Associated Builders and Contractors announced the launch of its inaugural Tech Alliance—a consortium of firms that create construction technology and innovative digital solutions for ABC contractor members, the majority of which are classified as small businesses and primarily perform work in the industrial and commercial sectors. Consisting of 13 companies, the Tech Alliance will leverage technology solutions to help ABC members develop people, win work and deliver work safely, ethically and profitably for the betterment of the communities in which they work.
“The need for technological solutions—both big and small—in the construction industry is clear, especially given changing work conditions during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Matt Abeles, ABC’s vice president of construction technology and innovation. “I look forward to the exceptional products, education and dialogue the Tech Alliance companies will bring to ABC members and our evolving industry, especially as we continue to implement technology to revolutionize the design, build and delivery process.
In particular, the Tech Alliance will introduce small- and mid-sized contractors and subcontractors to construction technology solutions for: bidding, billing, BIM, compliance, connected equipment, CRM, field collaboration, job costing, jobsite monitoring, preconstruction, project management, safety analytics, security, service software, subcontractor management and time tracking, among others. Tech Alliance companies will also collaborate on resources for ABC members, including beta testing, free technology programs and educational webinars, and provide ABC’s 69 chapters with access to technology products being used by in the field by ABC contractor members.
The 2020-2021 Tech Alliance members include: Autodesk, BuildOps, Flashtract, myComply, Penta, Procore, ProEst, Real Time Risk Solutions, Riskcast, Safesite, StructionSite, SubHQ and Tenna.
In addition, ABC has started a Construction Technology and Innovation Committee, which will help guide future Tech Alliance partnerships, collaboration with the overall technology community and help ABC contractors meet the needs of a 21st workforce, business model and overall construction industry.