Inertia Systems, a startup that provides a location-driven construction management platform to facilitate communication between teams, is collaborating in some of the largest construction projects helping shape San Diego’s skyline.
Founded in 2010, by tech entrepreneur Matt Hudelson. he started the company with the aim of helping construction firms standardized and streamline its processes.
Serving as Inertia’s CEO, within its first year Hudelson landed its first major contract with a leading construction company where they partnered to help build a local hospital jobsite.
Since then, the company’s team has grown from two full-time employees to 32, which includes experts throughout the construction industry.
“Over the last decade, we’ve worked alongside builders, owners, inspectors, architects and team members to learn how our tools and workflows impact challenges they face and, in turn, learned to address their varying needs and inefficiencies in scalable ways throughout every single step of the construction process,” said Hudelson. “I’m incredibly proud of the team for what we’ve built and with our platform, we’re able to further prioritize location-based tracking and data-driven visualizations that the construction industry has needed for so long.”
Dozens of Customers
Today, Inertia’s technology is used by dozens of owners and general contractors throughout health care, education, and sports and entertainment.
Its customers include several leading and top 20 contractors on ENR’s 2020 top contractors, such as Turner Co. and McCarthy.
Helping contribute to builds such as Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford, Scripps Prebys Cardiovascular Institute, Sutter Health California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC) Van Ness Campus Hospital and a major NFL stadium, name was not disclosed.
In particular, Inertia works by leveraging navigation and geolocation capabilities to derive locations of construction workers and anonymizes them to the construction crew level.
In addition, its platform enables better communication, connects them to information, and facilitates better workflows which in turn helps firms save time and money.
“Having that kind of access to your team, customers, projects and being able to see how they interact has been really advantageous,” said Hudelson.
A recent McKinsey study found that a $265 billion pool of annual profits is up for grabs as construction becomes more digital.
A trend accelerated by the coronavirus, about 50 construction executives surveyed by McKinsey said they’ve increased their tech investments since the pandemic began.