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.

Utilizing Artificial Intelligence and Data Analytics to Modernize the Built World

The business & project management sector is utilizing advancements in the field of artificial intelligence and predictive analytics to modernize and streamline all aspects of the construction process. As a result, time and money—two of the most valuable assets in the industry—are being saved drastically. Join us Wednesday, June 16th at 10 am CT with […]

Building the 21st Century: Technology’s Impact on the Construction Workforce

Technology has rapidly changed during our lifetimes. A calculator, novel, CD player, and computer now fit neatly within our pockets in the form of a smartphone. Technology revolutionized the landscape for factories, travel agencies, banks, and taxis. What impact will technology have on construction? Join us, Wednesday, June 2nd at 10 am CT, with our […]

Venture Around the World – Trends in Venture Capital Impact How We Build

In the early years of the past decade, the primary focus of tech investing had been in places like California, Boston, and New York. However, we are increasingly seeing a host of startups gaining major investment traction in other places around the world. As outlined in our Q1 Investment Report, two of the top three […]

Where Next? As Procore IPO Debuts with a 25% Pop and a $10 Billion Market Cap

The long anticipated Procore IPO has arrived, and it has not failed to deliver. Rumors have swirled for some time about when and how big the construction software startups offering would be. Speculation intensified from 2016 through 2108 as players like Trimble, Oracle and Autodesk spent billions snapping up Procore competitors like ACONEX, BuildingConnected, Plangrid, […]

New Bechtel Chief Innovation Officer to Keynote Summit, Reflecting Depth of Construction Giant’s Technology Bench

The agenda for our U.S. Summit is rapidly coalescing and this week we are pleased to announce that Keith Churchill of Bechtel will be capping off two full days of discussion around the most potent trends fueling the construction industry with a Keynote Presentation that will look out over the next five years of innovation. Keith […]

Infrastructure Online: Connect Cities and Construction to Data

The infrastructure planning sector is taking advantage of the revolution trailblazed by smartphones. Infrastructure planners and cities are leveraging sensors on real-world assets (roads, tools, dams, etc.) for an integrated digital ecosystem. Critical improvements in analytics help decision-makers prioritize relevant data – optimizing operations and asset management. Join us Wednesday, May 19th at 10 am […]

Look Back at Summit 2020’s Leaders in the Grips of Covid 19 Shows How Much Has Changed as We Look to the 2021 Summit

As we look toward our 2021 US Summit, it is an opportune time to look back at the talks from the 2020 Summit to see where our focus was then and how those themes might carry forward this year. Last May, the world was in the grips of the Covid 19 pandemic, and talks at […]

Sustainability & Investing in the Built Environment

Sustainability & Investing in the Built Environment Infrastructure, construction, and how we approach the built environment is at a critical moment. From the recent $2T infrastructure proposal to rapid urbanization, increasing raw material prices (lumber) to the oft-discussed shortage of skilled workers, the construction industry is embracing innovations from software (augmented reality, artificial intelligence, etc.) […]

Around The Network: Leonard by VINCI’s May 27th Demo Day is The Latest Stop on a Long Journey Along the Leading Edge of Innovation

Longtime BuiltWorlds member Leonard by VINCI’s May 27th Online Demo Day is the final graduation for the startups that have enrolled in Leonard’s SEED Accelerator Program. These innovative companies will be showing their stuff in front of a panel of international investors looking for the most promising early stage projects seeking funding, and it promises […]

Construction is like Chess: Use AI for Actionable Insights and Better Decisions

Artificial Intelligence (AI) algorithms can provide a framework to evaluate the chaotic nature of a real-world jobsite. For example, an AI system can take vast lakes of incoming data and optimize millions of project scheduling options to give Project Managers better tools for making decisions. Join us on Wednesday, May 12th, as we focus on actionable […]

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.

Utilizing AI and Data Analytics to Modernize the Built World

Reconstruct’s technology development has optimized documentation, progress tracking, and quality control efficiency across corporate & commercial development, infrastructure/heavy civil, and general contracting. The implications of this unique technology are endless and will help the built world move past its’ outdated ideologies.

How Predicitve Analytics is Reducing Uncertainty to Close the Talent Gap

On the management side of construction technology, Jacobs Engineering is developing and utilizing predictive analytics and machine learning to assess risk, reduce uncertainty, and close the talent gap from labor shortages.

Utilizing Artificial Intelligence and Data Analytics to Modernize the Built World

The business & project management sector is utilizing advancements in the field of artificial intelligence and predictive analytics to modernize and streamline all aspects of the construction process. As a result, time and money—two of the most valuable assets in the industry—are being saved drastically. 

Joe Beck Presentation – June Venture Call – SPACs and Later Stage Built Tech Deals

Joe Beck’s presentation from our June Venture Call focused on SPACs & later stage investments in Built Industry Tech.

Full Recording – June Venture Call – SPACs and Later Stage Built Tech Deals

SPACs have quickly emerged as one of the new favorite ways to take a company public. In addition, talk of new Infrastructure work and the emerging technologies that accompany it has been a hot topic lately, coinciding with the proposed $2 Trillion American Jobs Plan.  As construction technology continues to grow, and as the early players begin to mature many are eyeing later stage and public exits, with SPACs becoming an increasingly attractive option. This call features perspectives from professionals involved in later stage Built Tech exit opportunities, specifically focused around SPACs.

Brad Molotsky Presentation – June Venture Call – SPACs and Later Stage Built Tech Deals

Brad Molotsky’s presentation from our June Venture Call focused on SPACs & later stage investments in Built Industry Tech.

Buildings ’21 Conference: Integrating the Supply Chain in Planning

We invite you to an engaging discussion to interactively discover successful strategies that can lead to the digital transformation of construction in the built environment, and the integration of digital inputs and management controls for the supply chain to impact planning and delivery.

Touchless Secure Access and Virtual Queueing Systems

Touchless technology is now synonymous with hygiene & health. Good2Go’s advanced no-touch access platform helps everyone feel more confident returning to businesses & buildings through smart access, real-time digital credentials, and virtual queueing.

Healthy Buildings Starts With Reevaluating Building Operations

Building Operators hold a key to achieving healthy buildings. But it requires us to rethink how buildings are funded, operated, and maintained.

Returning to “Healthy” Buildings

In this session, we take a look at how tenant health concerns are continuing to be addressed as we move into the post-pandemic phase of building operations and maintenance.

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.