Bricks And Bytes Podcast
May 19, 2023

#039 – Daniel Leech – Construction innovation, off-site and culture

#039 - Daniel Leech - Construction innovation, off-site and culture

Show Notes

Our today’s guest is Daniel Leech, the CEO of D4S (Design for Structures). With over 22 years of experience in the industry, Dan shared his journey of transforming his business from a steelwork detailing company to a full-service structural design consultancy.

In this episode, we uncover:

– Transition from 2D CAD to 3D BIM and the impact on professionals

– The potential of modular construction

– Innovation and pain points in construction industry

– Construction culture and things that need changing

– Many more!

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Daniel Leech CEO at Design4Structures


Today's Sponsor: ⁠beta⁠ – Construction and technology network platform

– connecting the tech industry with traditional partners.

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00:00:00 –> 00:01:18 – Intro

00:01:18 –> 00:01:57 – Sponsor

00:01:57 –> 00:06:19 – Dan's background and the evolution of D4S

00:06:19 –> 00:09:42 – Dan's role as CEO and the transition from a hands-on approach

00:09:42 –> 00:11:18 – Hiring strategies and the balance between recruitment and workload

00:11:18 –> 00:14:38 – The role of technology in the construction industry 

00:14:38 –> 00:18:23 – Challenges in utilising BIM and digital tools effectively

00:18:23 –> 00:19:03 – Overcoming the challenges: changing the culture

00:19:03 –> 00:23:39 – Creating a collaborative and problem-solving environment

00:23:39 –> 00:26:38 – The challenge of staying up-to-date in a rapidly evolving market

00:26:38 –> 00:28:25 –  The need for a shift from the lowest price to the best price

00:28:25 –> 00:34:00 – The potential of integrated project insurance (IPI) collaboration and respectful partnerships in construction

00:34:00 –> 00:37:30 – Staying on top of innovation in large / medium size companies 

00:37:30 –> 00:38:08 – Exploring the percentage of residential and commercial projects in modular construction

00:38:08 –> 00:47:19 – Is modular construction the solution to the housing shortage?

00:47:19 –> 00:50:40 – Dan’s ways to relax 

00:50:4 –> 00:51:01 – More about Dan

00:51:01 –> 00:51:17 – Outro

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