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What is AEC Labs?

Conceived in the trenches of URS Corporation and, today, AECOM, AEC Labs has an industry-specific focus: to identify, analyze, and discuss the early-stage startup companies, trends, and technologies that are disrupting the architecture, engineering, and construction industries. Our team has an extensive, on-the-ground AEC background: we understand tech’s potential and recognize the industry’s pitfalls. We offer a unique blend of expertise and insights that is truly distinct from other AEC players.

Latest from our blog

Is Amazon Really “Reinventing” the Construction and Real Estate Development Markets?

A recent article in the UK’s Construction News publication (also picked up nationally here in the US by Bisnow) suggests that Amazon is “reinventing” the construction and real estate development markets thanks to its incredible growth, both in the US and abroad. But what, specifically, does that mean? And should construction industry stakeholders feel “emboldened” or “threatened” by Amazon’s disruptive tactics? Could the company vertically integrate into a development, design, and construction operation that serves third-party clients? We tackle all of these questions in this article here at AEC Labs.

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SaaS Contech Startup, Reconstruct, Integrating AI, BIM to Boost Productivity and Predict Problem Projects

Reconstruct calls itself an integrator of the “ABCs” of construction tech (artificial intelligence, BIM, and computer vision); its product is a software tool that simultaneously applies reality capturing, BIM, and project scheduling. It assembles images and data from drones, handheld cameras, and laser scanners to create 3D models of a project during construction. Simultaneously, the model integrates the project schedule from Oracle’s Primavera, Microsoft Project, and BIM models.

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The Future of the Built Environment: What New Technology Will Be Most Disruptive to the Construction Industry?

I had the pleasure of sitting on a panel at the first Builtworlds Project Conference in New York City that discussed the future of the construction industry. What technologies will be most disruptive both in the short- and long-term? Where are our respective AEC organizations seeing specific challenges and opportunities for innovation? In this article, I’ve outlined some of those questions as posed to the panel with my own answers.

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Another Australian Prefab Construction Tech Startup Raises Funding for Sydney Factory

Integration is a hot buzz word in construction right now so it shouldn’t be surprising that a lot is happening in today’s construction tech startup world around prefab and modular technology. Recently, another Australian startup has secured seven-figure funding for a modular construction solution. Based in Perth, Pro9 Global has raised $8M to build a manufacturing facility in Sydney for its prefab wall, window, and facade systems.

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How Can Construction Tech Help Solve These 8 Major Design Firm Inefficiencies?

This is a response piece to a list of 8 design firm inefficiencies recently discussed at Building Design + Construction magazine. In it, we analyze each, and suggest how construction tech could provide a solution. Our biggest takeaway? The AEC industry is changing rapidly on numerous fronts, and firms need to adapt and evolve or otherwise risk becoming obsolete.

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Whether you’re an investor, inventor, architect, engineer, or construction professional, we want to hear from you. Tell us about your ideas, your companies, or the pain points in the field that technology might be able to help solve. We’ll feature you on our blog or, maybe, end up working together. Either way, tell us what you’re up to, and let’s start a conversation about the future of the AEC industry.

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