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Elecosoft launches AstaGPT, its first AI tool for the Asta suite of project planning and scheduling solutions

Elecosoft, the specialist international software provider for the built environment, is pleased to announce its beta release of AstaGPT, an Artificial Intelligence (“AI”) powered tool for its Asta suite of project planning and scheduling solutions.

AstaGPT is a browser-based AI tool that generates helpful responses to users’ questions about Asta Powerproject, Asta Vision and SiteProgress. At launch, AstaGPT offers multilingual support for over 150 languages.

Designed to be fast and intuitive, AstaGPT draws upon Elecosoft’s meticulously authored Asta help documentation to aggregate answers and serve them as logical, stepped solutions. Every answer contains a structured response with source links back to the Asta help documentation so that users can read the original content. It has been tested internally to upskill new colleagues on the core technology of Asta.

Global Product Manager, Martha Karagiorgi said “AstaGPT is a significant tool for both new and experienced users of Asta. This feature will save them precious time when accessing our expert help, meaning they can get back to their tasks faster and equipped with the right solutions. We also see AstaGPT as a valuable addition to our customers’ onboarding and upskilling journeys.”

The Asta suite, which includes flagship product Powerproject, is one of the leading construction planning tools, used globally to plan, track and deliver complex structures. Notable projects include Tottenham Hotspur Football Stadium, Hong Kong International Airport and The Shard in London. The software has been serving users’ needs for nearly four decades, and as such has an extensive help documentation library.

Martha Karagiorgi commented: “We are immensely fortunate to have invested in developing best-in-class Asta Suite help documentation over many years. All 1.5 million words of it have been written and carefully updated by our software experts. AstaGPT complements this resource by significantly enhancing how users access, understand and action those 1.5 million words of expert help.”

The current Asta help documentation is accessed by professionals across 180 countries. Elecosoft’s beta configuration of AstaGPT enables users throughout those countries to input questions – and receive answers – in over 150 languages. Further development and user feedback will continually improve this feature over time.

Daniel Hewson, Data Capability Manager, who is leading Elecosoft’s AI Roadmap, commented: “AstaGPT brings immediate value to our customers and that’s why we’re excited to put it in their hands today and get their feedback for continuous improvement, therefore this is just the beginning.”

Jonathan Hunter, CEO, said “AstaGPT is the first step in our ambitious AI Roadmap, which will deploy time saving and value adding capabilities saving our customers time and money. We are giving the capability to quickly learn and promptly find answers using Asta to our customers free of charge with AstaGPT.“

The beta version of AstaGPT will be available internationally on the 7th of March 2024.

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