Business

Established in 1998, BCI Central was founded to create efficiencies and enhance transparency in the intrinsically complex construction industry. Our software solutions and related services achieve this while simultaneously enabling our clients to identify sales opportunities, make informed decisions and connect with key target markets.

Today, we play a crucial role in empowering businesses around the world with construction-centric tools to succeed.

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Construction is widely considered as one of society’s essential sectors. Likewise, our construction-centric software solutions are essential to industry stakeholders seeking to maximise productivity, profit and growth.

Ashleigh Porter
Co-Chief Operating Officer – ANZ

300+

Dedicated Researchers

20+

YEARS OF INDUSTRY EXPERIENCE

40000+

PROJECTS PUBLISHED MONTHLY

10+

COUNTRIES WE OPERATE IN

17+

OFFICES GLOBALLY

600+

STAFF GLOBALLY

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Construction is widely considered as one of society’s essential sectors. Likewise, our construction-centric software solutions are essential to industry stakeholders seeking to maximise productivity, profit and growth.


Ashleigh Porter
Co-Chief Operating Officer - ANZ

Journey

Let's go back to where it all began.

Over 20 years ago, our founder Matthias Krups envisioned a perfectly efficient, sustainable and inclusive global construction market.

Today, we’re proud to be active contributors in making the building industry a better place. Here’s our story.


June 1998
Hello world
Using just printed and saddle-stitched project information sent out by mail, BCI was born with the establishment of a project leads service across Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines
April 2002
Aussie Aussie Aussie!
We expand our services to the Australian market, and open four offices along the east and west coasts
June 2002
Launch of LeadManager
Our first SaaS, and now our hero and flagship product, we introduce LeadManager with live construction project information and CRM capabilities
January 2005
Our core values
After witnessing our teams bring them to the table each and every day, we formalise our three core values of Boldness, Commitment and Integrity
May 2005
Launch of the Top 10 Awards
Now one of the most highly coveted industry awards in Asia, we host our inaugural Top 10 Awards to acknowledge leading design and development firms
June 2007
Acquisition of Omni-Quant
We welcome our very first acquisition, providing tender information, documents and plans. Omni-Quant services are later absorbed by LeadManager
October 2007
Launch of the FuturArc Prize
The first green building design competition in Asia commences, with the aim of generating forward-thinking, innovative design ideas for a more sustainable future
March 2009
BCI goes mobile
We launch our first mobile app with key LeadManager features
November 2011
Over the ditch
We expand our services to New Zealand with the acquisition of What’s On Report, which later rebrands to BCI New Zealand
June 2014
Launch of the FairBuilding Network
A free online platform that connects social housing developers and NGOs with building projects to other key stakeholders who are willing to help
August 2014
Acquisition of Architectural Information Services (AIS)
We start bringing together product suppliers and design professionals through in-house presentations and Equinox tradeshows. AIS is later absorbed by Archify
December 2014
Introduction of Kindness Days
All BCI team members are given the opportunity to take up to two paid days off every year to work at a charity of their choice
November 2016
Launch of Equinox in Asia
We take the formula of our industry-leading architectural exhibitions across to the Asian market
September 2017
ACQUISITION OF AGM
The Auckland-based publishing and events company featuring a portfolio of highly regarded digital and print publications, awards and events joins the BCI family
November 2018
Party time!
BCI turns 20, with festivities galore to celebrate our anniversary
January 2019
The first BCI Build
We complete our inaugural BCI Build with Habitat for Humanity, with team members across the Asia-Pacific coming together to build a house for a family in need in Indonesia
February 2019
Acquisition of Bluprin
We welcome our first digital platform servicing the design professional community – Bluprin, an architectural product, project and professional platform headquartered in Indonesia. This platform later becomes Archify
May 2019
Acquisition of SmartBuild Asia
The Singapore-based business brings their data science and artificial intelligence capabilities and passion to BCI
October 2019
Launch of online CPD
An industry first, we unveil a new platform in ANZ allowing design professionals to complete Continuing Professional Development courses anywhere, anytime for free. This platform later becomes Archify Education
November 2019
Launch of Archify
Following a significant platform upgrade, Bluprin rebrands as Archify and begins expanding across Australia, Hong Kong, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines and Singapore
December 2019
Acquisition of BuildCentral
The fastest growing and third-largest national project leads provider in the United States of America joins BCI, marking our tenth country and third continent of operations
March 2020
The beginning of the remote era
Our WFH-friendly culture ramps up with the entire BCI team commencing remote work
October 2020
Launch of Analytix
We introduce a new historical data exploration tool, using hundreds of thousands of project data points from LeadManager
October 2020
Acquisition of TenderSearch and eProcure
Tender notification, bid management, e-tender portal provider and procurement management systems join the BCI family
January 2021
Acquisition of Planned Grocery
With a mission to provide customers with an ‘unusually helpful’ solution, USA-based location data and geospatial technology firm joins forces with BCI. This technology later inspires Geospex
January 2021
Two worlds collide
Architectural Information Services is absorbed by Archify Australia and New Zealand, consolidating our online and face-to-face sales and marketing solutions
November 2021
INTRODUCING BCI CENTRAL
BCI Media Group, inclusive of BCI Asia, BCI Australia and BCI New Zealand, rebrands to BCI Central

Fast-forward!

Offices

Robert Krups
Co-Chief Executive Officer

Robert Krups was appointed as Co-CEO for BCI Media Group in 2018 with his current focus on BCI’s Asia-Pacific operations.

Robert joined BCI in 2010 as a Project Manager for South America and was appointed as General Manager for the Cross Media Division of BCI Asia. In 2012, he was promoted to Chief Executive Officer for BCI Asia.

Robert works closely with the BCI Asia Management team as part of his responsibility for all business operations across Asia. Robert works to analyse opportunities with strategic partnerships, mergers and acquisitions, all while looking to expand into new markets.

Robert attended Göttingen University in Germany where he was awarded a Bachelor of Agricultural Economics. He also graduated from Murdoch University in Perth, Australia with a Master of Science in renewable energy. Robert then spent three years working with the German office of the World Wide Fund for Nature before moving to BCI Media Group.

Damian Eastman
Co-Chief Executive Officer

Damian Eastman was appointed as Co-CEO for BCI Media Group in 2018. In 2020, Damian also took on the role of CEO for BuildCentral, our Chicago-based, USA affiliate.

Damian originally joined BCI in 2004 as a Customer Liaison Consultant but was assigned a product development position soon after. He was then asked to head up the Australian Research Department. In 2012, he took on the role of Chief Operating Officer for BCI Australia and New Zealand.

Damian has responsibility for all of BCI’s business operations with a focus on our USA business unit. He works with management teams to improve efficiency, maintain strong growth and analyse opportunities of strategic partnerships, mergers and acquisitions.

Damian has a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Otago and, before joining BCI, held various roles with the Australian Bureau of Statistics and with several Australian-based international financial institutions.

Peter Rolshoven
Chief Financial Officer

In his position as the Chief Financial Officer of BCI Media Group, Peter Rolshoven is responsible for accounting and reporting, as well as the financial control and corporate governance of the company.

Although Peter formally commenced work with BCI Australia in November 2008 as Commercial Manager, he worked for BCI as an intern in 2006 while finishing his bachelor’s degree in International Business and Management Studies (IBMS). He also completed an apprenticeship as a bankkaufmann (banker) at Deutsche Bank.

In 2008, Peter graduated from Maastricht University in the Netherlands with a Master of Science in International Business Finance.

Michelle Aizenberg
Chief Research Officer

Michelle Aizenberg was assigned the role of Chief Research Officer and appointed to the Executive Board in 2014. With a focus on improving project research quality and practices, Michelle oversees the development of BCI’s research resources and the overall management of the operations across Asia, USA, Australia, and New Zealand. Having started with BCI Australia in 2006 as a researcher, Michelle has a thorough understanding of the role and its importance to the company.

When she initially joined BCI, Michelle was in the process of completing her studies; she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (with Honours), Master of Arts, and a Bachelor of Law from the University of New South Wales. She has also completed her practical legal training with Aboriginal Legal Service (NSW/ACT) and was admitted as a Lawyer of the Supreme Court of New South Wales in December 2011.

Nikhil Roy
Chief Information Officer

Nikhil Roy joined BCI in 2001, in the formative years of the business, as a Developer in the Singapore office. He was appointed IT Manager in 2002 where he was responsible for the management of BCI’s internal IT systems. Nikhil was instrumental in the development and launch of BCI’s proprietary software systems in Australia.

Relocating to Sydney in 2005, Nikhil established the local Australian IT team and coordinated the development of new products, improvements, and features. He has since moved into a group-wide management position, overseeing all development, support, and infrastructure as the head of the Regional IT department.

Nikhil has a Bachelor of Engineering specialising in computing from the University of Mumbai along with over 20 years of experience in web development. Prior to joining BCI, he held various roles working on high-profile websites in India, for the Times Group, and in Singapore, for the Singapore Stock Exchange.

Rima Capodici
Chief Technology Officer

Rima joined the BCI team as Chief Technology Officer in June 2021. She has over 23 years’ experience in Australia, the US, the UK and in Europe, developing and implementing technological digital strategies. Rima’s experience spans many industries, including banking, financial services, local government, insurance, financial crime, utilities, and trading.

Through her leadership of strategy definitions and delivery of small ($20 million) to large ($1 billion) portfolios, some of Rima’s key accomplishments in her previous roles include: increasing customer satisfaction by 33%, reducing operational costs by 30%, increasing workplace efficiency by 29%, and most notably, helping to increase revenue by over 700%. With experience in building cross-functional teams from the ground up, Rima has pioneered the use of cutting-edge technologies such as the use of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, all with successful outcomes.

Ashleigh Porter
Co-Chief Operating Officer - ANZ

Since starting at BCI Media Group in 2008, Ashleigh has gained a wealth of experience in both the architectural and construction industries, having worked in roles as diverse as Information Researcher, Sales Manager, and Learning and Development Manager.

Ashleigh joined Architectural Information Services (AIS) in 2014 following the acquisition of AIS by BCI Media Group. Working as a liaison between AIS and BCI Media Group, Ashleigh was instrumental in the integration of the two businesses. In July 2016, she was appointed General Manager of AIS, taking responsibility for all business operations across Australia and launching the business into the New Zealand market. In 2019, Ashleigh spearheaded the launch of Archify in the ANZ market and has been a key contributor to the platform’s ongoing development and expansion across the Asia-Pacific.

Ashleigh joined the Executive Board of BCI in 2019 when she was promoted to Co-Chief Operating Officer – Australia & New Zealand alongside Paul Reid. Ashleigh holds a bachelor’s degree in Media and Communication from the University of Wollongong.

Paul Reid
Co-Chief Operating Officer - ANZ

Since joining BCI Media Group in 2011 as a Business Development Manager, Paul has consulted with hundreds of businesses to improve their prospecting, sales, and sales management processes.

Paul made the transition into sales management in July 2013, tasked with guiding and developing the Victorian Sales team. In 2015, Paul’s scope expanded to include the NSW Sales team and, as of July 2017, he became directly responsible for all new and renewal subscription sales across Australia and New Zealand as the ANZ National Sales Manager.

Paul was promoted to Co-Chief Operating Officer – Australia & New Zealand in July 2019; he and Ashleigh Porter are responsible for all BCI ANZ operations. In 2020, Paul led the design, development, and launch of the Analytix platform.

Prior to joining BCI, Paul co-founded a training and events company with his primary focus being on sales performance. Paul holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (Human Movement) from Victoria University.

Nish PKN
Chief Operating Officer – Asia

Nish was appointed as Chief Operating Officer for BCI Asia in 2018. Nish began his career with BCI Asia in 2008; he then became General Manager for BCI Asia in 2015.

Nish focuses on BCI Asia’s core-business growth and works closely with General Managers to build high-performing teams and improve customer retention. He is responsible for improving the company’s performance, leading change, and strengthening financial returns.

Nish received a Bachelor of Arts in marketing from Coventry University in the UK, and he was awarded a Master of Business Administration, majoring in finance from the University of Derby, UK.

Nicolas Marchand
Chief Data Analytics Officer

Nicolas Marchand is BCI’s Chief Data Analytics Officer and co-head of BCI Smart Data Solutions department, mandated to automate BCI Research processes and develop new products for the Group, centred on Data Analytics and Artificial Intelligence.

Over the past 2 years, SDS contributed to BCI Research Process by building BCI’s new Automated Research Framework, comprising Data Pipeline Infrastructure, Data Science Scripts, Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence features and an Internal Web Application. On the New Products front, SDS conceptualized, developed and released to market BCI’s latest product: Analytix.

As a business and tech leader, Nicolas combines years of Construction and Real Estate insights with state-of-the-art data science skills. Bright and energetic, he is dedicated to helping organizations achieve higher quality and operational efficiency.

Nicolas joined BCI when the Group acquired the very innovative start-up he co-founded, SmartBuild Asia, a leader in Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence and Big Data solutions for South East Asia’s construction industry.

Beyond the successful entrepreneur, Nicolas is also a capable construction manager who spent 10 years heading production and procurement teams for international main contractors, working on landmark developments such as Singapore Sports Hub and various Metro Rail Transit projects.

Maxime Lemiere
Chief Artificial Intelligence Officer

Maxime Lemiere has been appointed Chief Artificial intelligence Officer for BCI Media Group in June 2019 following the acquisition of SmartBuild Asia, that he had co-founded.

In his leadership role, Maxime co-leads the development of new data and AI-related products for our customers as well as our internal users.

Maxime graduated from INSEAD (France & Singapore) with a MBA in 2011 and obtained a Master of Science in Electronics & Telecommunications in 2006 from the Institut National Polytechnique of Grenoble (France). Before co-founding and being the CEO of SmartBuild Asia, Maxime was the Chief Commercial Officer of Lazada Singapore (now Alibaba) and has been a Consultant with Boston Consulting Group.

What drives us at BCI is not just supporting the growth of our clients' businesses, but enabling the construction sector to become more efficient and transparent overall.

Robert Krups
Co-Chief Executive Officer

Sharmaine SD
Regional Sales Director

Sharmaine was appointed as Regional Sales Director in 2010. In this role she is responsible for managing the sales efforts, initiatives, and sales policies across all the countries and regions within BCI Asia.

Another of the company’s long-term employees, Sharmaine joined BCI Asia in 2000 as a Business Development Executive. Previously she worked with a well-established local interior design firm in a business development capacity.

Sharmaine holds a diploma from the prestigious international association, the Chartered Institute of Marketing—based in the UK, this now boasts a membership of over 40 000 professional marketers worldwide.

Sally Kheng
Cross Media Division Director

Sally Kheng was appointed to the position of Regional Director – Cross Media Division in 2017.  In her current role, she is responsible for managing sales efforts, account management, new initiatives, and successful events execution in Asia.

Sally began her career with BCI Asia in 2002. In 2010, Sally became the Regional Research Director – Asia, motivating the research teams to achieve and then exceed desired quantitative and qualitative performances.

Prior to BCI Asia, Sally worked with local developers specialising in residential project marketing. She also worked with Chesterton International, sealing several high-profile investment sales.

Sally attended the University of NSW where she gained a Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in economics and marketing. She was awarded a Diploma in Building Management from Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Singapore.

Nana Sulina
Group Subscription Manager

Nana Sulina was appointed as the Group Subscription Manager for BCI Media Group in 2020. Since 2011, Nana was the Regional Administration Manager and the Singapore Office Manager. Nana was responsible for implementing any day-to-day activities and policies that would improve the operational efficiency of the Singapore office.

Following her graduation from the William Blue College of Hospitality Management in Sydney with a Diploma in American Hospitality Management, Nana was a Director’s Personal Assistant and worked for several international chain hotels. Nana joined BCI in 2004 as an Administration Assistant.

Candice Lim
Editor in Chief & Business Manager

Editor in Chief and Business Manager of BCI Asia, Candice Lim leads the regional publishing and editorial department. As Editor in Chief, Candice is responsible for driving the strategic direction of BCI Asia’s print and digital publications.

Since 2007, she has been managing and producing the content of the award-winning FuturArc magazine, a quarterly trade journal advocating architecture that demonstrates social responsibility and sustainability. In 2014, Construction Plus, BCI Asia’s newest title, was launched under her leadership. She manages its day-to-day operations, guiding all print and digital content and managing circulation efforts in the region.

Before joining BCI Asia, Candice worked as a senior editor at Editions Didier Millet, at Singapore Press Holdings, and in communications and media relations at Singapore’s largest not-for-profit organisation, the National Kidney Foundation. Candice holds an honour’s degree from the National University of Singapore.

Sarah Ortiz
Research Manager – Asia

Sarah Ortiz was appointed to the position of Research Manager – Asia in January 2019. This role entails management of research operations across Asia—working with National Research Managers and General Managers to maximise coverage of construction activity in different countries, and to maintain and improve quality standards with a focus on satisfying clients’ needs.

Sarah started out as a researcher and then as a team leader for BCI ANZ and was later promoted to National Research Manager – Philippines.

Sarah holds a Bachelor of Arts in political science from the University of the Philippines.

Tan Kwee Choo
Asia Quality Manager

Kwee Choo was appointed to the position of Quality Manager – Asia in 2019. She is responsible for the project research quality across Asia, always seeking to meet and exceed quality standards.

During her years with BCI, Kwee Choo has held the positions of Research Consultant and National Research Manager – Malaysia. Prior to joining BCI Asia in 1999, Kwee Choo had worked for the largest local bank for a number of years after which she joined the corporate planning division of a multi-business corporation, providing financial planning for the company.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in economics from the University of Malaya (Second Class Upper) and a diploma from the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) in accounting and business statistics.

Elaine Wai
Hong Kong General Manager

Elaine Wai was appointed General Manager for Hong Kong in 2006 and is responsible for managing all business operations within the country. In her role, Elaine is in charge of achieving budgeted levels of revenue and profitability and building a workplace culture consistent with our corporate values of Boldness, Commitment and Integrity.

She graduated from the University of Hong Kong with a Bachelor of Arts on the Dean’s List with First Prize award for her final-year project. Elaine takes pride in the fact that BCI is only her second employer! Between graduating and commencing work with BCI as a Client Liaison Consultant, she worked for six months as an Operations Trainee in the telecommunications industry.

For over 20 years, BCI has continued to push boundaries within the ever-changing construction landscape. Our commitment to technological advancement and relentless pursuit of innovation is what keeps us at the forefront of our industry.

Sharmaine SD

Regional Sales Director
Pietter Sanjaya
Indonesia General Manager

Pietter became General Manager for Indonesia in May 2018. In this position, Pietter manages business operations in Indonesia, working to achieve budgeted revenue and profitability. He also strives to cultivate a workplace culture that is consistent with BCI Media Group’s core values.

Pietter’s professional background includes extensive experience in the construction industry, sales, marketing, and operations management in various companies in Indonesia and the USA.

Pietter attended the University of Houston in Texas, USA, graduating with a Bachelor of Business Administration, majoring in both finance and marketing.

Kok Sook Leng
Malaysia General Manager

Leng was appointed as General Manager for Malaysia in May 2018. Her responsibilities extend to BCI Malaysia’s sales, account management, research, and events, all while building a positive and productive workplace environment.

Graduating from Universiti Malaysia Sabah with a Bachelor of Science in multimedia technology, Leng began work with a 4-star hotel in the Federal Territory of Sabah and was responsible for its sales and marketing materials, before joining BCI Asia’s team as a Business Development Consultant. Over the years with BCI, she has held various positions such as Business Development Manager, Team Leader, and National Account Manager.

Stanny Pamintuan
Philippines General Manager

Stanny Pamintuan was appointed as General Manager – Philippines in May 2018. Since 2015, he had been the National Sales Manager, responsible for all sales and account management operations in the country. Stanny manages the business development, account management and customer service departments to achieve the budgeted revenue and profitability while promoting the corporate values of BCI Media Group.

Stanny’s professional background includes a successful track record in sales, marketing, and operations management from various multi-national companies. He also has extensive experience in the business process outsourcing (BPO) industry, as well as in investment research, servicing clients across the Asia-Pacific, Europe, and North America.

Stanny has a bachelor’s degree in management, majoring in finance from De La Salle University in Manila.

Saowapa Naowaoaj
Thailand General Manager

Saowapa Naowaoaj was appointed General Manager for Thailand in 2018 and is responsible for all business operations within the country. She manages business development, the Account Management team, the Sales department, and the Event Sales department with a drive to achieve budgeted revenue and profitability. She is also responsible for building a workplace culture consistent with the corporate values of BCI Media Group.

Saowapa joined BCI Asia in 2013 as a Business Development Consultant. In 2017, she was promoted to National Sales Manager for Thailand, before becoming the Operations Manager. Saowapa’ s professional background includes a successful track record in sales, marketing, and operations management with various multi-national companies and within the hospitality industry.

Saowapa has a bachelor’s degree in business administration, majoring in international business, from Ramkhamhaeng University in Bangkok, Thailand.

Anh Vo Chi
Vietnam General Manager

Anh was appointed as General Manager for BCI Vietnam in February 2017, taking full responsibility for all business operations and ensuring BCI success in Vietnam.

Anh came to BCI Vietnam with more than 20 years of management and sales experience. He has focused on business operations, distribution, strategic marketing, sales management, and the motivation of teams to achieve success.

Prior to joining BCI, Anh served as the Deputy CEO – Sales and Marketing/Ho Chi Minh Branch Office Director of Prevoir Life Insurance Vietnam, worked as National Sales Manager of Groupama Vietnam – General Insurance, and as a Sales Manager at Chevron (Caltex) Lubricants. He brings hands-on expertise in business-to-business sales (B2B), business-to-consumer sales (B2C), strategy, marketing, customer-centric organisation, and in business development.

Anh has a Master of Business and Marketing Management from Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management (Belgium).

For over 20 years, BCI has continued to push boundaries within the ever-changing construction landscape. Our commitment to technological advancement and relentless pursuit of innovation is what keeps us at the forefront of our industry.

Sharmaine SD

Regional Sales Director
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