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Oracle Construction and Engineering Innovation Lab Highlights the Worksite of Tomorrow

Digital transformation is swiftly reshaping the construction and engineering landscape. Advances in technology are continually emerging, and organizations are working to understand the potential benefits of technologies such as the internet of things (IoT); artificial intelligence (AI); machine learning; augmented reality (AR); drones; next-generation building information modeling – and whatever tomorrow brings.

These technologies – as well the data they yield or analyze – offer significant opportunities to transform project delivery by improving productivity, quality, safety, and standardization as well as by enabling continuous improvement across operations.

To help project- and asset-intensive organizations navigate and benefit from this changing landscape, in late August we unveiled an initiative called the Oracle Construction and Engineering Lab. This unique facility, based outside Chicago, is no typical demo experience.

A simulated worksite (down to the trailer), the Innovation Lab features a realistic E&C working environment where visitors can interact with drones, autonomous vehicles, connected tools, sensors, and other technologies.

These immersive visitor experiences bring to life the operational improvements and data-driven insights such advances can deliver in combination with Oracle’s leading project planning and delivery solutions.

We didn’t do this alone – nor could we have.

To ensure we created the right experiences, we worked with a number of technology partners to embed their innovations into the Lab, as well as Oracle Construction and Engineering customers, who brought terrific energy and insights into their own needs and challenges, enabling the development of a collective vision of what the Lab should be.

Our technology partners for the introduction of the Construction and Engineering Innovation Lab are:

“There are a growing number of providers trying to disrupt our industry with new technology,” said Dr. Burcin Kaplanoglu, senior director for strategy and innovation at Oracle Construction and Engineering.

“We’re excited to collaborate with our technology partners and customers to showcase sophisticated, proven solutions for our visitors and help deliver our vision for the Innovation Lab,” Kaplanoglu said. “We will use this lab to prototype and test technologies as well as showcase new capabilities and integrations, and we will continue expanding this open ecosystem with new partners, customers, the academic community, and others.”

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