Episode Four – Automation

On Thursday, September 24th Episode Four of the BILT Academy Podcast went live.

Our fourth episode has been curated by our BILT Academy correspondent David. This month’s podcast is a technology podcast, and in it, David interviews four industry experts about the topic of Automation.

This month we explore the concept of automation within the construction industry. Over the last few years, automatization has increasingly made its way into our environment and has quickly been evolving in many ways. In order to better understand the future of automation in the AEC industry, we have interviewed a variety of experts, each with their own perspectives on automation. These perspectives range from automation in software engineering, data collection on construction sites, prefabrication and manufacturing. By asking them what automation looks like and who it’s useful for we hope to offer you the listeners an insight into the role of automation in the construction industry and how they come together to shape the future of the sector and our built environment. 

Gordon is an Architect by education and has straddled the practice/technology fence since university. He has been at times a Job Captain, a CAD Manager, a BIM Manager & an IT Manager, including a stint in all three technology management roles for a firm of around 50 people, doing their first two Revit pilot projects. He thinks that may have been when the light really went on for him regarding automation. Now he spends his time writing and supporting the software tools he wished he had back then. 

Gordon Price

Brian is the Construction Technology Manager at Boston Dynamics where he supports AECOO customer applications for the Spot platform and promotes the development of new autonomous behaviour that adds value to construction project delivery. Prior to Boston Dynamics, he was a Senior Construction Automation Researcher at WeWork where he managed the construction robotics research program and contributed to initiatives in design automation and modular prefabrication. Previously he taught at the University of Cincinnati DAAP, City Tech, City College, and most recently at Pratt GAUD where he led seminars in computational fabrication and industrial robotics. 

Brian Ringley

Eric is a computational designer and expert on large scale 3d printing in construction. Trained at the Design Academy Eindhoven. He has been involved in concrete printing since 2013. As a researcher at Bruil Prefab Printing, his professional focus is on industrializing this technology in connection with emerging architectural practice and workflows.

Eric Barendse
  • Automation Now and in the future from the perspective of recent graduate Florin Ghimicj.

Florin is a Civil Engineering graduate from London South Bank University, studying the possible BIM and Blockchain fusion at the design phase of the construction process. His research is mainly focusing on Information Management and Delivery, and Automation in the AEC industry. He pleads for Blockchain as being a technology that could build a trustworthy network in the construction space which would subsequently lead to a more efficient and automated industry. 

Florin Ghimicj

Episode Five – Coming October 29th

Be sure to tune in for our next episode on October 29th, 2020, which will be a BIM Paraxis episode. This episode will be curated by BILT Academy correspondent Julia as she explores the topic of decentralization with the help of industry experts.

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