BAM seeks improved planning with Asta/AI co-pilot link-up

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BAM is seeking improved planning by being the first contractor to engage with a combination of Elecosoft’s Asta Powerproject project management software and an AI co-pilot from Nodes & Links.

Asta Powerproject files can be automatically analysed, forecasted and simulated in the Nodes & Links AI platform. This “vastly reduces the margin for human error and delays,” Elecosoft claims. Over the next three years, as the partnership and technology advances, generative AI will support and enable project delivery teams to focus on “high-value activities like strategy development, acceleration analysis, risk reduction and leadership”.

Ivor Barbrook, head of planning and project control at BAM UK and Ireland, said: “BAM delivers hundreds of projects a year across the UK and Ireland. Our objective is always to complete them faster, more reliably, and at a reduced cost – both financial and environmental. This intelligent interpretation and use of data will have a transformative impact on our productivity. It is key to the planning and programming part of our business.

“Elecosoft and Nodes & Links are completely focused on the digital transformation of the construction industry. This aligns well with our mission at BAM. This partnership is a big step forward for us and for the wider ecosystem.”

Integrating AI assistants

Greg Lawton, chief executive of Nodes & Links, said: “Our goal is to integrate AI assistants into all parts of the scheduling process, covering planning, updating, analysing and reporting. Then planners will be able directly to influence and lead their own teams of AI assistants. This additional expertise can be incorporated in the interpretation of real-time information. This is the first step in an exciting partnership that has the potential to reinvent planning and transform the industry.”

Nodes & Links is a start-up that has attracted investment from Vinci’s venture capital arm.

Mark Chapman, head of innovation at Elecosoft, said: “Elecosoft has a long, proven history of listening to client feedback and adapting our solutions to meet their current and future pain points. This partnership will be a genuine game-changer for project planning.

“Meanwhile, we are continuing to curate an ecosystem of industry partners and customer-focused emerging technology that is easier for customers to deploy, use and get fast results from.”

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