Top contractors partner with AI firm to prevent jobsite accidents before they happen

Construction Dive, 3/13/2019

Construction Dive

Dive Brief:

  • Following up on a study in which Newmetrix’s artificial intelligence engine “Vinnie” learned from contractor Suffolk's data to predict roughly one in five safety incidents with 81% accuracy, nine major construction firms are partnering with the software company to further develop predictive analytics and therefore prevent incidents and reduce risk across the industry, according to a Newmetrix announcement from CEO and Founder Josh Kanner.
  • Suffolk will chair the Predictive Analytics Strategic Council, which also includes Barton Malow, Clayco, DPR Construction, JE Dunn, Messer Construction Co., Mortenson, Shawmut Design and Construction and the Bouygues Group, as well as insurance broker Aon. The council is still accepting member applications.
  • During the first 12-month phase, Suffolk fed 10 years of photo and project data from internal systems like Autodesk, Procore, Oracle and Oxblue into a machine learning predictive model. Partners in this phase will continue to expand this model by contributing data anonymously, Engineering News-Record reported, and will also discuss the operational, social and business impacts throughout the process, Kanner said in the post.

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