New app to reduce environmental impact of plant logistics

LONDON: September 10, 2019. The UK government has awarded a £500,000 grant to the Carto Group, Skanska UK and the Building Research Establishment (BRE) to develop a cloud-based application for reducing the environmental impact of plant and materials logistics.

Sensors will be used to gather real-time location data from vehicles and other large plant and to monitor their environmental impact. The system will integrate all of this and use geographical information system (GIS) mapping data and artificial intelligence to find the most effective logistics plan and to help predict and control its environmental impact.

The objective of the new tool is to enable project planners and construction managers improve onsite performance and productivity in a sustainable way.

Skanska UK Digitalisation manager Kamran Choudhury obeerved: “This ties in with Skanska’s strategy to deliver better results for our customers and clients, through our industry-leading approach to digitalisation. Using new technology through targeted research and development projects [provides] a real opportunity to revolutionise how the construction industry works.”

A spokesperson for the BRE said the organisation was particularly interested in how IoT data can be captured during critical activities on construction sites and how this can be used to create key performance indicators, to improve wider sector performance.

“State-of-the-art data capture – enabled by things like low-cost sensors, the Internet of Things and artificial intelligence – together with analytical techniques has the potential to deliver significant efficiency savings and environmental improvements,” added Carto Group CTO Nicholas Duggan.

Skanska, established in 1887, is one of the world’s leading project development and construction groups headquartered in Stockholm.

The Carto Group partners with architects, planners and engineers to help deliver projects more efficiently using 3D geospatial survey and visualisation technology to meet the UK government construction sustainability targets for 2025.