December 18, 2019 News
Williams Engineering Canada and AltaML Announce Partnership to Build Machine Learning Applications for Architectural, Engineering and Construction
Williams Engineering Canada (WEC), an industry leader in multidiscipline engineering consulting solutions, and AltaML, an applied artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) product company, both based in Edmonton, Alberta, today announced a partnership to build machine learning applications in the Architectural, Engineering and Construction (AEC) industry. The two aforementioned organizations have been working closely together for nearly two years on a variety of ML and AI initiatives that will create efficiencies, optimize processes and positively impact the AEC industry as well as other professional service organizations.
As a provider of professional engineering services for over 40 years, WEC believes that developing and infusing AI/ML practices and applying them to common business processes creates efficiencies and advances the AEC industry.
Naseem Bashir, President and CEO of Williams Engineering Canada says, "We’re passionate about designing sustainable infrastructure that contributes positively to the communities that we’re a part of. ML algorithms, when applied to large amounts of data generated by buildings and business processes, will create economic opportunity and transform the AEC industry. Being the first to partner with AltaML to develop AI and ML solutions for the AEC industry is exciting and beneficial not only our organization, but for every organization responsible for designing and building infrastructure across Canada. Machine learning and data analytics will augment our people's ability to understand and predict the behavior of complex systems, enabling new and innovative solutions to emerge. The ability to leverage data enables companies like WEC to make improved decisions and produce greater efficiencies that lead to creating more sustainable infrastructure for the cities and communities where we all live, work and play.”
AltaML is a growth-stage company that serves as a bridge between cutting-edge AI/ML research in academia and the realities of application to business. We use a co-development model so that we have partner involvement in identifying promising use cases (business problems that can be addressed through the application of ML to data) and to ensure alignment of interests between the parties. AltaML is built around a world class talent pool in AI/ML at the University of Alberta, the result of decades of investment in artificial intelligence research. Our cross functional team of ML developers, product managers, software developers, data specialists and business experts are hyper-focused on activating ML to deliver real results that impact the bottom line.
"Digital transformation is a huge opportunity for the AEC industry, including applying machine learning to streamline and augment decision making . Time saved can then be used more effectively within the organization. We're very excited to be working with a forward-thinking organization like Williams Engineering on new ways to reduce costs and risks,” says AltaML CEO and Co-Founder, Cory Janssen.
About Williams Engineering Canada
Williams Engineering Canada is a collection of leaders and professionals in engineering who are dedicated to designing and creating the most innovative solutions for our clients. With offices across Western and Northern Canada, we operate everywhere from local markets to the most remote regions of the world. Our purpose is to brighten the lives of people in our communities by engineering sustainable cities that are safe, inclusive and resilient
AltaML builds transformational software for business, powered by machine learning (ML). We partner with organizations using a co-development model where we can provide technical and strategic expertise on how to leverage their data with AI/ML to deliver significant ROI and new forms of competitive advantage.