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MOCA Systems Announces Sandy Hamby as CEO

09/14/2021

Industry trailblazer to oversee leading construction solutions company

Boston, MA, (September 14, 2021) – MOCA Systems, Inc., a leading construction solutions company comprised of MOCA Services, a provider of owner’s representative services, and Touchplan, an award-winning construction planning software platform, announces the appointment of Sandy Hamby as its chief executive officer. Under Ms. Hamby’s leadership, the company plans to build on its reputation as a global leader in construction project delivery through the continued development of innovative solutions for collaborative planning that reduce project risks, protect stakeholder financial positions and keep projects on schedule.

A widely respected construction industry trailblazer, Ms. Hamby has thirty years of experience in programming, design, and construction management. Known for her thoughtful and effective approach to forming high-performance teams and industry collaborations to deliver complex projects, she is a frequent speaker and thought leader on the topic of successful project delivery. In addition to holding senior executive positions at MOCA since 2010, Hamby has lent her expertise in roles with Jacobs, Carter Burgess, 3D/I, and the United States Air Force. As chief executive officer, she will provide the strategic vision and oversight for the company’s entire services and software commercial operations.

In concert with the development of the MOCA Early Project Definition and Alignment (MOCA EPD&A) process that aligns stakeholder expectations with the budget and schedule, MOCA initiated the development of a suite of team collaboration tools to enhance and improve project outcomes throughout design and construction. This initiative produced the award-winning innovative construction planning software platform called Touchplan.  Since the initial launch in 2013, leading owners, developers, general contractors, and trades rely on Touchplan as essential to on-time construction delivery.

“I am excited to lead this next chapter of growth and innovation for MOCA Systems, Inc,” said Hamby. “MOCA’s impressive skill, expertise, and talent provides us with a unique opportunity to implement a paradigm shift for the industry that will dramatically reduce construction uncertainties and improve job profit margins.”

“In Sandy, we feel we have the right leader to take on this important challenge,” said John Strauss, chairman of the board of directors for MOCA Systems. “Using her thorough understanding of the needs and requirements of the owners as well as the complexities of the construction process, MOCA has set the stage and is now driving the transformation of the construction industry through the continued rollout of Touchplan. Our customers continue to see radical improvements to the way they design and build projects. Many are using Touchplan as their “secret weapon” while expanding MOCA Systems, Inc.’s presence in the global construction market. ”

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About MOCA Systems, Inc.

Since 1999, MOCA’s vision and commitment have been to deliver industry-changing, quality solutions to help clients transform the way their projects are planned, designed, built, and managed. By providing technology services and consulting services, its mission is to help clients actually get the complex, challenging projects they envisioned, on time, on quality and on budget.

About Touchplan

Touchplan is the flagship software product offering of MOCA Systems, Inc. It transforms construction by enabling real-time collaborative field planning as events unfold. Touchplan is committed to delivering projects on schedule and with as many customer “Asks” as possible for a given budget and schedule.

Touchplan is a required tool to produce on-time delivery while catalyzing seamless collaboration across the team and trades.

 

Contact Information:

David A. Frankel

Head of Marketing

Touchplan

[email protected]

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Touchplan and National Association of Women in Construction Announce Marketing Partnership

07/29/2021

Collaboration will begin with “Build. Lead. Succeed.” podcast

Boston, MA — (July 29, 2021) – Award-winning construction technology platform Touchplan, the software division of MOCA Systems, Inc., announces that it has entered into a marketing partnership with the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC).

This new collaboration will focus on Touchplan and NAWIC leveraging their common missions to foster open-mindedness, connection, and collaboration in the construction industry in order to make people’s lives better. As a result, the goal is to empower each organization’s respective brands, messaging, and missions through a series of marketing content, education and events, while also strengthening and amplifying the voices of women in the construction industry.

The first project as part of this initiative will be to launch a new podcast entitled ‘Build. Lead. Succeed.’ This show is dedicated to sharing real stories and conversations with women in the construction industry.

Hosted by Angela Highland, project manager for Ironrock Commercial Construction, and produced by Touchplan, the podcast will cover topics that women face every day on job sites, ranging from workplace harassment prevention and the importance of setting workplace boundaries to ill-fitting PPE, sexist remarks on the job, poor port-o-john options, and more.

“Women occupy 10 percent of the industry, so we’ve gained some ground but not nearly enough,” says Anne Pfleger, NAWIC national president and estimating safety, and HR administrator at Charles Construction Services, Inc. “There are thousands of women out there who can relate to the struggles we face in this industry. I believe this is the perfect format for women in the industry to be able to become part of the conversation about issues that affect their everyday lives.”

A trailer episode for ‘Build. Lead. Succeed.’ is available now, and the first official episode will launch on Aug. 3, 2021. Additional episodes are planned to air on the first Tuesday of every month and will be hosted on The Touchplan Podcast Network on www.soundcloud.com which connects to almost all podcast channels including Apple Podcasts and Google Play.

In addition to the podcast launch, Touchplan will be contributing its point of view to the program at the upcoming NAWIC Annual Conference from August 11-14. Touchplan’s Director of Customer Success Josie Cutts will be hosting a breakout session entitled ’Building, Growing and Developing a Spartan Team.’  The session will focus on the core principles that set up conditions at work that ensure the success of both the team and the teammates.

“We couldn’t be more excited to be partnering with NAWIC and rolling out the ‘Build. Lead. Succeed.’ podcast to the world,” says David A. Frankel, head of growth marketing at Touchplan. “Construction only gets better when all voices are equally heard- not just during a single week or month of the year. Every day. We are proud to be aligned with NAWIC in its mission to foster connections and collaboration in order to make people’s lives better.”

About NAWIC

The National Association of Women in Construction was chartered in 1955 by 9 women who had a common goal – to support each other in a male populated industry.  The 9 founding members worked together to seek out other like-minded women and began opening chapters throughout the country. Sixty-five years later, they are a nationally recognized brand with over 115 chapters and continue to build female leaders in the construction industry.

NAWIC offers education, professional development, mentorship, and business opportunities. All women who work in any facet of the construction industry are eligible for membership including trades, craftswomen, project managers, administrators, executive leadership, affiliated suppliers, and services to the industry. Learn more about NAWIC at www.nawic.org.

About Touchplan

Used by over 40,000 global construction professionals to optimize over $52 billion in project costs, Touchplan is the technology services group of MOCA Systems, Inc. It strives to deliver approachable, progressive data and analytics solutions that transform construction into a more collaborative, transparent, and adaptable process for everyone involved. Touchplan is committed to its belief that learning from data is the key to making a construction process more efficient and, in turn, will make people’s lives better. www.touchplan.io 

About MOCA Systems, Inc.

Since 1999, MOCA’s vision and commitment have been to deliver quality solutions to help clients transform the way their projects are planned, designed, built, and managed. By providing technology services and consulting services, its mission is to help clients save both time and money while not sacrificing quality on large, complex challenging projects.

Contact Information:

David A. Frankel

Head of Marketing

Touchplan

[email protected]

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Bridgit and Touchplan Partner to Increase Productivity for Construction Industry

07/22/2021

Nearly 40% of ENR 400 contractors rely on Bridgit and Touchplan for their construction planning needs. 

TORONTO, CANADA and BOSTON, MA, JULY 21, 2021Bridgit, a leading construction workforce intelligence technology company, and Touchplan, an award-winning collaborative construction planning software platform that digitizes collaboration, planning, tracking, and communication on the job site, today announce an exclusive partnership that will empower construction firms to better manage risk using a data-driven approach to project and workforce management, enabling greater productivity and profitability.

Bridgit delivers industry-leading workforce intelligence solutions, built from the ground up to meet the unique needs of the construction industry. With Bridgit Bench, contractors are able to grow and retain top talent, make informed bidding and staffing decisions, and forecast their project pipeline. 

Since 2013 the world’s leading building owners, developers, and contractors have trusted Touchplan to optimize costs and delivery on over $52 billion worth of construction project value. More than 40,000 construction professionals working on over 2,800 construction and infrastructure projects worldwide have used the Touchplan platform to plan and complete work faster as well as track, analyze, and manage key jobsite risk factors such as labor productivity, supply chain and materials management, health and safety, and quality.

“Both Bridgit and Touchplan have a shared appreciation of the opportunity for technology to support the growing demands on the construction industry. In addition to great technology, our teams are aligned with a very strong focus on solving problems for the construction industry,” said Trent Beattie, Head of Strategic Partnerships and Alliances, Bridgit. ”By partnering with Touchplan, we will be able to build strong relationships with another leader in the construction technology space and gain further insight into how we can help contractors mitigate risk.”

“We are excited to announce this important collaboration with Bridgit,” said Jimmy Suppelsa, Head of Strategic Partnerships & Alliances at Touchplan. “Aligning our project planning and analytics platform with Bridgit’s labor management solutions allows mutual customers to better anticipate and eliminate unnecessary delays and cost overruns that may occur when planning and re-planning their projects. Our partnership is a natural extension of a common mission to make people’s lives better by delivering world-class, approachable innovation to the construction industry.”

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About Bridgit

Bridgit is workforce intelligence for the construction industry. Bridgit’s mission is simple – to help the construction industry maximize profits by taking a people-first approach. Workforce Intelligence from Bridgit transforms workforce data into actionable insights that inform an organization’s strategic and tactical business decisions. Bridgit works with construction industry leaders like Skanska, Balfour Beatty, Ryan Companies, among others. Bridgit is a privately owned company, having raised over $15.7 million USD in equity financing, with capital from investors such as Autodesk, BDC Capital’s Women in Technology Venture Fund, EDC, IAF, Salesforce Ventures, Sands Capital Ventures, and StandUp Ventures. Learn more about Bridgit at gobridgit.com

About Touchplan

Touchplan is a leading construction planning software that connects the office and the field. It strives to deliver approachable, progressive data and analytics solutions that transform construction into a more collaborative, transparent, and adaptable process for everyone involved. Touchplan is committed to its belief that learning from data is the key to making a construction process more efficient and, in turn, will make people’s lives better. Touchplan is the technology solutions group of privately held MOCA Systems, Inc.  Learn more about Touchplan at touchplan.io.

Media contact, for Touchplan

David Finnegan

[email protected]

617-861-5485

Media contact, for Bridgit

Daniela Lazarevic

[email protected]

226-929-6065

 

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Touchplan Releases Key Project Profitability Enhancement

05/03/2021

Construction Performance Platform Connects Master Schedule to Field Plan

Boston, MA,  (May 3, 2021) — Award-winning construction technology platform Touchplan, a division of MOCA Systems, Inc., announces the release of a groundbreaking innovation that empowers construction teams to vastly improve project performance and profitability by easily aligning their external master schedule with their daily jobsite execution plan.

The enhancement is available for immediate use by the thousands of construction professionals and executives that collaborate on the Touchplan platform globally. It eliminates what has long been a tedious, manual process for field managers to connect what is happening on the jobsite with the project controls set in the master schedule. More importantly, this capability resolves the costly issue of mishandling of data and insights created from re-planning daily field plans and the expectations set in the external master schedule during pre-construction.

“Data-driven solutions that connect the external master schedule with the real-time changes in the daily plan is the next critical step in the evolution of construction project optimization,” said Michael Sullivan, general manager, Touchplan. “For the first time, contractors and owners have the ability to immediately correlate key profitability factors from the execution plan such as labor productivity, materials, quality, and safety requirements with the expectations set in pre-construction planning.”

“With Touchplan, we easily transition the CPM’s conceptual milestones from our scheduling software to set the goals for the daily planning effort,” said Nathan Thompson, scheduling manager for Lee Kennedy Company, a full-service construction firm. “As a project progresses, we back feed the progress gathered from our look ahead plan into our scheduling software to gain insight into the overall health of the project. It is a real game-changer.”

This innovation enables project executives to quickly visualize and determine if their look ahead schedule is aligned with the master schedule. Superintendents can focus more on managing job site performance more effectively. Scheduling managers now have easier access to the commitments made in the daily plan and can confidently understand how the overall schedule is trending.  Senior management can analyze data across single and multiple projects, making better and faster decisions that allow for more effective communication with a project’s owner or their representatives.

Mr. Sullivan added, “The primary operational benefits are clear. With critical real-time project updates now connected with the master schedule, everyone from the owner to the front line on the jobsite is able to understand where the project is in relation to the big picture. As a result, more jobs will be safer, higher quality, completed on budget, and ahead of schedule. That means happier owners, happier workers, and, most importantly, happier communities served by the finished projects.”

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 About Touchplan

Used by over 37,000 global construction professionals to optimize over $50 billion in project costs, Touchplan is the technology services group of MOCA Systems, Inc. It strives to deliver approachable, progressive data and analytics solutions that transform construction into a more collaborative, transparent, and adaptable process for everyone involved. Touchplan is committed to its belief that learning from data is the key to making a construction process more efficient and, in turn, will make people’s lives better.

About MOCA Systems, Inc.

Since 1999, MOCA’s vision and commitment has been to deliver quality solutions to help clients transform the way their projects are planned, designed, built, and managed. By providing technology services and consulting services, its mission is to help clients save both time and money while not sacrificing quality on large, complex challenging projects.

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