Chief Idea Officer, McDonnel Consulting, LLC
David is an independent consultant in the construction technology sector helping owners, general contractors, engineering firms and specialty contractors in multiple industries implement the most efficient processes using the clients full technology stack. David has a passion for using technology to solve problems. He has applied this passion to the construction industry for over 25 years. He enjoys identifying complexities and simplifying them using technology to implement practical and efficient solutions.
David started his commercial construction career as an on site job clerk, responsible for things such as field purchase orders, deliveries and dray tickets as well as employee time tracking, daily logs and project closeout documents. His responsibilities then grew, taking him from an on site project engineer to working in project management, estimating and preconstruction. He spent many years as both a project manager and an estimator, eventually opening his own commercial construction company as a partner in The McDonnel Group (McDonnel), which is based in the Greater New Orleans Metropolitan area
with an annual volume of approximately $100 million.
Having served in the roles of Senior Estimator and Project Manager in the past, David’s formal position at The McDonnel Group was Vice President of Estimating, where his knowledge and skills were used to lead a full team of both experienced as well as developing estimators and associated administrative staff. David worked with the design team during a projects’ preconstruction phase to identify the most efficient and cost effective solutions for clients, while maintaining the overall project goals and budget. As a partner in the firm, his duties also included identifying and implementing overall company strategy, which required him to collect data on and develop both detailed and dashboard reporting for numerous KPI’s crucial to the
success of a construction company.
David was also tasked with leading the technology initiatives for McDonnel, making certain the most innovative and efficient software available was utilized and that all IT systems and programs ran effectively. While he has extensive hands-on experience with all aspects of network infrastructure and typical software suites required to work in a modern-day business environment, he has completed formal certification training courses for various pieces of software, including: Sage Timberline Precision Extended, MC2-ICE, On-Screen Takeoff, Primavera Project Planner, Oracle Primavera Contract Manager and Procore. Regarding the technology and software used by McDonnel, David was responsible for development of processes and procedures as well as developing and performing internal training and implementation programs for all levels of staff, both in the field and within the office.
His experience has afforded him a unique perspective and understanding of all aspects of construction, from day to day on site construction activities and challenges all the way up to C-Level analysis and reporting. This perspective, coupled with his understanding of technology, helped David provide beneficial feedback throughout his career to construction related technology firms such as Primavera, Raken, PlanGrid and Procore.
David is currently a Procore Certified Consultant that works with numerous companies to help implement and train all levels of staff on technology-driven efficiencies using Procore and its integrated third party solutions, which is the ultimate expression of his passion.