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The Rise of AI in Construction

The Rise of AI in Construction

21 September 2023

There are concerns around Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning, and given the rise of tools like ChatGPT, we’ll certainly see more conversations happening around the topic. That said, it is worth noting that AI can have a real positive impact, particularly in the construction industry.

Whilst it may seem like a highly technical non-human approach, AI can make things more human. Instead of taking humans out of the equation, AI and machine learning let people do their real-life jobs more effectively.

Why would we need AI in construction?

Recently, technology and digital collaborations have accelerated in construction. AI and machine learning have the momentum to propel the industry forward in a few ways which we have listed below…

  1. Improve quality of designs

AI can also help workers figure out mistakes and omissions that might be present in the design before going forward with a build.

Instead of spending hours trying to identify errors, you can leave that up to machine learning which ultimately saves time and frees up resources for more productive tasks.

With the right AI technology, you can determine if a particular element of the design is favorable or predict if it could create an issue down the road.

2. Create a safer jobsite

Safety is the biggest priority for construction sites and AI provides a high-tech way to achieve this goal.

AI-powered computer vision can be used to analyse trip and fall incidents on the jobsite, helping leaders come up with better safety measures for workers. This same technology can also analyse video footage to flag safety hazards and non-compliance.

3. Increase the projects Lifespan

AI can be instrumental in the extension of the total lifespan of a project. There are often gaps in important facility management information. As a result, it’s difficult to manage repairs and renovations efficiently and cost-effectively on-site. It does this by classifying documents and data like work orders and assessing conditions in real-time.

It is evident that AI and machine learning have some exciting possibilities within construction for the future, but this certainly doesn’t mean devices and technologies will replace us. Construction is a human business, and it will stay that way. Machine learning will just be a tool to aid the industry’s talents.