On this week’s episode of the #PowerToTheTrades Podcast, our host Rob McKinney has a conversation with Josh Bone from the ELECTRI International – The Foundation for Electrical Construction.
eSUB Podcast Episode #18 Recap
Episode #18 features Josh who is the Executive Director for ELECTRI International, which is an online skilled labor sourcing platform for contractors to find skilled labor for projects and for craft workers to find a new contractor to work for.
John has been working in both the construction, software, and trade association industries for several years. Josh is a third generation construction professional that grew up in the millright side industry. He has spent the past 22 years working with and learning about the power of technology for the construction industry. He was encouraged to go to college and there learned about new technologies for 3D modeling. Josh has been at the forefront of the BIM adoption by the construction industry and continues his efforts in educating construction workers about the benefits of technology I his role at ELECTRI International.
ELECTRI International is a research foundation, a true 501 C 3 research organization that is funded by grants from NECA Contractors. ELECTRI has over 300 members on the council that act as a large peer group that give back to the construction industry through research, education and outreach.
The Meaning of #PowerToTheTrades
We discussed his thoughts about the many meanings of the word power in regards to the construction industry and specifically to Craft Workers and Trade Contractors.
What does “Power to the Trades” mean to him. Josh said “It means that there is a sense of the design teams that the GC’s and Owners understand the importance of the trades. And that hopefully the contract start to reflect that they are involved earlier in the process, we need to empower the trades.”
How has technology has powered the operations of Contractors you have worked with?
We discussed the impact of technology on Trade Contractors for improving communications. By using new apps on mobile device from the field construction crews can update the management team in the office or event then fab shop about the status to schedule and operations.
Josh said “ What I see when it comes to technology when it’s done right. You really integrate the technology with people and process, and then the technology is the connective tissue. That allows us to work together in a more efficient manner, you know it’s it’s not about just throwing technology at a problem.”
This was another excellent discussion about the use case of technology in the construction industry, and how we can improve moving forward this year!
To all the trade contractors out there reading or listening, keep up your incredible work, and thank you for building and servicing the world we live in!
Let’s continue to bring #PowerToTheTrades!