This research chair, which will be held by Professor Mario Bourgault, will focus on seeking concrete solutions for the construction industry, an industry that has undergone revolutionary change in the recent past in terms of the role innovative technologies now play in construction techniques.
"Innovation is one of Pomerleau's intrinsic values and we are very proud of this partnership with Polytechnique Montréal, which is key to our quest in promoting the development and advancement of technology for the entire construction industry by collaborating with the best talent," said Pierre Pomerleau, President and CEO. "Future research will help improve practices related to the management of projects and, by the same token, help to bring Québec and Canadian expertise to the forefront," he added.
"This association between research and private enterprise will facilitate the exchange and transfer of knowledge between academic and professional environments, and will mutually enrich each other through their complementary perspectives and resources," said Christophe Guy, CEO of Polytechnique.
The Pomerleau Industrial Research Chair in Innovation and Construction Project Governance has a significant investment from Pomerleau over five years. Its team of researchers and students will develop high-level scientific knowledge in governance and project management applied to the construction industry, international research, teaching and outreach activities.
In his remarks at the inauguration, Pierre Pomerleau concluding by saying:
“Initiatives like this one keep Pomerleau on the cutting edge of research and provide an opportunity to contribute its experience and know-how. As a pioneer in innovation and integration of technology in construction, Pomerleau has raised the bar in the industry. Together, with partners like Polytechnique, we will continue to ensure our leadership position.”