The venture capital arm of aggregate producer Cemex has announced its investment in geotechnics and machine learning startup business SAALG Geomechanics.
Cemex Ventures has said that the solution could save more than 10% of the costs on civil work projects and up to 15% of the cost for foundations in large buildings with underground levels.
The Spain-based engineering startup that has developed software, called Daarwin [sic], which provides real-time analysis of the behavior of the ground during civil works and large building projects.
According to SAALG engineers Cristian de Santos and Ignasi Aliguer, the solution represents a fundamental step forward for the construction sector. Work by SAALG has been supported by a scientific advisory board formed by Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya – Barcelona Tech professors Alberto Ledesma, Antonio Gens and Edusardo Alonso.
“Currently, ground analysis is performed manually during work execution, so it can prove inaccurate and limit decision-making,” said Aliguer. “Daarwin software significantly increases the analytical capacity and reliability of terrain response predictions. This reduces the current uncertainty at the beginning of a project and, therefore, increases safety, optimizes the construction process, and reduces over-dimensioning material resources.”
The investment from Cemex Ventures will enable the first commercial launch of the software.