In a move to accelerate innovation, Dallas-based engineering and consulting giant Jacobs and leading AI firm Palantir Technologies, headquartered in Denver, have unveiled an ambitious partnership expansion. The collaboration aims to harness Palantir’s cutting-edge AI capabilities and revolutionize the commercialization of AI solutions across a range of sectors—including critical infrastructure, advanced facilities, and supply chain management.
“While we have understood the power and promise of AI for years, we saw clear challenges with secure deployment,” Jacobs CEO Bob Pragada said in a statement. “With Jacobs’ continued focus on data solutions, combined with our deep domain knowledge, we’re enabling AI to create value for our clients. Our expanded partnership with Palantir is a key differentiator in bringing built-in transparency, guardrails and security solutions for our clients on a time horizon measured in weeks, not years.”
By combining the complementary strengths of Jacobs in data solutions and deep domain knowledge with Palantir’s expertise in AI, the partnership has the potential to drive significant transformation across industries. Jacobs said clients can expect to benefit from improved speed, increased efficiency, and more-informed decision-making as a result of this collaboration.
Deploying AI to optimize the water life cycle
Jacobs said that by building its use of domain-specific algorithms with Foundry in its water sector, the company is incorporating Palantir AI Platforms to unlock unprecedented speed, greater efficiency, and more informed decision-making for its clients, with security, control, and auditability at the forefront.
“We’re already deploying AI to optimize the entire water life cycle, from day-to-day management to long-term planning and design, and now we’re diving deeper across new sectors,” Jacobs EVP and President of Divergent Solutions Shannon Miller said in a statement. “This will allow our clients to make better decisions today, tomorrow, and in the future, creating safer and more sustainable water and sewage systems for us all.”
Palantir CTO Shyam Sankar said this is the start of discovering greater efficiencies.
“Through the adoption of Foundry and now AIP, Jacobs is delivering end-to-end, AI-powered solutions with real-time computing power, actionable data and control,” Sankar said. “Our previous success in helping Jacobs’ clients achieve efficiency improvements in energy utilization and chemical usage is only the beginning.”
With approximately $15 billion in annual revenue and a talent force of more than 60,000, Jacobs said it provides a full spectrum of professional services including consulting, technical, scientific, and project delivery for the government and private sector.
Other recent Jacobs moves, from robotics to nuclear fusion
Last week, Jacobs announced it is partnering with the University of Manchester and the UK government to create a new international research center to develop robotics and autonomous systems that will play a key role in climate response. The center will be co-funded to a total value of $11 million over five years by Jacobs, the University of Manchester, and the U.K. Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council’s Prosperity Partnerships program, which fosters links between academia and industry.
In April, Jacobs was selected to design and engineer remotely-operated tools for the ITER Nuclear Fusion Research Center and the world’s largest and most powerful fusion device, currently under construction in Provence, France.
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