Technology & Innovation Showcase 2019
We share these exciting technologies with our clients and partners not only to provide real-life demonstrations and case studies illustrating how Skanska is using these tools across the country, but also to educate and engage in discussion about the expansive possibilities of construction technologies so that together we can develop new innovative solutions for the future.
“I was really happy to attend and see the new tools Skanska is developing. I was particularly impressed with the application for close-out and record drawings”
- Susan Smythe, Sr. Project Manager,
“It's obvious the company is at the very forefront of construction technology, not only investing heavily in the latest computer products but also wisely in putting those resources in the hands of the creative and excellent staff who were on hand to demonstrate everything….. From now on, seeing a Skanska sign on a construction fence will remind me of all your cutting-edge tools that have helped make that project a success.”
-Douglas Steele, AIA
Reality capture involves the use of advanced technologies like 3D laser scanners and high definition 360-degree cameras to collect existing or as-built conditions for use during design, construction and operations. By capturing field conditions quickly and accurately, reality capture tools reveal inconsistencies between what’s “real” versus what is represented in the design plans. This helps to optimize schedules, reduce change orders, increase predictability in the field, reduce risk and enhance quality assurance.
PlanIt is an online tool that simplifies our EHS processes on our projects. We are able to build an EHS manual by selecting the applicable project scope, identified hazards, and controls. This information flows from those manuals through to Construction Work Plans and Daily Hazard Analyses. PlanIt takes the guesswork out of project task planning and helps increase accountability at all levels of our operations. The tool creates a uniform procedure across our business helping solidify our IFE culture across regions and prevents inconsistent applications of EHS policies and procedures. It is an essential tool in support of our Care for Life value.
Virtual reality (VR) places an end-user into a first-person, immersive experience that contextualizes the built environment and enables a personal connection to a space. This can help remove unknowns around design options, clarify assumptions to conceptual estimates, accelerate decision-making and promote stakeholder buy-in. There are multiple levels of sophistication for VR, each with their own benefits and challenges, ranging from 360-degree virtual worlds viewable through a desktop or headset.
By integrating BIM with cost data and schedule information, we enable rapid simulations of design and delivery options, allowing us to quickly optimize results. Analytics from the model can be harnessed to develop interactive conceptual estimates or support the complex bidding process, enhancing collaboration and decision making among all the stakeholders. When integrated with 3D models or virtual reality, the analytics are transformed from static data sets to dynamic experiences that accelerate the decision-making process.
Enhanced Turnover Solutions
Skanska’s Enhanced Turnover Solutions lowers our client’s total building lifecycle cost, increases operational efficiencies, improves communication with the facilities team and shortens response time to maintenance requests. We proactively manage the collection of building asset data throughout design, construction, and at project turnover, thereby structuring it to satisfy the owner’s specific needs. This allows for integration with other systems or for the delivery of an immediately usable turnkey solution. Leveraging Skanska’s scale and expertise we’ve developed tiered services to address various levels of sophistication, complexity, and scope.
Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), or drones, help monitor site progress through photos or video, assist with inspections of hard-to-reach areas, complete photogrammetry and laser scans, and augment the modeling process. Unlike traditional aerial photography, drones provide more detailed information, are quicker and often less expensive. Since they can fly into compact or challenging spaces, drones also reduce a worker’s reliance on ladders or scissor lifts, allowing unsafe conditions to be avoided.
Real Time Location Systems
The Internet of Things (IoT), sensing devices, robust wireless networks, GPS and real-time location tracking systems (RTLS) are providing unprecedented access to information about the infrastructure and the buildings we construct. Connecting data from multiple sources and delivering information with context of the project helps us improve safety of individual workers and enhances jobsite visibility for our teams and owners, enabling real-time decision making.
Regional VDC Director
ScratchPad provides ease in creating, updating and sharing professional phasing and logistics plans by onsite staff. This solution is dynamic, leveraging a gaming engine to let users interact with their surroundings.
ScratchPad provides clarity when planning work for enhanced safety and accuracy. With easy controls, users can view past, current and future phases.
Project management software allows field teams to stay connected to the office and have total project visibility from the field. Superintendents and field engineers can collaborate with the office to create detailed punch lists in real time, determine schedule and cost impacts, and monitor progress from their mobile devices in a single platform. Access to real-time data, project documentation, and other team members enhanced decision making and leads to a successful project.
Skanska Sustainable Innovations
Skanska has developed many innovative tools and expertise to move towards zero-carbon buildings and carbon neutrality to both support our clients and lead the industry.
Skanska co-created the Embodied Carbon in Construction Calculator (EC3). EC3 uses material quantities from our estimates to calculate the embodied carbon of our projects. Identifying specifications and procurement alternatives can
translate to real, meaningful carbon reductions with minimal cost or schedule impact.
Skanska Metriks™ is a benchmarking tool that harvests and compares close to 400 specific, quantifiable attributes from every project we build. Unlike traditional cost benchmarking,
Skanska Metriks™ incorporates quantified program and systems information enabling teams to better understand final building product and develop a more accurate cost model. Being able to evaluate the efficiency of building systems relative to similar institutions, teams can also identify attributes to target for improvement long before construction starts or the design is developed.