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H-360 Impact Alert

 Cognitive Companion Exploratory Project Update

Fiatech’s Horizon-360 Team, with IBM and Black & Veatch, initiated a look into the applicability of cognitive computing, a.k.a. artificial intelligence, to address cost, safety, and scheduling issues facing the construction and capital facilities industries. The October 2015 “Bring us Your Problems” cognitive computing conference, hosted by Black & Veatch in Kansas, generated five possible problem areas around which Fiatech is considering undertaking an Exploratory Project to ascertain the savings possible through this technology.   A subsequent work session held in spring, at the Fiatech Annual Conference in Austin, resulted in three potential project areas selected for further analysis in consideration for the Fiatech Cognitive Companion Exploratory Project in 2017.

Those three areas are:

- Capturing All Project Data/knowledge around capital facilities projects

 - Project Safety, safety planning & work packages

-  An understanding framework around what steps are a “change” (Change  orders) that all parties need to be made aware of to enable early action to reduce the number of change orders.

 A final selection of the Exploratory Project area will be undertaken this fall. For more information, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


March 2016 H-360 Update on scanning emerging technologies.


(October 2015) “Bring Us Your Problems" Event Identifies Potential Applications of Cognitive Computing to Address Construction and Capital Facilities industry Needs – Fiatech to Consider Exploratory Cognitive Solutions Project

October 29th approximately 50 representatives from the construction and capital facilities industries participated in a one day exploration of areas where Cognitive Computing (also referred to as Artificial Intelligence) might be used to address challenges facing their industries as they work to improve productivity, reduce costs in the design, building, operation and maintenance of capital facilities around the globe.   Entitled, “Bring us your problems -Look into the Building Life Cycle and Cognitive Computing, “ the program was sponsored by Fiatech and hosted by Black and Veatch at their headquarters facility in Overland Park, Kansas.  The concept for the program originated with the Fiatech Horizon- 360 Team.

Conducted in a workshop format, the program included presentations by IBM Watson representative Scott Parker and was led by Black and Veatch’s recently retired John Voeller, Fiatech Director Ray Topping and Senior Project Manager Robert Wible.    The program included a Lightning Round where attendees offered their thoughts about industry problems where Cognitive Solutions might be applied and two discussion breakout sessions where those ideas were discussed further.  The two sessions, one for Owners and EPC’s and the other for Academics and Service Providers reviewed 45 different problem areas generated in the Lighting Round and proposed a number of different problem areas that warranted further consideration as lead areas for a Fiatech Exploratory Project on Cognitive Computing.

Among those areas are:

1         Capturing of knowledge from existing documents and past projects, a query system for existing and past documents.

2         Project safety, safety planning, and combining them with work packages.

3         Automated Code checking to do 3 D write the code.  Diagnostics and standards.

4         Team analysis – characteristics of successful teams versus unsuccessful teams.

5         Explore possible coordinated Cognitive Solution project with EPA

6         Framework around what steps are a “Change”  (Change Orders) that all parties need to be made aware of through Situational Awareness to enable early action to avoid having a change order.

Fiatech is in the process of working with participants in the October 29th session to prioritize this list to develop a proposal for a Fiatech Exploratory Project on Cognitive Computing. 

A video of the entire program is available here. Please contact Bob Wible with questions at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Horizon 360 Initiative

The Fiatech Horizon 360 Team continues to make progress in its efforts to scan the global economy for game changing and incremental technologies and processes.   Three opportunities for Fiatech members to learn about these efforts are coming up which you won’t want to miss.

 aug iconTuesday, August 25th from 10 am to 11 am Central the H-360 Team will provide Fiatech members and the construction and capital facilities industry with an overview of their activities in a one hour Fiatech Tuesday Technology Tuesday Webinar – “The Future Now – Hear about Game Changers!”

septr iconDuring the Fiatech Leadership Forum in Glendale, AZ, on Monday, September 21st the team will lead a Breakout Session on Emerging Systems and Technologies – Capitalizing on Advancements in Other Industries” which among other technologies it will include a look at a proposed Fiatech project on UAVs and the Fiatech Exploratory Project on Artificial Intelligence.  

oct iconFiatech will be sending out invitations shortly to owners, EPC firms and other leaders in the capital facilities and construction industry to come to Overland Park, Kansas for a special one day October 29th session to look at and assess the applicability of Artificial Intelligence to building design, construction, operations and maintenance.   Entitled, “Bring us your Problems,” the session is being hosted by Black and Veatch and will include a presentation by IBM on applications of Watson.