Construction EIIR (Engineering, IoT, Industry 4.0 and R&D) Trends Q-2 2019

How are construction enterprises leveraging R&D service providers? (Deals/Contracts/ Partnerships)

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    5D BIM Implementation in Nagpur Metro Project by Highbar Technocrat

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    Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) has inked a three-year MoU with national applied research and development (R&D) agency MIMOS Bhd for the adoption of advanced technologies to enhance the maintenance of Malaysian airports. MIMOS will provide technical advisory services for the development of a unified Internet of Things (IoT) technology platform for MAHB. The platform will have machine learning capabilities for predictive maintenance for MAHB’s airports and systems to improve operational efficiency and service quality at its airports

How are construction enterprises organizing their R&D? (GICs/ R&D Best Practices/Solutions)

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    RealPage is growing its Hyderabad GIC. A great testimonial to Indian engineering talent and a good example of how Indian engineering GICs can help their parent organization. Take full ownership of few product lines. Lead product localization effort and support company’s global expansion in different countries. Lead in developing solutions for India market

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    Haskell opens R&D center in Atlanta. Haskell has developed VR based safety solution HERO, the Hazard Elimination/Risk Oversight program that relies on video game-like images and controllers to immerse users in a virtual world of hazardous pitfalls.

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    Bentley Systems, acquires Keynetix, a UK-headquartered provider of cloud-based software for capturing, visualizing, modeling, and sharing of geotechnical data. The addition of Keynetix software expands Bentley’s geotechnical offerings and accelerates Bentley’s vision of enabling subsurface digital twins for infrastructure projects and assets. Subsurface digital twins can be vital for assessing and managing risks in infrastructure projects, and to the planning, design, construction and operations of infrastructure assets. The creation and curation of subsurface digital twins involves modeling the underground environment (geology, hydrology, chemistry, and engineering properties, and the underground infrastructure), and utility networks, structures, and tunnels – and then analyzing and simulating the subsurface behavior.

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    Dassault Systèmes and SuperMap Software, a leading geographic information system (GIS) software and services company, announced their intent to jointly engage on platform-driven projects for construction, cities and territories in global markets by combining their respective expertise and creating new guidelines for information exchange in these domains. They plan to leverage Dassault Systèmes’ 3DEXPERIENCE platform, and SuperMap’s GIS software and application platform to define new experiences for customers.

How are construction and smart cities engineering service providers building their solutions and capabilities?

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    Capgemini and Autodesk have announced a new partnership to deploy Reflect IoD, a new Building Information Modelling (BIM) platform for building and infrastructure operators.

Construction industry news

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    Smart lighting plans in Hong Kong. Business case is 30% energy savings. In addition smart lampposts will act as 5G tower and also provide real-time information on weather, traffic, etc

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    Embedded with IoT sensors, engineers at University of New Hampshire create self-diagnosing self-reporting “smart” bridge. It provides valuable information about its health–the stress it deals with, the ease at which it moves, what’s happening around it and even under it.The information about structural performance, like weight on the bridge, the behavior of the towers during a bridge lift, strain and acceleration, as well as traffic patterns, weather conditions, sea level and tidal information. It will also provide bridge design engineers unique and innovative information to help create the next generation of bridges with maximum safety, reliability and efficiency.

Construction resources: consultant/ analyst updates

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    Roland Berger: BIM set to change the face of construction (Link)

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    McKinsey: Reinventing construction through a productivity revolution (Link)

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    Roland Berger: Help from above: drone support on construction sites (Link)

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