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Episode Eleven: Gavin Tonnet of utecture on city-changing urban renewal projects and transformational virtual pre-construction technology. Pete The Builder talks about The Tool Revolution

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Written by Jackie De Burca

Henry McDonald interviews Gavin Tonnet of utecture about city-changing urban renewal projects and transformational virtual pre-construction technology.

Who is Gavin Tonnet?

Gavin is a recognised expert and leader in the property space having created and led businesses for Mirvac, Leighton, Stockland and Japanese giant, Sekisui House. He was responsible for many significant city-changing urban renewal projects. He has been involved and led over USD$20b of major renewal. Some of those that really changed and shaped city fabric and culture include:

  • Sydney Olympic Village (Newington) Sydney
  • Walsh Bay Redevelopment Sydney
  • Perth City Link Perth
  • Green Square Sydney
  • Jacksons Landing Sydney
  • Liverpool Civic Place Sydney

What is utecture?

He’s now turned his attention to utecture which is carving out a new category in building technology that uses digitisation, visualisation and data to lower costs for builders and consumers and drive climate impact.

After being introduced to the team behind the utecture technology, Gavin spent the better part of the year travelling around the world trying to poke holes in it.

Instead, he realised that there were no holes to poke and he joined the team because he believed it is the next big thing with ramifications not only for the commercial health of the building industry, the well-being of the house-buying public, but also our shared environmental future.

utecture is carving out a new construction technology category called Virtual Pre-Construction. Virtual Pre-Construction requires digital twinning technology to deliver on four distinct pillars: Design, Real-time Pricing; Visualisation and Management.

Existing construction design platforms share some of utecture’s features superficially, but compared to utecture they are basically only cosmetic tools. They use CAD design window-dressing, but fail to address the significant pain points that have held back the construction industry for years.

Pete The Builder talks about tools

Pete talks to Steve Randall about tools and how they have evolved since his early days working in construction. As always, Pete injects plenty of knowledge with his unique sense of humour.

About the author

Jackie De Burca

Creative director, author, podcaster, presenter and media consultant. De Burca’s first podcast, Creative Places and Faces, is ranked in the top two percent of all podcasts worldwide, by Listen Notes. She is also director of the award-winning digital agency, CWA with a client list that includes the construction industry. Over the years, she has developed creative concepts and written scripts for a series of health and safety videos, which were key to upgrading the safety practices of many companies.

As well as producing and directing, De Burca also teaches media to private and college students. She is committed to sustainability and connected to the environment, and its potential to nurture our lives.

De Burca is the author of Salvador Dalí at Home and the creator of Travel Inspires.

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