Bridging the Gap

Bridging the Gap

Join the innovation adventure that spotlights MEP and the construction industry – advancements in technology, distinctive perspectives, the soft skills required for successful digital transformation, and stories about the problem-solving mindset that continues to shape this great industry and propel it forward. The Bridging the Gap Podcast gives voice to the incredible things happening in and around construction while championing the fact that this is a great industry to be in. The host, Todd Weyandt, seeks out enlightening conversations with industry experts who are changing the technological landscape. Engaging a full spectrum of voices, he champions an industry dialogue that supports companies as they try new things, advance and thrive. He is on a mission to embrace and share the innovations transforming the AEC, MEP and manufacturing industries. The Bridging the Gap Podcast is brought to you by Applied Software. With solutions for the modern project, Applied is on a mission to transform industries by empowering clients and championing innovation with real-world expert consultants. Bringing you a comprehensive array of solutions for AEC, MEP and manufacturing, the experts of Applied have a singular focus – helping you achieve higher performance. Visit asti.com today.

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August 3, 2022 44 min

Are we in a recession? Would that even matter for construction? How can we avoid getting boxed in by our next contract? What is the biggest impact to our bottom line? Join host Todd and guest Josh Bone as they discuss recent economic impacts on the electrical and construction industries, how to stay informed while moving into a modular framework, and what to expect from the next five years.

Josh Bone is the Executive Director of El...

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Are you familiar with modular construction? Do you think you’d give it a try, and why or why not? Join host Todd and guest Nick Coubray as they discuss the real-world applications of BIM, how to realistically reduce waste in the field, the pros and cons of modular construction, some common misconceptions about the industry, and more.

Nick Coubray is the CEO of Howick Ltd. Having grown up in the industry from building and designing ...

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July 20, 2022 41 min

Bridging the Gap is officially at 150 episodes and counting!

Over the past 50 episodes, three major themes have emerged: hearing more voices from the field, the blurring of the lines between blue and white collar work, and taking innovation and making it practical.

Join host Todd Weyandt and editor/producer Eric Daniel as they look back to reflect on the lessons learned, moments that stand out and where the show is going in the fut...

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What are some of the key similarities between the trades? What does that mean for the potential of your company? Join host Todd and guest Josh Levy as they discuss risk management and mitigation in construction, what we can do to encourage and bolster collaboration in the industry, the importance of democratizing knowledge, and the history behind Document Crunch.

Josh Levy founded Document Crunch having spent much of his career bui...

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July 6, 2022 36 min

Can you name a few things within the construction industry that have the potential to be better? If so, give yourself permission to jump in and make a change. Join host Todd and guest Angie Simon as they discuss what changes can and should be made within the industry, the success of the Heavy Metal Summer Experience, how to intuit when you might need to “take a break,” and more.

Angie Simon, PE is the co-founder and president of Th...

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June 29, 2022 35 min

What kinds of opportunities do you associate with blue-collar jobs? Do they differ from white-collar opportunities? It seems that the lines are beginning to blur. Join host Todd and guest Josh Zolin as they discuss “abundance” within the trades, managing a good work-life balance, challenging the stigma around manual labor, and more.

Josh Zolin is the CEO of Windy City Equipment Service. SchaiHi Partners is his secondary business, w...

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June 22, 2022 44 min

As prefabrication becomes more and more popular, what opportunities have risen to meet it? How do we keep up? Join host Todd and guest Neil Wypior as they discuss lessons learned about the manufacturing process, how to move past and leverage supply chain disruption, and the importance of data in DfMA.

Neil Wypior is the Managing Director of EVO-MEP. He is an educator and enabler of prefabrication and modular construction with exten...

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There’s an invisible revolution happening right now, and it’s probably affecting you. How? Join host Todd and guest Oliver Lepinoy as they discuss the potential benefits of disruption, the importance of perceptions and belief systems, the best ways to measure success, and how to address the biggest changes facing the industry today.

Olivier Lepinoy belongs to the Autodesk Business Development team for the AEC industry. Olivier took...

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How do you bring new voices to the table? Better yet, how do you make sure that those new voices are heard? Join host Todd and guest Rick Kremer as they discuss crossing the divide between GCs and architects, the differences in how people have worked over the past two years, and how to encourage and embrace better collaboration in the industry.

Rick Kremer is a Senior Technical Consultant and Bluebeam Certified Instructor at Applie...

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What are the biggest trends emerging in construction? Do you see any pushback towards them? Join host Todd and guest Kelli Lubeley as they discuss achieving buy-in from the industry when it comes to changing workflows, the importance of “the right timing,” and when innovation might become a normal expectation within the industry. Kelli Lubeley is a BIM Program Manager at Cupertino Electric, Inc.

Kelli has been teaching and implemen...

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May 25, 2022 43 min

It’s true: audio and video are the “in” thing, especially when it comes to spreading the word about your company. Do you feel hesitant about adopting videography, or are you completely on board? Join host Todd and guest Dan Maitland as they discuss how to “own your story,” the importance of storytelling through the “hero’s journey,” the ROI on videography in construction companies, and how to embrace the camera as someone who may b...

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Join host Todd and guest Shannon Tymosko as they discuss commutable skills between Child and Youth Work and the trades, the current divide between “white-collar” and “blue-collar” work, how social media can elevate your and your company’s journey, and how construction is commonly misinterpreted or misunderstood by society at large.

Shannon Tymosko is a third-year electrical apprentice and Skilled Trades Ambassador. She originally c...

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After over 125 episodes of the award-winning Bridging the Gap podcast, we have seen a pattern in the messages and insights brought by our guests. As we welcome new members of the workforce into construction, witness the dawn of another great industrial revolution, incorporate new tools and new processes, promote a growth mindset, and embrace more collaboration, there are many questions to ask and answer.

In this special audio prod...

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May 4, 2022 26 min

How do you feel about change in construction? Do you prefer doing things “the way we’ve always done it”? Join host Todd and guest Maret Thatcher as they discuss Maret’s connections with both construction and law, how difficult it is to cause genuine change in the industry, the fun and challenges involved in augmented reality, and how to frame innovation in a way that people may already be used to.

Maret Thatcher is the CEO of Argyl...

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April 27, 2022 41 min

How vital do you consider training to be? How about relationship-building on the job? Join host Todd and guest Rebecca Lewis as they discuss misconceptions around “blue collar” and “white collar” jobs, the strange competition between trade schools and colleges, the best way to defend tech adoption to naysayers, and the biggest hurdles that currently face the industry. Rebecca Lewis is an Electrical Revit & CAD Design Engineer a...

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Join host Todd and guest Sameer Merchant as they discuss the recent developments and “skyrocketing” tech adoption within Autodesk, how the industry has been reinventing itself over the years, the advent of Autodesk Bridge and how it relates to current workflows and software, and what sustainability will look like in the future of construction.

Sameer Merchant is the Head of Product Development for Autodesk Construction Solutions. H...

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April 13, 2022 44 min

How do you avoid overcomplicating construction? What should the role of innovation be in construction firms? What is the true potential of Industrialize Construction? Join host Todd and guests Jeevan Kalanithi and Adam Settino as they discuss the story behind OpenSpace.ai, setting aside time and space for innovation on the job, the importance of finding and considering different perspectives, the role of Industrialized Construction...

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April 6, 2022 29 min

Are the lines between construction and manufacturing starting to blur? What does that mean for you? Join host Todd and guest Gil Mayron as they discuss the ins and outs of 3D printing, the competition and dedication that goes into automation, recent shifts in perception in the industry, and more.

Gil Mayron is the Founder and CEO of Cobot Nation, Architects of Automation™. He is a pioneer of the consumer 3D Printing industry as the...

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March 30, 2022 27 min

What is the future of the skilled labor trades market? Why do younger workers seem to be moving away from it? Join host Todd and guest David Broomhead as they discuss making the skilled trades more attractive to the younger generation, the opportunities for change that arise with “the great resignation,” the role that technology plays in the industry’s future, and more.

David Broomhead is the CEO and Founder of Trade Hounds, a cons...

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What does it mean to put yourself in someone else’s shoes and understand their pain points when it comes to data strategy? Is this important? Join host Todd and guest Justin Fellows as they discuss starting with the right mindset, how to change from being reactive to proactive, common hurdles in tech adoption, developing the right data strategy and much more.

Justin Fellows is the Founder and Claims Consultant at 53 Quantum LD. He ...

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