Daniel Davis – CAD’s Boring Future and Why it’s Exciting

Daniel Davis "The Fat Middle"

Another fascinating article from Daniel Davis on the increased use of complex tools like TestFit on what are relatively simple projects:

“[…]I think there is dignity in the ordinary.” writes Daniel. “Most of the built environment isn’t landmark projects with big budgets. It’s standard, inconspicuous projects that you don’t think twice about. This is where the opportunity lies – the fat middle of architecture1. These projects are incredibly challenging because there are so many financial constraints (you can’t afford to get too wild) and practical constraints (you can’t duplicate past work and expect it to work on a confined site). It’s a perfect problem for computational design. More and more, I think you’re going to see CAD turn its attention to this segment of architecture, shying away from the extraordinary in favor of making mundane buildings better.”

Kyle Bernhardt joins TestFit

Welcome Kyle Bernhardt

TestFit welcomes industry veteran as CRO

We’re delighted to announce that Kyle Bernhardt will be joining TestFit’s executive team as Chief Revenue Officer. Kyle will be leading the team to capitalize on our early adopter success and push TestFit to become the de facto feasibility solution for commodity buildings.

Kyle has spent the better part of his career exploring the intersection of technology and design teams in AEC. In the past 16 years at Autodesk, he has worked on building performance, MEP, cloud worksharing, BIM 360, and preconstruction. Most recently, he led business strategy for the building design segment, investigating with customers how outcome-based design can deliver better project outcomes. 

“[The TestFit team and I] share the same vision that technology can have a more meaningful impact at the early feasibility stage of capital investment; where site constraints, cost, and asset scope collide.” shares Kyle. “TestFit subscribers are already seeing the insight TestFit can bring to their deal’s bottom line, and I am excited to help those customers become more profitable with rapid feasibility analysis.

TestFit CEO Clifton Harness says: “The Development ecosystem within the US is using TestFit to make informed decisions on their design concepts, but we know it could be even easier for teams to adopt and get value out of TestFit. Kyle’s experience and expertise will be crucial as we scale the business around early feasibility analysis. He has been solving challenging problems in AEC for the past 16 years. His wisdom will be invaluable.”.

“Kyle comes to TestFit Inc. with tremendous industry expertise and we are thrilled he will be joining as their CRO,” said Jesse Coors-Blankenship, Managing Partner and Founder, Parkway VC and seed round investor in TestFit. “We are confident that he will make meaningful contributions to the company across many critical focus areas including product development, go-to-market strategy and business development. TestFit is in its early stages and full of opportunities to drive innovation in the AEC and real estate development industries. Parkway made our initial investment in TestFit because we were drawn to their drive for success and innovation and as members of their board, we believe that Kyle is the best choice to push them to even greater heights.”  

If you’d like to join our growing team, get in touch.