Episode 29, New Albany Puts the Brakes on Distracted Driving
Peggy Smedley isn’t kidding around in this segment when she delves into how urban planning is stepping on the brakes and just might be halting the distracted driving epidemic. This is certainly a unique spin on this episode of Constructech TV; but there is no question that solid urban planning can reduce the amount of distracted driving, forcing people to put their mobile devices when behind the wheel. She chats with experts including: Phil Renaud, The Risk Institute, Adrienne Joly, City of New Albany, and Zhenhua Chen, Ohio State University. Finally, she defines distracted driving and the impact on the construction industry.
Cement is the world’s most prevalent manmade material, with approximately 0.56 tonnes produced annually for every person on Earth. It binds concrete, which is used to construct much of the built environment—including homes, schools, offices, roads, runways, tunnels, and bridges.
Construction professionals recognize the skilled labor shortage is causing a ripple effect that is impacting every single business across the country. The good news; however, is that technology can help in a big way, especially if implemented at the right time within the right company.
The Peggy Smedley Show
Peggy is joined by Colleen Egan, director of people, culture, and endless possibilities, Clarity Partners, explains how she started as a nurse, and soon became involved in administration, but was discouraged by the lack of technology adoption in healthcare. She always knew that people were the most important part of companies. She discusses how women make up 57% of the workforce, but only 20% of the tech industry, and there has been a shift since she has started. claritypartners.com
Show regular Josh Peschel, assistant professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering, Iowa State University, talks with Peggy about inspiring the next generation of workers by informing them of the opportunities that might be available to them. He says we need to prepare people at a young age, and educate them well in college. After we educate somebody well, we also need to create opportunities and establish a network of success for long-term growth in the field that they chose. iastate.edu