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Pomerleau creates innovation lab for construction

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Construction company Pomerleau, is partnering with Factry, a Canadian training centre specializing in developing creative skills, to form the Pomerleau aXLab, an innovation lab dedicated to integrating innovative technology to the construction industry.

This one-of-a-kind lab in Montréal is the result of the cooperation between two organizations that share the same values: collaboration, vision, and the desire to generate concrete change in an evolving world to build tomorrow’s living environments.

This is why Pomerleau decided to set up its lab on the campus of Factry, an organization recognized for its ability to generate innovative projects, which put people at the centre of any transformation.

“With this project, we want to develop new skills to usher the construction industry into the future,” said Ian Kirouac, executive vice-president, Canadian building operations and corporate transformation. “Creativity means allowing yourself to imagine solutions to the most complex problems, and this partnership with Factry is the perfect way to accomplish that.”

Located in the heart of the Quartier de l’innovation, the Factry campus will be the ideal place for Pomerleau innovation teams to come together, the construction company said. There they will develop technologies in robotics, offsite construction, the Internet of things (IoT), artificial intelligence (AI), and digital twins.

The aXLab will allow younger generations to learn from Pomerleau experts by taking part in workshops and other educational initiatives. These discussions will provide inspiration for innovation teams and enhance technology research projects. Future programming at Factry, featuring a range of training sessions, workshops, and events, will showcase the ideas, knowledge, questions, and surprises emerging from the aXLab.

Pomerleau will begin the buildout of the aXLab in the coming weeks. The lab will be headed up by Carolyne Filion, Eng. M.Eng., innovation manager, research and development (R&D), and special projects at Pomerleau.

“By trying out technologies in a custom laboratory, we will be able to accurately determine their efficacy and added value for our projects and the entire industry,” said Eric Lessard, vice-president, innovation and technology at Pomerleau. “We believe in the strong potential for emulation with the creative ecosystem at Factry.”

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