Lean and ‘Speed to market’ define general contractor activities in 2020

Contractors continued to explore ways to expand their businesses, enhance collaboration, and boost productivity. 

Many pros found answers in their embrace of technology. Skanska’s project planning team developed Skanska Metriks, which provides benchmarking data to help evaluate the parameters of a building’s systems relative to similar projects. PCL Construction partnered with Nureva to develop and launch Nureva Visual Planner, which enables teams to effectively visualize, coordinate, and plan project activities in person or remotely. Ryan Companies is using AI, specifically computer vision, to monitor projects by placing multiple cameras around jobsites to “see” what is going on. 

At the start of 2020, Swinerton acquired two Boston Dynamics SPOT quadruped robots to use as tools for automating field data capture with attached lidar scanners, 360 cameras, and other payloads. Clancy & Theys implemented drone technology for marketing, preconstruction, and construction. Its latest drone approach captured the construction site prior to major concrete pours.

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