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.
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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 of, of and , of Worley's .
BuiltWorlds Member: Sean Reid
Job Title: Senior BIM/VDC Specialist
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.
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.
Read Contributed Thought Leadership from David Hettinger:
(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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
BuiltWorlds Member: Abhishek Dalmia
Job Title: Chairman
Advisor Bite: Semac 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.).
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.
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 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 […]
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 Sponsors: Gold Sponsor: Sensera Systems Workshop Sponsor: WakeCap Silver Sponsors: AISC, Raken, Recon Dynamics Speakers: Rob Wagner, Sr. Project Manager & Operations, Del Amo Construction Matt Redman, Operations & Technical Development Coordinator, Del Amo Construction Session Overview: The data coming off the jobsites and from our projects can be extremely valuable, but only when properly managed. […]
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 […]
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.
BuiltWorlds Member: Hermann Schneider
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.