Our Innovation Analysts recently looked into emerging technologies and up-and-coming startups working on solutions for Smart Cities. As there is a large number of startups working on a wide variety of solutions, we decided to share our insights with you. This time, we are taking a look at 5 promising Smart Construction solutions.
Heat Map: 5 Top Smart Construction Startups
For our 5 top picks, we used a data-driven startup scouting approach to identify the most relevant solutions globally. The Global Startup Heat Map below highlights 5 interesting examples out of 425 relevant solutions. Depending on your specific needs, your top picks might look entirely different.
Mohocon – Off-Site Construction (OSC)
The construction industry in smart cities nowadays faces a lot of challenges regarding labor shortages, proper timing, suitable weather conditions, building quality, and overall efficiency. Off-Site Construction (OSC) addresses these issues through manufacturing construction components and structures at locations, different from the site of use (e.g., employing prefabricated, preassembled, modular, volumetric and similar solutions). It ensures faster installation, pre-assured quality, less dependency on weather conditions, reduced need for on-site skilled workers, and, in total, higher efficiency. Mohocon, a startup from Denmark, creates sustainable modular houses based on its Hexy technology. Inspired by the structure of honeycombs, it leverages the advantages of hexagon-like dynamically constructed buildings, paired with OSC innovations: recycled materials, quick manual assembly, low weight, and self-supporting structure, etc.
Built Robotics – Self-Driving Construction Machinery
Diverting more workers from heavy-duty and dangerous tasks at building sites became possible thanks to the development of driverless construction vehicles. These machines are capable of autonomous or semi-autonomous operations, mediated by the use of robotics, machine learning algorithms, LIDAR sensors, and GPS tracking. They intend to ensure efficient accomplishment of repetitive and heavyweight operations with minimal or no human intervention. Built Robotics from the USA, aims to boost safety and productivity in the construction industry by introducing technological upgrades for the autonomous operation of dozers, excavators and skid steers. Equipped with off-the-shelf sensors, cameras, GPS mapping, geofences, and wireless emergency stops, these vehicles automate routine tasks that require a lot of human participants as well as offload workers, allowing them to concentrate on progress supervision.
Sky Tronic – Drone Inspections
Construction managers often face the problem of spending a lot of time and resources on regular building site inspections in terms of progress tracking, quality control, employee safety compliance, and possible violations. In smart cities, drones solve these construction monitoring problems based on built-in mapping, scanning, and precision measurement features, paired with real-time accurate imagery, fast data transmittance, and the focus on saving human and time costs. Polish Sky Tronic aspires to streamline drone inspections at construction sites in smart cities through improving the stability and maneuverability of unmanned aerial vehicles in various weather and land conditions. The company utilizes fuzzy logic and Artificial Intelligence (AI) algorithms to manufacture special steering controllers, able to enhance the navigation capacity of drones and ensure high-quality construction imaging.
StreamBIM – Building Information Modeling (BIM)
Smart city construction entails numerous details that need to be simultaneously considered during site-building such as parameters, scenarios, schedules, estimations, 3D visuals, etc. Building information modeling (BIM) comes into play so as to effectively organize all these inevitable features in one place. BIM is a multi-layer system allowing not only 3D planning but also 4D (3D plus timing), 5D (financials added), 6D (sustainability issues involved), and 7D (facility asset management) options. Norwegian Rendra AS develops StreamBIM, a 3D BIM collaboration platform for smart city construction activities. It works across different devices and aims to create an intuitive sharing environment where every person who is involved has an opportunity to contribute. Besides, StreamBIM assists in documenting and visualizing construction data as well as performing 3D measurements and navigating inside the digital model of a building to make sure every detail meets the plan.
Globiz – Structural Health Monitoring
Structural health monitoring (SHM) aspires to extend the lifetime of new buildings and the comfort of citizens in smart cities through incorporating condition monitoring, damage detection, and preventive maintenance processes into construction routine. It helps to mitigate destruction risks by employing sensors, data acquisition, and analysis systems, responsible for identifying, locating and warning facility managers about potential improvements and measures. Globiz from South Korea specializes in real-time integrated monitoring of the SHM status of buildings and infrastructure objects during and after construction. The solution includes measurement sensors, diagnostics tool, and web-based control system, responsible for on-the-go status updates. One of Globiz SHM’s peculiarities implies analyzing and predicting the effects of abnormal structural loads on buildings in smart cities.
What About The Other 420 Solutions?
While we believe data is key to creating insights it can be easy to be overwhelmed by it. Our ambition is to create a comprehensive overview and provide actionable innovation intelligence for your Proof of Concept (PoC), partnership, or investment targets. The 5 startups showcased above are promising examples out of 425 we analyzed for this article. To identify the most relevant solutions based on your specific criteria and collaboration strategy, get in touch.