News Coverage

    CATALYST welcomes 11 startups and scale-ups

    Leonard, 12/20/2019

    After announcing the six laureates of its SEED startup program last week, Leonard is unveiling today the 11 companies joining the CATALYST program, designed to foster and accelerate partnerships between VINCI and startups and scale–ups in their commercial development phase.

    In order to select these 11 companies, Leonard worked hand in hand with its investor, institutional and academic partners in France and abroad, in particular in Spain, Germany, the UK and the USA throughout 2019 .

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    Predictive-Based Safety: Saving Lives, Shaping Construction Insurance

    IRMI, 12/11/2019

    As more and more industry firms adopt construction technology, business leaders are exploring creative ways to harness artificial intelligence (AI) and leverage big data for more than just "interesting" insights. In particular, we are looking for ways to have a greater influence on the entire construction project life cycle, including insurance.

    AXA XL and Smartvid.io are teaming up to explore what's possible for the future of construction insurance when we wield the immense power of predictive analytics in the field.

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    Innovator of the Year: Predictive Analytics Strategic Council

    Construction Dive, 12/9/2019

    Safety councils are nothing new for the construction industry, but not many of them can say they include the biggest names in the industry and champion some of the most cutting-edge technology available for preventing jobsite accidents.

    The Predictive Analytics Strategic Council, founded earlier this year, encompasses some of the largest players in commercial construction, including Skanska, Suffolk and DPR.

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    Suffolk's safety app wins industry award

    Construction Dive, 11/27/2019

    A software program developed by one of the country's biggest construction firms has won an industry award for its ability to enhance safety on jobsites. 

    The RiskX program from Suffolk won a Safety Innovation Award on Nov. 14 from the Building Trades Employers’ Association’s (BTEA), which recognizes companies who have created a new idea, device or method to increase jobsite safety. The mobile-based observation and activity tracking system allows workers to enter real-time data about project site safety trends into an app so the data can be tracked and measured. 

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    The future of construction will be changed by technology

    Real Estate Weekly, 11/13/19

    Every year, top government officials, investors, and business leaders around the world gather in New York for Real Estate Tech Week. The conference aims to highlight the increased role technology is playing in building our cities.

    The emergence of new technology is laying the foundation for what the future of construction could look like.

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    Smartvid.io uses AI to predict safety risks on the jobsite

    Construction Junkie, 11/12/19

    The construction industry is just waking to the realization that with the adoption of mobile devices, BIM and other new technologies, the amount of data being generated by projects has grown exponentially. This data comes in a variety of sources from images to schedules to models and more - most of which is locked inside the system in which it was created. Artificial intelligence (AI) is an emerging way to bring additional value from this data and allow for better decision making on projects.

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    Predictive AI construction group attracts more leading firms, including Skanska

    Construction Dive, 10/23/2019

    Five more firms have joined a unique industry group focused on sharing data to advance jobsite safety.

    Skanska USA, Skanska Sweden, Webcor Builders, Obayashi and concrete contractor Lithko Contracting have signed on with the Predictive Analytics Strategic Council, which was launched earlier this year to share and analyze safety data from each firm in the group.

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    To prevent workplace accidents, construction companies are turning to Vinnie

    The Boston Globe 10/10/2019

    At hundreds of construction sites, a safety inspector named Vinnie is watching the workers, keeping tabs on those who show up without work gloves or use the wrong kind of ladder. Vinnie doesn’t miss much.

    That’s because Vinnie is software — an all-seeing artificial intelligence system developed by a Cambridge startup, Smartvid.io. Chief executive Josh Kanner named the program after a man he knows, a New Jersey construction superintendent with a photographic memory. He sounds a lot like the digital Vinnie, which analyzes photographs at construction sites to spot hazardous conditions. And according to research conducted with the help of Boston’s Suffolk Construction — an investor in Smartvid.io — Vinnie can predict workplace accidents before they happen.

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    Data transformation starts at the C-level

    Construction Dive, 9/25/2019

    Effectively aligning operations and talent with advances in technology is one of the most prominent challenges businesses face today. Big data, artificial intelligence, robotics, and other emerging technologies that collectively form “digital convergence” are on the agendas of CEOs and board directors in every industry.

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    The future of AI & machine learning according to Suffolk data pioneer

    Oracle Construction & Engineering Blog, 9/23/19

    Jit Kee Chin discusses why emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence will play a key role at construction sites, including Suffolk's collaboration with Smartvid.io, a construction-specific AI company.

    How can organizations foster a culture of innovation?

    Different types of organizations foster innovation differently. At Suffolk, our people are generally entrepreneurial, so the challenge is primarily how to channel this innovative mindset and energy.

    Disciplined Process

    We follow a disciplined innovation process at Suffolk. We collect and monitor ideas in a classic pipeline model and use a stage gate process to review ideas, pilot solutions, and finally, determine whether we should scale enterprise-wide.

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