In a bid to cut costs and emissions, a multi-billion pound infrastructure project pilots artificial intelligence tech

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Workers at an HS2 building site in Euston, London on May 6, 2020.ISABEL INFANTES | AFP | Getty ImagesThe HS2 rail scheme is trialing artificial intelligence (AI) technology in a bid to help the multi-billion pound infrastructure project lower carbon emissions and costs.The technology has been deployed at sites run by the Skanska Costain STRABAG joint venture, with the AI being harnessed to automate processes used in building information modeling, otherwise known as BIM. In a statement Monday, HS2 – a high speed rail project that plans to cut travel times between London and cities such as Birmingham and Manchester – explained this would enable a range of design options to be “simulated using different types and quantities of construction materials.””This means carbon emissions and environmental impacts of construction can be visualised, measured and compared, resulting in the design of a more environmentally-friendly solution,” HS2 added. Skanska, a major construction firm, is working on the tech, with funding coming from Innovate U.K. Other firms and organizations involved in the scheme include Mott MacDonald, HS2, Nomitech, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and the Manufacturing Technology Centre.Critics of HS2, such as the Stop HS2 pressure group, argue the project will cause considerable …

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