Improving Construction Efficiency with Technology

During GeoWeek 2024 in Denver, Matthew Byrd sat down to speak with David Epps of Envision Construction to discuss the evolving role of technology in the construction industry and how choosing the right technology for a project’s accuracy needs can enhance construction workflows and reduce inefficiencies.

Conversation Timeline

00:33

Introduction to David Epps, his background, and his current role in construction technology

01:45

How Envision Construction is combining LiDAR and drone technology to enhance construction workflows and reduce inefficiencies

03:00

Current limitations and benefits of SLAM technology, including its accuracy and data capture quality, and how it compares to other technologies used in the construction industry

05:40

How temperature fluctuations affected the scanning process during construction of the Apple headquarters

07:25

Choosing the right technology based on the project's accuracy needs

10:55

Why Envision Construction scans every existing job

13:25

The convergence of emerging technologies

In this conversation, Matthew and David delve into the transformative impact of advanced technology on the construction industry. David shares an in-depth look at how the practical applications of innovative tools like drones, LIDAR, and SLAM (Simultaneous Localization and Mapping) are reshaping construction practices.

David shares his insights on the importance of choosing the right tool for each task, taking factors such as realistic accuracy needs into account. He talks about the efficiency of SLAM for daily progress reports and the synergy between drones and LIDAR in construction planning. The conversation extends to the potential of augmented reality in offering real-time feedback on-site, and David’s excitement about the convergence of various tech innovations in construction.

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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.”

David Epps

David Epps

  • Chief Technology Officer
  • Envision Construction

As the Chief Technology Officer at Envision Construction, David combines his passion for cutting-edge technology with over 20 years in the construction industry to drive innovation and efficiency on projects. His career has been marked by a commitment to integrating technology into every aspect of construction, from design and planning to project execution and management on over 400 projects. David’s expertise spans various construction technologies, including Building Information Modeling (BIM), Virtual Design and Construction (VDC), Drones, Laser Scanning, AR/VR/MR/XR, 4D Scheduling, 3D Coordination, Construction Simulation, Artificial Intelligence, and Automation.

David Epps

David Epps

Chief Technology Officer

Envision Construction

As the Chief Technology Officer at Envision Construction, David combines his passion for cutting-edge technology with over 20 years in the construction industry to drive innovation and efficiency on projects. His career has been marked by a commitment to integrating technology into every aspect of construction, from design and planning to project execution and management on over 400 projects. David’s expertise spans various construction technologies, including Building Information Modeling (BIM), Virtual Design and Construction (VDC), Drones, Laser Scanning, AR/VR/MR/XR, 4D Scheduling, 3D Coordination, Construction Simulation, Artificial Intelligence, and Automation.

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