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Lendlease, Google join forces for property’s tech transformation

The global property investor has partnered with Google to tackle what it calls “the greatest need and the greatest opportunity in addressing our future”.

Together, Lendlease – whose projects have included iconic buildings like the Sydney Opera House and major regeneration schemes like London’s Elephant and Castle –and Google said they will seek to deliver safer, more sustainable and efficient urbanisation projects.

The partnership will focus on three areas:

Advancing Lendlease’s next-generation IT strategy

In order to increase operational efficiency and improve decision-making, reporting, analytics and cybersecurity, Lendlease will exit its eight data centres by 2022 and make Google Cloud its sole cloud services provider.

Lendlease will move to the cloud by migrating its mission-critical enterprise workloads, including its data-intensive CAD platforms, in-house project excellence platform Oli and its Oracle-based eFinance system.

Digitising global supply chains and building lifecycles

The partners will integrate AI, machine learning and smart data analytics capabilities from Google Cloud into Podium, Lendlease’s platform that runs autonomous buildings and helps manage energy use, human needs and resource management goals.

Under the new partnership, the two companies will collaborate on new Podium products and services to give Lendlease customers the needed intelligence to improve quality and safety and accelerate development pipelines.

Partnering on sustainability

Lendlease and Google said their goal is to enable the digital transformation of the global property and real estate development industry by creating new products and services for Podium.

Podium will give firms the advanced tools and capabilities to achieve their sustainability targets, the partners said, adding that they will work together to drive its adoption among customers and prospects.

Bill Ruh, CEO of Lendlease Digital, said: “Remaking buildings is both the greatest need and the greater opportunity in addressing our future. By using Podium to digitise supply chains, firms can plan construction projects with accurate parts, pricing and supply.

“This means fewer delays to projects, more precise build plans and a reduction in cost estimate errors. This will also put important information about the lifecycle of building projects into the hands of employees at their work locations, including construction sites and within owned property assets.”

Alister Dias, vice president of Google Cloud in Australia and New Zealand, added: “By running on the cleanest cloud in the industry, Lendlease will gain increased efficiency, lower its environmental footprint, and be able to offer its clients greater information about the lifecycle of building projects.

“Working together, we will also spearhead digital transformation across the global property and construction industry, and enable companies to drive towards a healthier, more sustainable future.”

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