Apr 15, 2021

Aurigo Software Masterworks links with Autodesk design tools

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Dominic Ellis
2 min
Next-step integration involving Aurigo Software and Autodesk allows users to access design files stored in the cloud instantaneously

Aurigo Software has announced the next integration step with Autodesk to streamline the capital planning process for public agencies and private owners - one year after forging a strategic alliance to provide a range of cloud-based solutions.

Aurigo's Masterworks platform will now connect to many of the Autodesk's design tools, including AutoCAD, Civil 3D, InfraWorks, and Revit. The integration allows users to access design files stored in the cloud instantaneously.

Masterworks users can visualize Autodesk design files stored in the cloud, mark them up during review processes, and send them for approval, ensuring that everyone has the latest version of a project's plans at their fingertips.

Aurigo recently released a bi-directional integration between Masterworks and PlanGrid, which is part of Autodesk Construction Cloud.

In future, Aurigo plans to extend its capability by allowing users to extract 3D model information into the project management process, including quantity takeoffs for bidding and tieing contractor payments directly to models.

"Contractors and owners need accurate and integrated capital planning, design, and construction data to deliver complex projects on time and budget," said Balaji Sreenivasan, CEO and founder of Aurigo Software.

"Autodesk delivers the most comprehensive set of design capabilities in the industry and is used by owners and contractors worldwide. This latest integration between the two suites will enhance our customers' ability to collaborate seamlessly with their consultants, ensuring accurate design information is always available, reducing project risk and increasing productivity."

Both suites of products are widely adopted in the industry – Masterworks is used on over 40,000 projects across North America by Departments of Transportation, private owners, local and regional public works entities, and other infrastructure agencies. The Autodesk design tool suite provides industry-leading capabilities globally.

"Architecture, engineering, and construction technology is evolving to allow for continuous interoperability between systems, breaking down silos within and across organizations," said Theo Agelopoulos, senior director, design and product delivery strategy, Autodesk.

"Disrupted workflows hinder collaboration among stakeholders and force rework and workarounds, which costs time and money. This integration between Masterworks and Autodesk's AEC design suite helps solve that problem across the entire capital program lifecycle."

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Jun 23, 2021

SafeAI attracts $21m funding as SmartMix AI tool launches

Dominic Ellis
3 min
News of SafeAI's new funding to develop connected, autonomous sites follows Giatec's launch of SmartMix AI tool

SafeAI has announced $21 million in Series A funding led by Builders VC which will accelerate R&D and fuel global expansion to meet rising demand for autonomous heavy equipment.

SafeAI is driving the transformation of the mining and construction industries through connected, autonomous sites. With chronic labour shortages, unsafe working conditions and frequent project delays, these industries are in a unique position to benefit from autonomy.

Unlike on-road applications of the technology, autonomous heavy equipment operates in controlled environments, which means companies can create smarter, safer, more productive project sites today that create meaningful, near-term impact.

“We are at a tipping point for autonomous heavy equipment,” said Bibhrajit Halder, founder and CEO at SafeAI. “We’ve proven that autonomy makes work sites significantly safer and more productive; now, we are on the cusp of mass adoption. Together with our valued partners, customers and investors, we’re poised to deploy autonomy in off-road industries like construction and mining, at scale, to rethink the way heavy industry operates.”

Heavy industry is a large, growing global market, ripe for disruption. The construction equipment market alone is valued at $140 billion, and expected to increase to $175 billion by 2025; construction-related spending accounts for a staggering 13% of global GDP, or $11.5 trillion.

But there remains significant room for growth; in construction alone, higher productivity could create an estimated $1.6 trillion in additional value. With just 25% of the infrastructure needed by 2050 in existence today, autonomy can bridge this productivity gap with greater efficiency and 24/7 operations. SafeAI is at the forefront of this transformation.

“There’s a tremendous amount of excitement in the autonomy space today; but it’s clear the biggest opportunity for this technology is off-road,” said Mark Blackwell, General Partner at Builders VC. “With its industry-leading autonomous software, scalable retrofit approach and partner ecosystem, SafeAI is uniquely poised to capitalize on this opportunity. We’re proud to support the company in its next chapter of growth as demand for autonomous heavy equipment continues to skyrocket.”

New investors LTCDG VenturesMACA and Vimson Group, and existing investors Autotech VenturesBrick and Mortar VenturesEmbark VenturesMonta Vista Capital and Obayashi Corporation, also participated in the round. The funding comes on the heels of a year of rapid growth for SafeAI, including new partnerships with ObayashiGoodyear and Macnica, and expansion into Australia’s booming mining market. 

A pilot program with Obayashi Corporation last November saw a Caterpillar 725 articulated dump truck autonomously complete a vital on-site function and carry out load-haul-dump cycles.

Giatec debuts SmartMix AI tool

Giatec has debuted what it claims is the world's first concrete AI tool for producers, SmartMixThe web-based AI tool allows producers to optimise concrete ingredient proportions, reduce cement usage, and predict the performance of their mixes while still meeting project specifications.

Giatec believes this tool will lower Greenhouse Gas emissions resulting from concrete production by 400 million tons annually, the equivalent of taking 110 million cars off the road.

SmartMix builds on Giatec's first AI software program Roxi, which has collected millions of data points from the company's SmartRock wireless concrete sensors across 8,000 projects and 80 countries.

Giatec's head of research and development, Andrew Fahim, said the new technologies are going to pave the path forward for the industry to meet increasing infrastructure demands.

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