About AEC Business

AEC Business is a blog and podcast focused on construction innovation and technology. It features interesting people, companies, and products. It also puts out timely bulletins and an events calendar. AEC Business Bulletin is a weekly email newsletter that helps subscribers keep tabs on what’s new and noteworthy in construction tech. The AEC Business podcast presents construction game-changers and innovators from around the world.

AEC Business has a global audience of professionals who are interested in digitalization of the industry, lean construction, materials technology, industrialization, sustainability, and business improvement. They want to know how to make construction better for people, businesses, and the environment.

Aarni Heiskanen started AEC Business in 2012. The blog has won accolades and Aarni is hailed as a Top 100 Influencer in construction.

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About Aarni Heiskanen

I’m Aarni Heiskanen, Construction Innovation Agent and the Managing Partner at AE Partners. I’m the founder and Editor of AEC Business.

I have a master’s degree in architecture, and I worked as an architect and architectural R&D manager for over a decade. Gradually, I grew more and more interested in innovative business development. I became an internet entrepreneur, and, later on, a certified management consultant (CMC).

Today, I’m a co-owner of AE Partners, a content marketing firm for real estate and construction trailblazers. I co-founded Thinking Portfolio, a company delivering project portfolio management SaaS to over 50,000 users in more than 50 countries.

I have authored business books, including The Management Consulting Blueprint, and written articles for local and international publications, e.g. ISACA Journal and Global Construction Review

Blue Collar Labs has featured me as an Industry Thought Leader.

GenieBelt named me as one of the top 100 influencers in construction.

Red Band UK has featured my Twitter account @aarnih as one of the top 20 in 2017 in construction.

FitsSmallBusiness featured me as a Top Construction Influencer of 2018.

My work has been featured in these and many other media:


What others have said about AEC Business

I’m excited to share these reviews:

MY TOP 10 RECOMMENDED CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY BLOGS AND NEWS WEBSITES FOR 2013

“This is a great blog by management consultant Aarni Heiskanen. Heiskanen really knows the industry and shares from his personal experience. He is also personable and helpful, which earns him two big thumbs up from me. The blog is fairly new, so I hope he will see success and continue writing for a long time to come.” – TrueLook


AEC Business blog: (2014 Best Construction Blog nomination)

Written by Mark Buckshon on January 14, 2014 “Finnish-based  Aarni Heiskanen writes a refreshing comprehensive blog about AEC management and business practices in AEC Business: Business inspiration for Architects, Engineers and Contractors. You’ll find many gems here, including this podcast interview with Michael Stone (whose blog also has been nominated for the competition.) Although I’ve known Michael Stone for many years, I didn’t know the story of how he started his consulting business until I learned it in the AEC Business podcast. The blog’s graphic design quality certainly to me is among the best and most professional I’ve seen (frankly setting a far higher standard than my own blog and company sites.)” – Construction Marketing Ideas


 The Top 9 Construction Blogs You Should Be Reading

Posted: 3/28/2014 “This is a great blog by management consultant Aarni Heiskanen who knows the industry and its important players.” – ICG


Top 50 Construction Management Blogs

September 17, 2014 “Aarni Heiskanen, a partner at AE Partners and Executive Producer of AEC Business, authors AEC-Business.com in the hopes of sharing ideas, success stories, tools, and techniques with architecture, engineering, and construction business owners, managers, and developers. The blog, therefore, covers a wide range of topics critical to industry leaders.” – Direct Capital


 The Top 17 Construction News Sites and Blogs

Published April 28th, 2015 by Rachel Burger in Construction Management “Run by one-man army Aarni Heiskanen, this blog is a great resource for construction business owners looking to up their game with strategic insights. Filled with useful how-tos and a simple writing style, this blog is a must-read for construction managers wanting to stay ‘in the know.'” – Capterra Construction Management Blog


Top 20 Construction Blogs & Publications to Follow in 2016

Posted by Philip McClendon on Oct 23, 2015 “AEC Business is a blog that will appeal to business owners, R&D managers, and construction business developers alike. Written by Aarni Heiskanen, an architect turned architectural R&D manager, internet entrepreneur, and certified management consultant, AEC Business is a valuable resource for any construction professional. Innovative ideas, products, tools, and success stories are at your fingertips to help you increase your company’s success. AEC Business features blog posts and podcasts, has a simple, clean, and stunning layout, and is not to be missed.” – Citizens General Insurance Brokers


5 Construction Blogs You Should Be Reading

Posted on February 19, 2015 “Blogger Aarni Heiskanen is able to offer a site with lots of timely advice from the business and management aspect of the industry, due to his years of experience within it. In addition to personal posts, this site offers updated articles and interviews with industry experts and leaders.” – Raken


The Best Resources for Your Construction Business

Posted on January 14th, 2016 by Matt Meltzer in Small Business Resources “AEC Business – There’s a reason why this blog from management consultant Aarni Heiskanen shows up on every list of top construction blogs: It’s flat out the best one. The long-time construction industry insider delivers tips on everything from writing reports to utilizing mobile apps, often interviewing industry leaders for the stories. Combining that with a wide-image, sexy layout and relevant content makes this a must-read for anyone in the industry.” – BFS Capital


8 Great Construction Blogs You Need to Bookmark Now

March, 2016 AEC-Business is a blog for construction industry innovators and game-changers. This top blog includes ideas, success stories, tools and techniques that can help increase company success through strategy, innovation and development. The blog also includes a podcast. Aarni Heiskanen blogs for AEC Business and is a Managing Partner at AE Partners, and Co-founder of Thinking Portfolio. – Assurex GlobalWORK LIFE


25 Construction Blogs For Builders & Industry Experts

October 12, 2016 This slick looking blog is written for innovators and game changers in the construction industry. It’s chock-full of interviews and in-depth articles about the latest technology and trends. Finnish author Aarni Heiskanen writes the posts himself and updates at least once a week, drawing on his 25 years of extensive industry experience. Very techy and cool. – WorkflowMax


Top 5 Construction Blogs

March 10, 2017 Another one of our go-to construction blogs is the AEC business, run by Aarni Heiskanen. With plenty of features on some of the most current construction matters, AEC Business writes in-depth, yet easy-to-follow blogs. Recently, the blog has featured a number of interesting pieces on construction technology, including virtual reality and augmented reality. – Thatcher Associates 


Are You Following These 12 Prolific Construction Bloggers?

May 10, 2017 The AEC Business Blog offers a rare glimpse into the future of construction technology! Aarni is passionate about all things tech and his desire to find innovative solutions to the industry’s big challenges is contagious. The blog is updated at least once a week and packed with intelligent commentary on the latest industry trends, as and when they develop. – Agency Central Ltd.


Top 50 Best Blogs

August 22, 2017

GenieBelt awarded my blog as one of the TOP 50 in construction.


Top 20 Construction Twitter account

 February 2, 2018

Red Band UK has featured my Twitter account @aarnih as one of the top 20 in 2017 in construction.

TOP 20 Twitter account

Top 15 Construction Technology Blogs and Websites To Follow in 2018

May 31, 2018

“The Best Construction Technology Blogs from thousands of Construction Technology blogs in our index using search and social metrics. We’ve carefully selected these websites because they are actively working to educate, inspire, and empower their readers with frequent updates and high-quality information.”

The list

Construction Technology Blogs

Top 20 construction news sites you have to bookmark

July 5, 2018

“Without further delays, find below our detailed list of 20 great construction news sites that you need to follow. Our selection was based on the following parameters:

  • Quality of content
  • Presence on social media
  • The frequency of generating fresh, engaging content”

GenieBelt


Six of the Best: Resources for Construction News

July 18, 2018

“If, like us, you have lots going on and little time, then you need information quickly; distilled, curated and ready for review. In our Six of the Best series, we compile key resources that may be most useful – summed up concisely in one easy, at-a-glance list for you to bookmark for future reference.”

Lobster Pictures Ltd


Top Construction Influencer of 2018

October 9, 2018

“We found that the influencers listed have outstanding credentials, expertise, and skills pertaining to the construction industry, as well as an impressive quantity of social media followers.”

FitsSmallBusiness.com

Top Construction Influencer

Top 75 Construction Blogs, Websites & Newsletters To Follow in 2019

August 27, 2019

The Best Construction blogs from thousands of top Construction blogs in our index using search and social metrics. 

Feedspot.com

Top 10 Construction Technology Blog

August 27, 2019

“The Best Construction Technology Blogs from thousands of Construction Technology blogs in our index using search and social metrics. We’ve carefully selected these websites because they are actively working to educate, inspire, and empower their readers with frequent updates and high-quality information.”

Feedspot.com

10 Best Construction News and Blog Sites

September 3, 2019

“We’ve chosen the following sources because they represent a broad range of mediums, from niche blogs to broad industry news.”

Capterra.com

Best construction-technology blogs

October 31, 2019

“We analyzed your website based on content quality, authenticity factors, uniqueness, data security and a bunch of other aspects throughout the last weeks. Those blogs that we considered as reliable and trustworthy like yours are from now on part of our best list.”

Expertido.org

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