New funding supports supply chain AI projects

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by Emily Atkins

SCALE AI has announced funding totalling more than $20 million for five AI projects across different economic sectors.

Led by ALDO Group, EllisDon, ATS, Visual Defence, and Cléo, these collaborative projects show that Canadian AI technology provides a global competitive advantage for businesses.

The ALDO Group, a leading Canadian fashion retailer, is currently using AI to develop a comprehensive solution aimed at automating key processes, as well as providing real-time analysis and optimization. It will integrate with existing systems and workflows.

Eliis Don’s AI initiative is to create a predictive tool to accurately estimate the costs of activities and identify potential risks related to construction projects and subcontract work. The predictive tool will analyze four-plus years of historical project data to predict two key KPIs concerning project health, risk related to cost overrun and risk of delay. In addition, the tool will automatically surface past similar projects and delay reasons to PM teams to help improve efficiency.

Brandon Milner, senior vice-president, data & digital at EllisDon said: “EllisDon is happy to leverage technology in every aspect of its business to push beyond traditional industry positions and drive change. As subcontractors account for over 80 percent of total supply chain costs in construction, improved planning and budgeting for subcontract work can enhance overall supply chain efficiency in the Canadian construction industry.”

ATS is looking for an AI-based component costing tool to deliver cost predictions that aid supply selection. These predictions will support system design optimization through intelligent component selection and deliver efficiencies during vendor selection and parts procurement processes. A successful solution could drive down procurement lead times, improve communications with suppliers, and create new domestic supply opportunities.

ATS is looking for an AI-based component costing tool to deliver cost predictions that aid supply selection. These predictions will support system design optimization through intelligent component selection and deliver efficiencies during vendor selection and parts procurement processes. A successful solution could drive down procurement lead times, improve communications with suppliers, and create new domestic supply opportunities.

Visual Defence uses smart cameras for automated road inspections using artificial intelligence. For this AI project, Visual Defence has partnered with Canadian municipalities and subject matter experts to develop a broader range of inspections and optimize road maintenance activities, allowing cities to accomplish more with their existing resources. The project will use data collected from the smart camera technology in combination with other data sources to provide further operational insights aimed at improving the efficiency and effectiveness of road maintenance activities.

“This project will improve the overall supply chain of municipal road maintenance activities by providing operational recommendations, insights and tools powered by the AI algorithms which will be developed,’ said Roy Tal, CTO, Visual Defence.

“We are excited to partner with Scale AI and help Canadian cities to not only find the issues better, but address them faster and in a more cost-efficient manner.”

Cleo is developing its smart platform for clients operating electric school bus fleets. This platform provides users with the necessary tools to optimize vehicle charging schedules, ensuring reliable charging for planned routes while minimizing energy costs and reducing demand on the grid. The primary goal of the project is to predict bus usage cycles, enabling the efficient utilization of its charging plan optimization model.