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:
Attached is white paper by BuiltWorlds member David Hettinger, Founder and Principle of Entropy.Build seeking to address some common misconceptions or places of confusion around an article published by McKinsey in 2015 entitled, The Construction Productivity Imperative. The article contained a chart comparing “Productivity” in the construction and manufacturing industries. Hettinger seeks to speak to […]
(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.
BuiltWorlds member Stanley Black & Decker, the world’s largest tool company operating nearly 50 facilities across America and more than 100 worldwide, recently acquired MSUITE, a management suite for the Construction Industry that tracks, manages, and shares KPIs like productivity, status, and the health of projects throughout the construction life-cycle. The acquisition reflects the growing […]
First of its kind collaboration brings together industry leaders, investors, and technologists for inaugural meeting ahead of global Buildings Conference Chicago, May 16, 2022 — BuiltWorlds, a worldwide network of leaders in the Built industry, has announced the launch of its Chicago Forum, a consortium of investors, technologists, and buildings and infrastructure industry leaders focused […]
Buildings account for about 40% of all U.S. energy consumption and a similar proportion of greenhouse gas emissions (EESI). From decarbonization to weatherization to grid modernization, there is a vast universe of sustainable innovations capable of solving or significantly slowing this environmental disaster. Yet, until recently the slow adoption rates and rollout of these solutions […]
Longtime BuiltWorlds member Comcast recently announced extensions of its advanced fiber-rich network infrastructure to two DeKalb County locations. Expected to come online this month, the first extension will run along East Gurler Road in the ChicagoWest Business Center, home to a major data center undergoing an expansion, a large distribution center and the site of […]
Around the Network, TechCrunch Exclusive: BuiltWorlds and Brick&Mortar Create Accelerator Program FormWork Labs
BuiltWorlds is thrilled to announce our partnership with member company Brick and Mortar Ventures to launch FormWork Labs, an early-stage accelerator program focused on emerging technology purpose-built for the construction industry. Formwork Labs was founded to foster a more dynamic environment for innovation and growth among entrepreneurs and startups developing software and hardware solutions in […]
Over the last few years, mortgage rates have climbed to levels not seen in over a decade. At the same time, the cost to build new houses has gone up by 23% since 2019, outstripping even the current high pace of inflation. While home and commercial development costs are ballooning, affordable housing, which must […]
Around The Network: Document Crunch Secures $4.6m in Seed Funding from Zacua Ventures, Fifth Wall and Others to Transform How The Construction Technology Industry Understands and Manages Contract Risks
Document Crunch, an Atlanta based AI-powered contract review software purpose-built for the construction technology industry, has raised $4.6m in Seed funding. Led by founders with deep expertise in construction law and risk management, the startup, Document Crunch solves massive pain points in construction: contract document review, risk mitigation, and contract compliance. Though their focus […]
BuiltWorlds member AMC Bridge recently submitted a case study detailing a project they recently completed integrating with Autodesk Forge. The project goal was to implement a cloud-based web application for real estate companies that enhance buyer experience by leveraging existing engineering files to represent a 3D depiction of the dream home and lot. As a result, AMC […]
BuiltWorlds members Kajima and ALICE Technologies are partnering in an effort to streamline Kajima’s construction scheduling efforts. ALICE leverages AI to analyze a project’s complex building requirements, generate highly efficient building schedules, and tune those schedules as needed during construction. Through the use of these powerful AI tools, ALICE Technologies will allow Kajima to create […]
Even as industry-focused fund managers announce new multi-million dollar funds and more generalist investors and strategics jump into the fray, a team of the industry’s corporate vc’s hailing from Hilti and Cemex Ventures have announced a new sector-specific fund. This new fund, Zacua Ventures, is different because it is started with a global purview. The […]
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.
At the inaugural Women in Construction Tech event that took place in Palo Alto on March 08, 2022, we were joined by women from across the industry who met on International Women’s Day to talk about all things construction tech. We were able to catch up with six of these industry-leading women; Antonia Elisa Soler […]
Sarus is a construction tech startup looking to make the planning for, and us of, cranes more safe and efficient. The platform allows users to automate rigging of specific crane types, making it easier to select a crane that is needed. It also helps to improve communication of stakeholders who will be operating or involved […]
Recently, BuiltWorlds was able to collaborate with Brick & Mortar Ventures to launch our first accelerator program, Formwork Labs, to foster a dynamic environment for innovation and growth for emerging construction technology from early-stage companies. In our recent BuiltWorlds Session video series from the 2022 Venture West Conference we were able to catch up with Alice […]
M&A activity in the ConTech space is stronger than ever, with over 125 ConTech M&A deals closed in 2021 alone. Some acquisitions included buyers from outside of just construction software companies (e.g. Procore and Autodesk) such as tool manufacturers, imaging companies, and architecture & engineering firms. With increased attention in the construction tech industry, we’re […]
LEPO is a revolutionary technology startup that is introducing a system for a fully autonomous glass facade cleaning robot. Up to 90% faster than traditional ways of cleaning our skyscrapers, the Lepo System robot also provides a safer alternative. BuiltWorlds Demo Days are sponsored by the member of our Business Venture Forum. The forum meets […]
Soloinsight Inc. is an SaaS company offering no-code security workflow automation OS to large enterprises, multi-tenant properties and healthcare facilities. Listen to the full presentation delivered by Soloinsight’s CEO, Carter Kennedy, to hear how the implementation of this technology increases security and safety by automating manual processes.
This Session video features Chris Stern, the corporate VP and managing director of Trimble Ventures. Stern was a founding member of Trimble Ventures, Trimble’s $200 million venture fund that is focused on early and growth stage companies focused on innovation within the industry.
It has been a wild ride for Built World Tech investing over the past decade. We have witnessed the development of sector focused funds, corporate venture in the sector, our first sector-specific IPOs, our first billion dollar and ten billion dollar exits, and more. In this session, we look back on how things have changed […]
Our ability to capture, store and learn from massive amounts of data is transforming how and what we build. The access to data about how a building is performing in real time replaces the need to manually perform various validations of the conditions of the asset. Emerging IoT technologies now allow owners and contractors to […]
Advanced Construction Robotics has developed two robots using artificial intelligence to innovate robotic solutions in lifting, carrying, placing, and tying rebar horizontally. This technology has the potential to enhance productivity, improved safety, increased profits, and reduced schedule risk on jobsites. From our 2022 Venture West Conference, watch as Stephen Muck, Co-founder and executive Chairman of […]
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.