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.

Predictive Maintenance: Real-Time Analytics and Sensors to Prevent Downtime

Predictive maintenance detects possible failures before they occur – letting you correct the problem to mitigate any potential downtime or failures during construction. The industry is using the latest in IoT (Internet of Things), fatigue-sensors, machine learning, and predictive analytics to understand how long our tools can last during critical portions of the construction process. […]

Around The Network: Igor Hires New Director of Field Operations Chip Poland

  As we discussed last week on Day Two of our Buildings Conference, the ability to bring new innovations can lead to improved building efficiencies, waste reduction, and cost savings when it comes to the construction of modern smart buildings. As recent posts to the BuiltWorlds Job Board make clear, both contractors and solutions providers […]

Day Two Buildings Conference: Intelligence and Sustainability in Materials, Products, and Systems

We met Wednesday, April 7th from 9:00 am – 12:15 pm CT and explored Smart Sustainability and how emerging technologies are influencing Building Products, Materials, and Systems. Building off Buildings Conference Day One in which we explored technologies impacting planning and building design, we discussed how these innovations are impacting the Operations and Maintenance of […]

Day Three Buildings Conference: Modularization and Prefabrication

Moving Construction from Jobsites and Into Factories To Improve Productivity Spanning across different sectors from single-family housing to high-rise office buildings, modularization impacts how we build. More fabrication of modular buildings occurs offsite, resulting in faster builds. This can be small (e.g., the stairs of a building) – to medium (e.g., entire sections of a […]

BuiltWorlds Infrastructure: Five Themes and 50 Solutions for the Future

As the United States debates the shape of an historic, new infrastructure bill, one question that people may pose is whether this may also be an opportunity to advance new and more efficient ways to approach the infrastructure projects that might stem from the bill. Infrastructure tech is really its own niche in the broader […]

Day One Building Conference: Emerging Technology in Planning and Design

We met Tuesday, April 6 from 9:00 am – 12:15 pm CT and reviewed advances in technologies that impact how we plan buildings, from architecture to engineering and developers to preconstruction. This panel serves as a bridge for digital solutions. Evolving Technologies in Construction Artificial intelligence, augmented reality, and digital modeling are some areas that […]

The 2020 Buildings Analyst Calls

While the Buildings Conference, now in its fifth year, has become a central event in the BuiltWorlds conversation over the years, there is too much happening at the intersection of emerging technology and high performing buildings to cover in one conference – even a three day conference. Emerging technology is increasingly impacting everything from how […]

Around The Network: DPR Construction and The Power of Prefab

We’ve been hearing about the potential benefits of streamlining project delivery with offsite production for years–shorter project schedules, relief for budgets, improved conditions for workers, more control over the quality of the product and the schedule–but now we’re actually seeing it in action. Real-world examples of modular projects are not only becoming taller and more […]

Around The Network: BuiltWorlds Forums-Bringing Like-Minded Members Together To Learn

BuiltWorlds is a community, where the members of the community are also experts in their fields, and so a major benefit to the community is the facilitation of spaces where individuals with similar interests and areas of expertise can informally gather to trade ideas and insights. In the digital world, you can call these public […]

Go Digital! Enhance IT Clarity for Construction Jobsites

  Technology planning is an involved process, requiring time and resources. To make good decisions, a contractor needs to understand key aspects of technology with the opportunity for significant productivity gains. Join us Thursday, March 25th at 10 am CT with Mortenson as we discuss how to improve the coordination between IT and our project […]


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


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.


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:

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.

Buildings ’21 Conference: Digital Twins and the Future of BIM

Salla Eckhardt leads this panel, alongside an esteemed group of industry experts, focused on digital twins and the future of BIM.

BuiltWorlds Venture Forum Demo Drop – DADO

Bridging the Digital Divide For Trade Contractors and Trade Workers. Much like a dado cut, DADO joins all your data and documents from many sources into one searchable system. A growing digital divide is being caused by the increased adoption of software in construction offices and the field. DADO bridges that divide as the only construction-specific, data-and-documentation search engine for shop drawings, plans, specifications, submittals, spool drawings, and more.

BuiltWorlds Venture Forum Demo Drop – Modulous (Jury Winner CSC2020)

Congrats to Modulous! The Jury’s Selected Winner for the Construction Startup Challenge 2020! The Modulous Fastrack solution is a digitally integrated process enabling the rapid design, assembly and delivery of high quality, affordable, sustainable and smart homes.

BuiltWorlds Venture Forum Demo Drop – Hiboo (Audience Winner CSC2020)

Congrats to Hiboo! The People’s Choice Winner for the Construction Startup Challenge 2020! Hiboo is a SaaS application that helps the construction industry to re-invent the way operations are being managed based on the data collected from all equipment. Hiboo collects and centralizes data from multiple sources on a single platform and turns it into actionable insights.

Buildings Conference Keynote: Vision 2030

Dustin DeVan, CEO of Awair and Founder of BuildingConnected, shares his outlook on how technologies such as blockchain, fintech, IoT Data Democratization and ML/AI are going to continue to shape and mold the processes and functions within the built environment in the coming years.

BuiltWorlds Venture Forum Demo Drop – SmartBarrel

SmartBarrel drastically reduces construction labor fraud with a sign in kiosk equipped with a facial detection camera. Rugged, solar powered and self-contained, with no app or RFID tags required, Smart Barrel provides instant, “tag-buddy proof” time sheets with indisputable audit trails.

BuiltWorlds Venture Forum Demo Drop – WaveScan

WaveScan is an A*STAR spin-off company specializing in the R&D of disruptive beamforming electromagnetics based smart sensor systems and advanced AI algorithms. Our proprietary technology builds upon nearly a decade-long R&D on microwave & millimeter-wave wireless sensors and is capable of high-resolution 4D sensing for non-destructive testing (NDT) applications. We provide an end-to-end AI-enabled asset inspection solution, addressing the specific needs of the built environment sector.

BuiltWorlds Venture Forum Demo Drop – Construyo

We are a young, dynamic team that strives for growth and profitability right from the start. Construyo is funded by the European Social Fund and the Berlin Senate Department for Economics, Energy and Enterprises. We have set ourselves the task of supporting small and medium-sized companies in the field of digitalization. Industry trends such as Building Information Modeling (BIM) are inaccessible to SMEs, which is why smaller construction companies have to rely on other partners.

Streamlining Communications Across the Jobsite

Brett Grendahl, CEO at Built Data, shares how they are aiming to eliminate wasted time, money and effort by streamlining project communications.

Introducing….”The Internet of Tools”

Matthew Kleiman, CEO at Cumulus, explains how they are applying the power of IoT to gauge the level of work and accuracy that is being applied to different aspects of a project.


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.