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Research & development

The Research & Innovation function leads the research and innovation activities. Through innovation Skanska identifies and develops new technical products, services and processes, improving its competitiveness and creating increased value for Skanska and its clients.

Our role

The Research & Innovation function is the corporate hub for technical expertise and technical knowledge transfer between the various Skanska units.

What we do

The function provides technical input to Skanska's risk management process in order to reduce risk in relation to complex structures, potential systemic faults and the use of new materials. It also provides technical support for problem solving and claims resolution, working through a coordinated internal and external network of experts.

In addition, the function leads the research and innovation activities in Skanska, striving to find new technical solutions and also more efficient ways of working. Innovation is needed in order to respond to current and future needs and to stay competitive. Through innovation Skanska identifies and develops new technical products, services and processes, improving its competitiveness and creating increased value for Skanska and its clients.

A large part of the year's work focused on supporting Skanska's 2016–2020 business plan with technology, particularly in the area of Operational Excellence. During 2016, technical focus areas within Skanska included Building Information Modeling (BIM), automation and robotics, autonomous vehicles, industrialization, materials, drones, 3D printing, energy, energy storage as well as other focus areas such as climate change, sustainability and safety.

Collaboration with academia

Skanska actively collaborates with around 25 universities in its home markets and currently has six adjunct professors working in the areas of energy, concrete, tunneling, bridges and climate adaption.

Last updated: 8/16/2017

Ulf Håkansson

Head of Research & Innovation
Vice President Research & Innovation

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R&D Projects

Find out more about our projects within Research & Development.