Navigating Construction Technology Implementation

During GeoWeek 2024 in Denver, Matthew Byrd sat down to chat with Ben Stocker from Skender to discuss construction technology implementation, including approaches to selecting and testing new technology, strategic adoption, and the future of construction technology.

Conversation Timeline

00:35

Introduction of Ben Stocker and his role at Skender integrating new technologies into existing processes and within existing teams

01:20

Ben’s approach to selecting new technologies for his company, including conducting numerous product demos and assessing the fit of new tools with existing technology stacks and team dynamics

05:00

Strategic approaches to technology adoption and balance between proactively keeping up with technology and reacting to problems

06:10

The importance of creating technology champions within your organization to facilitate organic growth and acceptance of new technologies

08:25

The current challenges with augmented reality reality and mixed reality and Ben’s hope for future improvements to make them more user-friendly and effective

10:05

Practical use augmented reality in construction and its current limitations

11:20

The future of construction technology and the potential for tools like LiDAR and augmented reality becoming more accessible and integrated into daily operations

17:00

The importance of using current technologies efficiently, community collaboration to solve industry-wide challenges, and the exciting prospects for future innovation in construction

In this discussion, Matthew and Ben discuss the intricacies of adopting new technologies in the construction sector and the practical challenges of integrating innovative solutions within existing workflows. Together they unpack the real-world challenges and opportunities that come with integrating innovative solutions into existing construction workflows.

Throughout the conversation, Matthew and Ben highlight key strategies for fostering an environment where new technologies are not only introduced but are also embraced by project teams. Ben highlights how a proactive approach to technology can significantly enhance operational efficiency. Ben shares success stories from Skender, where strategic implementation of new tools has not only improved project outcomes but also empowered teams to achieve more with less. By fostering an environment of innovation and support, Ben underscores the importance of having technology champions within the team who can facilitate change and drive the adoption process.

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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.”

Ben Stocker

Ben Stocker

  • Senior Construction Technologist
  • Skender

Ben Stocker is a Senior Construction Technologist at Skender, a general contractor based in Chicago. Ben does R&D and implementation of new technology that elevates project teams. He is heavily invested in technology solutions like 360 photos, laser scanning, drone mapping, and anything else that makes your job more efficient.

Ben Stocker

Ben Stocker

Senior Construction Technologist

Skender

Ben Stocker is a Senior Construction Technologist at Skender, a general contractor based in Chicago. Ben does R&D and implementation of new technology that elevates project teams. He is heavily invested in technology solutions like 360 photos, laser scanning, drone mapping, and anything else that makes your job more efficient.

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