Category Archives: Insights


It works – now what?

It is an enlightening experience when customers realise that our AI technology works, and that is has the capacity to identify problem projects. Reaching this point is a significant milestone. Octant AI’s predictions are then referenced in project review meetings to analyse the differences in AI and traditional predictions.

These early warnings highlight the importance of project managers exploring the details and taking an involved approach with this technology. Read more +


Advocacy and Education

The journey of AI adoption is gathering pace as the company moves forward through piloting and testing Octant AI. Target customers are led by very experienced professionals and they seek information on how the technology operates. We run several tests to demonstrate what Octant AI can predict on projects it has never seen nor been trained on. The test results demonstrate predictive accuracy.

Showing individual project managers AI predictions for past projects they managed, truly demonstrates the power of Octant AI. It helps overcome the perception that AI is just a black box. Read more +


Data Embarrassment and Confidentiality

After gaining customer interest in Octant AI we inquire about their data. Where is your data stored, how is it stored, do you have consistent data, what sort of data is available? These questions along with many others help us develop an understanding of how their data structures influence practical business challenges.

Many potential customers are unable to answer these questions. Therefore, they suffer from what we call ‘data embarrassment’ regarding the perception of the quality and completeness of their data. Many believe that feeding the AI ‘bad’ data predictions causes inaccuracies. Read more +


Initial Perceptions of AI

As Endeavour Programme engages with customers in the construction sector about Artificial Intelligence (AI), and Octant AI more specially, there has been an understanding of the concept of AI, but a limited depth of comprehension, until now. The success of Octant AI with our foundation customer has been crucial in demonstrating the benefits of AI.

There are many hurdles to overcome in forming or changing the perceptions of AI; from gaining initial interest to moving forward to the actual adoption phase. A common negative perception of AI is that it is a distraction from the important day jobs, or even just a costly gimmick. However, when projects are negatively affected by budgets or deadlines, the construction industry becomes consumed with trying to make a difference. Organisations are utilising the same information and assumptions that previous decisions were made from. Unless the information can be interpreted more accurately, how can the decisions improve? Read more +


Why you should have a Data Strategy

Endeavour Programme’s unique AI solution “Octant AI” uses a process called Reference Class Forecasting to learn from existing historical project data. It uses this knowledge to predict future performances. Our tailored algorithms have undergone comprehensive testing and can provide the following business benefits:

  1. Particular business value in predicting final out-turn cost – During the first 70% of project duration
  2. Reliable prediction and early warning of final cost overruns – Approximately 20-30% of project duration earlier (with precision 70-80%)
  3. Improved portfolio forecasting accuracy – Circa 15-20% more accurate in predicting actual final cost outcomes

Together with advanced analysis of business data, analytics dashboards, and embedment of AI enhancements the value to the business is assessed as at least equivalent to margin increase of 1% of turnover. Read more +


How Octant AI can provide financial insights into COVID19 Disruption

COVID-19 has an ongoing impact on the day to day operations of construction companies. Construction companies need to re-think the “how” to do business and require a complete focus on core activities.

New norms of conducting business in an environment where social distancing is necessary are leading to less efficient methods of working. This is causing a level of disruption and associated loss in productivity and efficiency at every level. It ranges from how many men can work in a trench, to the logistics of having three men in a 12-man hoist for vertical construction.

This complexity makes it very difficult to foresee the future, when the cumulative knowledge is based on traditional ways of working. Unfortunately, these ways do not reflect the current environment. Read more +


Transforming productivity in a lagging industry

Big idea pioneer David Porter envisions a world where our $10 trillion project construction industry is no longer burdened by cost and time overruns. David said it’s the typical story we see in the media; massive infrastructure projects running millions or billions of dollars over budget and years late.

“These projects inevitably become the focus of political and media scrutiny, and so they should. If airlines had the track record of major projects, there wouldn’t be an airline industry,” David said. Read more +


Lessons learnt from AI in practice on major projects

Endeavour Programme and BMD Urban: Lessons learnt from AI in practice on major projects

By Dr George Quezada, CSIRO Data61 on secondment to Arup Australasia

The world is amidst an artificial intelligence (AI) arms race with tech giants and national governments vying to create the best tech and skills ecosystem. According to CSIRO’s Data61 recent report, Australia’s AI Roadmap[1], AI could be worth over $22 trillion to the global economy by 2030. That’s new value created by humans working collaboratively with a new breed of software tools. Software that can harness and use enormous amounts of data to realise untapped value and achieve benefits and important goals, such as early detection of cancer, agricultural robots, vehicle crash avoidance, targeted infrastructure maintenance and more.

But what does it take to implement AI technology and create a successful business use case? I’ve explored this question with Australian-based AI start-up Endeavour Programme which is working with Brisbane-based civil construction company BMD Urban. BMD Urban is presently implementing Octant AI, an AI-enabled project management tool to help the business and project managers detect problematic projects, 30-60 percent ahead of time compared to current processes. The collaboration between Endeavour Programme and BMD Urban provides a useful case study to illustrate how adopting advanced AI technology enhances capabilities to tackle practical business problems and can provide valuable business insights and identify commercial opportunities and benefits. Read more +


Reflections on the Fourth Industrial Revolution: Insights for major capital projects

With the World Economic Forum currently underway in Switzerland, I reflect on 6 June 2018. On this day, I was honoured to attend a select round-table discussion hosted jointly by the World Economic Forum Infrastructure and Urban Development Industries community, Stanford’s Global Projects Center and the Major Programme Management group at Oxford’s Saïd Business School.

This round table brought together a distinguished group of 30 industry professionals, senior executives, academics and other thought-leaders to discuss the challenges affecting the global construction industry. These discussions were part of a series of strategic dialogues designed to promote a cross-disciplinary agenda of industry reform, bringing together professionals of all disciplines who are committed to transforming the way major capital projects are planned and delivered for the future. Read more +