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The Construction Record Podcast – Episode 283: ConstructConnect’s Alex Carrick and Michael Guckes on tech and construction

On this episode of The Construction Record Podcast, digital media editor Warren Frey speaks with ConstructConnect chief economist Alex Carrick and senior economist Michael Guckes about the intersection of technology and construction and where the industry is going as automation meets a labour crisis and artificial intelligence grows in prominence.

Guckes and Carrick looked at trends that will push construction towards technological change such as a soon-to-retire labour force that isn’t yet able to be replaced by younger workers, who have as Carrick points out many career options beyond the skilled trades. Guckes also said changing the construction industry’s approach towards productivity and technology will require a cultural shift it has yet to undertake.

Warren also spoke in the news segment with Daily Commercial News and Journal of Commerce editor Lindsey Cole about recent stories in both publications including an ongoing strike at the Port of Vancouver and the first graduating cohort of the British Columbia Institute of Technology’s new mass timber program. They also discussed the top firms shortlisted for a Toronto bus site redevelopment, a John Bleasby story about modular construction for medical care facilities post-COVID and a new Linesight report about ICI construction ramping up for the rest of the year and into 2024.  

You can listen to The Construction Record on the Daily Commercial News and Journal of Commerce websites as well as on Apple PodcastsSpotify and Amazon Music’s podcast section. Our previous episode featuring  Daily Commercial News staff writer Don Wall’s interview with Residential Construction Council of Ontario president Richard Lyall about Olivia Chow’s election as mayor of Toronto is here. Thanks for listening.

ICI construction the saving grace this year and in 2024: Linesight

Top firms shortlisted for Toronto bus site redevelopment

COVID seen as a pre-fab proving ground for medical care and health sciences

British Columbia port strike enters day four as talks stall

Bringing mass timber to the masses: BCIT spotlights first-of-its-kind program

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