The Building Cost Information Service (BCIS) has appointed Karl Horton as its new chief data officer to support its plans to introduce new products and services.
Karl, with over 20 years’ experience, will be overseeing core functions undertaken by the data delivery team to support BCIS’s product and service delivery.
He will also work with the product and technology teams to bring enhancements to online services and product pipelines.
Another one of his priorities will be developing new products and services which help customers make more informed choices about costs and carbon accounting on construction projects.
Karl previously worked as a quantity surveyor before moving into data-led roles.
He has partnered with businesses and organisations including National Highways, Department for Transport and Network Rail, helping to support data-driven decision-making on various projects.
He said: “As a long-time user of BCIS platforms, I appreciate the needs of the customer.
“The experience I have gathered working as a consultant across different client organisations and sectors has given me a strong insight into which future products will best support the construction industry.
“I have a passion for data and helping organisations make better use of data to inform decision making on construction and infrastructure projects, so when I spoke with BCIS CEO James Fiske about the future plans for the company, I was really keen to become part of this exciting journey.”
James added: “Karl’s extensive experience will help BCIS to build on the products and services we offer to the construction industry, as they seek our help with navigating data on cost, carbon and forecasts.
“Karl joins us during an exciting phase of our growth as we have just opened a new office in Coventry and we are planning to expand into new global markets.”