Round up: Asia needs BIM help; M&A; and Tech Talk

What’s happening this week in our industry? 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


1. Vietnamese government seeks Autodesk’s help in reforming its construction industry

This year’s Hackathon is bigger, better, and with more problems to solve. Autodesk will be sponsoring the traditional software challenge. Learn more about last year’s Hackathon here.

Daniel Green, Autodesk’s Asia-Pacific (APAC) Director of Government Affairs, will teach the Institute of Construction Economics, the Ministry of Construction, and the BIM Steering Committee of Vietnam about the most effective ways to mobilize BIM in construction projects. The BIM Steering Committee is planning to use this knowledge to create resources on BIM for Vietnamese construction companies. The Vietnamese government aims to make BIM standard throughout the nation by 2021.



2. DLA Piper merges with Liner LLP

Above: DLA Piper lends us some solid advice for startups looking for an exit strategy.

On October 1, DLA Piper completed its merger with Liner LLP. Both law firms have a significant presence in the real estate industry. The merger will continue DLA Piper’s expansion into the West Coast real estate sector.



3. FMI advises Building Industry Partners on the acquisition of Ideal Fencing Corp, LLC

FMI will sponsor the construction profitability challenge at our 2017 Hackathon.

FMI capital advisors, a subsidiary of FMI Corporation and the top investment banking firm in construction, served as the sole financial adviser Building Industry Partners on its acquisition of Ideal Fencing Corp, LLC. Based out of Erie, CO, Ideal Fencing Corp specializes in manufacturing highway and bridge guardrails.



4. participates in Techtopia Pavilion at NECA

Learn more about the technology in the article we wrote earlier this year.

At the 2017 National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) convention in Seattle this week gave a Tech Talk about its SmartTag engine. SmartTag uses machine learning to better organize and analyze industrial photos and videos. Other industry disruptors, including Stok, Rhumbix, and FieldWire, joined at the convention.