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Pomerleau to set up new innovation lab in downtown Montreal

April 14, 2021   By On-Site Staff

The lab will be used to develop and test new robotic, off-site construction, artificial intelligence and digital twin tools

Quebec-headquartered contractor Pomerleau is partnering with a Montreal training centre to establish a new innovation lab focused on construction.

Located on the Factry campus in Montreal’s downtown, the Pomerleau aXLab will help ready new and innovative technology for deployment on job sites.

“With this project, we want to develop new skills to usher the construction industry into the future,” said Ian Kirouac, the executive vice-president for Canadian Building Operations and Corporate Transformation at Pomerleau, in a release. “Creativity means allowing yourself to imagine solutions to the most complex problems, and this partnership with Factry is the perfect way to accomplish that.”

Founded as a training centre to foster creative skills that complement conventional college or university programs, the Factry campus is located in Montreal’s Quartier de l’innovation. Pomerleau said the new lab will be used to develop and test new robotic, off-site construction, artificial intelligence and digital twin tools. Carolyne Filion, innovation manager for R&D and Special Projects at Pomerleau, will be heading the new lab.

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“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 as well innovation and technology and chief digital officer at Pomerleau.

Work to build out the new aXLab is scheduled to start in the coming weeks.


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