2018 was a big year, both for BuiltWorlds and the built world. Our industry saw a lot of changes and new trends. As we sign off 2018 and turn our attention to 2019, we wanted to look at the most popular news articles from each month, chart the path the built industry took over the course of 2018.
- January: BuiltWorlds started the year off profiling member company Triax Technologies, which provides mesh networks and tracking tools for jobsites. The company released its Spot-r EquipTag, a small device designed to be attached to tools and equipment. BuiltWorlds started the year off covering this new piece of equipment and talking to Triax about its future plans.
- February: One of the biggest pieces of new in BuiltWorlds’ member network was Flux’s decision to pivot from its original business as software for architects, engineers, and general contractors to its current play as Helix.re. The shift was of particular interest since Flux raised $40 million.
- March: The second week in March the National Association of Women in Construction celebrated Women in Construction Week. With that in mind, BuiltWorlds released this story focusing on the Week, and what the NAWIC is doing to move the industry forward.
- April: Technology has radically changed the way we catalog and scan jobsites. In April, BuiltWorlds profiled one of the most exciting pieces of pieces of tech: the Matterport Pro2 3D camera. It’s tools like this that are causing the built industry to innovate and streamline a lot of processes.
- May: In 2017, it seemed like you couldn’t go more than 15 minutes without hearing about drones. And for good reason, this “It” product is making formerly laborious processes easier and more streamlined. Check out this May story about how drones were used in the St. Luke’s Hospital project in St. Louis.
- June: 2018 was a busy year for construction tech startups raising funds and capital. In June, BuiltWorlds covered field management solution Raken’s $10 million series A.
- July: In July, BuiltWorlds sent a few members of its team across the pond for our European Road Trip to check out the major players operating in London and Paris. Check out this recap of the trip’s last two (and most interesting) days.
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- August: Another interesting construction tech play, Autodesk acquired Assemble Systems in July. Following the acquisition, BuiltWorlds sat down with Assemble president Don Henrich to talk with him about the change and how the company fits in Autodesk’s substantial portfolio.
- September: With 2018 being such an exciting year for the venture section of the built industry. BuiltWorlds had an opportunity to catch up with Darren Bechtel, Founder & Managing Director of Brick and Mortar Venture. Catch up with the interview here.
- October: Keeping with the Venture theme, BuiltWorlds had a chance to speak with Jesse Devitte, co-founder of Borealis, about his new fund, Building Venture.
- November: In the digital age, the use and leveraging of data have become vitally important. Triax Technologies, Traveler’s Companies, and Gilbane Building Company recently announced a collaboration to share data collected on job sites to increase safety and lower premiums. BuiltWorlds covered this new development and what the implications are for the rest of the industry.
- December: Right after Jesse Devitte’s new fund, Building Ventures, announced it closed a $53 million of fundraising, BuiltWorlds took a look back at Jesse’s involvement at BuiltWorlds.
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