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M&A Activity Spells a New Future for the Built World

April 10, 2019

December 2017 to December 2018 saw a flurry of M&A activity in the construction technology space. Not only did we see the birth of two new “unicorns,” but a few “legacy” technology companies acquired a variety of startup solutions. We set out to figure out why these acquisitions happened and what they mean for the built world moving forward.

The Built World Investment Report Card

March 27, 2019

The Built World Investment Report Card is meant to summarize where we are as an industry and where we’re going. We’ll cover large-scale themes like the growth in investment entering the space, the solutions that solve pain points in the market, strategic investment and its importance, and vertical integration.

Streamlining Bid Management

February 27, 2019

Bidding and estimating is a crucial component of preconstruction planning. New construction software platforms are making that process easier for owners, general contractors, and subcontractors with intuitive digital bid management tools.

Managing Financial Risk in Construction

February 19, 2019

Financial risk is apparent throughout the construction industry, often causing delays, cost overruns, and issues in the payment process. Major technology players offer more transparent, digital communication networks, all under the guise of reducing the risk that’s associated with a given construction project.

Damping Systems in Supertall Buildings

February 13, 2019

With increasing urban density and our continuous need to build up, we have become tasked with greater feats of engineering in order to keep people safe and comfortable while surpassing the cloud line. The supertall revolution is impacting all members of the building process from design to construction to maintenance and operation.

Building Toward Infrastructure Resilience

January 30, 2019

The growing risk of extreme weather has placed significant stress on our infrastructure networks. How can the design, operations, and maintenance of critical infrastructure assets evolve to facilitate resilience?

AI & Machine Learning in Preconstruction

January 16, 2019

Artificial intelligence and machine learning have already begun taking over the technology landscape in 2019. We’re diving into how these groundbreaking computer-aided softwares are impacting the preconstruction process, diving into what you need to know in order to evaluate new companies and the use cases for your business.

Avoid Added Delays with Jobsite Monitoring

December 12, 2018

From small residential contracting to large scale infrastructure construction, a project manager’s ability to ensure profitable, timely, and injury-free project delivery depends on their ability to monitor all activities performed on site. This isn’t always feasible or efficient; with crews of workers from different trades, material suppliers, field service technicians, […]

Going Lean: Toward Waste-Free Building

November 15, 2018

A recent report produced by Transparency Market Research projects that the world will generate nearly 2.2 billion annual tons of solid waste by the year 2025, up from 1.3 billion tons in 2012. Astonishingly, it is estimated that nearly half of that waste is generated on the construction job site. […]

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Top Lists

20 Infrastructure Solutions Toward a Smarter City

June 25, 2018

In advance of the BuiltWorlds Cities Conference, we wanted to showcase 20 companies with some of the most exciting and innovative solutions to common infrastructure problems in the areas of: communication, water, energy, mobility and waste. Read on to explore how each of these key areas have already begun to be disrupted today while setting […]

Top 27 Venture Players

May 10, 2018

Updated 5/14: As we approach our first ever BuiltWorlds Venture Conference, we wanted to bring back our report highlighting 27 Venture Players in the Built World. If you have already looked through our report, we recommend taking a second look as you prepare for thought-provoking panels and discussion at the conference. If this is the […]

Automation

15 Key Players in Construction Automation

April 24, 2018

Leading up to our Machines Conference, we wanted to present you with some of the leading emerging players in built world machinery innovation. As we pulled together the most trailblazing players, one theme was clear: the future of construction machinery is increasingly automated. It’s one of the fastest developing sectors in construction industry technologies, as […]

The Three Waves of Built Worlds Project Software: 33 Systems over 40 Years

February 20, 2018

Project management systems are not new to the industry. For decades, AEC and real estate firms have benefitted from streamlined solutions to scheduling, asset management, data organization, and team correspondence, but in the past few years, the pool of software companies offering these services has dramatically deepened. Why? With building projects increasing in scale and […]

The 19 Biggest Venture Deals of 2017 (and early 2018)

January 30, 2018

Dovetailing off our Top 27 Venture Players report, we’ve put together the 19 largest AEC and real estate venture rounds of the past year. There were plenty of surprises. Perhaps first and foremost is that our list kicks off with a $4.4 billion solo investment, which is fairly indicative of the sheer scale of funding […]

The BuiltWorlds Innovation Report 2017

December 20, 2017

As we approach the end of 2017 and look back on the last 12 months, it’s clear that it’s been a standout year for the AEC industry. From emerging technology to stunning venture rounds, 2017 has been loaded with dynamic built industry news. And we don’t want to keep you out of the loop. To […]

Adoption Leaders 50 List 2017

November 15, 2017

A few weeks ago, we put a call out to our community to nominate themselves or their peers in the built world who are not only champions of technology within their organizations but leaders who stepped into newly created roles that exist today as the result of increased tech adoption — and we’re seeing them becoming increasingly more common across AEC-RE companies today.

45 companies & technologies paving our future in IoT and connected jobsites

October 2, 2017

Here are 45 of the top companies and technologies paving our future in IoT and the connected jobsite in drones, tools/equipment, people/safety, materials, monitoring, and scanners.

The 50 hottest technologies, products, & systems for smart buildings

September 13, 2017

As we approach the Buildings 2.0 conference, here are 50 companies with the some of the most exciting software and hardware products and systems for today’s buildings.

News & Analysis

Articles & Feature Stories that cover the latest news & trending topics

How Chicago retail is meeting consumers’ desire for “experiences”

It’s no secret that the retail industry is changing. Over 4,000 legacy retail stores locations – including Payless ShoeSource – are expected to shut their doors this year alone, and Sears is on the endangered list. Simply put, customers’ tastes and needs are changing.  In 2006, customers under 25 did […]

Shifting Gears: It’s Time to Focus on the Industry’s Mounting Skills Gap

This is a Contributor Post from Assignar. If you are interested in having your thought leadership pieces appear in BuiltWorlds’ News Section and distributed across our Member Network, apply to be a Contributor here A Well-Trained Workforce Can Help Retain Workers, Enhance Productivity and Boost Profits There’s been a lot […]

Fireside Chat with Paul Ozinga, Owner & Executive Vice President of Ozinga

BuiltWorlds sat down with Paul Ozinga, Owner and Executive Vice President of Ozinga, a concrete, cement, logistics, and energy company based in Chicago. We talked about the company’s family roots, goals, and the amazing Chicago-based projects Ozinga has been vital to. Here in Chicago Ozinga is a really well-respected company. […]

7 Key Trends Disrupting Finance In Buildings and Construction

Later this week, during our Venture Conference, one of the most prominent topics we’ll be tackling in FinTech. Technology is changing all aspects of the jobsite, including the way money moves around projects. With that in mind, we looked at some of the most powerful trends at work in the […]

3 Open Innovation Options Giving Startups a Head Start

Traditionally, when we think of startups gaining traction, a venture capitalist plays significantly into the success of a hot young company. You might have a great idea or product, but you don’t have any capital. VCs and angel investors provide that cash-infusion so many startups need to get out of […]

Technology Jumpstarts Lean Construction Practices

This article is a Contributor Post written by Sarah Lee of Pype. If you are interested in the BuiltWorlds Contributor Program, click here.  The most important elements of any construction project are time, cost and quality. Often, one of those three will get deprioritized or outright dismissed by way of stakeholder priorities. […]

Maverick Award Winner Q&A: Suffolk’s Jit Kee Chin, talks data and the jobsite

We sat down with Jit Kee Chin, Suffolk’s new Executive Vice President and Chief Data Officer, a new role we’re seeing cropping up in the industry. One of our Maverick Award winner, Chin is doing a lot of exciting things to leverage data on the jobsite. BuiltWorlds’s News Analyst, Jim […]

How Ozinga’s CarbonCure-treated concrete was leveraged in McDonald’s Chicago flagship restaurant

The new McDonald’s flagship store in Chicago’s River North neighborhood is unlike any McDonalds’ restaurant you’ve ever seen. Designed by the iconic Ross Barney Architects firm, this beautiful structure of glass and steel has more in common with an Apple store than your run-of-the-mill restaurant. Aside from its striking appearance, […]

Office Transition Survival Guide

Thousands of businesses across the country have some sort of office transition each year. In some cases, it’s because they have grown too large for their current spaces, or maybe it’s because they are downsizing to smaller, more cost-efficient real estate. It could also be a strategic move to be […]

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Video Vault

Explore videos covering expansive topics in the built world

HCSS’ JP Giometti talks integrating data from machines

During this discussion, JP Giometti, Digital Transformation of IoT, and Growth at HCSS Software explored the way in which HCSS is aggregating mixed-fleet telematics data beyond asset tracking to drive project productivity and efficiency.

PARAFIN Co-Founder Adam Hengels talks machine learning and the future of design

Generative design, an approach based in machine learning, is the contemporary frontier of building design and pushing this frontier even further is the tech start-up PARAFIN.

Building McDonald’s corporate headquarters and renovating Chicago’s Old Post Office

Two of the hottest projects in Chicago were the renovation of the city’s Old Post Office building and the construction of 110 Carpenter, McDonalds corporate headquarters. At BuiltWorlds’ Projects Chicago Conference earlier this summer, Grant Uhlir, Principal of Gensler and Dan Brooks, Senior VP of Sales at KONE talked about the their work in these […]

Robotics on the job site

We are always thinking of new ways to make job sites safer places. Today, one of the most obvious methods for safe construction is through the use of robotics, ranging from autonomous rebar-tying to bricklaying robots. In this panel from our Machines conference, Michael Lawrence (True Autonomy), Rafael Astacio (Construction Robotics), Yaron J. Schwarcz (Skyline Robotics), Samrudhdi […]

High Tech Offices – The workspace of the future is here

Buildings are not static objects, they morph and change. The technology revolution has come for the cubicle farm. Now, there are management apps to turn your phone into a remote control for your office, smart lighting apps to make sure the lights are actually turned off at night and so many others.

A Smarter Home: Tech in Residential Buildings

While many large-scale buildings have become increasingly intelligent and sophisticated, smaller scale domestic dwellings often lack the benefits of these advancements. Though a wide range of incentive programs and technology advancements continue to enter the market, many existing homes have yet to be modernized. At the same time, new homes […]

Pop-up shops and the placemaking of retail

Latent Design’s Katherine Darnstadt and Related Midwest’s Dani Sassower closed down Retail Day with a discussion on BoxTops, a pop-up retail experience in Chicago that reuses shipping containers. 

Retail gets more convenient – Ways technology are changing the way we shop and dine

At BuiltWorlds’ Retail Day, GrubHub’s Adam DeWitt, Listen’s Jeff Cantalupo, Boni’s Paul Colgan, Interior Define’s Rob Royer, and InContext Solutions Mark Hardy discussed ways the retail industry is changing as technology makes things like shopping and dining more and more convenient.

Speedcore: Constructing Supertall buildings super-fast explained by Joe Dardis

Constructing Supertall buildings super-fast, there’s a new, safer way to do that: SpeedCore!