Geospark Analytics announces CEO transition

The winner of the best BIM project of 2020 is the Randselva Bridge in Norway, which holds the distinction of being the world’s longest bridge to date that has been designed and constructed using a drawing-free, model-based process, and illustrates the benefits of using a broad range of Trimble technologies.

Geospark Analytics announces CEO transition
Geospark Analytics announces CEO transition

Geospark Analytics announces CEO transition

Trimble announced the winners of its Tekla Global Building Information Modeling (BIM) Awards, a biennial competition showcasing the world’s most impressive structural construction projects that use Tekla solutions. The winner of the best BIM project of 2020 is the Randselva Bridge in Norway, which holds the distinction of being the world’s longest bridge to date that has been designed and constructed using a drawing-free, model-based process, and illustrates the benefits of using a broad range of Trimble technologies.

Since 1999, the Tekla Global BIM Awards have welcomed projects that exhibit innovation and push the boundaries of structural engineering and BIM. Over 135 projects were entered in this year’s competition, which included winners of Tekla regional BIM Awards from 36 countries.

The winners were selected by a committee of industry experts that included Burcu Akinci, professor of civil and environmental engineering and associate dean for research at the College of Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University; Anders Carlén, editor in chief of Byggindustrin and Fastighetsnytt, Sweden’s top construction and real estate publications; Aarni Heiskanen, a construction innovation agent and architect, consultant and business software developer; and Michael Evans, an industry veteran and director of Trimble’s detailing and fabrication segment.

Omar Balkissoon said, “I look forward to remaining actively engaged with Geospark Analytics, its partners, and customers, and supporting Amanda in her new role as CEO. One thing I’ve learned over the years is how to play to peoples’ strengths—my own and the teams I’ve built. I’m at my best when I’m inspiring new ideas and pushing the technological envelope. Transitioning from start-up to scale-up requires a hardened set of skills, and Amanda has that in spades. This move comes at a natural time for me as I also look to support other emerging tech founders, developing the next generation of imaginative minds as part of Georgia Tech’s CREATE-X program.”

“I am honored and excited to lead Geospark Analytics into its next phase of growth, building upon the company’s incredible success in the last three short years”, said Amanda Brownfield. “Geospark Analytics will become an increasingly disruptive force in the threat and risk intelligence industry as we continue to combine multi-variant data together with AI, machine learning, and natural language generation to deliver insight needed to make informed decisions about the future, now.”

As the founder of Geospark Analytics, Balkissoon has been the creative force behind the company’s leadership in the activity and risk assessment market, differentiating the company from the glut of real time alerting platforms and positioning his technology as the answer to global stability forecasting.

Coming off a quarter that saw more than 400% growth, the award of six enterprise-level contracts with one more in negotiation, and the announcement of a nearly $100 million, single-award, U.S government-wide indefinite-delivery/ indefinite quantity contract, the timing was perfect to make this change. “Omar’s vision and leadership has driven the company to a place where he can confidently hand the reins to Amanda,” said General Catalyst partner and board member David Orfao. “He has left an indelible legacy and will continue to be an invaluable resource as Executive Chairman of the board and strategic advisor.”