Here you can read about the work process of Skanska's Research & Development (R&D) unit and some of our R&D projects.
How we work within R&D
The work process of our R&D unit consists of the following focus areas:
- Facilitate activities that will develop technical knowledge. We do this by identifying areas of interest in each of the business units; by starting-up and developing projects within these areas with external agencies and research institutes and by analyzing future needs.
- Capture, share and maintain relevant knowledge. This is done through several means, for instance by organizing in-house seminars on specific technical issues and by promoting knowledge-sharing through our internal networks.
- Support HR in identifying new talents and strengthen our relationships with academia.
- Review and analysis of risk exposure in projects, processes, methods and materials.
- Promote the implementation of innovative solutions.
A good example of this is the Innovation Grant Program implemented in the U.S. Thanks to this program a number of inventions have resulted in improved efficiency on the jobsites while at the same time legitimizing our commitment to innovation, e.g iSite which is an application to monitor real-time construction conditions (dust, noise, differential pressure, etc), see Skanska iSite Monitor film above.
Other R&D projects
Supply Chain Sustainability School
Founded by Skanska, the virtual Supply Chain Sustainability School is an online industry-wide free resource, helping small to medium sized businesses become more sustainable.
Joining forces with competitors, Skanska secured government funding for the school, which has signed up more than 2,000 members in its first year.
Deep green cooling system
Skanska's patented Deep Green Cooling technology – utilizing ground storage to cool buildings – has been developed and is now used by Skanska Commercial Development Nordic, and in 2013 its use in other markets began. Work on Deep Green heating and power is ongoing.
Our Deep Green Cooling projects have near-zero impact on the environment – far beyond compliance with existing codes, standards and voluntary certification schemes.
The right indoor climate using deep green cooling
Our headquarters, Entré Lindhagen, uses Deep Green Cooling which makes the building self-sufficient when it comes to cooling. The system is based on storing heat from the summer until winter and use cold from the winter in summer.
The illustration below shows you how the Deep Green Cooling solution is used in the Entré Lindhagen building.
Read more about our headquarters, Entré Lindhagen.