Silicon Valley technology start-up disrupting the AEC Katerra to tour Australia

Silicon Valley, prefab technology start-up Katerra is touring across the Eastern Seaboard of Australia, in an event series designed to demonstrate the full potential in technology and a fully integrated supply chain for leaders in architecture, engineering, construction and government.

Founded in 2015 by a group of real estate and electronics chiefs, Katerra has made a big mark in a short amount of time. Disrupting the construction industry by integrating design, component manufacturing, and site assembly together under its digital platform, and has a large pipeline of work, and current projects in market. The organisation is led by individuals who have led some of the most groundbreaking companies in technology, manufacturing, design, and engineering.

Katerra’s vision is to increase productivity, decrease costs, and increase affordability to the end consumer, currently focused on projects in residential and commercial. Funded by the largest technology venture capitalists in the world, the company is very open about its progress, structure and ability; with a progress timeline, project portfolio and product/technology listing available on their website.

Speaking at a series of events are being held this July in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, Katerra will be represented by ex Arup engineer, Dr Forest Flager who holds a Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Stanford, a Master of Design from Harvard’s GSD, and a MEng in Structural Engineering from MIT. Forest will provide the audience with intimate insight as to what the company are strategically undertaking.

Touring Alongside Forest, is internationally acclaimed design technology specialist Randy Deutsch, a highly sought after expert in the field. He will guide the audience through the impact of emerging technology trends such as generative design, automation, AI, and machine learning on professional services in the built environment. Randy assists Executives leading architecture, engineering and construction firms to get from where they are today to thrive in the new rapidly advancing, technologically driven world of design and construction.

This tour is being coordinated by global think tank, the Design Futures Council, Managing Director Alexia Lidas said that the organisation’s goal behind the tour was to provide local insight into how the built environment is being disrupted globally.

“Bringing global experts like Randy and Forest to Australia is a no brainer for us. Our organisation exists to help built environment leaders run better businesses and plan for the future.”

“The rapid transformation taking place in the built environment is heavily driven by the utilization of technology to increase productivity across the value chain, in addition fabrication is a large part of the opportunity ahead. Specialists from outside of the built environment are capitalising on the inefficiencies we have not closed in on and for many dealing with the day to day of running a practice, it's a luxury to take time out of their day and think strategically, there is a risk in not being aware of the changes afoot.”

We have designed this tour as an eye opener for disruption, but equally opportunity, with pragmatic advice for firms on how to immediately start better using technology.”

Tour Particulars


Transcend: A public lecture series across Australia

Sydney - 2 July
Melbourne - 4 July
Brisbane - 5 July

First Movers: 1.5 day deep dive into the future operating environment of the built environment

This function is an intimate 1.5 day deep dive into the implications and opportunity of technology in the built environment. Attendance is strictly info CEOs, Principals, Director- featuring - Katerra, Randy Deutsch, Centre for Modern Construction, UBER, Fast Brick Robotics, Hyperloop, Brickworks and more.

July 2-3 Sydney

Speakers



Dr. Forest Flager is interested in creating more affordable and sustainable buildings by reimaging how these products are designed and delivered. Forest’s teaching and research had a focus on the development and application of computational methods that augment human abilities to explore large design spaces and help designers to identify innovative solutions. products are designed and delivered. Forest’s teaching and research had a focus on the development and application of computational methods that augment human abilities to explore large design spaces and help designers to identify innovative solutions.
He currently leads systems engineering and building optimization at Katerra a technology-driven offsite construction company based in Menlo Park, CA. Katerra is on a mission to change this by optimizing every aspect of building design, materials supply, and construction. The team combines decades of industry experience alongside leadership from some of the most groundbreaking companies in technology, manufacturing, design, and engineering. Learn more by watching this video.



Revealing the dramatic impact of technology on current and future practice, Randy Deutsch, an international - highly sought after expert in the field, will guide the audience through the impact of emerging technology trends such as generative design, automation, AI, and machine learning on practice. He will speak to what will help firms get from where they are today to where they need to be, to survive and thrive in the new world of design and construction. At the centre of this are what Randy refers to as the "Superusers", his work provides guidance to firms on how to make the most of these individuals and skills to succeed in the accelerating new world of work and technology. This event will also celebrate the launch of Randy's fourth book - Superusers the first-ever guide to help current and future design professionals to succeed in the accelerating new world of work and technology. Randy is an author of many books re-shaping the industry

Katerra Fast Facts

  • Launched in 2015
  • Raised over $1B since launching
  • 2101 staff (reported as of may 2019)
  • Valued at more than $4B in (January of 2019)
  • The start-up has been engaging in M&A activity purchasing architecture and construction companies
  • In 2018, the company signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Saudi Arabia’s National Industrial Development and Logistics Program (NIDLP) and the Housing Program, in line with the Saudi Vision 2030. This MoU will see the company making 50,000 housing units a year from six to eight new factories, creating 15,000 jobs.
  • Katerra is financially backed by the world’s largest technology fund Softbank Group/Vision Fund
  • Katerra is home to a vertically integrated and global supply chain
  • Five factories, across the USA, India and Middle East

Services


New build
Material sales
Renovations

 

Katerra products


  • Engineered timber (CLT) - Katerra is developing a catalog of mass timber products for residential and commercial building projects. As an innovative structural system, Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT) represents the next generation of high-performance building technology.
  • Katerra Apollo - a data driven, end-to-end software platform. First wave Apollo applications are focused on site selection and analysis, material selection, and
  • end-to-end construction management. Powered by data spanning the full building life cycle, the Apollo suite of tools will continue to expand further.
  • Building Platforms - Pre- engineered full-scale building products designed for manufacturing and field assembly. As a pre-engineered building platform, clients enjoy newfound benefits of speed and cost optimization, while still drawing on a variety of unit configurations, interior finish packages, and exterior features and treatments in order to retain the design freedom needed to support each unique project.
  • Katerra Energy System - The Katerra Energy System (KES) is an energy platform that improves upon today’s standard electrical room by integrating power metering, distribution, and alternative energy management into a single appliance. KES reduces building ownership costs while improving the energy management experience for building owners, managers, and occupants.
  • KTAC Packaged HVAC Unit - Redefining the traditional packaged HVAC system, the KTAC is an intelligent comfort system for multifamily, commercial, and hospitality buildings.
  • Structural components- Explore our catalog of structural components, including truss assemblies for floor and ceiling, exterior and interior wall panels, and utility walls with plumbing and electric wiring pre-installed prior to installation at the job site.
  • Windows- Katerra designs and manufactures a catalog of standard window and door products for residential and commercial projects. Katerra’s first phase of window products include double-hung, sliding, and picture windows, as well as curtain walls. Katerra windows are designed to offer excellent performance at an exceptional value.
  • KOVA Products- KOVA is a one-stop-shop for building products, offering everything you need to create beautiful interior spaces, more easily and cost-effectively. KOVA is launching with a line of interior finish materials and will continue to expand to additional product categories over time.

Katerra Leadership

Michael Marks, Chairman & Co-Founder
Sixteen years ago, Michael Marks posed for the cover of Wired magazine, an Xbox in between his hands. The then-CEO of Flextronics was seen as the key to turning Microsoft into a hardware company thanks to his company's prowess as a maker of electronics.

Michael is the chairman and founder of Katerra. He is a founding partner of Riverwood Capital, a Menlo Park-based private equity firm. Prior to establishing Riverwood, he was a partner and senior advisor at Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. in 2006 and 2007.

Prior to KKR, Michael spent 13 years as CEO and then chairman of Flextronics International Ltd., building it into one of the largest technology companies in the world.

He is a director of The Melt, Enjoy, H20.ai, and Berkeley Lights


Fritz H Wolff, Board member and Co-Founder

Fritz is the executive chairman of The Wolff Company, and co-founded Katerra.
He is responsible for The Wolff Company's corporate governance and global strategy. Fritz is an active member of the firm's Executive Committee, and co-heads the Investment Committee. He has more than two decades of institutional real estate investment experience.


Fritz attended Gonzaga University and serves as a member of its Board of Regents and its Investment Committee. Fritz completed the OPM Program at Harvard University and is a founding member of YPO Scottsdale.

Jim Davidson, Board Member and Co-Founder

Fritz is the executive chairman of The Wolff Company, and co-founded Katerra.
He is responsible for The Wolff Company's corporate governance and global strategy. Fritz is an active member of the firm's Executive Committee, and co-heads the Investment Committee. He has more than two decades of institutional real estate investment experience.
Fritz attended Gonzaga University and serves as a member of its Board of Regents and its Investment Committee. Fritz completed the OPM Program at Harvard University and is a founding member of YPO Scottsdale.

 


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