March 26, 2019 by On-Site Staff
Edmonton—PCL Construction is taking another step into the disruptive realm of artificial intelligence and machine learning.
The Canadian contractor announced a partnership deal March 25 with Edmonton-based software firm AltaML, a company that custom builds software for businesses aiming to do more with their data.
The partnership deal will focus on co-developing artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies, and is expected to bolster PCL’s in-house smart construction platform, Job Site Insights.
“By applying advanced analytics and machine learning to the incredible data volumes generated by our digital construction platform, PCL is realizing predictive, actionable, and measurable insights into its construction operations,” Mark Bryant, PCL’s chief information officer, said in a statement. “This drives better productivity, improved safety, and greater efficiency, and affirms PCL’s commitment to sustainability and environmental stewardship.”
The new deal is just one of several steps PCL has taken toward enhancing its AI capabilities. Last April, the Edmonton-based builder signed onto a similar partnership deal with U.S. tech giant Microsoft.
Along with enhancing its existing platform, PCL expects the AltaML partnership to provide new tools for use on the job site, as well as during business development, project planning, preconstruction and procurement.