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Summer 2019 highlights and why we're excited for the fall

Summer 2019 highlights at Smartvid.io

It’s hard to believe that summer is almost over!  In some parts of the country, kids are already heading back to school.  Here in Boston, ours are still clinging to two more weeks of vacation.  

It's been an active summer for us at Newmetrix, and not just in the vacation category.  Here are some highlights:

Strategic funding

We completed a strategic funding round to help drive our work on predictive analytics, welcoming in new strategic investors Suffolk, Obayashi, and JE Dunn alongside additional funding from existing strategic investors Building Ventures and Leawood Venture Capital. 

Predictive Analytics Council

Speaking of predictive, we increased the membership of the Predictive Analytics Strategic Council, welcoming in new companies Lithko, Skanska Sweden, and Obayashi.  And there are five additional companies completing the necessary requirements to join.


We held two live webinars on the practical use of AI in construction. One with Shawmut and the other was a customer panel including Barton Malow, Hawaiian Dredging, and partner StructionSite.  

On the conference side of things, in July, we shared a panel with Ryan Hale of Lithko at the BuiltWorlds Project Delivery Conference where we talked about how analytics has finally arrived in the construction industry, comparing it to the introduction of analytics and statistics in baseball (aka, Moneyball).  

New faces at Newmetrix

We made a bunch of hires in the engineering, data science, machine learning and more recently in the industry strategy area.  On that latter front, we’re thrilled to welcome Tim Gattie to the team. Tim is a project executive with 20 years of industry experience including time at Sundt and PCL.  Having helped Sundt build a similar system, Tim “wrote the book” on how the combination of safety observations and analytics can help dramatically reduce incident rates in construction. Learn more about him and why he’s excited to join us on our journey to change the industry in his first blog post!

Check out the Safety Suite

Last but not least, we’ve significantly expanded our product set. We introduced a suite of products including Safety Observations, Safety Monitoring, and Predictive Analytics, all of which complement our core enterprise photo and video management platform.  Newmetrix is now bringing the best of human and artificial intelligence to help firms reduce risk.  

Join us in the fall

We have a busy fall and winter planned, including participation in the Contech Roadshows, the Willis Towers Watson construction risk management conference in Nashville, the Industrial Grade Innovation conference in Cincinnati, the BuiltWorlds SmartJobsite conference in LA, Procore’s Groundbreak, Autodesk University, the IRMI Construction Risk Management conference in Seattle, and lots of time at the Oracle Construction Innovation Lab in Chicago.  

Summer was definitely fun but we’re excited to get fall underway with everything we’ve got going on.  I’m looking forward to seeing you all out there during this great journey.  


Written by Josh Kanner

Josh Kanner has been involved in enterprise-focused software startups since 2000 with a focus in the AEC (architecture, engineering and construction) industry since 2005.

Most recently he was co-founder of Vela Systems, a pioneer in the use of web and tablet workflows for construction and capital projects. There he led the company’s product, marketing, and business development functions. Vela Systems grew from bootstrapped beginnings to include over 50% of the ENR Top Contractors as customers and deployments all over the globe. The company was successfully acquired by Autodesk in 2012 and has been rebranded as BIM 360 Field.

Prior to founding Vela Systems, Josh was responsible for product management and strategy at Emptoris (now part of IBM), a web-based strategic sourcing software company with customers including Motorola, GlaxoSmithKline, Bank of America, and American Express.

Kanner graduated from Brown University and earned an MBA from MIT’s Sloan School of Management. He still gets excited to put on a hard hat and walk a job.

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