The Trailblazers Presented by BST Global

In this industry-focused podcast, AEC experts and technology innovators discuss emerging trends and how they affect our industry. Listen in as BST Global leaders, AEC experts and industry innovators explore the latest ideas, strategies and transformational technologies that are redefining the built environment and the world as we know it.

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Monday Jul 08, 2024

Populous’ Global Head of Digital, Jonathan Nelson, sits down with BST Global’s Chief Marketing Officer, Eileen M. Canady, to discuss his insights into the intersection of architecture, digital innovation and AI.  
 
Originally trained as an architect, Jonathan has shifted his focus toward technology throughout his career. He highlights Populous’ pioneering work with AI, applying it to their specialized data sets across various business functions from design to operations. 
 
The conversation dives into Populous’ innovative projects like “The Sphere” in Las Vegas, showcasing immersive design powered by AI. Jonathan explores the complexities of AI governance, copyright issues, and the role of AI in enhancing efficiency rather than replacing human roles. He stresses the importance of investing in data as a top priority for firms looking to innovate in the AEC industry. 
 
Jonathan explores a wide variety of topics in this episode, like specific use cases, governance, copyright issues, security, talent recruitment efforts and more!  

Monday Jun 24, 2024

Stantec’s Senior Vice President & Chief Technology Officer, Shankar Kalyana, discusses the future of the AEC industry in a conversation with BST Global’s Chief Executive Officer, Javier A. Baldor.  
 
Shankar introduces Stantec as a firm dedicated to design with community in mind, emphasizing his role as Stantec's first Chief Technology Officer. He discusses his background in computing, the evolution of technology, and his journey from IBM to Stantec.  
 
The two delve into the significance of digital transformation, leadership, and other factors in implementing change. Shankar highlights the importance of reimagining work processes and leveraging emerging technologies like AI to enhance employee and customer experiences. He emphasizes the role of data in decision-making and predicts a shift toward predictive and preemptive approaches.  
 
Shankar also touches on the potential of AI to address sustainability challenges and the future convergence of AI with quantum computing. He envisions a future where technology augments human capability and drives value for businesses and society. 

Monday Jun 10, 2024

AtkinsRéalis’ Chief Digital Officer, Darren Martin, discusses leveraging AI for societal improvement in a conversation with BST Global’s Chief Executive Officer, Javier A. Baldor.  
Darren emphasizes the importance of vulnerability alongside AI, noting a lack of depth and authenticity from some within the industry.   
He also underscores leadership's role in fostering curiosity around AI within their firms. Additionally, Darren addresses productivity challenges in the AEC industry and identifies opportunity gaps for the future workforce. 

Tuesday May 07, 2024

Kumar Parakala, President of GHD Digital, discusses digital transformation, leadership, AI and more with Javier A. Baldor, Chief Executive Officer of BST Global.  
Kumar highlights the potential for generative AI to revolutionize the AEC industry, foreseeing machines surpassing human intelligence in 5–10 years. He attributes this advancement to technology milestones such as deep learning and increased computing power.  
GHD Digital has established an AI Center of Excellence, leveraging generative AI for internal and client projects. Kumar advises senior leaders to champion AI adoption to stay competitive in evolving markets. 

Tuesday May 07, 2024

Tembi Hommes, Arup's Global Chief Data Officer, joins Eileen M. Canady, BST Global's Director, for a discussion on harnessing data and artificial intelligence (AI) to foster a sustainable and resilient world.  
Emphasizing that sustainability entails more than just gauging carbon emissions, she states that it involves considering the impact on communities and individuals, among other key contributors.  
Tembi highlights the significance of data in shaping a coherent strategy aligned with business objectives, and focusing on efficiency, productivity, innovation and growth.  
She also discusses Arup’s utilization of technology such as virtual reality (VR) for post-earthquake safety inspections and AI for evaluating the carbon footprint of their designs, showcasing their commitment to sustainable practices. 

Tuesday May 07, 2024

Tim Wark, AECOM's Global AI Lead, joins Javier A. Baldor, BST Global's Chief Executive Officer, on the inaugural episode of The Trailblazers.  
Tim discusses his role in harnessing data and AI to propel AECOM forward. He highlights his journey from earning an electrical engineering degree to leading AI initiatives, and emphasizes the importance of staying on the technological frontier.  
Tim shares successes in AI implementation at AECOM, underscores the significance of data in unlocking future possibilities, predicts the evolution of the AEC business model and more.

Tuesday Mar 26, 2024

Welcome to The Trailblazers, a podcast presented by BST Global. This is where you’ll hear from the visionaries who are shaping the AEC industry.   
In this industry-focused podcast, AEC experts and technology innovators discuss emerging trends and how they affect our industry. Join leaders from some of the world’s top architecture, engineering and environmental consultancies as they tackle everything from ESG to artificial intelligence, and guide listeners on a journey to discover the data-driven consultancy of the future.  
The Trailblazers is presented by BST Global, a software company that designs, develops and deploys the AEC industry’s first suite of AI-powered project intelligence™ solutions with the goal of helping our clients change the world one project at a time.  

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Visionaries Shaping the AEC Industry’s Future 

Join leaders from some of the world’s top architecture, engineering and environmental consultancies as they tackle everything from ESG to artificial intelligence, and guide listeners on a journey to discover the data-driven consultancy of the future. The Trailblazers is presented by BST Global, a software company that designs, develops and deploysthe AEC industrys first suite of AI-powered project intelligence solutions with the goal of helping our clients change the world one project at a time. 

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