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Investors eye startups focused on automating construction

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July 15, 2019 | By Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Investors could reap big payoffs in an industry that experts say is ready for automation.

A new report on how contractors collect and use jobsite data is based on responses from 187 companies. Image: Dodge Data & Analytics

July 12, 2019 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Information is power, but are contractors collecting what they need to make better decisions?


As part of its four-year phased construction to Butler University's Gallahue Hall and Holcomb Building, Pepper Construction overlays imagery of where new utilities and buildings will be onto drawings and maps of existing structures. Pepper has been creating 3D models of underground utilities on jobsites since 2017. Image: Pepper Constructon


July 11, 2019 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Overlaying new installs and site surveys add precision to the construction process.

Blue Collar Labs launches Builder’s Almanac, an online construction technology evaluation platform


Builder’s Almanac a free informational resource that organizes technology by construction workflow.


July 10, 2019 | Blue Collar Labs

The free online resource aims to eliminate subjective bias from the contech software evaluation p...

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July 02, 2019 | Lance Hosey, FAIA, LEED Fellow, Design Director, Gensler

Could there come a time when buildings will become less about bricks and mortar and feel more lik...

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A crew member with BAM Construction (second from right), working on that contractor's King's Cross project in London, demonstrates how he correlates the installation of mechanicals with laser-scan models he accesses from the cloud, a process that Autodesk and Leica Geosystems developed. Image courtesy Autodesk

June 28, 2019 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The software goliath sounds the alarm about the urgent need for productivity improvements to addr...

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June 26, 2019 | David Barista, Editorial Director

About half (42%) say their firm is “on par” with their most-direct AEC competitors.

Mortenson, a top-20 nonresidential contractor, is teaming with Built Robotics to make upgrade kits for earthmovers used on Mortenson's renewable energy projects. Image: Built Robotics

June 10, 2019 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The partners will focus on equipment used for earthmoving in wind and solar projects.

AI and digital twin firm Reconstruct Inc. closing $7.7 million Series A investment

Rendering: Reconstruct Inc.

May 15, 2019 | Reconstruct Inc.

Reconstruct’s AI and digital twin capabilities provide indoor/outdoor views for project stakehold...

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Can machines design?

Illustration: Adobe Stock

May 07, 2019 | Lance Hosey, FAIA, LEED Fellow, Design Director, Gensler

Instead of debating about whether machines can design, why don’t we ask, What if they could? How...

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Report: Contractors invest $1.6 billion in workforce development annually

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April 25, 2019 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

ABC members increased training spending 45% from 2013, according to a new report. 

PlanGrid Delivers BIM Data in 2D and 3D Directly to Mobile Users in the Field

Construction teams and facilities managers can now drill down into rich BIM data in an easy-to-use 2D interface or 3D environment. Rendering: PlanGrid

April 24, 2019 | PlanGrid

One of the construction industry’s most widely-used mobile technologies makes critical data acces...

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A rendering of the 70-acre Seaport San Diego redevelopment, for which the owner's rep Gafcon is applying Digital Twin technology to manage the construction process. Courtesy Gafcon

April 24, 2019 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

One leading owner’s rep is pushing that idea with its “OneModel” BIM-sharing approach.

AEC angel investor

Jesse Devitte is among the coterie of savvy venture capitalists who saw gold in those AEC hills. McKinsey & Company estimates that investors pumped more than $10 billion into “contech” startups between 2000 and 2017. Illustration: Cathy LePenske, BD+C

April 19, 2019 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Jesse Devitte is among the prescient venture capitalists who’ve bet on the AEC industry finally c...

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4 fundamental relationships between buildings and machines

If and when AI drives the entire process of design, construction, and operation, buildings could become exponentially smarter with resources, money, time, and performance. Illustration:

April 17, 2019 | Lance Hosey, FAIA, LEED Fellow, Design Director, Gensler

If and when AI drives the entire process of design, construction, and operation, buildings could...

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NBBJ creates Design Performance Group whose goal is to connect building design with occupant wellbeing

NBBJ's Design Performance Group leaders, from left, are Nate Holland, Peter Alspach, and Margaret Montgomery. Image: NBBJ

April 12, 2019 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The firm also wants to advance energy efficiency in its projects.

2019 Accelerate AEC speaker lineup announced, May 13-14, NYC
April 10, 2019 | BD+C Staff

BD+C's third-annual Accelerate AEC Innovation Conference (May 13-14, NYC) will explore A...

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Embracing collaboration tools from outside the AEC industry

Source: VIATechnik

March 26, 2019 | Jesse Huynh, Studio Lead, VIATechnik

Let's take a look at the available technologies from outside AEC that are seeing greater adoption...

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5 ways designers and builders can use business intelligence with data they already have
March 24, 2019 | Steve Sanda, AIA, Digital Transformation Specialist

Tricky construction budgets, large project teams, and unique designs needing extensive coordinati...

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BI(m): BIM data without models

A new breed of data tools creates a valuable opportunity for the next wave of BIM and facilities management, one where “pure data” is at the center.

February 08, 2019 | John Tobin, New York Office Director, SMRT Architects and Engineers

A new breed of data tools creates a valuable opportunity for the next wave of BIM and facilities...

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Our robotic future: Assessing AI's impact on the AEC profession and the built environment

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January 09, 2019 | Lance Hosey, FAIA, Design Director, Gensler

This is the first in a series by Lance Hosey, FAIA, on how automation is disrupting design and co...

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Additive manufacturing heads to the jobsite

A 21-foot-long shipping container houses a mobile additive manufacturing “toolbox” that includes two Panasonic robots that can 3D print, weld, cut, and polish. The unit’s transportability to jobsites could make it ideal for producing bespoke spare parts in the field. Courtesy of Autodesk

December 07, 2018 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Prototype mobile 3D printing shop aims to identify additive manufacturing applications for constr...

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BD+C editors want your input on AEC technology

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September 27, 2018 | BD+C Staff

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Sponsored webinar: Benefits of traceable construction
| September 14, 2018 | FARO Technologies

In this free 60-minute webinar, Keith Alcorn of FARO Technologies will talk about the concept of...

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Weidt Group’s Net Energy Optimizer now available as software as a service

The software allows users to see validated results for hundreds of proven energy-efficiency options in real time.

July 24, 2018 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The proprietary energy analysis tool is open for use by the public.

Call for speakers: Accelerate AEC! innovation conference, May 2019

Speakers take the stage at the 2018 Accelerate AEC! conference, May 10, 2018, in Chicago. More than 150 AEC professionals attended the event. Photo: BD+C

July 17, 2018 | BD+C Staff

This high-energy forum will deliver 20 game-changing business and technology innovations from the...

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Watch all 19 Accelerate Live! talks on demand

In her talk at Accelerate Live! 2018, micro-buildings design expert Aeron Hodges, AIA, Senior Designer/Manager Stantec Architecture, explored the key drivers of the micro-buildings movement, and how the trend is spreading into a wide variety of building typologies. Photo: BD+C

June 24, 2018 | BD+C Staff

BD+C’s second annual Accelerate Live! AEC innovation conference (May 10, 2018, Chicago)...

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| June 15, 2018 |

Helpful tips for managing projects more effectively

June 11, 2018 |
In this 15-minute talk at BD+C’s Accelerate Live! conference (May 10, 2018, Chicago), a trio of expe... read more
June 11, 2018 |
In this 15-minute talk at BD+C’s Accelerate Live! conference (May 10, 2018, Chicago), AS+GG’s Anthon... read more
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