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The Construction User 2.0 - Episode 23: Innovation and ConTech - a conversation with Brianne Stewart and Matt Hedke

January 2 2024

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In this episode, host Kirk Westwood speaks with Brianne Stewart, Group Product Manager at Milwaukee Tool, and Matt Hedke, Director VDC Solutions at Barton Malow Company. The conversation covers the challenges and workarounds for connectivity at job sites, how the tech committee enables connections to industry people, companies, and resources, and what innovations the industry is working on for the future.

Brianne Stewart is trusted industry voice and University of Iowa-trained mechanical engineer. She started her career in manufacturing as a process engineer at Procter & Gamble before shifting into new product development (NPD) at John Deere, working in diesel engines. As a trusted industry voice, she was featured on BuiltWorld’s coveted Adoption Leaders 50 List for the past two years (in 2022 and in 2021), has been profiled by the same organization, and recently spoke at their E&C tech adoption leaders forum.

Matt Hedke, has been with Barton Marlow for 18 years, and serves as the Senior Virtual Design and Construction Manager. Matt is focused on how Barton Malow leverages technology to improve quality, safety, work flow efficiency and field productivity for all the trades Barton Malow self performs. (I.E. Civil earthwork, concrete, reinforcing steel, interiors, structural steel, boilermaker, Equipment setting).

The Construction User 2.0 podcast is brought to you by The Association of Union Constructors (TAUC). Your host, Kirk Westwood, is Director of Marketing for TAUC. Kirk has helped many organizations tell their stories as a photographer, blogger, web-streamer, and consultant. In each episode, we’ll explore the latest labor trends, industry insights, and important issues in the world of construction. Our guests are industry leaders, subject matter experts, and innovative visionaries discussing how we are building the ‘world of tomorrow.’ TAUC is made up of more than 1,800 contractor companies that utilize union labor for their projects, as well as local contractor associations and vendors in the industrial maintenance and construction fields. TAUC’s mission is to act as an advocate for union contractors and enhance cooperation between all parties to achieve the successful completion of construction projects.

Discussion points:

  • Songs stuck in our heads
  • How Brianne and Matt got connected with TAUC
  • Connectivity and tech solutions to common industry pain points
  • Job site creativity for wifi and cel service
  • The Milwaukee Tool approach
  • The tech committee and its benefits to accessing resources
  • Collaboration and learning about others’ pain points
  • Looking forward – what’s next?
  • Data management and AI
  • Strategies and processes for tech testing and scaling


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