The Future of Construction


Duration:60 minutes


Like every profession, the construction industry was upended by the COVID-19 pandemic. In many places, construction halted all together. In others, the practices of temperature monitoring, PPE usage and social distancing were adopted as work continued. New technologies, like virtual reality and video services, found new prominence in the construction process.

So what does this mean for the future of construction? Should estimates include costs for PPE? Will social distancing decrease labor productivity? And will new technology solutions become a mainstay in the industry?

Join this webinar to learn:

  • How construction estimates can be built to account for changes in labor and equipment due to COVID-19.
  • What impacts the use of social distancing could have on construction project timelines.
  • Where new technologies are enabling innovation in the construction process to combat productivity loss, improve health and safety practices and increase convenience.
  • How technologies may continue to evolve in the future to create a more streamlined construction process.

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Bob Mewis

Principal Engineer


Bob Mewis is the Principal Engineer of RSMeans data from Gordian and brings over 35 years of construction industry experience in both the public and private sectors. For the last 25 years, his experience as a practitioner and manager of cost estimating services, training and cost research for RSMeans data makes him a key asset when generating independent cost estimates. Bob is a licensed construction supervisor in Massachusetts and has been involved in professional building and remodeling for most of his career. He is an active member of the American Society of Professional Estimators and the Association for Advancement of Cost Engineering, and he has worked as a professional estimator responsible for pricing construction projects from conceptual to working drawings.

Ray Diwakar

Vice President of Innovation


Ray Diwakar serves as Gordian’s Vice President of Innovation, leading efforts to drive differentiated solutions leveraging emerging technologies. Ray guides initiatives focusing on artificial intelligence and advanced analytics to solve business problems and generate new value for internal and external stakeholders. Ray has more than 20 years of experience designing and developing software in artificial intelligence/machine learning, big data, semantic data management and encryption. Before joining Gordian, Ray was the Director of Global Products at Dun & Bradstreet where he was responsible for product and market strategy and sales enablement. Ray earned his Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from Osmania University as well as a master’s in architecture from Washington State University.

Scott Seltz (Moderator)


Engineering News-Record

Since 2015, Scott has been the Publisher of Engineering News-Record (ENR) where he leads the brand’s business operations, content direction, advertising sales, audience development, product innovation and brand licensing. Prior to his role at ENR, Scott has enjoyed a 30 year career in business-to-business media and a record of accomplishments in positions ranging from sales management, publishing management and portfolio management at a variety of media companies that include Ziff-Davis Media, Gruner+Jahr, VNU, The Nielsen Company and, for the last five years, BNP Media LLC. Scott also serves as Board of Director member with the ACE Mentor Program and the New York Building Congress.



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