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Good flies high overseeing drone work at Gilbane

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Joe Good – Gilbane Building Co.

Joe Good – Gilbane Building Co.

Joe Good got his taste for working on cutting-edge technology while working as an intern at Tesla.

Now a senior virtual design and construction engineer at Gilbane Building Co., Good finds himself overseeing the company’s work with drones. That part of his job has him leading a team of 30 employees working on more than 165 projects throughout the country.

Drones were something Good more or less introduced himself to at Gilbane when he was called on to work on the company’s massive Foxconn project in Mount Pleasant. He used the devices initially to make pictures and videos of the site. Among other things, he found drones could be relied on to obtain worksite photos over which construction schematics could later be digitally overlaid to show a project was proceeding according to plan.

Good said the Foxconn site was so big it would have been difficult if not impossible to document using conventional photographic equipment.

“The tasks and requirements of that large-scale project necessitated the need for that drone program,” Good said.

Good’s path to Gilbane led through the University of Cincinnati, where he studied architectural engineering and minored in business administration. It was while he was there that he had his opportunity, through the university’s co-op program, to work at Tesla. He spent two years helping with the designs for the company’s Gigafactory in Reno, Nevada, a site used primarily for the manufacture of batteries.

At Gilbane, he now has a hand in almost all of the ways his employer makes use of technology to ensure construction processes are safe and efficient. These range from designing virtual versions of buildings to using 3D printers to make personal protective equipment for health-care workers.

“The industry is always going to be changing,” he said. “It’s not going to be stagnant. The adoption is going to challenge as always. But that’s getting better too.”

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