VANCOUVER — The Vancouver Regional Construction Association (VRCA) is developing the Construction Research Network, a digital hub to spur innovation.
In a blogpost published in the VRCA website, the group explained the network will be a central digital inventory of the research and development assets available to help connect the architecture, design and construction sectors with research and development facilities and, eventually, one another.
“British Columbia boasts a national reputation for large buildings and infrastructure projects,” reads the post. “But while we build projects ‘by the book,’ we don’t often write new ones. Like all industries, construction must evolve to remain vibrant and competitive into the 21st century. And despite a few standout examples, such as engineered wood projects and high-performance buildings, our industry is not yet fully capturing the benefits of innovation.”
The association explained the database will likely include testing facilities, research labs, technical training institutes and other assets to help move innovative ideas forward.
“We expect industry stakeholders will use the Construction Research Network to access a wide range of facilities and tools, should they wish to develop, model, and test new materials and approaches,” the post continues. “The list will be organized in an accessible manner by type of facility or available service, contact information, and more.”