Kingspan Group plc today announced a $10 million investment in Invicara, a provider of transformative software solutions for the entire ecosystem of the built environment. With this investment, Kingspan has made a definitive commitment to the development of a solution for digitalisation of the construction industry.
Invicara has developed solutions that integrate with Building Information Modelling (BIM) technology. BIM provides detailed digital representations of buildings, allowing time and cost saving collaboration between partners on construction projects such as architects, engineers, contractors, and owners.
Working with Kingspan, Invicara will use its cloud-based platform to build a new solution that uses design and construction data to create new digital workflows that transform the customer experience. Kingspan is investing $10m in a minority stake in Invicara, and Louise Foody, Kingspan’s Director of Digital and Brand, and Mike Stenson, Head of Innovation at Kingspan, will join the Invicara Board of Directors.
Foody says, “For manufacturers of building systems and solutions, digitalisation enabled by technologies like BIM is a game changer. At Kingspan, we aim to leverage digital technologies to further align our offerings with our customer’s needs and more efficiently collaborate with owners, designers, and contractors at every stage of the building lifecycle.”
Invicara currently provides a cloud-based data management solution that helps owners and their design and construction partners create a data-rich digital twin of a building, leveraging Building Information Modeling (BIM). BIM Assure, the first product built on the Invicara platform allows owners to access, validate, and report on model data. The product is currently in use on key projects in North America, Ireland, the United Kingdom, Australia, and Singapore. Invicara is rapidly expanding this solution with significant new capabilities planned for release in 2018.
Invicara’s reach to customers and markets will be enhanced through Kingspan’s global presence in key market segments such as airports, healthcare, data centers, and retail among others.
Anand Mecheri, CEO and Founder of Invicara notes, “Our relationship with Kingspan opens a new market opportunity for Invicara – providing us with deep context to build powerful solutions on the Invicara platform, enabling product manufacturers to participate in the digitalisation of construction. From the start, Invicara’s vision has been to improve the value derived from BIM for the entire ecosystem of the built environment – providing an efficient flow of reliable data for a wide range of workflows.”
- Kingspan’s investment will help the company to be at the forefront of digital transformation in the construction industry, where technology is playing an increasingly important role in the design, ordering and ongoing monitoring of buildings and the materials used in their construction.
- Research shows the construction sector ranks poorly in terms of the pace at which it is adopting technology to improve performance and customer experience. For example see this McKinsey research showing construction ranking 19th out of 20 in terms of how digitised it is: (scroll down to 3rd graphic: https://www.mckinsey.com/industries/capital-projects-and-infrastructure/our-insights/imagining-constructions-digital-future “The construction industry is ripe for disruption”
- BIM Assure is used by private and public sector development firms Ballymore and Grangegorman Development Agency, property investment fund’s IPUT in Ireland and Ascendas in Singapore. It is also used in healthcare projects such as the UCSF medical center in San Francisco, Seattle Children’s Hospital. Infrastructure projects like San Francisco International Airport and campus developments like Trinity College Dublin.