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Bridging the Gap: Simplifying Construction

How do you avoid overcomplicating construction? What should the role of innovation be in construction firms? What is the true potential of industrialized construction?

In this lively conversation (episode #136), host Todd Weyandt and guests Jeevan Kalanithi and Adam Settino discuss the story behind the founding of OpenSpace.ai, methods of setting aside time and space for innovation on the job, the importance of finding and considering different perspectives, the role of industrialized construction moving forward, and more. The guests also share their thoughts on the future of augmented reality and other tech, and they offer valuable insights you can put to use today to simplify construction tasks.

Listen to this podcast to:

  • Gain valuable strategies for transitioning to an innovation culture at your company
  • Learn about optimal organizational structures for a successful innovation practice
  • Understand the challenges to making technology work well in construction
  • Gain new perspectives on industrialized construction and its potential

Bridging the Gap is hosted by Todd Weyandt and is the winner of the 2020 Best Construction Podcast Award by Construction Junkie. Hear more great episodes like this one by subscribing to Bridging the Gap on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts.

About the Speakers

Adam Settino

Adam Settino, RA, CM-BIM, NCARB

Adam is Solutions Engineer Manager at OpenSpace. He began his career as an architectural designer and has a diverse background in construction. Adam spent nearly a decade at Lee Kennedy Co., Inc, where he most recently served as Director of Virtual Design & Construction. His passion for finding technology solutions in construction led him to OpenSpace in late 2021. Adam is also an Adjunct Professor at Boston Architectural College.
jeevan kalanithi

Jeevan Kalanithi

Jeevan is CEO at OpenSpace. He sold his first company, Sifteo, to 3D Robotics, where he eventually became the President. 3DR, a 200+ person company, launched a drone that made $45M in its first year. 3DR partnered with Autodesk to launch Site Scan, a tool for documenting and analyzing job sites. Jeevan was most recently an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Lux Capital. He holds a BS from Stanford and an MS from MIT, where he was a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow.
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Bridging the Gap Podcast

The Bridging the Gap Podcast gives voice to the incredible things happening in and around construction while championing the fact that this is a great industry to be in. Join the innovation adventure that spotlights MEP and the construction industry—advancements in technology, distinctive perspectives, the soft skills required for successful transformation, and stories about the problem-solving mindset that continues to shape this great industry and propel it forward.
At OpenSpace, we’re on a mission to bring new levels of transparency to construction. We combine simple off-the-shelf 360° cameras, computer vision, and AI to make it incredibly easy to capture a complete visual record of a job site, share it via the cloud, and track progress remotely. Our customers have used the platform to capture more than 8.5 billion square feet of job site imagery and over 494 million images of active construction projects, from job sites in 76 countries across five continents.