As the industry expands and rapidly evolves join CONEXPO-CON/AGG Radio each Tuesday at 10 a.m. central to look at the future of equipment technology through the eyes of the construction market.

As a new radio show voice for construction equipment technology, the podcasts will examine how manufacturers are developing technology that is rapidly enhancing efficiency and reducing operating and maintenance costs, all while maximizing peak performance levels. 

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1.3.17 | Episode 42: Specialized Transportation | Telematics Trends

Peggy Smedley starts the show by looking at growth trends for the personal protective equipment market and the impact of technology. Steven Todd, vice president, Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association, discusses the specialized transportation industry. Stan Orr, president, Association of Equipment Management Professionals, talks about telematics and the heavy construction equipment industry.


12.20.16 | Episode 41: Asphalt Advancements | Equipment Tech

Peggy Smedley examines the impact of infrastructure spending on the global hydraulic cylinder market. Lee Gallivan of Gallivan Consulting, joins the show to talk about technological advancements in the asphalt industry. EquipmentShare ’s Willy Schlacks joins the show to talk about technological advancements in equipment.



Peggy Smedley starts the show by examining a report that identifies growth in the LiDAR market and discusses what adoption will mean to the industry as a whole. Antti Korhonen of Redpoint Positioning discusses what it means to track people and assets and the benefits to the construction industry. VIATechnik’s Danielle Dy Bunico takes a closer look at virtual reality and shares her thoughts about how these trends will impact users.



Peggy Smedley explains how the changes in artificial intelligence and robotics technology will impact the use of jobsite equipment in the construction industry. Ron Black of The Mentor Group joins the show to talk about how your ego might be getting in the way of profitability. He shares why construction companies fail, even when the market is good. Is your company at risk? BigRentz’s Liam Stannard talks about how technology is changing processes at the construction jobsite, especially the impact mobile technology is having on the construction equipment rental market.



Peggy Smedley looks at two new reports that show how the concrete market is changing. She talks about forecasts for the shotcrete and sprayed concrete market and the future of ready-mix concrete. Gianluca Cusatis, professor, Northwestern University, dives into the mechanics of infrastructure materials and the modeling of concrete, and what the construction industry really needs to know for the future. Innovation is impacting construction of buildings. Daniel Castro, professor, Georgia Tech, explains how technology can help build more sustainable structures, and the impact on the construction industry.




11.22.16 | EPISODE 37

Peggy Smedley takes a look at the trends related to equipment on infrastructure projects. Earthmoving equipment is changing with the help of technology and looks at some reports that identify forecasts for the future. As technology changes, equipment changes. Mike Vorster, president, C.E.M.P. Central addresses how to get the most from your construction equipment investment. Brad Hardin of Black & Veatch explains the impact of robotics, embeddable sensors, laser scanners, and other new “smart” features that are transforming infrastructure and the construction industry.


11.15.16 | EPISODE 36

Peggy Smedley shares a new report that identifies trends related to water infrastructure. She explains what is needed to build smart and sustainable water infrastructure, and the role of technology. Stanford Health Care’s Cliff Moser discusses how technology is impacting the construction jobsite. He identifies ways to connect the office and the jobsite, and the influence this will have on projects. Jim Kissane talks about technology being put into storm water and water-treatment systems, and driverless transport and trucking. He addresses the security side of the issue and the impact on the construction industry.


11.8.16 | EPISODE 35

Peggy Smedley starts the show by looking at a few new reports that are pointing to some significant growth for infrastructure and smart cities. She identifies how technology is transforming the construction industry. Viewpoint Construction Software’s Alfonso Pe Benito shares his vision of the future of infrastructure. He talks about how technology can help improve construction business processes. Aria Systems’ Brendan O’Brien talks about the future of connected equipment. He discusses how connected vehicles are changing—and the ultimate impact on the construction industry.


11.1.16 | EPISODE 34

Peggy Smedley explains how technology is going to transform infrastructure. She shares a new report that shows the smart infrastructure market will reach $1 trillion this year and identifies some examples. Diesel Technology Forum’s Allen Schaeffer addresses how construction equipment is changing. He talks about engine emissions, and what contractors really need to know about diesel engines in the future. Bhaskar Krishnamachari, professor, University of Southern California, discusses how sensors, robots, and other emerging technologies will change the construction industry.


10.18.16 | EPISODE 32

Peggy Smedley examines a new report that identifies the impact of green building on cognitive function. Ian Molloy of Autodesk says sustainability is impacting the construction industry. He addresses how engineering and construction firms can leverage technology to improve energy efficiency. Senseware’s Duane Kobayashi talks about smart buildings—and how a combination of hardware, software, and cloud-data solutions can enable monitoring.


10.11.16 | EPISODE 31

Energy-efficient infrastructure is driving demand for construction professional services. Host Peggy Smedley walks listeners through the four key factors that are contributing to growth. Shaina Weinstein of Green Building Initiative discusses how sustainability is impacting the construction industry, including how technology and rating systems can drive green building. U.S. Green Building Council’s Brendan Owens talks about new sustainability trends that are emerging today, and what contractors really need to know.


10.04.16 | EPISODE 30

Peggy Smedley discusses how sustainability is impacting the construction market. She addresses how technology can help improve sustainability at the construction jobsite. Connected Buildings’ Steve Abercrombie joins the show to discuss sustainability trends construction companies need to know. He addresses how buildings can become smarter and perform better. Integrated Environmental Solutions’ Nathan Kegel explains how to develop sustainable designs for buildings through energy analysis, including how technology can optimize energy performance and improve carbon footprint.


09.27.16 | EPISODE 29

Peggy Smedley looks at recent research that is projecting growth in the rental equipment market and how advancing technologies are also having an impact on the construction rental equipment market. Alex Schwarzkopf of Pillar Technologies explains how advancing technologies will influence the construction industry. The Internet of Things will transform the jobsite both today and in the future. Point of Rental’s Wayne Harris talks about emerging trends in the construction rental equipment market. New advances in technology can transform the process of renting construction equipment.


09.20.16 | EPISODE 28

Peggy Smedley takes a look at engine emissions and regulations and what it means for the construction industry. Caterpillar’s Rey Agama says with regulations constantly changing, it is important to provide emissions solutions but also awareness and support for the construction industry. David Johnson of Achates Power explains why better fuel efficiency is so important to contractors today. He shares what the company is doing to put more fuel efficient equipment on construction jobsites.


09.13.16 | EPISODE 27

A NASA research project plans to expand our knowledge of deep space habitats. Peggy Smedley explains how the research could impact the construction industry here on Earth. NanoRacks’ Mike Lewis tells why the company is eager to bring together three concepts: low-cost, standardization of hardware, and a greater understanding for customers to stimulate market demand across all orbiting platforms. Behrokh Khoshnevis of USC Viterbi, School of Engineering explains contour crafting, the technologies applied, and the many associated benefits.


09.06.16 | EPISODE 26

Peggy Smedley says it’s important for construction companies to understand the difference between AI and robotics. Real-Time Automated Project Information and Decision Systems’ Jochen Teizer discusses applications for AI and VR for safety on construction jobsites. Carol Hagen of Hagen Business Systems Inc. addresses challenges associated with leveraging AI on the jobsite today.


08.30.16 | EPISODE 25

BIM is changing and impacting business in the field. Peggy Smedley explains 6D is the term some in the industry use to describe extending BIM-related data throughout the lifecycle of a facility. Bentley Systems’ David Huie and Nicole Stephano explain what is motivating providers to make the move to BIM software. Plus, the benefits and challenges of adopting the technology. Mark Klusza of Assemble Systems shares how hardware sensor technology allows us to do predictive analytics on jobsites based on performance. 


08.23.16 | EPISODE 24

Peggy Smedley explains how sensors and telematics can improve safety on infrastructure projects. Volve CE’s Jim Bretz says technology is changing the way his company sees construction equipment. Machine telematics is making a difference on the jobsite today and what’s in store for the future. Zonar’s Kurt Nantkes talks about preventing serious engine and mechanical problems before they happen using telematics technology.


08.16.16 | EPISODE 23

Peggy Smedley examines a new national poll conducted by Association of Equipment Manufacturers to gauge voter perceptions and attitudes about the current and future state of the U.S. infrastructure. University of Washington’s Joshua Smith says there are both challenges and opportunities when it comes to sensors. Research projects of today will become the essential products of tomorrow. University of Maryland’s Govind Rao explains what is driving the need for embedded sensors in roads today. He shares what contractors really need to know, and what the benefits of sensor technology are.


08.06.16 | EPISODE 22

Peggy Smedley discusses just how important infrastructure funding legislation is and what impact it has on technology. HCSS’s Tom Webb shares how technology can help construction companies attract millennials to the industry. He also touches on the importance of using innovative software on the jobsite. Rich Humphrey of B2W Software talks trends in highways construction projects today and what the major pain points are and how technology can help.


08.2.16 | EPISODE 21

Peggy Smedley explains the importance of global navigation satellite system (GNSS)for mapping, surveying and machine control. Trimble’s Jeff Drake explains what kind of impact GNSS has had on machine control, and what the specific benefits are. He also touches on the jobsite of the future and Trimble’s role moving forward. Leica Geosystem’s Lennon Bedford talks GNSS and sensors, and how they have changed processes like mapping and surveying. He also gives advice to contractors who might be on the fence about GNSS.


07.26.16 | EPISODE 20

Peggy Smedley discusses what the Dept. of Energy is doing to help commercialize energy technologies, enabling the construction industry to build more sustainable and environmentally friendly buildings. Autodesk’s Stephanie Egger explains the technology that can be used to help improve a buildings performance and the benefits of using this tech on projects. Integrated Environmental Solutions’ Brenda Morawa explains modeling and simulation technology is changing and how these changes are impacting sustainability in construction.


07.19.16 | EPISODE 19

Peggy Smedley explains the importance of creating buildings and structures that have a smaller carbon footprint. Innovation and energy-efficient technologies helps decrease energy consumption. Clarkson University’s Erik Backus talks about the innovative technology that is having the biggest impact in construction and what the value is to contractors and business owners. Shana Longo of Legrand explains what is driving sustainable building in the construction industry today and why an energy-efficient design and a low-carbon footprint are so important.​


07.12.16 | EPISODE 18

The building materials of tomorrow are being created in today’s research labs. Contractors must have an open mind when it comes to adopting new, sustainable building materials, says Peggy Smedley. Matt Berk of Eco Supply explains the short and long-term benefits of using sustainable building materials and why you should consider them for your next project. Earth Friendly Building Materials, LLC’s Dan Chouinard says sustainable building materials are great for the environment and can increase productivity while reducing costs. Technology is changing the construction industry through the discovery and improvement of materials. Smedley shares an example of self-healing materials that can detect stress and activate a repair agent.


07.05.16 | EPISODE 17

Peggy Smedley explains how GIS works and why it continues to make an impact on the jobsite. Mike Cooper of Leica Geosystems says large construction projects require precision and accuracy with minimal interruption, and GIS keeps projects on track. Transwestern’s Brian Landes examines the link between infrastructure and commercial real estate, including how cities are making these massive investments, and what benefits they can expect to see. GIS is used across a variety of industries, but is especially useful on the construction jobsite. Peggy Smedley explains where contractors are seeing the most benefit from GIS.


06.28.16 | EPISODE 16

Why consider drones now? Peggy Smedley says the buzz around drones is big, and construction companies need to take advantage of the benefits sooner rather than later. Patrick Stuart of Skycatch says having the right drone data management tool is just as important as having a drone on the jobsite. FreeBird Flight’s Roger Freeman says with proper safety standards, UAV technology has the vast potential to make an impact with its many applications. Should drone operators have a pilot’s license? Having the right person operating your drone is important in order to avoid potentially negative outcomes explains Peggy Smedley.


06.21.16 | EPISODE 15

Peggy Smedley addresses the importance of cyber security on the jobsite and how to leverage technology to protect your construction company. CliftonLarsonAllen’s Mark Eich explains what type of security threats exist in the construction industry and the five steps business can take to protect themselves from these threats. Deidre Diamond of CyberSN and #brainbabe provides insight on the best cyber hiring practices are and how they make organizations more secure.


06.14.16 | EPISODE 14

With the world’s first 3D printed building recently opening in Dubai, Smedley says there’s no doubt 3D printing in manufacturing will revolutionize the way things are designed and produced in the near future. Mike Gust with the Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power says the Excavator Cab of the Future Design Contest will raise awareness on technology advancements for the next-generation. Luke Meyer, MIT MechE graduate student, and Andy Peterman, mechanical engineer, explain their team’s winning excavator cab design and why 3D printed steel has never been possible before.


06.07.16 | EPISODE 13

Drones, which were once regarded as high-tech toys of the future, are now important tools in numerous industries including construction, explains Peggy Smedley. Scott Schober of Berkeley Varitronics Systems, Inc. shares his perspective on what benefits drones can offer and the security aspect of owning a drone. Kespry’s Grant Lee explains why drones are the best way for construction companies to track progress and conduct site surveys on the jobsite.


05.31.16 | EPISODE 12

Peggy Smedley says we are seeing a lot of AI growth in the general market and the construction industry should follow these trends. AEM’s Sara Truesdale Mooney discusses what is new for CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2017, including the immersive Tech Experience. noHold’s Diego Ventura shares the benefits are challenges associated with AI applications in the construction industry.


05.24.16 | EPISODE 11

Peggy says that RFID is by no means a new technology, but now has a useful place on the jobsite tagging tools and materials. Pedigree Technologies’ Alex Warner says we are moving away from basic GPS into more innovative and new uses of telematics to aid everybody in the lifecycle of a piece of equipment. David Gaw of Sensera Systems explains why construction firms should use site cameras and sensing technologies. Peggy explains how RFID can be used on the jobsite to increase safety and return on investment.


05.17.16 | EPISODE 10

Peggy Smedley says GPS is for more than navigation. Vuforia’s Jay Wright shares primary use cases for AR in construction and how this will evolve over time. HCSS’s Josh McDonald says from tracking to data, GPS solutions are a must on any jobsite. Peggy Smedley says GPS tracking can be used across a spectrum of projects and offers so many advantages that adoption is a must.


05.10.16 | EPISODE 9

Peggy Smedley says telematics plays across many different vertical markets and enables countless types of applications. Texas A&M Transportation Institute’s Jerry Ullman talks about the rapid advancement of telematics and how it impacts the construction industry. Shane Scoville of Verizon Networkfleet explains the biggest obstacles to integrating fleet management technology for the construction industry. Peggy Smedley says contractors need to stay on top of equipment performance, maintenance, security, and overall costs and that is where telematics come in.


05.03.16 | EPISODE 8

Peggy Smedley recognizes that construction professionals face numerous tasks every day as they strive to maintain efficient and effective jobsites. Joe Barkai, independent analyst, talks next-gen equipment technology, relevant augmented reality applications in construction and overcoming resistance to adopt these technologies. Matt Kammerait, VP of innovation, Daqri, says the smart helmet offers safety and productivity benefits to the construction jobsite. He also explains the training process involved for workers.


04.26.16 | EPISODE 7

Peggy Smedley discusses the benefits of wearables and AR/VR on the jobsite. Stacy Scopano with Autodesk, Inc. explains how virtual reality and augmented reality are being applied in construction today. Tony Nicoletti, with DPL Telematics talks about how GPS help contractors stay connected on the jobsite and how this technology will impact future jobsites.


04.19.16 | EPISODE 6

Peggy Smedley talks about the importance of fleet-management priorities at the jobsite. Sam Sims, director of public relations & marketing, US Fleet Tracking, says staying connected on the jobsite is key and shares how GPS tracking can be helpful. Ray Thomas, VP of sales, MSI Data, explains why jobsite collaboration is critical in the construction industry and gives examples of how technology can be used to connect and monitor equipment.


04.12.16 | EPISODE 5

Peggy Smedley explains the use of telematics in the construction industry is growing rapidly. Jim Kissane, construction industry veteran, discusses the importance of having a team that can handle complex jobs and the increasing need for real-time projection information. Elizabeth Neiman, senior director, communications and public relations, American National Standards Institute (ANSI), talks about the standardization work being done in the construction/equipment manufacturing industry, and why corporate leaders should be concerned.


04.05.16 | EPISODE 4

Peggy Smedley covers a hot topic: safety on the jobsite. Wes Scott, director of workplace consultants, National Safety Council, talks about the unique safety risks on the construction jobsite. Elizabeth Quinn, product marketing manager, John Deere Worksight, discusses how telematics has changed during the past 10 years and addresses the need to continually educate.


03.29.16 | EPISODE 3

Because some construction projects require contractors to work in potentially hazardous or unsafe environments, safety is paramount. Host Peggy Smedley addresses her concerns as well as insights from the recently released “Most Controversial Projects” report from RepRiskEpic BIM President John Grady addresses why construction firms are so focused on big data, and Marquette University professor Mark Federle says BIM is more than just a modeling tool.


03.22.16 | EPISODE 2

What are the top five technologies impacting jobsites? Host Peggy Smedley shares her insights, focusing on telematics, drones, and more. ZBRELLA Technology Consulting CEO Micheal Zucchi talks about technologies needed for tomorrow’s jobsite, and ToolWatch CEO Don Kafka focuses on the need for contractors to embrace RFID (radio-frequency identification).


03.15.16 | EPISODE 1

Host Peggy Smedley welcomes listeners to the inaugural episode of CONEXPO-CON/AGG Radio. Terri Lewis from Caterpillar Inc. shares what the company is doing in the IoT (Internet of Things) space, and Trimble’s Bryn Fosburgh explains how the company’s technologies are used in the construction space.