Skanska tests AI and lidar technology

Skanska is testing two technologies designed to improve site safety and monitor on-site progress in California. 

The two systems, OpenSpace and SolidSpac3, are being trialled at the £143m ($188m) CHA Hollywood Medical Centre, where the firm is building a five-storey acute care facility. 

OpenSpace combines AI with a hard hat-mounted camera that takes a 360° photo every half-second as a person walks through a construction site. The pictures allow architects, engineers and clients to take a virtual walk through the job site from a remote location.

Skanska is also piloting SolidSpac3 (pictured top), which uses the lidar remote sensing technology to compare current progress with BIM blueprints, identifying anything that is out of position by up to three-quarters of an inch and preventing the need for re-work. 

Work at the CHA Hollywood Medical Centre is on track to be completed this year.

Image: a SolidSpac3 screenshot/Skanska

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