Analysis

Ten people for 2020

7 January 2020 | By Stephen Cousins

Who is going to be setting the pace in the coming year? Stephen Cousins kicks off the new decade with a rundown of 10 digital pioneers and thought leaders expected to make an impact in the fields of BIM, modular construction, robotics, 3D printing and more...

Michael Marks, Katerra

Michael Marks, CEO, Katerra

The tech start-up aims to transform construction with efficient factories and modular construction units and has experienced a stellar rise over the past two years, having acquired at least eight general contractors and architecture firms and grown its workforce to more than 8,000.

Marks, the former Tesla CEO, will be scrutinised closely in 2020: despite a $15bn order book Katerra projects have been hit with construction delays, the firm recently announced plans to shut down a factory in Phoenix and cut 200 jobs, and it has yet to turn a profit.

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Mark Enzer, Mott MacDonald

Mark Enzer, chief technical officer, Mott MacDonald

Enzer is chair of the Centre for Digital Built Britain’s Digital Framework Task Group, which is spearheading the development of a National Digital Twin, a proposed eco-system of digital twins that will share data to unlock benefits for society, the economy, business and the environment.

Enzer led the development of a new information management framework for the built environment, intended to underpin the development of NDTs, and the launch in 2019 of the Digital Twin Hub, a web-enabled community for early adopters.

James Dean, CEO, SenSat