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Touchplan & Oculo form Technology/Marketing Partnership

11/15/2021

New alliance to assess workflow and reality capture

LONDON, ENGLAND, and BOSTON, MA, (November 15, 2021) – Oculo, a leading AI and deep-tech company, and Touchplan, an award-winning collaborative construction planning software, today announced a partnership to work together to assess a workflow that combines lookahead planning with reality capture.

Communication, especially from those who make plans to the field, is frequently a pain point.  Touchplan and Oculo feel that this can largely be resolved by using comprehensive, shared, and up-to-date visual documentation of the jobsite, allowing construction teams to be concise, precise, and get the weekly plan to the lowest level.

“Our goal is to take the 20,000 foot-view from which most project managers see the jobsite and get it down to the lowest level,” said Jason Barrington-Hines, Operations & Growth Manager at Oculo. “All parties should be able to have the same information available to them to understand the macro workings of the job from any location, and our tech combined with Touchplan can help achieve that.”

The partnership between Touchplan and Oculo will allow visual documentation to be used proactively; to feed into dynamic scheduling, and to align all members of the project team. Planning sessions can become virtual rehearsals, where all members of the team can visualize what needs to be done next, and remote team members can also contribute. This creates a jobsite where obstacles are avoided, responsibilities are clear, and constraints are less of an issue. Owners and architects can have data-driven conversations with contractors and collaborate openly.

Touchplan Technology Partnership Manager Andrew Piland added, “Touchplan prides itself on being an innovative partner for our customers. We adapt the technology to their processes and are truly a customer-driven solution. Partnering with Oculo makes Touchplan better because it gives us an edge over simply being a stand-alone solution.”

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About Oculo

Oculo leverages the power of advanced computer vision and machine learning to create a virtual copy of any construction site that is regularly updated and can be accessed online from anywhere in the world. This removes the need for teams and stakeholders to be onsite to make a decision or get things done, transforms workflows, and effortlessly creates comprehensive visual as-built documentation. The outcome of which is increased productivity at the site level, a powerful weapon to defend against claims, and visual history of the project, which will pay dividends throughout the lifetime of the asset. For further information, contact us at www.oculo.ai

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 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

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Sandy Hamby Elected to National Academy of Construction

10/21/2021

Austin, TX ― The National Academy of Construction has elected Sandra Hamby, CEO and president of MOCA Systems, Inc. and Touchplan, as a member of its class of 2021. She will be formally inducted October 21 during the NAC annual meeting.

In electing Hamby, NAC cited her for “outstanding leadership in program and construction management with expertise in architecture, program integration, information and communication management, and for being a strong advocate for women in construction.”

Wayne Crew, General Secretary of the Academy, said, “Our 2021 class is diverse, experienced, and dedicated. Sandy Hamby is a most deserving new member. Her contributions to the industry represent a career-long dedication to improvement and advocacy. We welcome her.”

Other new members for 2021 include Joseph Aiello, Burcu Akinci, Jon Avery, Burçin Becerik-Gerber, Denise Berger, Susan Bogus, Abbigail Brown, Tim Byers, Bo Calbert, Randy Castro, Cheryl McKissack Daniel, Marcos Díaz González, Jeff Ehret, Thomas Foley, Gretchen Gagel, and Michael Garvin.

Also elected to the Academy were: Christine Flaherty, Howard Goldberg, K. N. Gunalan, John Hooper, Barb Jackson, Ashok Kothari, Robert Lanham, Jr., Randy Larson, Cris Liban, Keith Manning, Pat Michels, Vilas Mujumdar, Eric Nichol, Karen Rae, Mike Rigsby, Janaka Ruwanpura, Richard Schrader, Miroslaw Skibniewski, Ed Smith, Sue Steele, and Rao Surampalli.

Election criteria for NAC is rigorous: leadership, exceptional service, a continued commitment to making a contribution, past recognition by peers for innovation, and being recognized as “best of the best.”

With over 30 years of experience in construction management, Hamby is recognized as an expert in collaboration with an intense focus on successful project delivery. Her specialized experience includes planning and programming, design management, program integration, construction management, information and communication management, and project controls. Hamby’s company, MOCA Systems, Inc., is an owner’s design and construction representative and software firm. Under her leadership, MOCA developed Touchplan™, a collaborative construction planning software that connects the office and the field. MOCA has become a national leader in the renovation of state capitols and the restoration of government buildings. She previously served as an architect and a construction manager for the U.S. Air Force, 3D/I, Carter Burgess, and Jacobs. Hamby is a member of the American Institute of Architects, a Certified Construction Manager, and a Fellow of the Construction Management Association of America (CMAA) College of Fellows. She has served as vice chair of the CMAA Board of Directors. She holds a bachelor’s degree in architecture from the University of Oklahoma.

About the National Academy of Construction

The National Academy of Construction, established in 1999, is an organization of industry leaders that recognizes those who have made outstanding, life-long contributions to the design and construction industry.

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Touchplan Announces New Affiliate Program

10/19/2021

Lean Coach Program to create a community of experts and thought leaders in Lean Construction & Last Planner Methodologies.

Boston, MA — (October 19, 2021) – Award-winning construction technology platform Touchplan, the software division of MOCA Systems, Inc., announces an exciting new program that makes it easier for our clients to connect with consultants and for consultants to expand their networks.

The Lean Coach Affiliate Program is designed to serve customers’ needs and promptly connect them with high-quality lean practitioners that can help them transition to managing projects with a Lean Mindset.

“Our Customer Success team informed us that they were getting regular requests from our clients for referrals to Lean coaches and other consultants throughout the construction industry, said Jimmy Suppelsa, Touchplan’s Head of Partnerships and Alliances. “Touchplan has been working with a variety of Lean Consultants since our inception. Hence, we saw a prime opportunity to build a better network to make it easier for our clients to access the knowledge base they need to progress on their Lean journey.”

The program is looking for Lean consultants and other industry professionals who can add value to Touchplan’s clients and expand their network. Respect for people should be a guiding principle, and any interested consultants should be dedicated to high-end service and continuous improvement. Interested consultants can find more information on the program at https://partners.touchplan.io/referral-partner-application/.

Suppelsa added, “Our goal with this program is to make it mutually beneficial for all involved. Clients get access to world-class experts. The consultant community can provide existing clients access to an intuitive program like Touchplan, enabling them to plan their projects more efficiently and improve overall project profitability.”

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.

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 E. Finnegan

Marketing Communications

Touchplan

[email protected]

 

https://www.touchplan.io

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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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01/08/2019

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Listen: Team Alignment on Complex Projects

11/20/2018

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