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Using Technology to Solve Complex Challenges

with Sam Dougherty & Michael Warren

In Episode 3 of the RCN Podcast, Sam Dougherty and Michael Warren of AECOM share their perspectives on utilizing laser scanning technology within a large company on a wide variety of projects.

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Episode Timeline

00:22
Sam and Michael’s background and the formation of the Futures Group at AECOM
06:15
Sam’s favorite reality capture technologies
09:03
Michael’s favorite reality capture tools
11:49
How AECOM is utilizing reality capture technology on projects
19:03
Are as-built data or laser scans more accurate?
23:20
Using reality for safety training and simulation inside of closed or hazardous spaces
27:00
How virtual site documentation increases efficiencies by decreasing the need for travel
30:20
The challenges of housing and sharing reality capture data
35:00
Common concerns regarding new technology adoption inside companies
39:50
The benefits of incorporating scanning into topography surveys
41:25
Unique and advanced use cases for laser scanning technology
47:50
Advantages of yearly scanning for maintaining the as-built
50:25
Matthew Byrd’s vision for a network of prequalified reality capture contractors
55:00
The relationship between laser scanning and land surveying
58:25
How sharing technological information across industries will help the technology evolve and help workflows improve
1:03:04
What futuristic product do Sam and Michael wish was available now?
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Episode Timeline

00:22
Sam and Michael’s background and the formation of the Futures Group at AECOM
06:15
Sam’s favorite reality capture technologies
09:03
Michael’s favorite reality capture tools
11:49
How AECOM is utilizing reality capture technology on projects
19:03
Are as-built data or laser scans more accurate?
23:20
Using reality for safety training and simulation inside of closed or hazardous spaces
27:00
How virtual site documentation increases efficiencies by decreasing the need for travel
30:20
The challenges of housing and sharing reality capture data
35:00
Common concerns regarding new technology adoption inside companies
39:50
The benefits of incorporating scanning into topography surveys
41:25
Unique and advanced use cases for laser scanning technology
47:50
Advantages of yearly scanning for maintaining the as-built
50:25
Matthew Byrd’s vision for a network of prequalified reality capture contractors
55:00
The relationship between laser scanning and land surveying
58:25
How sharing technological information across industries will help the technology evolve and help workflows improve
1:03:04
What futuristic product do Sam and Michael wish was available now?
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As an infrastructure consulting firm, AECOM delivers professional services throughout the project lifecycle: planning, design, and engineering within program and construction management. By intentionally developing a digitally-focused culture, AECOM has been able to adopt reality capture technologies and integrate them extensively in their project workflows, such as as-built validation, facilities management, digital twin creation, and virtual training systems for new hires.

AECOM’s diverse base of individuals – architects, structural engineers, surveyors, cost estimators, etc – allows the company as a whole to think differently and examine technological possibilities in a new light. Industry leaders like Sam and Michael are consistently pushing the boundaries of reality capture by finding ways to improve the technology and expand the use cases.

Tune in to Episode 3 of the RCN Podcast to hear how national companies like AECOM are integrating and iterating new technologies in the architecture, engineering, and construction industries.

RCN Guest Sam Dougherty

Sam Dougherty

Vice President

RCN Guest Michael Warren

Michael Warren

Associate Vice President

RCN Guest Sam Dougherty

Sam Dougherty

Vice President

AECOM
RCN Guest Michael Warren

Michael Warren

Associate Vice President

AECOM
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Using Technology to Solve Complex Challenges