Victory for Granlund’s team at the AEC Hackathon

The AEC Hackathon, an international event for the construction industry, was held for the first time last autumn. The event was arranged again from 3–5 June. Granlund also enjoyed success this time.

Granlund’s Team Helsinki Cartel clinched victory in the Skanska challenge, which was part of the weekend-long hackathon event. The team included Francisco Forns-Samso, Ville Kukkonen and Joni Turunen. Approximately 120 people signed up for the event.

The hackathon’s sponsors presented their own challenges or problems to the participants, who worked to find solutions. Granlund’s team focused on Skanska’s challenge and created a concept of a ”digital home-owner’s manual” as an alternative to folders full of documents on paper.

”Our work was a response to Skanska’s challenge of ”how to generate added value for home-owners by utilizing the data that is produced during design and construction”. Our proposal combined sensor-generated data from the 720 service and a BIM browser from Trimble,” says Ville Kukkonen.

The team believes that its success over the weekend was down to a good idea, as well as the fact that it focused its efforts on one challenge and combined these into a simple, visualised demo. The team really worked all through the weekend to secure victory.

”The greatest challenge was generating an idea and an implementation in such a short time,” Kukkonen says.

He says that the event was a success in every aspect, offering interesting content in addition to the competition.

”It was interesting to see the ideas and implementations presented by others. We also had some good discussions over the weekend and there were useful workshops on offer.”

What is the AEC Hackathon?

The aim of the AEC (Architecture, Engineering, Construction) Hackathon is to develop 3D models, virtual worlds, augmented reality, indoor positioning and sensors for use in the construction sector. The hackathons are attended by construction professionals as well as people with strong digital expertise.

The participants are tasked with working in teams to solve interesting challenges in the sector. After a weekend of hard work, the best teams receive awards. Digitalisation is changing the construction sector, which is why new participants are required to solve challenges and help companies to deploy new technologies.

The event provided an insight into the type of digital applications that will be used in the construction sector in Finland and around the world in the future. The construction professionals who attended the event helped the demonstrators to gain a better understanding of the needs of the construction sector. Additionally, presentations and demonstrations are organised at the hackathon to show attendees how the newest technologies can be utilised.

The AEC Hackathon originated in the United States and has become a highly popular community that brings together professionals from the real estate and construction sector to collaborate with software developers and top experts in the field of new technology.

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