Canadian smart cement company Giatec intend to make construction sites greener with its artificial intelligence (AI) programme, Roxi, with funding and support from Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC).

In addition to being the most expensive ingredient in a concrete mix, cement production is responsible for 8% of global carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. With support from SDTC, Giatec will use its proprietary sensing technology combined with their real-time, predictive AI-based model to meet concrete strength targets more accurately.

The technology, which allows ready-mix producers to adjust the amount of cement required, will cut at least 400 million tonnes of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions annually, the equivalent of taking 110 million cars off the road.

Commenting on the technology, Pouria Ghods, Co-Founder and CEO, Giatec, said, “Based on two case studies, we estimate that up to 20% reduction in cement usage can be achieved using our technology.”

“With this funding, Giatec will provide a solution that will bring not only economic, but also environmental benefits, by reducing CO2 emission, air pollution, and water use in the construction industry.”

Built originally for Giatec’s award-winning SmartRock wireless concrete sensors, Roxi was the first AI programme created for concrete testing. The AI will have access to millions of data points through the 8,000 construction projects that for which SmartRock has been utilised.