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Building Tech 50 List 2019

February 6, 2019

The Building Tech 50 list features 50 leading companies and solutions that are pushing the boundaries of how smart buildings are designed, built, operated, and maintained in 2019.

Top 20 Built World Moments of 2018

December 19, 2018

2018 was yet another big year in the built world. Whether through technology, venture financing, or sheer innovative thinking, the construction, architecture, engineering, and real estate industries continued to evolve. At BuiltWorlds, we witnessed that evolution firsthand as the world’s leading thinkers, builders, technologists, and deal-makers pushed the industry onward and upward in the face of new challenges

BuiltWorlds Holiday Gift Guide 2018

November 16, 2018

It’s that time of year as Cyber Monday approaches where you spend hours scouring the internet to find the perfect gift for your nephew, sister, parent, or co-worker. We’ve come across lists laying out the most popular gifts of this holiday season but what about a list with double meaning? Where can you find a […]

Adoption Leaders 50 List 2018

October 24, 2018

Following the success of last years Adoption Leaders Top List, we put a call out to our community for nominations for the 2018 List. Individuals were able to nominate themselves or their peers who are not only champions of technology within their organizations but leaders who stepped into newly created roles that exist today as […]

Venture Investors 50 List 2018

October 3, 2018

Earlier this year BuiltWorlds released its first ever list highlighting venture investors within the built environment. We saw major names like Brick & Mortar, Tech Stars, and the Autodesk Forge Fund, among other venture funds, accelerators, and strategic investors. It’s time we expand on that. We have found it imperative to keep our network informed […]

Connected Job Site 50 List 2018

August 22, 2018

We are excited to present to you the 2018 Connected Job Site 50 List, the easiest way to understand the companies changing the future of job sites through IoT-enabled, data collecting products and systems. Read on to see who made the list.

Building Tech 50 List 2018

July 24, 2018

INTRODUCTION Welcome to the 2018 Building Tech 50 List, your guide to the companies paving the way for the connected buildings of the future. Read on to see who made the list.     Download the full List with descriptions below.     WINDOWS 1. View  Removing the need for blinds altogether, View’s Dynamic Glass […]

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 […]

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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. […]

Elements of a Great Construction Management Program

November 8, 2018

Introduction As a hiring manager, you know that the construction industry is hungry for young talent. Nearly 20% of field managers and 15% of project managers will retire within the next five years and we need college graduates to quickly replace them. Construction Management (CM) programs are gearing up to […]

Professional Development Technologies for AEC

October 25, 2018

Introduction We all know the construction industry has a people problem. 89% of construction firms report a talent shortage. Our workforce is quickly aging. By 2020, individuals under the age of 40 will make up 50% of the U.S. workforce. However, the median age of U.S. construction workers is currently […]

The Key To Construction Productivity

October 10, 2018

The built world’s productivity lag is no secret. For a fast-moving and dynamic industry, construction projects still rely on outdated, inefficient practices. From the job site to the office, communication is often limited, access to important information is inconsistent, and scheduling is disjointed. The good news? That is beginning to […]

Valuation for the Corporate Venture Capitalist

October 4, 2018

Introduction Venture capital is flooding the built world and helping numerous tech startups disrupt the industry. As an established enterprise, you may feel threatened by these disruptions. It’s no use trying to beat progress. We’ve all heard the saying, “if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em.” What if you became […]

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How Collaborative Cloud-Based Software is Changing the Game for Contractors

Today’s modern construction project demands have contractors deploying the latest technology and software to not just keep pace, but to innovate — finding new ways to boost productivity, reduce waste and work better together across entire project teams. Modern construction management software is being designed to be more collaborative, allowing […]

How cost estimators are disrupting the construction industry and enabling full BIM execution

According to McKinsey, the global construction industry at large can boost productivity on projects by some 50 to 60 percent. This includes American construction companies. Here’s the good news: Some GC’s are already deep into new ways of working – and they are tapping into their cost estimators to improve […]

Weekly Round-Up: News from Autodesk, Komatsu, Pepper Construction, Parafin, and DroneDeploy

What happened this week in the built world? Here’s our Friday round up of news and announcements from members of the BuiltWorlds network. Want to be included? Send your press releases or story ideas to news@builtworlds.com. 1. Autodesk acquires Plangrid Autodesk, a leader in design and engineering software, has signed […]

Dispatches from Autodesk University: THE RECAP

After a week of meetings, keynotes, announcements, and (minimal) gambling at Autodesk University, the BuiltWorlds team is safely back in Chicago. Our Co-Founder Matt Abeles and Journalist Jim Lichtenwalter had an action-packed week in Las Vegas. With some time to decompress, we’ve been thinking a lot about what we saw […]

Triax, Travelers, and Gilbane partner up to increase safety and lower premiums on the jobsite

Since humans began constructing buildings, there have been occupational hazards associated with working at high heights, operating machinery and equipment, and lifting heavy loads. Even today, as general contractors and industry partners do more and more to protect the modern worker with regulations and improved safety training and equipment, there […]

Dispatches from Autodesk University: DAY THREE + FOUR

Photo courtesy of Autodesk Following an action-packed first two days, Autodesk University came to a close Thursday. While the main keynote on Tuesday contained a lot of information about Autodesk’s priorities and future plans, the tail-end of the conference gave us a glimpse at how the software company is practicing […]

Weekly Round-Up: News from Ving, Quality Built, WakeCap, WeatherBuild, StructionSite, and the Rudolph Libbe Group

What happened this week in the built world? Here’s our Friday round up of news and announcements from members of the BuiltWorlds network. Want to be included? Send your press releases or story ideas to news@builtworlds.com. 1. Ving partners with Quality Built and The Holmes Group to create an innovative […]

Dispatches from Autodesk University: DAY TWO

After successfully avoiding the blackjack tables and slot machines Monday night, we awoke refreshed and ready to tackle Day Two of Autodesk University. It was a big day for a number of reasons. For one thing, Tuesday featured a keynote directly from Autodesk’s CEO Andrew Anagnost and CTO Scott Borduin, […]

Dispatches from Autodesk University: DAY ONE

Each year, thousands of professionals in the built industry converge upon Las Vegas for Autodesk University (AU), a massive, sprawling conference focused on the innovations, announcements, integrations, and learning opportunities in the Autodesk ecosystem. The event attracts upwards of 10,000 attendees each year with a schedule packed full of exciting […]

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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!

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