Nicolas Ortiz Abello

Build Change
New Frontier Technologies Lead

Nicolas finished his studies in civil engineering in Bogota, Colombia. After working in commercial and infrastructure projects he became aware of how technology could improve productivity in the AEC sector. This encouraged him to question the way the industry works and inspired him to seek continuous improvement. He joined Build Change in 2018 to consolidate the New Frontier Technologies division, which oversees innovation for design and construction in all of the organization’s country programs. Since then, Nicolas has worked in Colombia, Philippines and Nepal leading the development of BIM based tools for structural assessment, design and construction of safe houses and schools.

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COVID-19 Update

20th May 2020

DBEI has been closely monitoring the COVID-19 (coronavirus) situation around the world. While some parts of our society are beginning to open in baby-steps, none of us know how the situation will develop over the coming months. As such, DBEI has now made the decision to postpone all our 2020 events to 2021 as the well-being of all our partners and participants in our events remains our utmost priority. For new details on each region please visit our event pages. We have also sent communications to all registered attendees, speakers or sponsors for all of our 2020 events.

In the interim, DBEI will be launching several exciting virtual events and webinars in 2020 to continue to deliver the same expertise, insights and knowledge to the AEC industry during these uncertain times. We also have some other exciting initiatives we are working on to continue to provide value to our community, which we look forward to sharing with you all shortly.

We wish to thank you all for your support and appreciate your patience and understanding under the current circumstances and will continue to update our website and the community if there are any changes.

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