For nearly 150 years, the infrastructure group HOCHTIEF has been providing construction and engineering services for public and private customers around the world. Today, they’re using AI and other next-generation technologies to create new business models and revenue streams through startup-like environments—including their innovation hub Nexplore and spinoff EDGITAL—benefiting not only their existing business, but digitizing the construction industry.

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You have to open the mind to deal with new ideas. Then, you continuously go down this path, sharing information to question current structures and how business is done.

Bernd Holtwick, Chief Financial and Digital Officer HOCHTIEF PPP Solutions Managing Director, EDGITAL
Bernd Holtwick, Chief Financial and Digital Officer
HOCHTIEF PPP Solutions
Managing Director, EDGITAL

HOCHTIEF’s innovation hub Nexplore and spinoff EDGITAL

AI in action

Construction is a traditional industry characterized by high competition. Each project is unique and presents companies with new challenges. The HOCHTIEF group examined this problem and decided that innovation was the key to differentiating, identifying several areas where AI technology could make their business more competitive.

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Road infrastructure

Contract analysis

Quality control

Safety

Nexplore: Life as a Service

Operating like a startup within HOCHTIEF, Nexplore is dedicated to changing the current business model in the construction industry. To that end, Nexplore is generating a platform based on AI that delivers solutions that support the many subfields of HOCHTIEF’s work on their sites across the globe. Among these are about 20 new projects they’re exploring, along with a visionary approach called “Life as a Service.”

Construction is a very hard job in the sense that every day you have new things. Everything changes. If you could stabilize this, this would be already almost a new business model for the industry. Our idea is to generate a platform where we can also allocate other solutions, and where we build a seamless connection of all these solutions—so that you finally can really have a very structured process on site.

David Koch Chief Risk, Organization, and Innovation Officer, HOCHTIEF CEO, Nexplore
David Koch
Chief Risk, Organization, and Innovation Officer, HOCHTIEF
CEO, Nexplore

Unlocking opportunities for the future

Bringing innovators together

Discovering new revenue streams

Empowering smaller companies with AI

Unlocking opportunities for the future

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Learning from HOCHTIEF

Construction is a huge industry, comprising more than 11 trillion dollars and about 13 percent of the US GDP. But it’s also an industry that tends to do things in traditional ways. HOCHTIEF is changing that equation by using AI to create new business models and drive revenue streams, while spinning off new innovation arms like EDGITAL and Nexplore to take them further.

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