Ten ‘smartest’ construction start-ups unveiled

By Andy Brown23 July 2019


Ten new construction companies have been chosen by Cemex as the ‘smartest’ following a three-day event

The ten most innovative construction start ups in the global construction industry have been chosen at an event organised by Mexican-based cement maker Cemex.

At a three-day conference construction start-ups were given the chance to pitch Cemex about their firms. The winning ten are being given the chance to collaborate with Cemex in developing their concepts in markets where Cemex already operates, or may move into.

A video presentation of the winning firms can be seen here.

The ten smartest construction start-ups as judged by Cemex are:

360 Smart Connect

360 Smart Connect (France) developed a way to insert chips into a concrete element containing information, including on how to use it, its cost and what it is made from.


Arqlite (Argentina) produced gravel from recycled plastics, which creates a material 66% lighter and 10 times more insulating than conventional gravel, which can be used for concret, drainage and precast.


BuildStream (US) produced a free software tool that integrates other software systems, facilitating the real-time management of heavy equipment and logistics in complex construction projects.


US-based BldBox is a cost estimating platform that uses historical project data to calculate estimates for future projects.


Matrak (Australia) won with a digital hub that is said to allow teams and companies to easily work together.


UK-based Morta automates the business of checking designs for compliance with building regulations.


PlanRadar (Austria) provides ’software as a service’ to improve project documentation and communication between the project team.


Norway-based Rebartek uses robots to automate the prefabrication of reinforcement cages.

Thunderbolt Pipeline

Thunderbolt Pipeline (US) is a platform that uses AI and machine learning to reduce risks and allow preconstruction teams to make more competitive offers.

Vero Solutions

Vero Solutions (Canada) invented a modular design system for steel and cement.

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