Jul 10, 2020

CEMEX Ventures Construction Startup Competition 2019 Winners

CEMEX Ventures
ConTech
Technology
Startups
Dan Weatherley
3 min
BIM
We take a closer look into the ten finalists of last years CEMEX Ventures’ Construction Startup Competition...

We take a closer look into the ten finalists of last years CEMEX Ventures’ Construction Startup Competition.

The annual competition, which is set to begin its 2020 edition shortly, enables start-up companies to showcase their innovative projects.

Last year, startups from over 71 countries across the planet took part in the competition. A number of nations particularly stood out thanks to their very high levels of participation. These included the United States, Mexico, Colombia, the United Kingdom and Egypt.

In France, 360 Smart Connect was recognised as the startup with the best project. The company offers an intelligent traceability platform for boosting efficiency in a number of different construction processes. 

Over in Argentina, Arqlite was recognised for its sustainable gravel. An artificial gravel made entirely of recycled plastics. The ‘green’ gravel, is around three times lighters and as much as ten times more insulating than conventional gravel solutions.

Coming in next is United States-based startup, Buildstream. Buildstream provides real-time management of virtually all heavy equipment found on-site in addition to logistics for construction projects and supply chains with greater complexity. The platform provides “universal and smart traceability for building industry’s efficiency”.

Another project from the US was also recognised for its efforts. Bldbox’s cutting-edge analysis platform equips builders with predictive budgeting capabilities. In addition to this, the platform carries the ability to provide estimates for new construction and development projects.

A number of Australia startups also took a stand in the competition. The biggest highlight was MATRAK, a material tracking network that digitizes the construction supply chain from start to finish in real-time. The startup is designed to “keep construction on track” which its simple yet powerful solutions.

Over in the United Kingdom, Morta was recognised for its innovative codification and automation tool. The tool has the ability to provide next-generation information management for construction through its end-to-end BIM management platform.

PlanRadar took the crown in Austria, with its simple yet efficient app which aims to ‘simplify your construction site’. With no training required, this app is designed to consolidate building project data and bring clarify to stakeholders. 

Over in Norway, Redbartek won the competition with its industrial robots which carry the ability to automate the prefabrication of reinforced cages, saving times and money. The startup offers a modern approach to rebar services. Utilizing robotics and lean management.

Another startup from the United States was recognised thanks to its artificial intelligence and machine learning-based end to end platform. The tool, designed by Thunderbolt Pipeline, is designed to enable pre-construction teams to bid more competitively.

Last but not least, Canada’s VERO was the winner of the competition thanks to its modular design-builder which includes disruptive patent-able hybrid technology. The platform is fostering the construction revolution with its award-winning hybrid concrete and steel ​modular ​technology and offsite​ ​construction process​. 

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Jun 22, 2021

Chengdu Hi-Tech Zone to invest RMB30 billion in five years

Chengdu
China
hitech
Technology
Dominic Ellis
3 min
Hi-Tech Zone unveils six projects and up to 50 R&D institutions will be built in the next five years

Chengdu is upping the hi-tech stakes after unveiling six projects and pledging to invest RMB30 billion in building 50 R&D institutions in the next five years.

The six projects comprise Chengdu Minshan Hydrogen Energy and Carbon Neutralization Technology Research Institute; Chengdu Minshan Integrated Positioning and Navigation Timing Technology Research Institute; Chengdu Minshan Power Semiconductor Technology Research Institute; Chengdu Minshan Microelectronics Advanced Enclosure Technology Research Institute; Chengdu Minshan Cell Engineering Technology Research Institute; and Chengdu Minshan West China Medical Surgery Robotics Research Institute. They will be backed by RMB450 million in funding.

The number of enterprises on the science and technology innovation board is also regarded as one of the important indicators of regional science and technology innovation strength. Since this year, enterprises in Chengdu Hi-tech Zone, such as Olymvax Biopharmaceuticals Inc., GIMI and Zongheng Stock, have successively landed on the science and technology innovation board. So far, there are 45 enterprises listed and passing reviews in Chengdu Hi-tech Zone, including 5 listed companies on the science and technology innovation board.


Centering on the three leading industries of electronic information, biomedicine and new economy, Chengdu High-tech Zone has attracted 128 Fortune 500 companies such as Intel and BOE, and introduced 11 ten-billion-yuan projects last year, involving companies such as Tencent, Baidu, and ByteDance.

In recent years, the zone has introduced six Nobel Prize winners, 20 academicians, and 328 national high-level talents, and nearly 150,000 enterprises from different industries have set up a presence, including more than 56,000 tech companies.

Chengdu High-tech Industrial Development Zone was set up in 1988, and in 1991, was approved as one of the first national high-tech zones. In 2006, it was listed as a pilot zone by the Ministry of Science and Technology and in 2015, approved by the State Council as the first national independent innovation demonstration zone in West China, according to China Briefing

In February, Chris van Duijn was selected, alongside GMP, as the winner of the Chengdu Future Science and Technology City Launch Area Masterplan and Architecture Design Competition (click here). The 4.6sq km masterplan, designed for the innovation industry in collaboration with CAUPD and Swooding, has been conceived as a pilot project to drive the development of the city around the new airport east of Chengdu.

OMA and GMP will develop the first phase of the overall masterplan, which will include an International Educational Park in the west led by OMA, and a Transit Oriented Development (TOD) in the southeast led by GMP.

NYSE-listed Xinyuan Real Estate Co. recently announced completion of five newly constructed properties, including Chengdu Xinyuan City.

Located in Shu Du New Town in the Pi Du District, Xinyuan City is surrounded by natural resources and offers various commercial facilities and leisure amenities, and is near the Medi River, Municipal Park, Knowledge Park, Cuckoo Park, and Chuangzhi Park.

A massive replica of the sunken ocean liner is now under construction in Daying County in Sichuan province, around 130kms from Chengdu, according to CNN Travel. Dubbed 'The Unsinkable Titanic', the ship is the exact same size as the original, 269.06 meters (882 feet) in length and 28.19 meters (92 feet) wide.

Chengdu, located in south-west China with a population of 20 million, is the seventh wealthiest city in China.

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