Sequencing Made Simpler
Bechtel Is Turning to Artificial Intelligence for Megaprojects
Talk about a lessons learned database. U.S. construction and engineering giant Bechtel has been in business for 120 years, with some 25,000 construction projects under its belt—many of them megaprojects. Yet all of that deep history wasn't doing much to move the needle on productivity gains, which across the sector had held steady recently at low single-digit gains, according to Justin Leto, PMP, Bechtel's senior big data architect and engineer. The organization wanted to jump-start productivity rates but realized it couldn't get there with incremental innovation. "We needed something that was more disruptive," he told iTnews. So the company created the Big Data & Analytics Center of Excellence (BDAC) in partnership with data science firm Miner and Kasch. Part of the center's aim was to create a way to apply deep learning and AI to the complicated task of sequencing for construction megaprojects.