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Creativity as the Path to Better Reality Capture

with Michael Warren

Creativity as the Path to Better Reality Capture

with Michael Warren

“We’re not pushing it where it needs to be.”

Michael Warren, Director of Digital Practice and Technology at AECOM, doesn’t mince words in his return to RCN; we need to do reality capture better.

The exciting part is how easily we can.

With keen insight only three decades of experience can bring, Michael details the obstacles forcing unrealized potential in the industry. But in this expansive discussion covering his formative experience in college to instilling creativity through parenting, we learn to better define roles, draw inspiration from other industries, and optimize imagination.

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Episode Timeline

2:20
What happened to Michael at Carnegie Mellon that opened his mind to the power of new technologies
11:30
Michael’s venture that uses light to more accurately capture and render data
14:00
Why defining roles, personas, qualifications, and KPIs is crucial
18:05
The nine reality capture archetypes, with a White Rabbit tie-in
27:07
Gaining inspiration and ideation from other industries and applying it to reality capture
30:30
What Michael did for his children to encourage creativity, and how to overcome the no-versus-yes mindset in business
36:53
What Michael did with Excel 20 years ago that illustrates how rarely we explore our full capabilities
41:13
How intellectual property can stifle collaboration, and what science fiction can teach us about ideas - and their execution
47:32
Notre Dame, video games, and the state of the mesh
54:46
Walking through the point cloud with a VR headset - or just driving down the highway - and experiencing The Matrix
57:52
What will the integration of artificial intelligence into reality capture mean for project development
1:03:30
How we’re still at ground level for problem solving in the built environment, and what needs to be done to expedite mass adoption
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Episode 44 of RCN welcomes back Michael Warren, the Director of Digital Practice and Technology at AECOM. He’s in rarified air, having three decades of experience in reality capture and wisdom to reflect it.

He takes us back to his college days at Carnegie Mellon, and the mind-opening experience that sparked his passion for new technologies that can solve the world’s most pressing infrastructural problems.

But something crucial complements these technologies – defining roles, archetypes and KPIs. And to think, Michael’s got nine of them. He also leans into learning from other industries, a heuristic employed by experts from renowned filmmakers to superstar athletes.

He’s refreshingly honest, delivering thoughtful stances on everything from the mesh, to critique about the industry as a whole. Whether it’s companies stifling creativity, intellectual property battles, or simply an inability to explore our capabilities to their fullest, the ways in which we’re holding ourselves back are plentiful.

Yet, the ways we can improve are as easy as they are abundant. And in an utter shockwave of news, AI will be integral.

Because the industry strives for greatness. Heck, perfection. But it’s still vital to remember we’re merely at ground level, just getting started in defining reality capture not as something solely for architecture or construction…but the entire planet.

Listen to Episode 44 of the RCN Podcast Episode for an exploration of the emerging technologies, their evolution, and the role of creativity in reality capture advancement. With 30 years of experience, the depth of knowledge shared by guest Michael Warren, Director of Digital Practice and Technology at AECOM, is unrivaled and not to be missed.

 

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Michael Warren

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RCN Guest Michael Warren

Michael Warren

Associate Vice President

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