Currently Reading

3 startups making their mark in 2021

AEC Tech

3 startups making their mark in 2021

Meet a trio of AEC tech firms that are making advances in the COVID-19 era.

By David Malone, Associate Editor | April 15, 2021


Dallas, Texas

Founded: 2017

Founders: Clifton Harness (CEO), Ryan Griege (CTO)


TestFit 3d adjustmentsStructures can be generated in seconds with TestFit by simply inputting a building’s parameters. Building types and unit styles can be swapped instantly, massing adjustments can be made on the fly, and multiple sites can be reconfigured simultaneously.


TestFit uses a data-driven approach to smart urban planing and removes barriers in the adoption of generative design. TestFit helps real estate developers, architects, and urban planners conduct feasibility studies and test fit sites for multifamily, hotel, modular, parking, and office development. Using proprietary AI algorithms, the company claims results can be produced in seconds. Building simulations can be run using multiple parameters such as geolocation and 3D contest building to build on a site’s GIS data, user-generated building schemes for comparative analysis, and time-of-day shadow generation. Building typologies can be selected from presets that include wrap, donut, tower, hotel, and podium or they can be created custom by users. TestFit data can be exported to Sketchup, integrated with Dynamo/Revit, and have 3D views exported for PDF. In 2020, TestFit announced $2 million in seed funding from Parkway Venture Capital.




Tel Aviv, Israel

Founded: 2018

Founders: Aviv Leibovici (CPO), Roy Danon (CEO), Yasir Sudry (CTO)

Buildots was designed to enable maximum control of construction processes with minimal effort. The solution uses 360-degree cameras mounted to project managers’ hardhats to create a digital twin of the construction site and turn every site walk into process data. Once access to updated schedules and designs are loaded into the platform, Buildots uses artificial intelligence to automatically analyze and map all of the files to produce a detailed digital construction program to be tracked by the system. The process data is automatically aggregated and compared to the expected status of the project. 

Buildots can help track and identify project loose ends, analyze project progress, calculate expected payments, and detect errors. In order to ensure a higher degree of accuracy and the most valuable insights, the Buildots algorithm is augmented with manual analysis and assistance during the initial weeks of a project. The platform includes features such as automated video analysis, per-trade throughput and progress analysis, a consolidated project view with “percent complete" and identification of the most urgent issues, and on-demand project status and gap, both detailed and aggregated. Additionally, Buildots can be easily integrated into existing management workflows. 



AI Clearing

Austin, Texas

Founded: 2020

Founders: Michael Mazur (CEO), Adam Wisniewski (CTO)


Example of AI Clearing dashboardThe AI Clearing dashboard (below) for a highway construction project. The dashboard is interactive and fully customizable for each project. Reports are also available in PDF format.


AI Clearing is an artificial intelligence-powered construction progress monitoring solution meant to help companies track the progress of work on their large civil engineering project sites. Data from schedules, CAD, BIM, and drones is used and analyzed by artificial intelligence and then sent back to the client in the form of a dashboard. This dashboard tracks metrics such as utilization of materials, completion or various layers of road surface, and the number of structures erected while also identifying even the smallest discrepancies with the design. Analyzing this data could take a human employee 20 days or more, but AI Clearing is able to do the job in 20 minutes. 


AI Clearing aerial exampleAn example of an overhead drone photo with objects color-coded.


“We’ve realized that construction companies don’t want to spend a lot of time setting up systems, and they definitely don’t want to pay for yet another software license or subscription,” said Michael Mazur, CEO, Co-Founder, AI Clearing. “That’s why we structured the product the way we did. There’s one fee per project. It takes about four hours to set up the transfer of data from out clients and after that it’s automated. We pull the information in and send it back to the client in the form of analysis that’s displayed on dashboards for as many users as they want.” 

Current clients include PCL Construction in the U.S. and Canada, and the French construction group Vinci. AI Clearing recently completed a $2 million seed round in December 2020 that was led by Tera Ventures from Estonia. Co-investors included Venture Partners, Innovation Nest, and other funds from places including Australia.


Related Stories

AEC Tech | Sep 21, 2021

A new webtool follows ConTech from incubation to application and beyond

MIT and JLL have created Tech Tracker to help real estate professionals see what’s hot now and what might be.

Architects | Aug 5, 2021

Lord Aeck Sargent's post-Katerra future, with LAS President Joe Greco

After three years under the ownership of Katerra, which closed its North American operations last May, the architecture firm Lord Aeck Sargent is re-establishing itself as an independent company, with an eye toward strengthening its eight practices and regional presence in the U.S.

Architects | Aug 5, 2021

Lord Aeck Sargent's post-Katerra future, with LAS President Joe Greco

After three years under the ownership of Katerra, which closed its North American operations last May, the architecture firm Lord Aeck Sargent is re-establishing itself as an independent company, with an eye toward strengthening its eight practices and regional presence in the U.S.

AEC Tech | Jun 30, 2021

Orro Launches New Integration with Sonos, Providing Seamless In-Wall Control for Sonos Speakers

With the new integration, customers can use the dynamic display on Orro’s smart light switches to control their favorite audio content on their Sonos speakers.

AEC Tech | Jun 9, 2021

Orro Announces Unified Smart Home App

Orro app now provides control of other smart home devices from leading professional and consumer device manufacturers.

AEC Tech | Jun 8, 2021

FARO Expands Digital Twin Product Suite - Acquires HoloBuilder Inc.

FARO Technologies, a global leader of 3D measurement, imaging, and realization solutions for the 3D Metrology, AEC (Architecture, Engineering & Construction), and Public Safety Analytics markets, today announced the acquisition of HoloBuilder, Inc.

AEC Tech | May 27, 2021

New Work Zone Cam Pro Delivers 33% More Detail for Time-Lapse

Work Zone Cam, a leading provider of professional jobsite construction camera services, premiered its latest camera, which increases image resolution from 18 to 24 megapixels. The additional image detail helps track construction progress more accurately and results in higher resolution time-lapses for construction documentation.

AEC Tech | May 24, 2021

Digital twin’s value propositions for the built environment, explained

Ernst & Young’s white paper makes its cases for the technology’s myriad benefits.

Adaptive Reuse | Apr 15, 2021

The Weekly Show, Apr 15, 2021: The ins and outs of adaptive reuse, and sensors for real-time construction monitoring

This week on The Weekly show, BD+C editors speak with AEC industry leaders from PBDW Architects and Wohlsen Construction about what  makes adaptive reuse projects successful, and sensors for real-time monitoring of concrete construction.

More In Category

Magazine Subscription

Get our Newsletters

Each day, our editors assemble the latest breaking industry news, hottest trends, and most relevant research, delivered to your inbox.


Follow BD+C: