The Construction Leading Edge Podcast

Ken Stowe has been in the construction industry for over 25 years, working for companies including Disney, Pizzagalli and Macomber Builders, and now helps AEC firms across the globe leverage the power of BIM (Building Information Modeling) in their businesses.

Listen to this interview to listen to Ken discuss the following topics:

  • How to accelerate your project schedule 7% - 12%.
  • What you should and should not be prefabricating.
  • How modeling your projects during the bidding process can make you more profitable.
  • Key lessons Ken learned while working at Disney.
  • The "Dominoes of Waste."
  • The 19 Benefits of BIM (Building Information Modeling).
  • Why 2D blueprints are not good for communication.

Resources mentioned in this episode:

41 Mistakes to Avoid When Dealing With Conflict

Ken's video workshop "ROI of BIM for Construction."

A Brief History Of The Concept of Waste In Production by Lauri Koskela, Rafel Sacks and John Rooke

The Effects of Building Information Modeling on Construction Site Productivity by Douglas Chelson


How you can connect with Ken Stowe:


Email - Ken.Stowe(at)

Direct download: Ep_41_Ken_Stowe.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:59pm EST

How to get started with Lean Construction, even if you have no idea where to start...

David Umstot is the President of Umstot Project and Facilities Solutions, LLC.  He is a California-registered Professional Civil Engineer with 29 years of leadership experience in private sector and public agency construction program management and facilities management. 
He has delivered more than $2 Billion in construction projects, and he is an expert in project delivery methods, specifically lean construction.  
We cover topics including:
- Lean construction techniques that will help your foremen nearly double their success rate at meeting schedule and production commitments.
- How Lean Construction methods can help you speed up your projects and make more money.
- The fundamental mindset shifts you need to make to be more successful.
- A better way to plan your projects, and how you can never issue meeting minutes again.
- What is the Last Planner system?
- How to get started with Lean, even if you have no idea where to start.
-Why being a successful "firefighter" on a project can be a bad thing.
- The psychology of motivation that Lean planning taps into.
How to connect with David Umstot:
Company website -
David's LinkedIn page (which also has some interesting articles and videos)
Email - david.umstot (at)
Resources mentioned in this episode:
Archisnapper - A great way to create good looking reports to keep your clients informed on projects.
41 Mistakes to Avoid When Dealing With Conflict At Work - Download the entire list and see which ones you are guilty of.


Direct download: Ep_40_Dave_Umstot.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:43pm EST

Tony Booth has worked for one of the biggest contractors in the world, has run a family owned small contracting business and is now a consultant for contractors and runs The Contractors Coachcast podcast as well as
During this interview we talk about how contractors can provide high level customer service and get repeat business.  Tony also shares a few of his "6 Tips for Choosing the Right Construction Projects."
Listen to Tony's podcast on Stitcher (click here) or on iTunes (click here)
How to connect with Tony Booth
Contracting Coach website -
Resources discussed in this episode:
Click here to watch a quick demo video of Archisnapper and learn how to get a 20% discount.
Direct download: 039_Tony_Booth.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:13pm EST