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Hello, nice to meet you, my name is Chris and I work at Hochtief, a company of the ACS Group, world leader in infrastructure and services.
Would you like to take a look at what we do around the world? Come with me and I'll show you.
Here in Los Angeles, Turner, an ACS Group company, is building one of the largest stadiums in the world, a large construction with around 2,500 workers. It will be the Los Angeles RAMS and Los Angeles Chargers stadium and the venue for the opening ceremony of the 2028 Olympics.
Construction works are being digitized more and more and the ACS Group is also at the forefront of technology.
Here you can see our professionals in ESSEN discussing an information model for the construction of the new Northwest Metro in Sydney with our Australian colleagues from Fimik in Sydney. Digital models based on 3D and logistic data are improving the efficiency of construction processes making them safer and more effective.
The ACS Group is working on Phase 2 of the Sydney Metro, where sustainable construction plays a leading role. And working physically in the construction zone is still very real, this implies huge construction machinery, large equipment, complex logistics and detailed planning. But, in addition, we work with BIG DATA, augmented reality, artificial intelligence and much more, generating great opportunities for the construction business.
In the ACS Group we use information models for construction in all our large projects, these combine real project data with information on organization, cost planning and life cycles of infrastructure Thanks to the virtual reality all the elements of a planned construction They can be checked before the work begins to be built, that is pure efficiency.
With augmented reality we go one step ahead. We can inspect a work in real time to see if all the processes have been carried out as planned, for example here, in The Spiral, one of the new skyscrapers that are being built in New York.
To combine all the new digital trends we have created Nextplore, our global innovation company. Nextplore develops digital innovation for construction, with professionals located throughout the world. One of the issues we are currently working on is the geolocation, collection and use of geological data.
Here on the A6 motorway in Heilbronn Germany, we have completed the initial test to collect photometry and laser scanning data using drones. In projects like this, precise calculations of earthworks are especially important. The real-time monitoring of the construction phases makes possible the exact measurement of the process and allows faster reaction times.
Our Nextplore colleagues in Minneapolis are developing the software and algorithms for this type of supervision. Believe me managing this large volume of information is a total challenge. Nextplore is collaborating with several universities, through these collaborations we are investigating new and innovative solutions.
Our Minneapolis colleagues are also processing geodata for other infrastructure projects, such as the large high-speed rail project in California.
Dragados and Flatiron, subsidiaries of the ACS Group, participate in construction works using state-of-the-art methods for their supervision, which allow reliable planning and great savings.
For us innovation is a shared process, so we have innovation teams in different centers around the world, one of these centers is located in Sydney. Here our subsidiaries Fimik and Dragados participate in the great construction project of the West Connex Highway. As you can see, most of the road will pass through tunnels below the city. The project aims to alleviate traffic, create jobs and bring the communities of this metropolis closer together.
The ACS Group is participating in new cooperation programs with different research institutes. Among them is the Watson MIT artificial intelligence laboratory in Massachusetts. Our connection with this institution implies that we can directly apply pioneering innovations in the field of artificial intelligence in our industry.
We are working closely with IBM to develop these solutions.
We also collaborate with the UMATIX startup that focuses on extremely precise location technologies, which can be used both indoors and outdoors. The new robotic technology will allow to measure and accurately represent interior spaces in three dimensions without the help of GPS, while allowing precise navigation of the construction equipment.