What’s new and next in construction? Stay connected to CONEXPO-CON/AGG and explore latest trends and technologies impacting the construction industry. CONEXPO-CON/AGG Radio podcasts are brought to you by the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) and hosted by Peggy Smedley.

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Since the early days of 3D printing, discussion has emerged about the potential benefits, hurdles, and opportunities for implementing additive manufacturing technology into the construction of full-scale buildings. While the technology is still in its infancy, it has the potential to significantly improve current construction methods. Will 2018 be the year of 3D printing for construction? Will this change how business is done out at the jobsite? Omid Davtalab, PhD candidate at University of Southern California and R&D software engineer and data scientist at Contour Crafting Corporation, joins host Peggy Smedley to discuss everything contractors need to know about additive manufacturing and 3D printing.

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3D Printing in Construction

Who Owns the Equipment Data?

10.25.2017 | Episode 76

Construction equipment is coming installed with more technology than ever before, but one question remains: Who owns the data? Is it the rental company, the manufacturer, or the construction company? Host Peggy Smedley is joined by Ronak Amin, business solutions professional, Komatsu America Corporation, to discuss all the considerations construction companies will need to keep in mind when leveraging data from equipment, including security, implementation, training, and more. Amin's unique vision will influence the way end users perceive and consume data, making them more agile in their decision making.

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Construction Equipment Data

The construction jobsite is changing, as new sensors, telematics, and advances in fleet management emerge. Fred Fakkema, vice president, compliance, Zonar, joins host Peggy Smedley to discuss safety and compliance, the ELD (electronic logging device) mandate, and what operators need to know about the changing construction jobsite. They take a deep dive into creating operating efficiencies and how to leverage the latest advances in equipment, all while meeting mandates and regulations.

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Construction Equipment Advancements

Construction Telematics Evolved

9.26.2017 | Episode 74

Where is there opportunity for improvement in your construction operation? Telematics technology is rapidly evolving, supplying massive amounts of data about your jobsite. Tony Nicoletti, director, strategy and business development, DPL Telematics joins host Peggy Smedley to discuss how telematics usage has moved from machine system monitoring to driver behavior and performance. Tony shares best practices for technology implementation, with a focus on safety and efficiency improvement. 

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Construction Telematics Evolved - CONEXPO-CON/AGG Radio

Inside Industry 4.0

9.12.2017 | Episode 73

Welcome to the next industrial revolution. Industry 4.0 is transforming the construction industry, and will increasingly impact workers and operators on your jobsite. Host Peggy Smedley is joined by Jose Blanco, associate partner from McKinsey, who leads the company's engineering and construction and digital efforts for North America. The two of them discuss why construction is one of the least digitized sectors and which technologies have the greatest potential in the short and medium term.

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Construction Industry 4.0

Last year, the FAA changed its rules on drone use. Now, the construction industry has the ability to fly them for everyday business, opening up new opportunities to leverage endless amounts of data. But there is still a lot to take into consideration.

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Safe Excavation - Call 811

8.3.2017 | Episode 71

Every six minutes, an underground utility line is damaged because someone didn’t call 811 at least two days before digging. This episode focuses on what contractors need to know in order to create a safer jobsite.

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Safe Digging

GPS Tracking | Fleet of the Future

7.25.2017 | Episode 70

Peggy Smedley talks about the future of drones and where the industry is trending. Renaat Ver Eecke, president, Teletrac Navman, talks about the benefits of GPS tracking for construction fleets. Avi Kahn, president and CEO, Hilti North America, talks about the fleet of the future. Peggy Smedley discusses what’s coming for robotics in construction.

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CECA Construction

Autonomous Trucks | Equipment Uptime

7.18.2017 | Episode 69

Peggy Smedley talks about new ways that fleets are going green. Samantha Schwartz, marketing and business development manager, Royal Truck & Equipment, talks about how autonomous trucks will help keep more workers safe on roadway construction sites. Ryan White, connected services product manager, Volvo Construction Equipment, talks about how to distill massive amounts of telematics data into actionable points to improve your bottom line.

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Construction Equipment Uptime

ELD Mandate | Rent or Buy

7.11.2017 | Episode 68

Peggy Smedley starts the show by exploring the latest news that just might transform infrastructure construction in the near future. Alex Warner, founder, executive VP, and chairman of the board, Pedigree Technologies, offers up advice for fleets as the new ELD (electronic logging device) mandate approaches. Kevin Forestell, CEO and co-founder, Dozr, shares the rental trends you should know if you’re in the market for equipment.

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Rent or Buy construction equipment

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