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Innovation projects

Discover our latest innovation projects and new technology that add value and help us build for a better society.

We are working on many exciting opportunities including drones, robotics and 3D printing. By using new technology we can deliver projects faster, safer, at lower costs and using fewer resources. These are positive impacts on both productivity and the environment.

Drones

Instead of contracting a pilot to do a photo shoot of a jobsite, drones, or Unmanned Aerial Systems (UASs), are being piloted by certified employees at Skanska to monitor site progress and to complete aerial survey photography. The drones provide detailed information, are quicker and often less expensive.

For inspections, drones are used in place of sending workers to hard-to-reach locations or other hazardous areas. This promotes worker safety and mitigating jobsite risks.

Other benefits of drones/UAS in construction includes smarter planning and construction delivery.

Learn more about drones on Skanska USA website at Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS)

Robotics

Automated construction

Together with industry and academia partners, we have established a new industrial research school in Sweden called Automation Region Research Academy (ARRAY), exclusively focusing on future technologies in automation and automated construction.

"With the ARRAY research school there will now be an opportunity to radically change the construction sector, from a craft to an efficient industry," says Ulf Håkansson, Head of Research and Innovation at Skanska AB.

ARRAY has been jointly founded by Skanska, ABB, Volvo CE, Sandvik and Robotdalen, among others.

Read more about ARRAY on Mälardalen University's website

Rebar robotics

Robots will be a part of our future building process. Together with ABB and Robotdalen, we have developed an automated rebar robot that can manufacture steel reinforcement cages onsite. Through working smarter with the digital input solution, we can speed up the production process, eliminate cumbersome work and reduce transport emissions.

Learn more about the use of robot automation on Skanska Sweden's website (in Swedish)

Gaming technology

We are putting immersive technologies like virtual reality, augmented reality and mixed reality (VR/AR/MR) to work as early as conceptual design and into construction and operations. This provides customers with a unique opportunity to see the finalized design before work starts.

The use of VR technology has been used at the New Papworth Hospital, a world-class specialist healthcare facility based on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus in the UK.

Read about virtual reality in construction on Skanska UK's website at smart wearables

Hololens

We are the first developer to use Microsoft's HoloLens to showcase our projects using mixed reality technology.

In our office tower 2+U in Seattle, we created the world's first holographic real estate leasing center. With a HoloLens headset, potential tenants can take a holographic tour of the building and get a feel for what it is going to be like. They can look around and walk through the building while staying visually and emotionally connected to the leasing representative.

Read more about 2+U

We have also opened Europe's first innovation experience room using mixed reality. Equipped with HoloLens headsets, guests can walk around the entire complex of Generation Park, our biggest office complex in Central and Eastern Europe, stroll among the buildings and feel the atmosphere of the place.

Read more about the hologram of Generation Parkon Skanska Poland's website

3D printing

3D printing has huge potential for the construction industry creating substantial sustainability and productivity gains.

We are the first to use 3D printing techniques on a live commercial development project, 6 Bevis Market, located in the heart of London. The roof's supporting structure were formed using 3D material. The printing technique provided a considerable cost and time saving alternative to a traditional method using case steel nodes. Learn more about how we pioneered with 3D printing at 6 Bevis Market.

We are currently working closely with Loughborough University to further develop the use of 3D printing in construction.

Learn more on Skanska UK's website about 3D printing for construction

Flying factories

Flying factories allow us take work traditionally completed onsite into a temporary facility, rented during the duration of the project. With a more secure and weather-proof environment, we can speed up the assembly onsite, deliver higher quality workmanship while providing safer working environments and lowered emissions.

The concept has been used in the United Kingdom for the Glenfrome School in Bristol  and for the Battersea Power Station Development.

More on Skanska UK's website about flying factories

Energy

Skanska is on a journey to Deep Green™, a future in which projects have near-zero environmental impacts.

Our Deep green cooling solution, which uses ground boreholes to cool buildings, has near-zero impact on the environment – far beyond compliance with existing codes, standards and voluntary certification schemes. It has been used throughout Skanska projects since 2013.

BoKlok, the affordable housing concept owned by Skanska and Ikea, is the first residential developer in Sweden to commit to equipping all apartment buildings with photovoltaic solar panels. Beginning in 2019, BoKlok will equip all apartment buildings it builds in Sweden with photovoltaic solar panels on the roofs. That's about 1,000 homes annually.

Read more at solar(power) to the people

Research and Innovation

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

Research and Innovation

Related information

Learn more about our innovation projects which help us build for a better society.

Gaming technology

We've already begun to put immersive technologies like virtual reality, augmented reality and mixed reality into practice in our projects.

Automation Region Research Academy (ARRAY)

Learn more about the industrial research school in Sweden which has been jointly established by Skanska, ABB, Volvo CE, Sandvik and Robotdalen, among others.