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Member Profile: Brickeye (formerly AOMS)

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In a short pitch, how would you describe Brickeye's offerings (products and services)? What makes it innovative? What industry sectors and/or customers are you focused on?  

Brickeye empowers industrial users with advanced decision-making tools and actionable insights anywhere and anytime to build a safer, more resilient, and more sustainable future. The company is leading the global digital transformation by developing the world’s best interconnected solutions for generating actionable data from assets and processes, to enhance efficiency and productivity, reduce operational costs and risks, increase safety, and improve environmental performance.

Brickeye serves industrial and construction markets. Brickeye’s construction risk mitigation platform provides real-time insight to construction project stakeholders to have full visibility into various types of risks in their construction projects. One of our flagship products is our LumiCon Smart Construction Platform, which combines our ruggedized sensors with a powerful data analytics platform to generate actionable insights from concrete helping projects stay on schedule and meet contractual requirements. Our fiber optic sensor platform is a fully-integrated IoT solution for harsh environment sensing enabling condition monitoring and inspection of industrial assets in harsh environments.

Brickeye’s solutions are deployed globally in construction sites, power generation infrastructure, refineries, renewable energy projects, heavy manufacturing plants, and environmental remediation sites.

Providing more detail, what is the value proposition of Brickeye's offerings? Examples could include the underlying technology, new capabilities, cost reduction, risk reduction, improved performance, new business model, etc.  

Brickeye’s solutions provide a host of monitoring capabilities and real-time insights in industrial facilities and construction sites including but not limited to, the progress of concrete curing, environmental monitoring, structural health monitoring, equipment utilization, energy consumption, material and asset tracking, activity monitoring in hazardous areas, and structural damage and failure detection.

Brickeye’s IoT platforms have the following four pillars:

- Ruggedized sensors

- Robust connectivity

- Advanced cloud infrastructure

- Powerful data analytics

In addition to industrial sites, one of the core specialties at Brickeye is to create and deploy IoT sensors and monitoring solutions in construction and construction-related settings. These sensors can be embedded in concrete, added to job sites, or be used to provide asset and material tracking to create end-to-end sensing solutions. The purpose is to boost productivity, ensure safety, and improve quality at the construction site.

What is Brickeye's biggest achievement/success story to date?  

Nobody has a suite of sensors and monitoring devices as broad as Brickeye, and because we evolved from being a harsh environment sensing company, we have experience in detecting a range of critical parameters including mechanical stress, strain, deformation, moisture ingression, presence of hydrocarbons, and energy consumption.

As an organization, we know that success comes in many forms. Our customers operate in all corners of the globe, in various industries and weather conditions. Examples of our success stories are:

- A renewable power generation organization reduced the frequency of manual monthly inspections and saved over $300,000 annually per power generation facility.

- LumiCon was deployed at a $1B infrastructure airport construction project which resulted in 20% advancement in project schedule.

- A general contractor saved 1,100 hours from the planned schedule and $20K-$50K daily in overtime and weekend costs by using Brickeye’s smart construction platform

- A general contractor avoided over $200,000 of structural damage by using Brickeye IoT platform for early detection of frost in foundations.

- The Brickeye platform saved numerous developers and builders over $400K water infiltration damage costs.

- Brickeye IoT platforms have helped US government Superfund environmental remediation projects meet contractual and performance requirements in remote and extremely harsh environments.

- The Brickeye IoT platform has helped a fusion energy company monitor high intensity and ultra-high temperature plasma in fusion reactors for generation of clean energy.

What does the future hold for Brickeye? 

OWe are a small but rapidly growing company investing in different innovative solutions with the focus on addressing global challenges in efficiency, productivity, safety, and sustainability. For example, today’s construction sites need innovative processes and tools to raise efficiency and productivity. Minimizing rework, mitigating risk, increasing labour productivity, and enhancing safety can make or break efficiency in construction sites. At Brickeye, we are taking an integrated approach to offer the industry an integrated “Smart Construction” platform generating mission-critical insight on job sites helping developers, owners, and general contractors close the productivity and efficiency gap.

What is Brickeye's connection to the University of Waterloo?  

Hamid Alemohammad, Chief Operating Officer, and his business partners, Amir Azhari, Chief Commercial Officer, and Richard Liang, Chief Technology Officer, had finished their graduate program in Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering and met when they all worked at the Multi-Scale Additive Manufacturing Laboratory at the University of Waterloo. At the time, Hamid was a Postdoctoral researcher, while Azhari and Liang were both graduate students. The cross-disciplinary aspect of Hamid’s educational journey led him and his partners to the use of fiber optics as sensors and in turn to the creation of their company.

Why did you decide to join the GEDI Exchange? What do you want to get out of it?

The GEDI Exchange program is just one example of the power of an industry and university collaboration, which allows both parties to rely on each other for their strengths. For Brickeye, the decision to join the GEDI Exchange was not only to remain linked to the University and connect with different companies but also to give back. Brickeye sees how other companies are evolving and can offer advice to anyone on their commercialization journey. These mutually beneficial partnerships can produce groundbreaking research and innovation that solves complex problems, drives economic growth, and creates a more skilled workforce.

The benefits for Brickeye continue to stack up, including access to a network of faculty, key opinion leaders, and lead scientists, and the ability to team up with other companies interested in the same research. This opens an opportunity for Brickeye to become a better company, develop more robust products, and expand our offerings. Therefore, you always need partnerships and collaboration, and sometimes it is challenging to find the right partner. The GEDI Exchange provides that opportunity for us.

Brickeye (formerly AOMS) was featured in the GEDIx: A 30-minute Exchange webinar with LorCan on May 18, 2021. A replay of the webinar is available on our YouTube channel here. 

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