Q&A: Skanska Building’s Peter Jones – Embracing gaming tech, data collection and digital twins

新闻September 09, 2020

Skanska is at the forefront of exploring new technology across all aspects of the building process. Denise Chevin finds out how its technical director Peter Jones is harnessing gaming technology for bids, analysing data to spot defect trends and planning a new digital twins venture.

Talk us through your role

My job is to oversee six technical functions: engineering; BIM and digital; design management; facades; planning; and quality – which takes in operation efficiency and technology such as DfMA and offsite. I have a central role, with a team of 12, with a number of section heads reporting in to me.

I’ve been in the role for two years, though at Skanska for 15, where I’ve come through the design management route.

It’s a broad role – what drives it and what are your goals?

One of the biggest challenges is the huge array of technology out there at the moment, and knowing where to invest and focus efforts. And then if we find something that works well in trials, scaling up.

Our decision-making is centered on four key goals: improving client satisfaction and engagement; driving productivity improvements; reducing defects; and zero accidents. Ultimately, it’s about improving customer satisfaction. For us to adopt new technology it’s has to impact on one of those four areas.

We’ve been looking at a number of new technologies and trials including HoloLens augmented reality, the use of what3words to help more efficient deliveries, for example, and semi-autonomous drone trials.