Shimizu is enthusiastic about Alice’s capabilities and potential applications in construction.
“With Alice, we can simulate thousands of ways in which we could build a complex project,” said Shuntaro Kano, a representative of Shimizu’s Silicon Valley Innovation Center, in the press release. “The platform gives us the ability to experiment with different choices and run what-if analyses to find the optimal way to build.”
Shimizu will use Alice to create thousands of potential construction schedule options for its projects, something the company claims is impossible using old-school scheduling solutions, according to the release.
As software advances, more also becomes possible for companies who fight for workers during a time where the industry suffers from a critical labor shortage. Alice Technologies CEO Rene Morkos told Construction Dive in February that AI would be critical for the industry as younger, less experienced workers fill the roles of their older, more experienced counterparts.
“The ‘A’ players in any company are of limited number, and they’re retiring,” Morkos said at the time. “It makes junior people way more able to perform like senior people.”
Alice isn’t alone in its success: an influx of capital has been a boon for the contech space in a shaky economic climate. Other contech companies recently announced strong funding rounds, and software companies are upping the offerings available to contractors.