SNC-Lavalin has announced it is to construct a series of new state-of-the-art facilities around the world in an attempt to accelerate its technological leadership capabilities.
The Canada-based construction company is building three centres, called ‘Lava Labs’, which will enable SNC-Lavalin to bring its global expertise from its businesses to local clients and markets.
The Lava Labs are set to open in Montreal, London, and Bangalore in the autumn.
Commenting on the development, Ian L. Edwards, president and CEO of SNC-Lavalin, said: “We are extremely excited by this important investment in our global technology and collaboration capabilities.
“We recognise that technology will play a huge part in the future of our industry, and we believe that the great thinking and expertise of our people is critical to helping shape the transformation of our sector.
“These hubs will provide our people with the space and technology to think and work differently – collaborating with our clients and partners to co-create, develop, and implement solutions that impact the people and communities we serve worldwide.”
Lava Labs are part of SNC-Lavalin’s strategy to take a leadership role in disrupting the industry through connecting people, data, and technology to deliver solutions and outcomes that address the planet’s most complex problems.
SNC-Lavalin says the labs will enable the development and application of new and innovative ways of delivering end-to-end services for client projects.
The labs themselves will be fitted out with state-of-the-art technology, “where clients can immerse themselves in the huge potential of data and technology, allowing them to visualize, collaborate, and deliver their projects in new and innovative ways with greater certainty and speed.”
Lava Labs are also set to host events, training, and discussions, to discuss, debate, and share ideas on how SNC-Lavalin can help address societal challenges such as climate change and population growth.
Global lead of Lava Labs
SNC-Lavalin has appointed Federico Puebla as global lead of Lava Labs.
Federico joins SNC-Lavalin from Desjardins Group, North America’s largest financial cooperative, where he was the architect of the organization’s first innovation lab, Desjardins Lab, the Startup in Residence incubator, and the largest open innovation competition in Canada, Coopérathon.
Founded in 1911, SNC-Lavalin is a fully integrated professional services and project management company with offices around the world.
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