Carbon capture, utilization & storage – The path towards zero emissions

Leveraging technology to create carbon-efficient sites across more than 270 sites is one of the key ambitions of the Plants of Tomorrow. To this end,  our teams are pioneering the use of Carbon Capture, Utilization and Sequestration technologies (CCU/S) for use at sites globally. Carbon Capture technologies concentrate CO2 with the aim of giving it a second life as fuel, chemicals, building material, or safely storing it in the ground.

To work towards a net zero industry, we’re spearheading a number of innovative projects that range from converting CO2 into synthetic fuel and chemicals, producing a food-grade CO2 and using CO2 in greenhouses. Equally, through collaboration with startups, we’re developing agile and innovative solutions to get a head start on tomorrow’s challenges.

We’re also multiplying our efforts to reduce Co2 emissions by partnering with other leading multinational companies. Addressing the CO2 challenge requires a consortium of government and industry peers. To this end, Holcim is committed to working with key stakeholders to reduce  emissions globally.

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PACT – Performance and collaboration tool

In cement factories, the several interlinked production steps are monitored by automated systems. They provide the production team with a large set of data that is then used to derive . required actions for an efficient operation. Up to now, data from different monitoring systems has been collected and processed manually. This made collaboration and exchange very difficult and led to a bias towards experience-driven decisions rather than concise data analysis. Another hurdle: each plant used different systems, and action management tools making direct comparisons of factories impossible.

PACT supports the plant teams to take better, data-based and more forward-thinking decisions, consistently achieve targets and spend less time in meetings and data crunching. This allows the teams to focus more on optimizing the processes and adapting in a flexible way to requirements from the markets.

PACT is the Holcim platform that combines all aspects of business with production, maintenance, quality, environment  as well as H&S data from plants worldwide. This data is used for data-based decision making, benchmarking, consistent action tracking and as basis for machine learning applications that scale globally, such as CemQ.

Control the chaos of deliveries on jobsites | StruxHub

StruxHub was born walking jobsites around the world and seeing the pains of general contractors trying to orchestrate the constant flux of material deliveries on tight jobsites with whiteboards and paper.

So in 2019, we launched StruxHub Deliveries—an all-in-one, real-time site logistics management system that allows general contractors to coordinate their subcontractors materials deliveries, log quality & performance issues, and manage materials stocks.

Today, we’re being used daily on high-profile projects such as the Uber HQ in San Francisco and a new Facebook Office in Silicon Valley and looking to help other projects around the world.

Integrated Hauling Platform | HAULHUB

The Boston Asphalt market requires delivery from a network of plants to dozens of different construction sites. This network, served by a fleet of 100+ trucks, has traditionally been managed by phone and paper tickets. Field personnel did not have visibility of trucks and had to rely on phone calls for tracking. After completion of the job, drivers turned in paper logs requiring hours of manual processing.

The solution connects the delivery needs and trucking capacity through a web based platform.

Daily trucking requirements are scheduled through the platform, where qualified trucking companies can accept specific jobs. Dispatchers and field team monitor and communicate with trucks assigned to their job in real time through the field app. Digital connectivity allows trucking payments to be calculated based on the system and the management team receives advanced analytics on job performance.

Drones – Save lives, Cost and Create Competitiveness for the Plants of Tomorrow

A recent report by Goldman Sachs predicts that the commercial sector represents the biggest growth opportunity for drone technologies. Investments of USD 13 billion are expected in the construction industry alone by 2022. While Cement Excellence Manufacturing has been following up on using drones in our industrial sites – from site inspections to surveys and stockpiling – we’ve only scratched the surface of what can be done with airborne drones and how this technology will change the way we work.

Drones bring a number of key benefits to Holcim. In the area of Safety, this solution safeguards our colleagues from having to enter confined or hard to reach spaces. Predictive maintenance is another key area where drones are making operations more efficient. With drones, inspections can occur at higher frequency and issues can be detected remotely through real-time imagery or non-destructive analysis before they arise. This saves time and money associated with costly repairs.

Finally, where mapping, surveillance and measurement of raw materials stored in the open and requiring blast design used to be costly, the use of drones has cut this spend to a fraction of earlier levels.

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ConcreteDirect

With ConcreteDirect customers can place, amend and confirm orders in just a few clicks, reducing complexity and workload at the jobsite as well as at the office. Through the app, customers can view upcoming orders, track the progress of your ongoing deliveries, and receive important notifications in real time. In this way, our customers can always know where their order is and when it arrives.

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