Building together: boosting vertical transportation for construction site productivity

Session: Track G: Future of Mobility and Vertical Transport

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Timo Vlasov
Offering Manager, KONE Major Projects, KONE

Steady urban population growth means cities and buildings are becoming bigger, taller, and more complex. Consequently, pressure on the construction industry to keep up is intensifying, further compounded by the pandemic. Naturally, builders and contractors are eager to employ productivity solutions that keep them a step ahead of their competitors.
Low productivity has long been a major factor holding back the construction industry. According to a study by McKinsey, despite 13% of the world’s GDP is coming from construction, productivity over the last 20 years has grown by a mere 1.0%.
The taller the building, the more important the movement of the workers and materials becomes. In tall building construction, productivity depends heavily on the efficient deployment of workers and their materials up and down multi-storied job sites with minimum delays. There are many means to provide vertical transportation on jobsites like construction time use elevators, construction cranes and external hoists.
There is a long history of the vertical traffic planning for tall buildings. One of the latest industry trends is to apply traffic planning methods for construction site planning, people movement and site logistics. We have partnered with Multiplex to develop and present case examples on planning methods, including simulations that help select and plan the best applied solutions for construction time transportation on a project by project basis matching the different stages and life cycle of the project. KONE have partnered with Multiplex to offer collaborative solutions across Multiplex projects resulting in improved construction productivity giving surety for programme to build durations and typical critical path activities.