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takes an hour of training before an engineer
can set up a schedule for a simple project
and after four hours users should be able to
apply it to any kind of job.
The software itself is web-based, so it can
be accessed at any time from any device
anywhere in the world, allowing contractors to better track job site progress against
the schedule. That's helpful for when the
timeline needs to be reworked because of
outside factors such as a bad snowstorm or
an unexpected equipment breakdown. "If
something changes or is delayed, we can
add that in," Morkos says.
Since ALICE went into beta testing in
summer 2017, ALICE Technologies has
continued to improve the software based on
user feedback and requested features, such
as the ability to track the schedule's history.
"We're getting some real stickiness," Morkos
says. "People are logging in and using it."
The software has been utilized by about
a dozen projects, including four large-scale
multibillion-dollar headquarters projects for
well-known companies. Most of the projects
have been located in the United States so
far, but ALICE Technologies is also working
with clients in Poland, Norway, Bangkok and
Dubai. "We've tried this out on everything
we can think of - oil and gas plants, hospitals - this stuff works," Morkos says.
ALICE will only get better and more
robust as time goes on. One of the next
features Morkos wants to introduce is the
ability to link construction crews directly
with ALICE so that they are actually getting their instructions from the software
each morning. That can save time when
workers arrive at the job site. "We're always
adding layers to the artificial intelligence,"
Morkos says. "That's the name of the game,
and it's learning."
To support ALICE's future, ALICE Technologies is rapidly adding to its staff. The company now has 18 employees, most of who
were hired in the past year. The expansion
has surprised even Morkos. "If you asked
me a year ago if I'd be at [nearly] 20 people
today I would have said 'no,'" he says.
Morkos takes a great amount of pride
in reaching that milestone. Creating the
When work began on the schedule for this high-rise project, no interior walls or objects were included in
the 3-D model. ALICE added placeholder objects in the BIM and attached the Phase 1 build-out recipes to
27 floors and sequenced the work. The recipe is the rule set that defines how each BIM element is built.
technology behind ALICE has consumed
his life for most of the past decade. Seeing
it finally launch into the market and ALICE
Technologies become a fully realized business are major successes for the engineer
whose love for the construction industry
began as a 10-year-old visiting his father's
work site. "I've put a lot into this," he says.
"The construction industry needs better
Morkos believes the world is at a critical
mass of innovation - universities and
businesses from all over are working on
exciting new technologies every day.
Applying AI to the construction industry
is a new concept for most people, but once
they see how it works Morkos believes
adoption will occur rapidly. "This is the
easiest thing to sell," Morkos says. "You can
explain this until the cows come home, but
just give her a project and run it and see
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