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Arundo & Worley Unveiling New AI Software Company: DataSeer

Arundo Analytics | February 09, 2021

Arundo Analytics, a software company enabling advanced analytics in heavy industries, announced a joint venture with Worley, a leading global provider of professional project and asset services in the chemicals, energy, and resources sectors.

The JV, DataSeer, will emphasis on evolving its cloud-based software that develops information extraction and digitization of industrial diagrams. Incorporating industrial engineering with ML, the DataSeer software allows end-users to extract data and digitize their industrial diagrams flawlessly.

Wayne Purboo, Executive Chair of Arundo, said “We are excited to see customers impressed with an AI application that solves real problems and increases productivity. Unlike most Industrial AI solutions that require integration and configuration, DataSeer is an out-of-the-box B2C software. We are proud of this product and think the best way to continue its growth is by having a dedicated go-to-market concept. DataSeer will continue to be an important part of the offering from Arundo.”

Geeta Thakorlal, President of Energy Transition and Digital at Worley said, “DataSeer has revolutionized the way we work with industrial diagrams, enhancing project efficiency. The software enables us to deliver better value to our customers, as we help them along the digital transformation journey,”

The DataSeer app significantly decreases the time engineers spend on searching through diagrams, while regulating data into comma-separated valued outputs and improving QA & QC. DataSeer aims to change the way engineers work.

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