Posts by Ben

  1. Meet Pauline Schoech, a Civil Engineering Grad Who Developed a Passion for Virtual Design and Construction

    Meet our November Pathfinder, Pauline Schoech, a Pensacola-based VDC Coordinator at Brasfield & Gorrie. She first became interested in construction during middle school when her older brother (who works as an estimator) brought blueprints home. After getting a civil engineering degree from a top-ranked engineering school, she was still intrigued by construction, which led her…

  2. Highlights from Waypoint 2021, OpenSpace’s First Annual User Summit

    On November 2, OpenSpace was joined by over 250 construction professionals from across the industry and across the world for our first annual virtual user conference, titled Waypoint 2021. This interactive event provided an opportunity for the OpenSpace team to announce new products and features, share best practices from customers, and engage in conversation with…

  3. OpenSpace Community

    Announcing: OpenSpace Community

    A new way to build relationships with industry peers We’re excited to announce the recent launch of OpenSpace Community, a must-join space for construction professionals to connect, learn, grow, and innovate. A focused collective for the AEC industry to network and build relationships, share use cases, tips and tricks, suggest new product ideas or updates,…

  4. Meet Dante DeFazio, a Natural Problem Solver Whose Love of Learning Led him to Construction

    Meet our October Pathfinder, Dante DeFazio, a Project Manager at Virginia Tech, which also happens to be his alma mater. He’s spent much of his career on the move—living and working in the DC area, Oklahoma City, Austin, TX, and now, southwest Virginia. He discovered the construction industry through a chance happening when he was…

  5. Announcing an Updated Version of Field Notes with Powerful New Features

    Since we first released Field Notes, we’ve heard about how valuable they’ve become on jobsites, enabling customers to make short work of punch items, RFIs, and observations and to improve communication. All an OpenSpace user has to do is take a picture or write a comment in the field, and it gets automatically mapped to…

  6. Meet Chris Owen, a Technologist Whose Love of Gadgets Led Him to Construction

    Meet our September Pathfinder, Chris Owen, a London-based BIM Coordinator for Skanska. He had an expat upbringing in Thailand, but his family eventually returned to the UK so he and his sister could prepare for university. Though he initially studied sports science with an eye toward becoming a sports therapist, he ended up discovering construction…

  7. Hybrid Construction

    Industry Survey: How technology is ushering in a new era of hybrid construction

    Last year, the COVID-19 pandemic prompted the transition to remote work practically overnight for many office workers. Today, many continue to work from home at least part-time, although most authorities have given the green light to reopen office doors. Both employers and employees are recognizing how remote arrangements, whether fully remote or hybrid models, can…

  8. How Tishman Speyer Uses OpenSpace to Strengthen Tenant Relationships and Improve Communication

    As a leading owner, developer, operator and fund manager of first-class real estate around the world, Tishman Speyer is always in search of cutting-edge technology to help improve delivery and operational efficiency.  When Director of Design and Construction Eleftherios Pittas first came across OpenSpace in early 2019, he was struck by its potential to improve…

  9. Automated progress tracking

    How Automated Progress Tracking Improves Transparency on Jobsites and Helps Avoid Rework

    Here’s a primer on how manual construction progress photography is currently used to help GCs, owners and trades chart the progress of projects—and how AI-powered automated progress tracking is improving transparency and communication. What is progress tracking? Progress tracking is an effort to provide a reliable record of developments from week to week—or even day…

  10. Ethan is our August Pathfinder Spotlight

    Meet Ethan Meyers, a Natural-Born Builder Who Found His Calling in Construction

    Meet our August Pathfinder, Ethan Meyers, a Kansas City-based Project Engineer for A.L. Huber General Contractor. Growing up, he was an imaginative child who tinkered with engines and toy trucks. His love of building things ultimately led him to a career in construction.  An Early Enthusiasm for Construction and Engineering Ethan grew up south of…