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How to manage a construction site during Covid-19?

Since late 2018, our Oracle Industries Innovation Lab, a simulated worksite for testing and exploring cutting-edge technologies has transformed into an actual construction worksite, full of equipment, materials, and teams working to deliver a planned expansion of the facility. In most recent months, as owners and contractors worked to come to grips with the impact of the growing Covid-19 health crisis, the construction landscape has shifted dramatically for many construction projects around the world, including our own.

Since then, as an owner of the Innovation Lab project, we have explored new processes and practices intended to safeguard the health of workers and the general public, while also keeping the project moving forward with as little disruption as possible. In confronting that challenge, we recognized that we already had a unique advantage in the Innovation Lab itself. The facility, based outside Chicago, hosts several technologies whose unique capabilities could be brought to bear on the new set of problems the pandemic presented.

Please join us to hear how we are actively using various technologies, including our own, at the construction site, leveraging them as Owner of this new facility:

- Remote site monitoring
- Social Distancing
- Material Readiness and Contactless Deliveries
- Improved payments
- Automated progress reporting with robots


Burcin Kaplanoglu

Burcin Kaplanoglu

Executive Director, Innovation Officer, Oracle Construction and Engineering

Dr. Burcin Kaplanoglu is a recognized industry technologist, thought leader, and keynote speaker. He leads industry strategy and innovation at Oracle Construction and Engineering. He is the co-founder of the Oracle Industries Innovation Lab. He was recognized as one of the „Builtworlds 2020 Maverick“ in the Technologist category and one of seven AEC Innovators for 2019 by Building Design + Construction magazine. He was named Engineering News-Record's „Top 20 Contributors Under 40“ in 2016. He is also an adjunct professor at Northwestern University's McCormick School of Engineering. Kaplanoglu was previously vice president, director of operations at Lendlease’s Telecommunication’s infrastructure business unit, where he was responsible for innovation, strategy, and operations. During his 16 years at Lendlease, he led construction projects, spearheaded national real estate development programs, developed corporate operational systems, and initiated process improvements to operations. He frequently speaks and publishes articles related to the Internet of Things, disruption of engineering and construction, investments, and construction technology, the next generation of wireless communication (5G), and innovation leadership.

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