Layton Shines Under the Big Lights of Las Vegas at Autodesk University

Rich Holbrook of Layton Construction

Rich Holbrook is interviewed on the ConTechCrew podcast at Autodesk University in Las Vegas.

LAS VEGAS (November 20, 2018) – Whether it’s the shows, the marquees, the hotels and casinos, everything is bigger and brighter in Las Vegas.

Layton’s brand and experts were featured under the big lights at Autodesk University last week. Layton sent a team of experts to Autodesk University, which included Rich Holbrook, Director of Construction Operations, Randy Christiansen, BIM Manager and Cooper Darling, Project Manager. Rich, Randy and Cooper each presented during sessions alongside other industry experts.

What is Autodesk University?
Autodesk University connects 10,000 professionals from construction, manufacturing, architecture, engineering and media creation all under one roof. Attendees take part in massive keynote presentations and smaller sessions geared towards specific areas of interest. Autodesk University is a great opportunity to learn from industry peers as well as learn about new trends all while exploring innovative ways to improve our business.

Here are highlights of each Layton presentation and the conference:

Randy Christiansen of Layton Construction

Layton BIM Manager Randy Christiansen and Christina Holden, BIM Director at Hastings Architecture discuss BIM 360.

Randy Christiansen, BIM Manager
BIM 360: Facilitating Collaboration Between Architect and Contractor

Nashville-based BIM Manager Randy Christiansen teamed up with Christina Holden, BIM Director at Hastings Architecture, located in Nashville. Randy and Christina talked about Layton and Hasting’s partnership on the residential colleges project currently underway at Vanderbilt University in Nashville.

The use of BIM 360 is helping all teams involved working on the Vanderbilt project to use regular coordination meetings to mitigate concerns and errors before work is even done. The coordination meetings and the use of BIM 360 allows the teams to have better communication about the project, which eliminates communication bottlenecks and reduces duplicated efforts in conveying important information about the project. Being able to mark-up drawings in BIM 360 allows the general contractor, subcontractors, architect, engineers, etc. to improve all aspects of efficiency of the project.

Cooper Darling of Layton Construction

Layton Project Manager Cooper Darling talks safety and the future of project risk management.

Cooper Darling, Project Manager
Future of Project Risk Management

Salt Lake City-based Project Manager Cooper Darling discussed safety and the future of project risk management alongside Maryam Rezvani from Autodesk, Christina Tetrick from Swinerton and Michael Murphy from BAM Ireland.

Darling stated how the implementation of BIM 360 amongst other key applications has helped Layton reduce safety incidents by 18 percent during 2018. Layton’s safety initiatives along with BIM 360 data can show where we are improving. The data provides us with actionable and accurate information that positively impacts our teams and subcontractors to correct issues both safely and in a reasonable amount of time. “We’ll take the data and use it with subcontractors in morning huddles to correct quality and safety issues,” said Darling. “Sometimes it requires the subcontractors to do more training with their teams to correct any issues.”

Our long-term goal is to be an industry leader in safety and to ultimately have zero safety incidents. With the reduction of safety incidents in 2018 already at 18 percent, we are well on our way towards the overall goal of zero incidents.

Rich Hollbrook, Director of Construction Operations
Enhancing Construction Project Management Through AI

One of the big buzzwords at Autodesk University was anything that had to do with Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Rich Holbrook was at the center of it during his presentation. Rich teamed up with Stella Xu, PhD, Data Scientist at Autodesk, Kenneth Stowe, Worldwide Field Operations Executive at Autodesk, Dustin Hartsuiker, Regional Solutions Manager at Swinerton and Charis Kaskiris, Principle Data Scientist at Autodesk, to discuss AI and how it’s enhancing construction project management.

Delivering predictable outcomes happens because we can define clear expectations, provide open and collaborative communications and review measurable output. “Most people out there have a belief that they have some kind of quality control program in place,” said Holbrook. “A written program helps us deliver predictable outcomes… and sets expectations for stakeholders. Quality isn’t just the general contractor’s responsibility.”

The use of BIM 360 and AI can help us prioritize problems and even avoid them from the beginning. AI can help with inspections, checklists, quick diagnostics and communications, collaboration with subcontractors and capitalizing on data. Layton uses AI in proactive versus reactive project management, quality control, safety (leading/lagging indicators) and material tracking.

AI is the future of the construction industry. A recent study by McKinsey & Company, a capital projects and infrastructure research firm, states that companies with a strong track record of digitization are 50 percent more likely to generate profit from using AI (Artificial intelligence: Construction technology’s next frontier).


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