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Bridging Industry and Education

with Brian Nickel

Bridging Industry and Education

with Brian Nickel

It’s not often someone excels at BIM during the day, yet maintains enough horsepower to teach it to college students at night. It’s equally rare that when asked for advice at the end of their episode, a guest spouts off four pieces of it.

But that’s just the passion and knowledge of Allied BIM founder & CEO, Brian Nickel.

In studio for Episode 61, Brian discusses his vision for automated building design and fabrication via groundbreaking technologies. He also discusses how startups can solve real problems in the industry, how to build a team, AI leveraging, moonshots, Revit, what teaching has taught him, optimism vs. pessimism, and much more.

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Episode Timeline

01:11
Brian’s background, Revit roots, experience in architecture school and learning to become a workaholic
8:01
True problem solving, technologies & tools used early is his career, and a great plumbing case study
13:10
The progression Brian sees for fabrication, digital twins, and robotics
15:45
AI visions, and industries ripe for opportunity
17:54
An insightful anecdote from Brian’s teaching experience, LinkedIn thoughts, and entrepreneurial wisdom
24:07
Something Brian learned working for a general contractor, and fundraising insight
28:33
Building your team, ideal skill sets, Autodesk’s Forge, and the freelance realm
33:26
Overseas outsourcing, and an app Allied has been focusing on
38:42
Technology taking over; true or false?
43:51
What Brian expects to see across technologies in the coming years, a particular VR ambition, and Allied’s “moonshot”
49:51
What growth isn’t about, and what Thomas Edison can teach us about iterative processes
52:49
Why Brian enjoys teaching, and optimism vs. pessimism
55:16
The stair step analogy, the valley of sorrow, and the man in the arena
57:03
Drawing motivation, and the nature of the reality capture community
1:01:48
The advice Brian would give those just entering the space
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Brian Nickel

Brian Nickel

CEO/Founder

Brian Nickel

Brian Nickel

CEO/Founder

AlliedBIM
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