2020 Adoption Advisors List

BuiltWorlds Adoption Advisors 2020

All through the month of October we have been looking at how companies have been organizing to be adapt successful to the many changes emerging technology is fueling in the industry. First, in our VDC Staffing Report,  we looked at the result of our benchmarking survey to understand how companies were establishing and growing virtual design and construction groups, the first place we saw tech adoption happening in the industry players outside of the traditional IT groups.

Following our look at Virtual Design and Construction Group trends, we published our Adoption Leaders 50 List, providing a broader look at the kinds of positions companies are putting in place to help support their efforts to evolve in the face of emerging tech.

This year, spotting another interesting trend, we decided to launch our Advisors 50 List, and examination of the growing array of third party companies aiming to help the industry develop and implement strategies to adapt successfully to the changes taking place across the industry.

Advisors Bring Diverse Backgrounds and a Wide Range of Services.

Consultants in the traditional sense make up less than half the companies on the list. Others offering advisor, consulting, or similar services come from law, finance, accounting, tech, insurance, engineering, owner's representation, and construction. They also offer a range of services from management consulting to risk management strategies leveraging technology to to BIM and Field Tech support to systems selection and integration. It is a truly diverse field, and as with internal staff growth, the world of advisory and consulting services seems destined for growth as well. Every member surveyed saw moderate to strong growth coming in the year ahead.

Want to Learn More About the Advisors 50?

Click on the company names below to access companies pages in the BuiltWorlds Directory. There, you can find videos, articles, and other information about the companies listed.

Members can access member profiles and even connect with Advisors by clicking through their names and photos on this list.  Others can still access the company profiles for information about the companies they come from. For more on joining the BuiltWorlds Network, visit the BuiltWorlds Member Network Page.

*List appears in alphabetical order

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BuiltWorlds Member: Paul Belair
Advisory Category: Business Strategy

 

2. Alpha Corporation

BuiltWorlds Member: Andrew Lindsey
Advisors Bite: Among Alpha Corporation's consulting services are helping clients with project management software implementation and technology integration.

 

3. AOMS Technologies

 

BuiltWorlds Member: Hamid Alemohammad

Job Title: CEO

Advisors Bite: As the industry get more focused on smart jobsites and smart buildings, AOMS brings special focus on Sensors, and IoT.

Advisory Categories:

Technology Selection and Implementation
IT Infrastructure Consulting

 

4. AON

BuiltWorlds Member: David Bowcott 
Job Title: Global Director - Growth, Innovation, & Insight

 

 

 

 

BuiltWorlds Member: Donais Deetz
Job Title: Director - Construction and Energy

Advisor Bite: AON was one of the first major companies to partner with BuiltWorlds to bring resources to the industry to help companies understand the potential of emerging technology to manage project risks across the full life cycle of buildings and infrastructure. Below, AON's Global Director - Growth, Innovation, and Insight moderates a discussion on the topic at our Spring 2018 US Summit. Joining him in the discussion were Gary Kaplan of XL CatlinRosemarie Lipman of EllisDon, and Laith Amin, of Worley's Advisian.

5. Arias Information Solutions

BuiltWorlds Member:  Ray Arias
Job Title: Managing Partner

Advisor Bite: 15 year entrepreneur implementing digital systems for government and business, including CRM ERP, data integration systems and Finance Software.

 

6. Arrowhead Coaching

BuiltWorlds Member: Sean Reid
Job Title: Senior BIM/VDC Specialist

Advisory Categories:

Business Strategy
Advisor Bite - Be they leaders of start-ups or established companies, executives are often particularly challenged in times of rapid change. Arrowhead is one of a small group of companies providing executive coaching support within the industry.

 

7. Boris & Associates Inc

BuiltWorlds Member: Boris Germanov

Advisory Categories:

Business Strategy
Leadership/Culture/Change Management Consulting
Project Management and Control/Dashboards/Risk Management Strategies
Technology Selection and Implementation

 

8. Burger Consulting Group

BuiltWorlds Member: Christian Burger
Job Title: Founder and President

Advisory Category: Management Strategy

Below are two recent sessions featuring Christian Burger moderating discussions on construction management technology in Infrastructure and integrating ERPs and Project Management Systems.

 

9. Cambridge Consultants

BuiltWorlds Member: Michael McCaffery
Job Title: Director, Business Development

 

Advisor Bite: Cambridge Consultants is a global product development and technology consultancy firm providing outsourced R&D and Product Development services We specialize in custom solutions that include:

> IoT sensing and AI
> Custom communications
> Robotics
> Industrial equipment
> Automation to Autonomy

 

10. Duane Morris

BuiltWorlds Member: Owen Newman
Job Title: Attorney

 

 

 

BuiltWorlds Member: Chris Chasin
Job Title: Associate

Advisor Bite: With a well established practice in the engineering and construction space and also in technology sector, Duane Morris is one of a small group of leading legal firms that is also work to assist clients at the intersection of those practice areas.

11. ENGWorks

BuiltWorlds Member: Chris Di Iorio
Job Title: CEO

 

 

BuiltWorlds Member: Ian McGaw

Job Title: Vice President of Technology and Innovation

Advisory Categories

BIM/Scanning/drone services and other VDC Support
Business Strategy
Leadership/Culture/Change Management Consulting
Project Management and Control/Dashboards/Risk Management Strategies
Technology Selection and Implementation

 

BuiltWorlds Member: David Hettinger
Job Title: Founder & Principal

Advisory Categories:

Leadership/Culture/Change Management Consulting
Project Management and Control/Dashboards/Risk Management Strategies
Technology Selection and Implementation
Business Strategy

Read Contributed Thought Leadership from David Hettinger:

Measuring Quality In Construction (Part I)

By David Hettinger | August 13, 2020

(BuiltWorlds Member Contributor Post)  Introduction Who cares…?  Sorry, that came out wrong.  I meant, who cares … as in who benefits from … “Quality” in construction?  The answer: most everyone cares—or should care—about Quality.  But what about measuring it?  Who benefits from that?  I asked a lot of people—and I got some interesting responses.   Many […]

Data Collection and Project Impact Events: The Construction Technologist’s Role

By David Hettinger | March 27, 2020

This is the third and final installment of a 3-part series on construction tech categories with the biggest potential to prevent problem projects, contributed by BuiltWorlds Member Dave Hettinger, Senior Manager at LitCon Group.  The previous two were on scheduling and 3D modeling tools.  In this one, we’ll focus on construction data collection. This article […]

Analyst Topic Briefing: 3D Modeling and Preconstruction Tools

By David Hettinger | March 6, 2020

In the first article of this three-part contributor series, we talked about how problem projects present a tremendous opportunity, and some of the startups tackling the “hard problem” of scheduling.  In this article, we’ll shift focus to the second of three recently reported categories of construction tech that can help prevent problem projects: 3D modeling […]

Con-Tech Categories With The Biggest Potential To Prevent Problem Projects: Scheduling

By David Hettinger | February 6, 2020

This article is the first in a three-part series from Dave Hettinger, senior manager at LitCon Group. Stay tuned for his follow-up pieces. Not Surprisingly, Problem Projects Cause Problems Bankruptcy, restructuring, plagued by cost overruns and delays, prompted by troubled projects, dispute avoidance and resolution strategies, and move away from megaprojects:  Those were just a […]

13. ESD

BuiltWorlds Member:  Mo Fahim
Job Title: Practice Leader, Intelligent Building Technologies

 

 

BuiltWorlds Member: Saagar Patel

Job Title: Studio Leader Energy+Eco

Advisory Bite: From Smart Cities to Smart Buildings to Energy Management and Sustainability, ESD engineers have been regular expert resources at BuiltWorlds events and in BuiltWorlds reports. Below is a sampling of some of what they've offered our community over the years.

Kicking Off Our Construction Robotics and Advanced Equipment Calls, Here is Why We are Going to Be Talking About Robots More than Ever

  We have been covering robotics in construction since 2015 when we hosted our first event on the subject, but this year we will be hosting more discussions and writing more about construction robots than ever – and not just because we like to talk about robots. Since we started in 2014, the field of […]

Around the Network: Hub International Issues 2021 Construction Outlook

As we focus in on the intersection of Insurance and Built Worlds Tech, BuiltWorlds Member, Hub International, shared their just published Outlook for 2021. Here is some of what they had to say… CONSTRUCTION OUTLOOK 2021: Prepare for Bumps in the Road Ahead Like most other business sectors, the construction industry is looking with uncertainty […]

How Insurance Companies Are Leaning In On Built Tech As Illustrated Through 26 Solutions

Eight Lines of Construction Insurance Potentially Impacted by the Industry’s Emerging Technology Solutions. Insurance companies are increasingly focusing on Built Tech and how the solutions impact project risk. They are investing in startups in the sector and also mounting their own direct partnerships with tech companies and other efforts. One example of this kind of […]

Fighting The Affordable Housing Crisis, Autodesk, Apple, Google Invest Big in Modular Housing

Even as news hits of Softbank’s $200 million bailout of Katerra, big tech is continuing to make big bets on modular as part of an unprecedented effort to address the nation’s affordable housing crisis, and the effort is helping to spur new approaches to modular single and multifamily housing that may give a significant boost […]

Vinci Group’s Leonard Takes On 44 New Projects in Four Accelerator Categories in 2021

This week, BuiltWorlds Member, Vinci, announced the list of 44 projects including 19 startups/innovative ventures joining their Leonard acceleration programs: Leonard, the VINCI Group’s foresight and innovation platform, has presented the 44 startups, innovative companies and VINCI employee teams selected to join its four acceleration and support programmes in 2021. These projects provide pioneering solutions […]

2020 In Review: Why Katerra “Bail Out” and Skender Closure Won’t Stop Modular Construction’s Advance

Yes, Modular Building took some lumps in 2020. September brought the news that Chicago-based, Skender, would shutter its modular plant after a much publicized grand opening just the year earlier, and, just last week came reports by the Wall Street Journal that Softbank would be “bailing out” Katerra, the industry’s highest flying modular builder with […]

Year in Review: Looking Back on Ten of the Most Noteworthy Moments in Built Tech of 2020

While the global pandemic wrought terrible havoc across the globe, and the industry grappled with its implications on numerous fronts, we took to our digital platform, producing and recording more than 150 sessions leveraging the expertise of more than 350 BuiltWorlds Industry experts, leading technologists, investors, and other thought leaders to help keep the global […]

Top Construction Venture Investors Share Their Outlook For 2021 At BuiltWorlds Venture

With more than 50 construction tech investments between them, few investors have been as active in the sector over the past several years as Darren Bechtel of Brick & Mortar Ventures and Jesse Devitte of Building Ventures. Not only have they been among the most prolific investors, but they have also already notched a host […]

2020 In Review: Major Construction Startup Competition Brings the Global Top 50 ConTech Startups

  In an unprecedented sign of the breadth and depth of strategic interest in startups in the construction sector, five of the industry’s major players teamed up to host a global startup competition this year. Led by Cemex Ventures, the global building materials giant, the effort was joined by Ferrovial, Hilti, Leonard by Vinci,  and […]

Outlook 2021: Toward a $100 Billion AECO Technology Company

Image Credit: Ahmed AbdulMoniem Despite a year of exceptional challenges, the industry generally performed well in 2020, and the industry’s tech sector produced a fresh bumper crop of billion and multi-billion dollar exits across a variety of solution areas from robotics and smart glass to project collaboration to facilities management and beyond. (We’ll catalogue those […]

14.EY

BuiltWorlds Member: Erin Roberts
Job Title: Global Engineering & Construction Leader

 

 

BuiltWorlds Member: Fernando Gonzalez Cuervo
Job Title: EY Partner - EMEIA Construction Leader

 

 

 

BuiltWorlds Member: Benjamin Luxenberg
Job Title: Senior Associate

Advisor Bite: EY's construction leaders have helped us understand how contractors and owners are leveraging analytics for risk management, while other thought leaders at EY such as Tom Budescu and Benjamin Luxenburg in the recording below have helped us understand trends in smart infrastructure and infrastructure development.

Discussing the Future of Smart Infrastructure with Paul Doherty of The Digit Group and Tom Budescu and Benjamin Luxemberg of EY.

15. FMI

BuiltWorlds Member: Jay Synder
Job Title: Technology and Innovation Practice Leader

 

 

BuiltWorlds Member: Brian Moore
Job Title: Principal

 

 

BuiltWorlds Member: Tyler Pare

Job Title: Principal and Performance Practice Leader

Advisory Bite: Watch the video below to meet several of FMI's advisors with specialties across a variety of areas including Technology, Business Excellence, Strategy, and Organization. For years, FMI has been one of the top firms focused exclusively on the industry.

16. Global Project Strategy

BuiltWorlds Member: Bernardo Gamboa
Job Title: Partner

Advisory Categories:

Business Strategy

17.Dysruptek, A Haskell Venture

BuiltWorlds Member: Hamzah Shanbari
Job Title: Manager, Construction Technology and Innovation

 

 

 

BuiltWorlds Member: Clayton Levins
Job Title: Innovation Project Specialist

Advisory Categories:

BIM/Scanning/drone services and other VDC Support
Technology Selection and Implementation

 

18.Helm Group

BuiltWorlds Member: Travis Voss
Job Title: Leader of Innovative Technology

Advisory Categories:

BIM/Scanning/drone services and other VDC Support

19.Honeywell

BuiltWorlds Member: Ben Disney
Job Title: Senior Business Development Consultant

Advisor Bite: Honeywell is a long established leader in the smart buildings arena as well as in Industrial IoT. As both sectors grow at BuiltWorlds and beyond, Honeywell is helping people understand how best to leverage that technology.

20.Houlihan Lokey

BuiltWorlds Member: Scott Kolbrenner
Job Title: Managing Director

 

 

 

BuiltWorlds Member: Vik Pandit
Job Title: Director

Advisor Bite: With the active participation of members Scott Kolbrenner and Vik Pandit, Houlihan Lokey brings the BuiltWorlds ecosystem value perspectives informed by decades of experience in M&A in Construction and in Technology, respectively. Drawing deep experience from two different practice areas, Houlihan Lokey represents another example of larger advisory firms bridging their own worlds to bring more comprehensive support to industry and technology players in the sector.

 

21. HUB

BuiltWorlds Member: Kirk Chamberlain
Job Title: EVP, National Construction Practice Leader

Advisory Bite: Even as the insurance market began "hardening" earlier this year, potentially driving up premium and project costs across the industry, Kirk Chamberlain, Nation Construction Practice Leader for Hub marshalled a group of insurance industry and technology experts to lead a discussion around the expanding relationships between technology companies and the industry's insurance industry and how smart contractors can think strategically about technology to manage risk and also insurance programs and costs. BuiltWorlds members can click below to watch the full discussion or find it in the Call Recordings and Videos Library under our research tab.

22.Iterisk

BuiltWorlds Member: Derick Hembd
Job Title: Owner

Advisory Categories:
Business Strategy
Infrastructure Finance and Development
Project Management and Control/Dashboards/Risk Management Strategies
Technology Selection and Implementation

 23. MG AEC

BuiltWorlds Member: Scott Bailey
Job Title: President

 

 

 

BuiltWorlds Member: Jennifer McGregor
Job Title: President

Advisor Bite:  MG AEC provides workflow, design and technology innovation that ensures day-to-day operations and project management are a success.

24.Perkins + Will

BuiltWorlds Member: Benjamin Welle
Job Title: Director of Energy Lab

Advisor Bite: At Perkins + Will, Benjamin Welle has been focused on the development and management of a firm-wide web-based, cloud-based, energy, daylighting, and solar design and analysis platform called the Simulation Platform for Energy-Efficient Design (SPEED) enabling the firm to provide clients broader insights about the performance of their designs.

25. Quality Built

BuiltWorlds Member:  Brian Kramer
Job Title: CEO

 

 

BuiltWorlds Member:  William Bridgeman
Job Title: Chief Revenue Officer

Advisor Bite: Quality Built is the United States’ largest and most respected third-party quality assurance inspection and risk management solution provider for new building construction. Part of a growing breed of industry players providing a technology platform married with consulting services.

 26.Rock Solid Stabilization

BuiltWorlds Member:  Dominic DiMarco

Job Title: CTO

 

BuiltWorlds Member: Michael Cohn

Job Title: Vice President

Advisory Categories:

Cybersecurity
Project Management and Control/Dashboards/Risk Management Strategies
Technology Selection and Implementation

27. Roland Berger

BuiltWorlds Member: Christopher Hoyes
Job Title: Principal

Advisor Bite: Christopher is a Principal in the Building Technology practice at Roland Berger. Roland Berger is a global management consulting firm serving clients in Building Technology and other industries. Roland Berger helps its clients to take decisions by exploring and proposing the best strategic options to solve business challenges (digital transformation, economic growth, disruption in traditional markets, etc).

28.Semac Consultants

BuiltWorlds Member: Abhishek Dalmia

Job Title: Chairman

Advisor BiteSemac is one of the oldest Architectural and Engineering Design (AE) firms, offering ASMEPF services (Architectural, Structural, Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing, Fire suppression, Air conditioning, IT systems, access control, security systems, etc.).

29.Smart City Works

BuiltWorlds Member: Bob Mazer

Job Title: Founder

Advisor Bite:  Smart City Works provides business acceleration services to start-ups, mature companies, and cities to help transition new ideas or inventions into high-value, high-growth ventures that deliver impactful solutions to improve the livability, operations, and resilience of cities.

30. Syska Hennessy

BuiltWorlds Member: Gary Brennan
Job Title: Co-President

 

 

 

BuiltWorlds Member: Cyrus Izzo

Job Title: Co-President

COVID-19 has only heightened attention to the field of Smart Buildings, and Syska Hennessy's SMART Buildings Team works with clients on Building Management Systems, meeting WELL Building Standards, ROI enhancing energy efficiency, and more.

31. Thornton Tomasetti

BuiltWorlds Member: Ray Dadazzio
Job Title: Senior Consultant

 

 

BuiltWorlds Member: Badri Hiriyur

Job Title: Vice President & Director CORE.AI

 

 

BuiltWorlds Member: Gary Mancini

Job Title: Managing Principal

Advisor Bite: From the use of BIM and parametric design technology to model major structures, to the use of drones, to modularization, and even how to build a leading corporate accelerator program, Thorton Thomasetti's experts have helped the BuiltWorlds community understand a wide array of topics of interest.

2020 Project Delivery Conference (Day 2) – BIM-Based Project Management

2020 Project Delivery Conference Sponsors: Gold Sponsor: Sensera Systems Workshop Sponsor: WakeCap Silver Sponsors: AISC, Raken, Recon Dynamics Speakers: Chitwan Saluja, Digital Technology Manager, Jacobs Phil Lazarus, Digital Delivery Manager, Jacobs Session Overview:  BIM has been a major factor in the design, planning, operations, and maintenance of buildings and infrastructure. However, one area that many believe BIM can play a […]

January Modular Fabrication Call – Travis Aldridge, InPro Presentation

Travis Aldridge, Regional Sales Manager – Endurant Division, InPro joined us recently on our January Modular Fabrication Call. Here is his presentation from that call.

2020 Project Delivery Conference (Day 2) – Building an Effective Data Management Dashboard

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2020 Digital Global Summit: Iberian Peninsula

In this session, we will hear from global leaders based in Spain and Portugal where companies are heavily engaged in robotics, modularization, energy, sustainability, and software development.

InsurTech Perspective & Approach – David Wald, Aclaimant Presentation

David Wald, CEO & Co-Founder, Aclaimant joined us recently to present on how Aclaimant is structured to help contractors improve their risk oversight, as well as how they work directly with Insurers.

InsurTech Perspective & Approach – Rose Hall, AXA XL Presentation

Rose Hall, Vice President – Head of Construction Innovation, AXA XL joined us recently to present on how AXA views their partnership with risk management focused technologies, and how they aim to work with these startups. 

January Venture Call: InsurTech Perspective & Approach – Full Recording

In this InsurTech focused call we’re joined by two participants in the AEC risk management space.  We’ll hear directly from insurer AXA XL’s VP of Construction Innovation, Rose Hall.  Rose will discuss how AXA views their partnership with risk management focused technologies, and how they aim to work with these startups.  In addition, David Wald, CEO of Aclaimant, will discuss how they are structured to help contractors improve their risk oversight, as well as how Aclaimant works with Insurers.

BuiltWorlds Venture Forum Demo Drop – Plannerly

The BIM Management Platform. Plannerly simplifies project management by consolidating BIM standards, requirements, sequencing, tracking and BIM compliance. Our goal is to eliminate the fragmentation and frustration between all design, build, and operations stakeholders.

2020 Digital Global Summit: India

Leaders from India based startups Facilio & Builderbox are joined by Indian consultancy, Infosys to explore post construction trends, along with the future of commercial real estate and the construction market in India. In addition they discuss the emerging technologies gaining traction, and the solutions they believe are here to stay.

2020 Project Delivery Conference – Field Communication & Productivity

Speakers: Jake Olsen, CEO, DADO Chris Weaver, Director of Technology, Andy J. Egan Co. Session Overview:  Effective on-site communication between field workers, managers, and the office can be the difference between a project that stays on track and one that wavers. Hear from leading specialty contractors how they’re leveraging technology to better communicate with their […]

32.US CAD

BuiltWorlds Member: Glenn Gandy
Job Title: Strategic Account Executive

Advisory Categories

BIM/Scanning/drone services and other VDC Support
Project Management and Control/Dashboards/Risk Management Strategies

 33.Walter P. Moore

BuiltWorlds Member: Dilip Choudhuri
Job Title: President & CEO

Advisor Bite: Walter P. Moore's Digital Practice encompasses many services including Building Information Modeling, Building Performance Modeling, Facilities Information Management, Generative Design,Modeling for Fabrication, and Traffic Modeling.

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BuiltWorlds Member: Hermann Schneider
Job Title:

Advisor Bite: After his own successful entrepreneurial career, including leading and then selling innovative concrete technology company, Ductilecrete Technologies to GCP Applied Technologies, he now sits on the Board of several midsized companies and provides consulting in areas such as business strategy, value creation, and exit strategies.