BuiltWorlds Session: Mark Whitson, President, DPR Construction

BuiltWorlds was lucky enough to catch up with Mark Whitson, President, DPR Construction after he delivered his keynote speech at the Americas Summit this past September. Whitson tells us what he’s most excited about for 2024 both with DPR as well as the industry at large.

DPR Overview: 

One of DPR Construction’s key strategies is the integration of Building Information Modeling (BIM) into its projects. BIM allows for the creation of detailed 3D models that encompass every aspect of a construction project, from design and planning to execution. By utilizing BIM, DPR enhances collaboration among project teams, minimizes errors in construction documentation, and optimizes the overall construction process. Real-time data sharing and collaboration significantly contribute to more accurate project timelines and budgets.

DPR Construction has also embraced advanced project management software, fostering seamless communication and coordination among various stakeholders. Cloud-based platforms and mobile applications enable real-time updates, allowing teams to make informed decisions promptly. This digital transformation not only streamlines workflow but also enhances transparency and accountability throughout the construction process.

In the realm of safety, DPR Construction utilizes technology to prioritize the well-being of its workforce. Implementing wearable technology and sensors on job sites enables the monitoring of environmental conditions and the health and safety of workers. This proactive approach to safety aligns with DPR’s commitment to creating a secure working environment.

Furthermore, the company has invested in drones and advanced surveying technologies for site inspections and progress monitoring. Drones provide a comprehensive view of construction sites, aiding in surveying, monitoring, and identifying potential issues before they escalate. This not only improves project efficiency but also contributes to risk mitigation.

DPR Construction’s strategic utilization of technology extends beyond traditional construction practices, emphasizing sustainability as well. The integration of smart building technologies and energy-efficient solutions underscores their commitment to environmentally responsible construction.