Implementation of Emerging Tech

During GeoWeek 2024 in Denver, Matthew Byrd sat down to chat with Danielle O’Connell from Skanska to discuss emerging technology implementation and associated challenges adopting new technologies.

Conversation Timeline

00:33

Introduction of Danielle and the evolution of her career

03:05

Some challenges of adopting new technologies like AI and robotics within Skanska, emphasizing the importance of education, data strategy, and cross-department collaboration

05:45

Insights into Skanska’s successful drone program and integration challenges with other technologies

06:50

Internal challenges Skanska faces with integrating new technologies into existing workflows and the importance of user-friendly interfaces and interoperability

09:05

Some industry-wide challenges, such as the adoption of digital twins, and the broad misunderstanding of their applications

12:00

The importance of industry collaboration and sharing knowledge to overcome common challenges in technology adoption in construction

In this conversation, Danielle and Matthew discuss the transformative impact that strategic integration of tools like drones, AI, and robotics are having on the construction landscape.

Danielle explores the challenges of integrating new technologies into existing workflows, including overcoming resistance within the organization and focusing on interoperability within the field team user experience. She shares her experience with educating internal teams and clients on the practical applications of new technologies when pushing for digital transformation.
RCN Host Matthew Byrd

Matthew Byrd

  • Founder, President
  • Reality Capture Network

Matthew Byrd is a visionary leader, influencer, and expert in the world of construction technology and reality capture. He is devoted to enabling companies worldwide to leverage new technologies and workflows to convert real-world project data into digital environments. His mission is to inspire change through innovation and the implementation of cutting-edge technologies.

He founded Nexus 3D Consulting in 2016 and leads a team of geospatial and reality capture specialists focused on the Built Environment. With hundreds of clients and over 600 completed projects spanning 40 states and several countries, his firm has established a global reputation for expertise and innovation in just a few years.

In 2020, Matthew founded the “Reality Capture Network” which has grown into the largest community of reality capture professionals. RCN started as a podcast, and now offers an online education center with a growing library of digital content and hosts an annual conference where experts from around the world gather to share, learn, and network with the community.

Matthew’s goal is to help build a better future. He envisions a vastly different work environment in 20 years and is driven to drive that change by inspiring others to proactively shape the future. In his words, “We have the power to build the future or watch it unfold. The choice is ours.”

RCN Host Matthew Byrd

Matthew Byrd

Founder, President

Reality Capture Network

Matthew Byrd is a visionary leader, influencer, and expert in the world of construction technology and reality capture. He is devoted to enabling companies worldwide to leverage new technologies and workflows to convert real-world project data into digital environments. His mission is to inspire change through innovation and the implementation of cutting-edge technologies.

He founded Nexus 3D Consulting in 2016 and leads a team of geospatial and reality capture specialists focused on the Built Environment. With hundreds of clients and over 600 completed projects spanning 40 states and several countries, his firm has established a global reputation for expertise and innovation in just a few years.

In 2020, Matthew founded the “Reality Capture Network” which has grown into the largest community of reality capture professionals. RCN started as a podcast, and now offers an online education center with a growing library of digital content and hosts an annual conference where experts from around the world gather to share, learn, and network with the community.

Matthew’s goal is to help build a better future. He envisions a vastly different work environment in 20 years and is driven to drive that change by inspiring others to proactively shape the future. In his words, “We have the power to build the future or watch it unfold. The choice is ours.”

Danielle O'Connell

Danielle O'Connell

  • Senior Director, Emerging Technology
  • Skanska

Danielle O’Connell is Senior Director – Emerging Technology at Skanska USA Building, a leading U.S. construction firm. She co-leads a national team supporting 30 offices and focuses on integrating emerging technologies into design and construction processes, working closely with clients and Skanska teams to deliver solutions that improve project outcomes. Danielle has 16 years’ of industry experience, with an emphasis in BIM/VDC, project management, and building system constructability and serviceability. Prior to Skanska, she managed the Design Technologies Integration Group at the Massachusetts Port Authority and held roles at Bluebeam, Gilbane, and Consigli Construction. Danielle resides in Massachusetts with her husband and two children.

Danielle O'Connell

Danielle O’Connell

Senior Director, Emerging Technology

Skanska

Danielle O’Connell is Senior Director – Emerging Technology at Skanska USA Building, a leading U.S. construction firm. She co-leads a national team supporting 30 offices and focuses on integrating emerging technologies into design and construction processes, working closely with clients and Skanska teams to deliver solutions that improve project outcomes. Danielle has 16 years’ of industry experience, with an emphasis in BIM/VDC, project management, and building system constructability and serviceability. Prior to Skanska, she managed the Design Technologies Integration Group at the Massachusetts Port Authority and held roles at Bluebeam, Gilbane, and Consigli Construction. Danielle resides in Massachusetts with her husband and two children.

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