14 May 2019


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Global Shortlist announced for the COINS Grand Challenge

Ideas to improve the construction industry have flooded in from all over the world for the 2019 COINS Grand Challenge, a global competition organised by Construction Industry Solutions Ltd (COINS) to boost innovation within the construction industry.

The shortlist has now been announced, with 12 finalists from the United States, Sri Lanka, India, Israel, UK, and the Philippines, selected to attend the grand final which takes place in Manchester, UK this June. A panel of 12 judges includes Oliver Novakovic, Technical & Innovation Director of Barratt Developments Plc, William George, CFO of Comfort Systems USA and Charles Lovatt Senior Teaching Fellow in Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Creativity at St Andrews University.

The challenge has two entry categories, professional (Open Competition) or student (Undergraduate Competition), with shortlisted ideas ranging from carbon negative building materials to autonomous land surveying marking drones.

Open Competition finalists are:

Ali Khaloo, USA
Idea: Bringing Digital Twin Technology and Artificial Intelligence to the Asset Management Community

Michael Evans, UK
Idea: Carbon Negative Building Materials

Niran Shrestha and Tim Axness, USA
Idea: Increasing productivity and saving lives in construction using the IoT and Artificial Intelligence

Pooran Desai, UK
Idea: A digital platform to make sustainability easy - One Planet

Thomas Fudge, UK
Idea: Decentralised modular wastewater treatment that generates energy and recirculates water.

Tom Yeshurun, Israel
Idea: Autonomous land surveying marking drone with smart stakes 

Student Competition finalists are:

Chathurangi Edussuriya, Sri Lanka - University of Peradeniya
Idea: Soil quality analyser

Felix Chu, UK – University of Edinburgh
Idea: Transforming Architecture Practice into Automation

Kaushal Shetty, India - Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur
Idea: The Box - Helping refugees build a home and a community.

Jeremiah Valero, Philippines - University of San Carlos
Idea: Computer Vision powered monitoring for onsite construction safety

Joseph Trujillo, USA- Florida International University
Integrating drones on the construction site

Sam Clark, USA - University of Chicago
Idea: Investing in sensor infrastructure and machine-learning technologies

Robert Brown, CEO of COINS, has played a major role in the COINS Grand Challenge, comments:
Every year the number and quality of the applications for the Grand Challenge gets stronger and stronger. It’s great to see the level of interest in new and emerging technology in the construction industry continue to grow. We are very proud to see the event go from strength to strength and hope that all the finalists enjoy the Grand Final and go on to pursue a career in construction whether they win the competition or not.

The COINS Grand Challenge winners will be announced at The Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony on Wednesday 12 June at the Imperial War Museum North, Salford Quays in Manchester which will be live streamed.


COINS has over 40 years of developing software solutions for construction companies and has over 62 thousand users across the world working in a wide variety of construction sectors.
As COINS has built up its business, it is also passionate about giving something back to the construction industry – which is why it organises the annual COINS Grand Challenge.

The COINS Grand Challenge is a global competition for anyone with innovative ideas that have the power to positively impact the built environment, and our society.


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