Round up: Laser scanning partnership, startup of the year, autonomous Cat vehicles, and more

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. Site 1001 named “Startup of the Year” and one of the “Top 50 Smart Building Companies”

We featured Site 1001 as one of the 50 companies on this list

September has been a month of awards for Site 1001, a facilities management platform that uses core building information, building systems and sensor data, and artificial intelligence. First, BuiltWorlds identified Site 1001 as one of the top 50 smart building companies of 2017. Then, Techweek participants, who include tech leaders, corporations, and entrepreneurs from across the nation, voted Site 1001 “Startup of the Year.” CEO Cleve Adams expressed excitement about these accomplishments, stating, “it was an especially high honor for Site 1001 to be named the ‘best of the best’…it shows that [Site 1001] technology is making waves in the smart building and AI space.” Hear Adams speak at the BuiltWorlds Project Management LA Conference.

Sources: Press release

2. BuildSourced rebrands as Tenna and expands its capabilities

BuildSourced, a physical asset management platform, has rebranded itself as Tenna, rolling out a new website and logo to correspond with its increased offerings. Available immediately, Tenna’s RFID trackers instantly document the movement of each unique tool in and out of defined boundaries, which makes taking inventory easier than ever before. In early 2018, Tenna will introduce Bluetooth, GPS, Cellular, and LoRa trackers to the market.

Source: Press Release

Caterpillar is one of the many companies that help Chicago stake its claim as a big built tech center. More on that here

3. Caterpillar rolls out autonomous vehicles

Caterpillar has recently started using autonomous mining trucks at three sites, demonstrating their use just one day before their investor conference in Tucson, AZ. Given Caterpillar’s stronghold in the construction industry…will this technology be implemented in construction vehicles next?


4. Leica Geosystems joins forces with Matterport to create 3-D image capture

Leica and Matterport are forming a new partnership: Matterport’s cloud-based platform that captures 360 degree, full-color, panoramic images of a space will now incorporate Leica Geosystem’s BLK360 imaging laser scanner to improve the efficiency and expense of on-site scanning.

We previously featured Matterport on an episode of Tech in Real Estate.


Tiago Correia, then-U.S. Director for Zaha Hadid, spoke at our 2017 Summit.

5. New multi-family project for Zaha Hadid Architects

Zaha Hadid Architects is partnering with Melbourne local Elenberg Fraser to create a 64-meter 19-story apartment block called “The Mayfair” on St Kilda Road. The building is typical of Zaha Hadid’s work, which draws inspiration from the surrounding landscape. Curved walls in between the buildings’ balconies create a wave-like effect, mimicking the lake that “The Mayfair” overlooks.