Solutions for transforming the worksite

For the second Building Beyond Festival, Leonard, La Fabrique de la Cité and the Fondation VINCI pour la Cité brought together 70 city makers, researchers, architects, engineers and artists to consider the size of cities and imagine the future of regions and infrastructure. One consequence of the digital revolution is the emergence of new technological solutions that can transform worksites. We present an overview of some of the technological nuggets from the Building Beyond Festival.

The projects presented here provide new opportunities in the sector, from design to construction, and attempt to answer the question: how can we build better? Damien Bahon, Jérôme de Tomasi, Vincent Robert and Omid Bayani presented their solutions to the Building Beyond public.

Simplify worksites using augmented reality

Damien Bahon is the founder of Rehalib and a Leonard intrapreneur. To mitigate the lack of reliability or the inexistence of drawings for small renovation or refurbishment projects, he has created a turnkey solution for making 3D drawings using augmented reality.

With the aid of sensors and video game software, Rehalib is capable of reconstructing, in the space of a week, drawings that can be integrated into worksite software. So, in just one week, instead of having to rely on broadly erroneous 2D drawings, the project has detailed 3D drawings that can represent all possible fit-out options.

Waste Marketplace, meanwhile, attacks the problem of worksite waste management with an effective application. In a significant market – over €1.7 billion in 2018 and 40 million tonnes of waste to be collected – where simplicity is a prime concern, worksite bosses prefer to have a single point of contact, often a non-specialist firm, even if it means lower-quality service. Waste management is in fact a specialist business that has a difficult reporting process, lack of traceability and ever higher costs.

With Waste Marketplace, Jérôme de Tomasi wants to reverse the trend by giving worksite bosses an application that connects simply and quickly to specialist waste treatment centres. All they have to do is fill in a form specifying the type of waste, the container needed, and the date and approximate time of collection desired. The application, thanks to its algorithm, then contacts the best waste management company. The solution has numerous benefits, including simplified waste management, automated reporting, better recycling and savings of an average of 15%. It has already been implemented on 75 projects and worksites in six months, with 500 movements a month and 65 service providers. Waste Marketplace also makes the link with demand for secondary raw materials, which gives an average of 88% waste recycling.

Digital platforms, new coordination tools

On complex projects involving a great many different activities, new tools are being used to limit the loss of information and facilitate coordination of the various teams of skilled workers present on the worksite. Gotmi.io, the solution presented by Vincent Robert, is a case in point. The platform, developed within METIS, inventories worksites, and standardises and describes their data in a given area in order to coordinate the works and create synergies between the players. Improved communication should reduce works time and costs: in France, potential savings on works could total several billion euros and 250,000 days.

Lanes, the worksite journal application created by Omid Bayani, is also intended to facilitate communication between the various stakeholders of a project. The digital worksite journal, presented as the “worksite Instagram”, aims to limit loss of information due to the lack of trace and archiving of worksite photos. Lanes provides complete and customisable archiving of all worksite photos while facilitating sharing the archive with other stakeholders. According to feedback from worksite bosses, the application is intuitive and easy to learn. No further delays to works in the future thanks to this worksite social network!