Is it safe to build a house in Alberta?
The Alberta government says construction simulators, which simulate construction in real time, have helped build new homes for many Albertans.
The province has a building supply shortage and is looking to find more ways to fill the gap.
Construction simulator companies say they are seeing strong demand for their services.
In addition to offering construction sims, they also provide other services, such as planning and engineering work.
The government has launched a new $1.5-million program to purchase up to 300 simulators to help fill a supply gap.
It says these are not cheap and require the assistance of a professional builder to operate.
A provincial building commission said in a news release Tuesday it has received $6.2 million in grants from the province.
Construction Simulator, which is owned by the Calgary-based company AECOM, has also received about $3.6 million from the government.
Alberta’s Building Supply Board says the province expects to spend $1 million for simulators and $1-million for a second line of simulators in 2019.
Alberta government officials say it is up to the individual builder to find the best way to use their simulators.
The company is also asking for an exemption from provincial requirements for simulating construction and building.
The board says that if builders are using simulators they should disclose any information that may identify them as being connected to construction.
Construction simulators are typically used for building permits and inspections.
The boards says it has not received a request from anyone to exempt itself from provincial building requirements.