Justin Reynolds says a childhood love of building with Legos sparked his interest in pursuing a degree in mechanical engineering. While studying at Grand Canyon University on a volleyball scholarship, he happened to attend a talk given by ZELUS’s own Randy Marks. That’s when Justin’s career path crystallized in his mind.
Learn more about Justin’s passion for construction and engineering, plus exciting things coming up on both the personal and professional horizons this year.
What’s your role at ZELUS?
I'm a senior data processor. We take a point cloud from the registration team and put it in AutoCAD or Revit. Then we follow the point cloud and use those points to generate things like pipes to know where everything is going. It helps us make a virtual model of the buildings that we send our scanners into.
What’s been your favorite project at ZELUS and why?
It was a patio project for a hotel. The cool part about this one was we had to make a topographic map of their elevation floor changes and how the height is changing with their concrete. But to do this, we had to clip out a lot of the data around that concrete, so it wasn't overlapping in this map.
We used a software program in this project that we typically use for a completely different purpose to solve a pretty good problem relatively easily.
What’s been the most valuable thing you’ve learned since joining ZELUS?
Effective communication at the beginning of the project is key because it saves us a lot of rework in the backend.
One of the things we've implemented lately is pre-project meetings which essentially lay out the scope of the project. It clears up any gray area in the scope, and it'll knock out a lot of questions at the beginning. It saves a lot of time.
What drew you to this industry?
My degree is in mechanical engineering, which is different than the construction architectural side, but a lot of this meshes in, especially with some of the piping and the systems we do in some of these buildings.
Randy [Marks] came to Grand Canyon University and did a presentation with us. That's how I found out about ZELUS, and I thought it was cool. When I started, it was something I had never done before. But getting into this, I’ve learned a lot about what's going on in the construction industry, how they're using the technology that we're putting in, and using that to make their products and their processes better.
What were your early years like? Where did you grow up?
I grew up in a town called Aurora, Illinois. It's about 45 minutes west of Chicago. I was a big Lego kid. That kind of sparked my mind with building things.
I got recruited to play on the volleyball team at Grand Canyon, so I came out to Arizona. Then in 2016, my mom got a work transfer to Arizona, and we packed up the house and moved down here.
I really wanted to go into engineering because I felt that building new products and bringing new things to the market was really cool.
What’s one thing you hope to achieve in the next year?
Personally, in the next year, I'm looking forward to getting married to my fiancée. At ZELUS, I just hope to keep improving and keep bringing new things to the team and keep doing a good job.