Ottawa’s Giatec augments concrete sensors with artificial intelligence


An Ottawa tech firm is teaming with a renowned group of Montreal-based artificial intelligence researchers to bring AI to the concrete industry.

At the enormous bauma construction tradeshow in Germany this week, Giatec Scientific announced it’s rolling out Roxi, an AI program that draws insights from millions of data points between its wireless concrete sensors.

Giatec’s embedded devices test the quality of concrete used on construction projects throughout the production process and into the lifecycle of the structures themselves. Now, Roxi will track anomalies detected by these sensors automatically and alert project managers to any concerns as soon as possible.

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The local tech firm says in a release that the speed and accuracy of Roxi’s detection capabilities would be nearly impossible for any human to match.

“Roxi is another leap forward for Giatec, ensuring that concrete testing speeds up the construction process, rather than slow it down,“ said co-founder and chief product officer Aali Alizadeh in a statement.

The Giatec team, now helmed by Ottawa tech veteran and former Halogen Software CEO Paul Loucks, worked alongside researchers from the Montreal-based AI institute Mila to develop Roxi. The institute was founded by Yoshua Bengio, one of the three scientists recently recognized with the prestigious Turing Award for laying the foundations of modern AI.

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