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Research Reports

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. […]

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 […]

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Top Lists

2019 Venture Deals 50 List (of 2018)

March 6, 2019

We’re laying out the top 50 venture deals that took place in 2018 within the built industry. You know the biggest deals, but the rest might surprise you.

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 […]

News & Analysis

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

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 […]

Reach for the sky: 3 technologies allowing us to build taller skyscrapers

Humans are always looking for hurdles to overcome, challenges to conquer. We are always building better, taller, faster things. This is especially true in the construction industry. Ever since we began constructing shelters and living spaces, humans have been trying to reach the sky with increasingly taller and taller buildings. […]

5 Top Trends and Players in Fast-Changing Building Technology

“Building Tech” is a fascinating space right now because technology in this context includes everything from new systems for planning better buildings to new systems and products for smarter and efficient buildings. As we move from our Project Planning Conference to Buildings 2.0, the next conference in our series, we […]

6-Dimension BIM and Beyond | From a material supplier’s perspective

This article is a Contributor Post written by Matthew Carli of Laticrete. If you are interested in the BuiltWorlds Contributor Program, click here.  Understanding construction has meant a cryptic world with a backbone of sweat and heavy hard work for as long as people have built structures, which undoubtedly has produced rewarding […]

Three Key Takeaways from Projects NYC 2019

Last week, the BuiltWorlds team left snowy Chicago for New York City for our Projects NYC Conference. Focusing on the crucial preconstruction phase, this gathering of industry professionals featured discussions about the emerging solutions that builders are using to get their projects off the ground more efficiently. The conference was […]

Permits – Floodplains, FEMA, and the Fifty Percent Rule

This article is a Contributor Post, and written by Erin Watson of Permits.com. If you are interested in the BuiltWorlds Contributor Program, click here.  Last week, I was planting this year’s garden. Today, I’m salvaging the belongings that matter most before flood waters creep past the threshold and destroy my […]

Three ways AI and machine learning are making preconstruction easier

A construction project can be a time-consuming undertaking, stretching across several months– and even years–depending on the scope and complexity of the building in question. While not every project is the same, no matter what type of job you are working on, the most vital time period in any project […]

10 Most Promising Trends and Tech Players in Preconstruction & Planning

Next week, the BuiltWorlds team will be jetting off to the Big Apple for our Project New York City Conference. There, we’ll be talking all about  the innovations happening in preconstruction. As we begin moving toward the event, we thought it would be helpful to lay out the most exciting trends and […]

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Video Vault

Explore videos covering expansive topics in the built world

Building Smart Cities – Paul Doherty talks the future of urban development

Paul Doherty, the CEO of The Digit Group spoke at BuitlWorlds’ Cities Conference about the developments in smart cities construction taking place all around the world including Nashville; Qingdao, China; and Medina, Saudi Arabia. In his keynote, Doherty highlights some exciting new technologies including AR/VR, smart cars, and autonomous smart […]

The Pros and Cons of Construction Tech

Raffi Holzer, CEO of Avvir; Taralinda Willis, Co-Founder and CEO of Curate; Dave Wald, CEO of Aclaimant; and Dan Weisman, Executive Director of Strategic Business Developments at Penta Technologies talk construction technologies, and how solutions are are moving the built industry forward. This panel was held at our Projects Chicago […]

Increasing investment in the built world – Darren Bechtel discusses how new tech is influencing financing

At BuiltWorlds’ Venture Conference in May, Brick & Mortar’s Darren Bechtel delivered a keynote about investing in the built industry. In his talk, Bechtel specifically highlighted the importance of collaboration and consistency as construction tech further develops. Read the coverage from our first Venture Chicago conference here. For further info […]

Tooled Up – Making sense of new digital tools for construction

As projects has grown more complex, with more stakeholders, digital tools have streamlined many construction projects. The panelists examine how these tools improve ROI and help projects from going over-budget.

Bridging the Gap – How Fifth Wall is facilitating tech innovation in real estate

Fifth Wall Ventures is the world’s largest venture fund focusing on the built environment. One of the fund’s major focuses is the real estate industry, which is going through a transformative change, spurred on by the development of new technology. In his keynote at BuiltWorlds’ Venture Conference, Fifth Wall principal Roelof […]

Reach for the Sky – How Drones are Changing the Built Industry

While FAA regulations have somewhat hindered the growth of the drone industry, they are being put to excellent use into AEC space.

Partner Up – Cat Ventures and busybusy discuss strategic partnerships

BuiltWorlds CoFounder Matt Gray sits down with Brian Lowry, investment manager at Cat Ventures, and Isaac Barlow, CEO of busybusy at the BuiltWorlds Venture Conference in May. 

Behind the scenes at Venture with Zach Scheel, CEO of Rhumbix

During our Venture: Chicago conference, we caught up with the CEO of software telematics company, Rhumbix, Zach Scheel. Here, he speaks in a wide-reaching conversation about funding, the future of the paperless jobsite and much more.

Spilling Beans: Key Figures in the Building of World’s Largest Starbucks Talk Shop

The new four-level Starbucks flagship coming to Michigan Avenue in 2019 will be the world’s largest for the popular American coffee giant. At our Projects: Chicago Conference, Todd Siegel, VP at CBRE spoke about how he, along with partners, secured and completed a transaction for the largest Starbucks Roastery in the world–45,000 SF on the Mag Mile for one of four Reserve Roasters globally.

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