like to see happen to be a real catalyst of this next evolution? Are there some solutions that are here and about to take off?44:31 - So, let's go even further into the future. Projecting yourself 20 to 25 years in the future, and you could bring with you any kind of gadget that would make your life better or make you happy, what would it be and what would it do?

Jun 8

46 min 40 sec

On this episode of the Future Construct Podcast (36 min interview), we spotlight Curtis Rodgers, Principal at Brick & Mortar Ventures, as he joins host Amy Peck (@VirtualGirlNY) to discuss:Integrating technology into the construction workspace and understanding the user's journeyInsights on opportunities to utilize data in a multitude of different ways for many use casesThe types of investments he's made and some of the partnerships he's developed with portfolio companiesThe dream gadget he would like to have 20 to 30 years in the future

Jun 3

36 min 14 sec

On this episode of the Future Construct Podcast (27 min interview), we spotlight Allison Xu (@AllisonCXu), Investor at BainCapital Ventures, as she joins host Amy Peck (@VirtualGirlNY) to discuss:Companies that excite her and how construction industry is currently booming with the development of technologyWhat the benchmarks are for investing, and how investors look for to determine value within potential investment opportunitiesCurrent trends and ways to streamline businesses and workflowsWhat some of the positive impacts of the emerging technologies are and why successful technologies get adopted across industrySHOW NOTES0:36 Amy Peck introduces Investor at BainCapital Ventures, Allison Xu.2:19 So, what are some of the companies that really excite you?5:18 Do you like to watch the evolution of companies to see if they hit revenue benchmarks or evolution benchmarks to say, "Ok, it's time"?10:03 Are you feeling that, even with all the new technology, that there is so much room for even one company to solve one problem along the workflow and make an impact industry-wide?18:56 What are some the positive impacts of this future technology that you're seeing?24:46 So if you could visualize yourself 15 to 20 years into the future, and you could have any experience or any gadget that would make your life better or make you happy, what would it be and what would it do?

Jun 3

27 min 37 sec

On this special episode of the Future Construct Podcast (1 hour interview), we spotlight leaders of two startups, Joe Michaels (@joemich), Chief Revenue Officer at HaptX, Inc., and Tessa Lau (@tessalau), the Founder and CEO at Dusty Robotics, as they join host Amy Peck (@VirtualGirlNY) to discuss:- Current and practical use cases for haptics and robotics among other emerging technologies.- Features of haptic gloves and other wearables that will continue to shape how we interact with technology and the convergence of that with robotics, AR/VR, and artificial intelligence.- The value that robotics holds in the future of technology across multiple industries and what trends will influence the direction of that technological evolution.- Their ideal gadgets of the future, 20-25 years from now, not based in reality, that would make their lives better and easier.

May 5

59 min 56 sec

On this episode of the Future Construct Podcast (24 min interview), we spotlight Cathy Hackl (@CathyHackl), Global Futurist and Founder of the Futures Intelligence Group, as she joins Amy Peck (@VirtualGirlNY) to discuss:Current and emerging industry trends within virtual reality, augmented reality, and other reality technologies.What non-fungible tokens (NFTs) are, the value they hold in relation to traditional currency and how they might be utilized in the future of emerging technologyThe ways that augmented reality glasses will change the way that we think about augmented reality and how we move from mobile technology to wearablesThe involvement of volumetric video in digital experiences with avatars, and how we can utilize volumetric video in machine learningCathy is a leading tech futurist and globally recognized business leader specializing in augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR), & spatial computing. She is one of LinkedIn's top technology voices and a champion for diversity.Hackl has worked with some of the biggest names in tech including Amazon Web Services (AWS), Magic Leap, and HTC VIVE. She leads the Futures Intelligence Group, a futures research & consulting firm that works with clients in tech, fashion, media, government, and defense implementing innovation strategies, strategic foresight, and emerging technologies. She's also a top Forbes Contributor.SHOW NOTES0:37 Amy Peck introduces global futurist and the Founder of the Futures Intelligence Group, Cathy Hackl.4:51 So non-fungible tokens, can you explain what these are for those who don't know?8:57 I'd love to hear more about the fearless nature of your work. Let's talk about some of the ways to seamlessly bring technology in and leverage curiosity to dispel some of the fear around becoming irrelevant alongside technology?13:45 Do you see volumetric video being an extension of trends, enabling us those more personalized experiences, whether it be sporting figures or entertainment figures, or our favorite musicians or bands?18:32 How will our everyday lives, for example advertising and marketing, happen in this 3D realm? Do you see a different construct emerging?21:30 So if you could project yourself 25 years into the future, and you could create your favorite thing or gadget, and it doesn't have to be rooted in reality at all, what would it be and what would it do?

Apr 15

23 min 38 sec

On this episode of the Future Construct Podcast (30 min interview), we spotlight Jessie Mooberry (@mooberryj), Senior Technology & Innovation Advisor at Flight Safety Foundation (@FlightSafetyFoundation), as she joins Amy Peck (@VirtualGirlNY) to discuss:- Ways to seamlessly integrate technology into the current industry processes and how to dispel fear about technology replacing the human factor- Switching gears from her work at NASA to opening and operating a coffee/wine bar- The expansion of the digital nomad lifestyle and the differences between local and global cultures- How close the future of personal air transportation could be and how that may impact the way people travel within citiesPrior to her time at the Flight Safety Foundation, Jessie worked as the Head of Development at Airbus for 3 years, the Vice Director at Uplift Aeronautics for almost 2 years, and an Entrepreneur in Residence & Technologist at the Peace Innovation Lab at Stanford University. In addition, Jessie also served as a member on the Board of Trustees for People's Light for 4 years and was a Board Member for the Global UTM Association (GUTMA) for a year.SHOW NOTES0:44​ - Amy Peck introduces the Senior Technology and Innovation Advisor at the Flight Safety Foundation, Jessie Mooberry.1:58​ - So let's start with the beginning. Can you tell us a little bit about the history of your career?8:41​ - I'd love to hear more about the fearless nature of your work. Let's talk about some of the ways to seamlessly bring technology in and leverage curiosity to dispel some of the fear around becoming irrelevant alongside technology?11:48​ - You know, so NASA in the morning and coffee bar in the afternoon. How do you switch gears?15:47​ - So, in thinking about moving forward, there's this digital nomad culture that's expanding. Let's talk about this local culture versus global culture. I'd like to hear, how did you land in this lifestyle?23:25​ - So if you could project your into the future, 20 or 25 years, and you could build any kind of gadget that would make your life better or make you happy, what would it be and what would it do?

Mar 31

25 min 46 sec

On this episode of the Future Construct Podcast (29 min interview), we spotlight Randee Herrin, Senior Vice President of Construction Technologies & Manufacturing at TDIndustries, Inc. (@tdindustries), as she joins Amy Peck (@VirtualGirlNY) to discuss how she has seen technology improve processes and be implemented successfully, how companies should leverage methods to build off-site and develop efficiencies, and the ways that BIM has evolved over the last several years and how it will continue to expand with the ability to leverage BIM data. Randee has served with TDIndustries, Inc. for over 25 years in several roles, ranging from Project Manager, Vice President, Leader of Corporate Innovation, Senior Vice President New Construction and now Senior Vice President Construction Technologies & Manufacturing. Randee also served on the Board of Directors for the Women Contractors Association from 1999 to 2002, during which she became the organization's Vice President for a year.

Mar 23

31 min 21 sec

On this episode of the Future Construct Podcast (29 min interview), we spotlight Mark Oden, CEO of BIM Designs, Inc. (@BIMdesignsInc), as he joins Amy Peck (@VirtualGirlNY) to discuss how he developed the company culture and service offerings at BIM Designs, Inc., how artificial intelligence can be utilized as a tool rather a replacement for a human workforce, and how BIM technology can serve as a digital overlay for pre-construction processes in the future.Prior to BIM Designs, Inc. Mark co-founded Taskware, an API-based micro-tasking platform, and served as the organization's COO. While working at Cisco, he served in several roles, ranging from Network Engineering, Product Management, Strategy and Planning, Mergers and Acquisitions and Business Development. Mark is a Cisco Pioneer Award winner and Best of Interop Finalist for his work as Product Manager for the WebEx and Media Services Interface integration (Medianet).

Mar 17

28 min 54 sec

On this episode of the Future Construct Podcast (29 min interview), we spotlight Chris Howard (@techris), Founder and CEO of Softeq (@Softeq), as he joins Amy Peck (@VirtualGirlNY) to discuss his perspective on why IoT deployments fail, where his customers come from, how he positions projects to be sold upstream, as well as his work as an entrepreneurial mentor in coding and technology. Also, listen for the two facets of his company he gets the most questions and where he's heard companies are shifting their tech focus.Aside from Softeq, Chris is also the CEO and Founder of a few other organizations, including zGames, Howzer Interactive, and Genus Microprogamming, Inc. Prior to his entrepreneurial ventures, Chris was a Software Engineer at IBM for 3 years, supporting NASA by working on the engineering department's only IBM PC during the days of the Space Shuttle program.

Mar 10

28 min 56 sec

On this episode of the Future Construct Podcast (35 min interview), we spotlight Damon Hernandez (@MetaverseOne), Founder and Executive Director of the AEC Hackathon, (@AECHackathon) and Co-Founder and Director of Technology at IDEAbuilder (@IDEAbuilder) as he joins Amy Peck (@VirtualGirlNY) to discuss his current projects using 3D data throughout the construction process, what he has learned about how hackathons are beneficial to the landscape of the AEC industry after hosting 40+ competitions, some of his favorite hackathon projects, his thoughts on full adoption of "living-breathing BIM" in the industry, the importance of the multi-device experience in construction, seeing more VR headsets at AEC conferences than GDC and many more thoughtful insights.

Feb 18

34 min 40 sec

On this episode of the Future Construct Podcast (30 min interview), we are featuring Joanna Popper (@JoannaPopper), Global Head of Virtual Reality for Location Based Entertainment at HP (@hp) as she joins Amy Peck (@VirtualGirlNY) to candidly discuss her role leading HP's Go-to-Market strategy, why she's excited about HP's newest VR headsets the Reverb G2 and Reverb Omnicept, the amazing features of these new headsets and the accompanying software platforms, solutions for the AEC industry and use cases from some of her enterprise clients, and how she transitioned from a marketing career to the VR space.Joanna has been selected as “50 Women That Can Change the World in Media and Entertainment, “101 Women Leading the VR Industry” and is on the Coalition for the Women in XR Fund.

Feb 4

29 min 28 sec

Amy Marks (@QueenofPrefab) has over a decade of experience in the construction industry, including her time at Autodesk (@autodesk) as the Head of Industrialized Construction Strategy and Evangelism. Before joining Autodesk, she was the CEO of XSite Modular and pioneered a path to become the world’s preeminent prefabrication consultant and is often called the Queen Of Prefab.On this episode of the Future Construct Podcast (30 min interview), she joins Amy Peck (@VirtualGirlNY) to candidly discuss how she became the queen of prefabrication, the need to remove constraints so that companies can fully leverage emerging technology, if there is room for an Uber-like behemoth in the construction industry, and the digital transformation of the industry.Hear Amy Marks also expound on designing buildings for the end user, the unique story behind her red stiletto in her office, as well as several other insightful topics.

Jan 12

28 min 43 sec

Elizabeth Baron (@ImmersivStories) has decades (yes, decades!) of experience helping teams at Ford Motor Company (@ford) and now Unity Technologies (@Unity3D) visualize and collaborate through VR. On this episode of the Future Construct Podcast (20 min interview), she joins Amy Peck (@VirtualGirlNY) to discuss VR, game engines, and how companies can leverage technology for the future within an innovative space.Hear Elizabeth and Amy expand on: "What are some of the ways that game engines are valuable within the enterprise construct?" as well as several other insightful topics.

Dec 2020

30 min 22 sec

On Episode 1, Salla Eckhardt, the Director of Transformation Services and Worldwide Construction Lead at Microsoft, joins Amy to discuss digital twins, her experiences as a woman in the construction industry, and the future role of digital technologies in construction.

Dec 2020

22 min 51 sec