HS2: Causeway and EKFB joint venture
We explore how a joint venture between Causeway and Eiffage Kier Ferrovial BAM (EKFB) is boosting project performance through digital technology
is arguably the most anticipated (and controversial) infrastructure project the United Kingdom has seen this millennium. The project consists of a new, high-speed railway system connecting a number of major cities in the UK including London, Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds.
Just yesterday, that Laing O’Rourke built the projects’ first bridge in just two days, and today we take a closer look at a joint venture which is enabling productivity and performance surrounding the project to soar.
The partnership between construction software company Causeway, and Civil Engineering company EKFB is delivering works for HS2 with the power of technology, combining their knowledge to enable EKFB to exceed expectations whilst staying within budget.
The software solutions offered by Causeway support supply chain management and electronic invoicing whilst enabling transparency into costs and visibility amongst EKFB’s real-time performance. The software is enabling both EKFB and HS2 Ltd. to maximise the overall efficiency of the infrastructure project.
“We want to be known for championing innovation. A key part of our strategy is to make the best use of data integration to provide one source of truth, in real-time,” said David Lowery, EKFB Executive Director.
He then went on to say: “We work with key industry suppliers and business teams to use data to increase productivity, health, safety and wellbeing on site. Our digital strategy helps us to expose real value from data to manage operations, keep costs down and take a proactive approach to issues to drive the overall efficiency.
“Causeway offers the expertise and experience we need to manage an expansive supply chain and monitor the construction of many assets, including 15 viaducts, 6.9km of green tunnels, 22km of road diversions, 81 bridges and around 30m cubic metres of excavation. Cost management is essential to our success and Causeway is the partner that has the innovative capabilities to help us deliver our part of Britain’s new low carbon high-speed railway.”
Robotics startup Canvas secures $24 million funding
The financing included strategic investment by Suffolk Construction with participation from Alumni Ventures Group and existing investors Innovation Endeavors, Brick & Mortar Ventures, Obvious Ventures, and Grit Labs.
Canvas plans to use the funds to accelerate its ability to transform construction work by bringing robotics into the built environment, starting with drywall finishing.
Advancements in robotics technology have been stymied in construction due to the complexity of the ever-changing job site environment - but Canvas claims technology it has invented now makes it possible to bring it to the industry.
By enabling skilled trade workers with a new class of tool, Canvas helps customers deliver control over schedules and safer working conditions.
"Since our launch last fall, we've seen incredible demand for the Canvas system and our unique ability to set the bar on quality, safety, and predictability," said Kevin Albert, CEO and Co-founder of Canvas.
Canvas has started by focusing on drywall finishing, one of the most labor-intensive, unpredictable, and congested parts of the construction process. The company's approach combines the skills and expertise of trained union workers with robotics technology.
"At Suffolk, we pride ourselves on redefining what is possible by innovating, investing, and building – we therefore share an aligned worldview with Canvas," said Jit Kee Chin, Chief Data and Innovation Officer and Executive Vice President at Suffolk.
Wan Li Zhu, Managing Director of Suffolk Technologies, said: "We are excited to partner with Canvas in creating a safer and more productive construction process where people and machines work together seamlessly and collaboratively to deliver at the highest quality levels."