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Gamuda, Google Cloud expand partnership to bring generative AI across engineering, construction operations

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – Gamuda, an engineering, construction, and property development company, has recently announced that it has expanded its partnership with Google Cloud to bring generative AI capabilities within reach of all its employees. 

This strategic collaboration envisions efficiency and innovation at the forefront of delivering engineering, construction, and public infrastructure projects across the region.

Particularly, the alliance enables a unified enterprise data platform that will provide a comprehensive, integrated, and up-to-date view on all project workflows, with a focus on the design, engineering, finance, supply chain, and field operations teams. 

This feature facilitates agile, data-driven decision-making throughout the delivery of complex, long-term projects in Malaysia, Australia, Singapore, and Taiwan.

On the other hand, to ensure its security, the company has also adopted Google Cloud’s Security Command Centre Premium platform. The said platform is driven by machine learning, offers advanced threat detection and prevention, simulates attack paths, and maintains regulatory compliance. 

Another benefit of the extended partnership also includes the integration of enterprise data and generative AI to enhance the safety and speed of tunnelling projects. 

In particular, Google Cloud’s integration of Gemini models on the Vertex AI platform is aimed at developing and integrating a generative AI-powered conversational agent into Gamuda’s cloud-based Tunnel Insight platform. This functions with the support from CloudMile, a Google Cloud partner.

Additionally, Gamuda’s ongoing utilisation of Vertex AI Search and Conversation has facilitated the development of generative search and chat applications for its market intelligence, design, and technical teams. 

With this, the company, along with its employees, can maintain complete control over the information sources that are accessed, ingested, and indexed through generative AI applications. 

Simultaneously, this enables them to anchor the outputs of these applications in enterprise data and introduce features like source citations, thereby increasing user confidence in the relevance and quality of their responses.

John Lim Ji Xiong, group chief digital officer at Gamuda Berhad, said, “Always a forerunner in technological adoption, Gen AI for Gamuda is another step forward in our continuous digital innovation journey to transform a highly traditional industry, which is engineering and construction. Through the Gamuda Innovation Hub, we’re breaking new ground with a digital and data-driven approach to construction while upskilling talent in Google Cloud competencies to set them on new career paths in our industry.”

“Google Cloud is our cloud provider of choice because of their vast expertise in planetary-scale data management and cutting-edge AI, coupled with the intuitiveness of their developer platforms and tools. These make it very easy for our workforce to even build their own gen AI tools to address challenges in their work—in a manner that is private and secure,” continued John.

“Moving all our compute workloads, including SAP S4/HANA to Google Cloud, allowed us to harmonise our compute and data in a single cloud platform, thereby enabling the team to focus on driving value-creating use cases and shifting the focus away from managing infrastructure. Google Cloud’s BigQuery data warehouse and workload-optimised infrastructure delivers cost savings, is easy to use, and helps us derive more value from our data footprint,” he further explained.

“Google Cloud’s enterprise AI stack has accelerated our gen AI innovation cycles, allowing us to go from concept to impact much faster than we had hoped. With Vertex AI’s out-of-box capabilities, even employees with zero specialist AI knowledge can build, deploy, and gain value from functional generative applications in a matter of weeks. With access to world-class foundation models and easy-to-use APIs, Google Cloud enables Gamuda to lay the groundwork for a marketplace of expertise and insight at our fingertips,” said John.

Meanwhile, Patrick Wee, country manager, Malaysia at Google Cloud, also said, “Construction has traditionally been a labor- and process-intensive industry with lengthy project cycles, but Gamuda has swiftly transformed this paradigm by embracing digitalization and Gen AI at scale on Google Cloud. They’re merging diverse data streams to solve real-world challenges while saving time and costs—and they’re setting a powerful example for enterprises seeking rapid innovation through the convergence of modern infrastructure, data analytics, security, and AI.” 

“We’re excited to be supporting Gamuda’s gen AI-powered advancements across autonomous drilling, building information modelling, augmented reality, and more, equipping its 4,200-strong workforce with future-forward tools to shape the built environment in Malaysia and beyond,” ended Patrick.

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