ConTechTrio Podcast Episode 31 – Construction Tech News Including A Prototype Mars Colony, Medicine Carrying Drones, Job Site Safety Tools & Interview w/ Yves Frinault from Fieldwire

Starting Off:
Last Friday, the #ConTechTrio aired episode 31 of the podcast in which James Benham (@jamesmbenham), Rob McKinney (@conappguru) and Josh Bone (@bim2thebone) discussed the latest construction tech news. Headliners last week included a prototype Mars colony, medicine carrying drones, a tool that makes construction sites safer, 7 new Android features and much more! Special guest Yves Frinault (@yvesfrinault), Founder and CEO of Fieldwire (@FieldwireHQ) also joined to discuss managing tasks through plans.

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Weekly ConTechTrio Twitter Poll:
Last Week’s Poll: Is it easy for you to find old project photos when you need them?
Results:85% No and 15% Yes

This Week’s Poll: Does your company have a good system for tracking project changes on plan files? Visit the ConTechTrio Twitter page to answer “Yes” or “No.”

Construction Tech News:
Who’s ready to live on Mars?
A prototype Mars colony is scheduled to be 3D printed in the Mojave Desert. Mars City Design has already raised $30,000 to fund this full-scale Mars human habitation prototype!   

AR, VR, MR…Huh?
The similarities and differences between augmented reality, virtual reality and mixed reality can get confusing at times. Luckily there’s an infographic that breaks it all down for you!

View space…in your living room
SpaceVR is planning to launch a 360° camera into space so we can see Earth in VR (No astronaut training needed).

The Medicine Carrying Drone
Researchers at Stony Brook University are working with medical drone manufacturer Vayu, to deliver medical technology to the most isolated communities in Madagascar.

World’s First 3D Printed Office Building, Now Open
Take a look inside Dubai’s 3D-printed “Office of the Future,” which will house the Dubai Future Foundation and will serve as a meeting place for international delegates.

A Tool That Makes Construction Sites Safer
Construction technology startup SmartSite has developed a site deployed tool that monitors worker exposure to harmful factors, alerts when mitigation is needed and logs data automatically in the cloud.

Top Moments at CFMA’s 2016 Annual Conference
Sessions ranged from leadership and women in construction to cybersecurity and finance.

WalabotDIY Provides Renovators X-Ray Vision
Created by 3D-imaging sensor company, Vayyar Imaging, WalabotDIY is a sensor unit that attaches to the back of Android phones and detects items such as gas lines, water pipes and wiring.

TEDxTAMU Hosts JBKnowledge CEO, James Benham
Watch James discuss how technology is rewriting the rules of the built world and construction.

Are You On Obama’s Black List?
Construction companies bidding for federal contracts must start providing their previous labor-law violations under new Obama regulations. This is meant to penalize repeat perpetrators, improve fair pay and safety on the job site.

Dubai Completes Phase 1 of its Smart City
Dubai is not playing around, initiating phase 2 of its Smart City – check out what the city of the future looks like!

Manufacturer of Solid-State LiDAR Receives $90 Million in Funding
Quanergy’s funding will be used to work with partners and “ramp up” production of its solid-state LiDAR sensors.

Smartphone Sales Estimated to Reach 1.5 Billion Units in 2016
Gartner reports on the mobile market today and what we can expect in the future.

Don’t Click On That Web Link!
United Arab Emirates dissident, Ahmed Mansoor, was sent a text inviting him to click on a web link (he didn’t click, phew), which if he had clicked would have taken advantage of a flaw in iOS. Apple has now issued an emergency patch.

7 New Features Coming to Your Android
Google’s new version of its mobile operating system, Android 7.0 Nougat, will bring users exciting new features like split screen apps, a more efficient battery, better notifications and more.

Wearables Can Benefit Your Productivity
“The Human Cloud At Work (HCAW) A Study Into The Impact Of Wearable Technologies In The Workplace” report showed that wearables can increase productivity by 8.5% and job satisfaction by 3.5%.

How Can You Improve Construction Performance?
A new study revealed best practices on how on to avoid common industry shortcomings and improve construction performance.

The Construction Industry in 2036
Check out some examples of what construction industry jobs could potentially look like in the in the year 2036.

Yves Frinault, Founder & CEO of Fieldwire Discusses Managing Tasks Through Plans
In the second half of the podcast, Yves Frinault, Founder and CEO of Fieldwire, joined the #ConTechTrio to discuss managing tasks through plans. Yves, originally from France (if you couldn’t tell by his accent), grew up in construction, consistently visiting and working on project sites with his parents who were both contractors. He came to the United States to study construction technology at Stanford University, where he realized the enormous gap in technology within the field. Yves went on to create Fieldwire to fill this untouched area, a construction management app that makes it easy for foremen, superintendents, and engineers to share information without leaving the jobsite. On the podcast, Yves discussed Fieldwire’s core competencies and what sets them apart from other similar solutions. The ConTechTrio and Yves wrapped up the interview with his thoughts on how to increase technology adoption and the future of 3D modeling within the industry.

Tune into the #ConTechTrio podcast again this Friday for Episode 32, featuring Zach Scheel from Rhumbix! Until then, you can catch up on past episodes of our construction technology podcast and even check out some bonus episodes via the links below!


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