Artificial Intelligence (AI) is on the rise in construction as builders look to streamline delivery in order to meet ever-growing demand
Automated technologies are making their way into the construction industry. As the demand for new buildings reaches an all-time high, construction firms are looking for ways to streamline their projects. The rise of Artificial Intelligence and machine learning technologies make this easier every day. Although the fear of robots taking over is inevitable, there are positive aspects.
A few of the short-term benefits of machine learning and AI in construction include:
- Real-time tracking of equipment, tools, materials, and people.
- Heavy machinery monitoring in the case of malfunctions.
- Increase in worker safety and job site productivity.
Upon first glance, these benefits may seem to matter only to GCs or owner-operators, but the benefits reach other construction professions. According to an article from Construction Executive: “AI and machine learning will also help assist project managers and architectural consultants in demand forecasting and scheduling during years-long design and planning phase before ground is actually broken.”
This could help professionals anticipate market needs and eliminate simple human errors, potentially making projects more “thoughtfully” planned.
Safety is one of the positive aspects of AI that benefits everyone. During the Build Conference in Seattle this year, Microsoft showed how AI in construction could make sites safer and more productive.
Using onsite cameras, facial recognition and info about objects and people, new software is allowing project managers and businesses to monitor jobsite work in real-time. This would allow the auto-enforcement of policies and regulations. The new platform can monitor which employees are using equipment, and it even knows which workers are certified to use it. By simple facial recognition, AI is keeping track of any worker who might in violation of policies or causing danger to those around them.
Artificial Intelligence and machine learning are no doubt scary, but the benefits outweigh the fear it causes. By using AI to anticipate market needs, plan projects more efficiently and monitor working conditions, we may start to see this fear alleviated – or even eliminated – in the next couple of years.
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