The KEKO consortium, made up of KONE and six other industry leaders, want to take smart building technology to the construction site. Here are some examples of construction and productivity workflows solutions we are most interested in.
According to a report by McKinsey & Company, the construction industry is among the least digitized industries out there. That being said, the industry is advanced in data collection. KEKO companies all collect data in ways that can benefit during the construction phase of a building. Moreover, KEKO operates in all stages of the building lifecycle to create the best value for building designers, builders, and users.
With this data, KEKO is aiming to create a digital twin of the building being built to augment the so-called “as-designed” model with “as-built” data. The potential in utilizing this data during construction and in the later building life-cycle is vast. What KEKO now seeks is data solutions that could improve workflows and productivity, and safety, at the construction site.
Taking the digital leap in the construction industry is the KEKO consortium’s ambition: their goal is to create the world’s first smart building standard and utilize it in analyzing construction data. Founder teams, growth companies, and other SMEs have talent and tech that is needed to complete this task. So if your team is working on solutions that could help with some of the productivity and workflow challenges here, we would like to hear from you.
Seamless Communication Between Multiple Stakeholders
A construction site involves many stakeholders who all need to know exactly what is going on. Starting all the way from the building designers and clients, construction site planners need to connect with material suppliers, the labor force, inspectors, equipment suppliers, and other staff frequenting a site.
We are looking for tools that would bring construction site data seamlessly to all stakeholders and help make the right materials available in the right places at the right times. Any unnecessary material movement should be prevented and workers should be able to continue construction tasks without interruptions from unavailable materials.
Maximizing Equipment Utilization
Another factor that enables seamless continuation of work is making sure the correct tools are found where they are most needed. On a construction site, tools often lie unutilized when they might be needed on another task, taking place elsewhere. Using equipment utilization data, we are interested in solutions that help allocate these resources better, to speed up construction and cut down costs.
Automatic Material and Work Orders
When a building is designed, the planners know from the beginning exactly what goes into it. To make sure this knowledge reaches other parties too, clear communication tools are one approach. However, there are aspects of the process that can be automated with the data available. Ideally, the perfect smart construction site would monitor when certain materials are needed, order the necessary amount and direct it to the correct place on time. Workers would also receive automatic work orders when certain stages of construction are ready to begin. Taking the load off humans frees them to take care of other responsibilities, which cannot be automated directly.
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