One of the oldest professions globally is construction, but technology and the industry continue to mature. Designing, planning, and building procedures have changed to satisfy modern and technological requirements. Technology has been used more often in construction to increase efficiency, quality, and safety. Artificial intelligence (AI) is the new digital transformation that has made its mark in recent years. Construction professionals have found value in AI to help manage manual labor and crucial assignments.
AI is a computer or computer-controlled robot’s ability to perform tasks usually associated with human beings. For construction, AI can mean anything from computers that handle large amounts of data to data sensors on the job site and live robots that run physical labor tasks.
What is the current state of Artificial Intelligence in the construction industry, and what is its potential?
Artificial Intelligence: Construction’s New Frontier
A study by McKinsey called artificial intelligence “construction technology’s next frontier.” The McKinsey study found that Artificial Intelligence hasn’t gained enough traction in engineering and construction. These sectors need to adopt more AI applications and techniques to compete for more. The report comments, “We predict this effort will lead to allocating more resources to build the necessary capabilities so AI can play a more significant role in construction in the coming years.”
McKinsey predicts that Artificial Intelligence in the construction sector will be modest at first. The research company notes that a gigantic shift in their report is coming soon. “Stakeholders across the project lifecycle, including contractors, operators, owners, and service providers, can no longer afford to envision AI as technology pertinent only to other industries.”
Digitization is the tomorrow of the construction industry. Construction companies embracing this transformation and upgrading to utilizing construction management software and AI technologies will have a considerable edge.
Here are ways artificial intelligence will support the construction industry.
Five Use Cases for Using Artificial Intelligence in Construction
- Combine AI into your project management workflow. We all know that tiresome and time-consuming tasks are pain points in construction. PMs must keep track of employees, organize project plans, assign work, and handle numerous other tasks. GMs and subs also have several jobs to complete under their project workflow. When performed manually, these areas result in increased risk, wasted time, and wasted resources. With AI, software for construction management is made possible. Software that can handle ordinary tasks with few or zero errors saves you time. A software system that can drive your project management workflow(s) is essential to boosting productivity.
- Increased safeness through AI technology. AI has permitted technology like various sensors on job sites that collect data, which includes structural fitness, location, weather, GPS, and IP cameras. With the integration of AI, these tools can interpret data in real-time and anticipate with a high degree of confidence problems, delays, or malfunctions that may occur. It’s a given that construction comes with inherent dangers. The most common risks are people falling, electrical hazards, falling debris, getting stuck somewhere, and hazardous materials. Artificial intelligence helps to improve overall safety on job sites. These systems watch what is going on 24/7 without being distracted, are capable of detecting dangerous behavior, and act as personal security.
- AI boosts the pace of project delivery. Autonomous robots are evolving in popularity and becoming more widely used on construction sites. These self-driving machines can carry materials across the job site and haul heavy items without wounding workers. Since the robots are doing all the work, teams can focus their time and attention on more high-value tasks. This kind of technology could save substantial money and make projects move faster. Imagine projects in remote locations that are not easy for workers to access; remote diggers can clear the sites much quicker, working 24/7.
- Automate site activity monitoring. Your construction company can make intelligent decisions by automating your activity monitoring and basing decisions on complex data. With Artificial Intelligence, you can capture, track, and classify anything that goes in and out of the job site, whether vehicles, equipment, or people. This data can send alerts to trigger rapid responses by tracking what happens on your job sites. Stakeholders can access this data collected from the job site for real-time updates.
- Anticipate maintenance and patterns in structures. One of AI’s most notable features is that it is highly effective at scrutinizing historical data to predict likely forecasts of future events. No other current technology can do this. Incorporating AI with construction management software, the app’s data can train a machine to spot patterns in maintenance or other locations. Think of an AI system that assesses hundreds of thousands of damage or issue reports for different kinds of buildings over time. Eventually, it could begin to predict when certain surfaces, fittings, or materials will become damaged or worn and alert maintenance teams to this.
Artificial intelligence in construction is increasing slowly as part of the digital transformation. Like McKinsey’s study, the research company predicted that AI would play a more significant role in construction technology. If your business succeeds, you must embrace the digital revolution and accept new working methods in the industry.
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