Artificial Intelligence (AI) has been making headlines for some time now. People from all walks of life from high school teachers to tech gurus like Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk,and Mark Zuckerberg have passed their opinions about it.The field is on such a quick pace of development that even the foremost experts are not able to keep up with it. The AI software industry is predicted to be valued at $60 Billion by the year 2025.

For the construction industry, the biggest concern is how Artificial Intelligence will impact the construction processes and practices of tomorrow? The adoption of the technology in the construction industry is already happening but it is happening slowly. In this article, let us go a little deep into the how the construction industry will be impacted by Artificial Intelligence.

Use of Drones

There is a misconception that drones and other robots are just subsets of AI – they are not. Drones can be extremely useful in the construction site. For example, Drones can be used with a drone mapping software to cut down the time required to gather accurate survey maps and aerial images of the job site.These aerial images can give additional perspective to identify issues and conflicts that may be invisible from the ground.

Flying drone with camera


Autonomous Vehicles

Autonomous vehicles in the construction site will be able to avoid all the problems that arise due to human operations. Caterpillar has already come out with a line of autonomous mining equipment for dozing, drilling,and hauling. Since these vehicles are constantly communicating with each other about their location and payload, there will be seamless movement along the construction site. With time, these vehicles will be able to be fully autonomous; doing tasks like loading and unloading themselves on the construction site. This will improve the overall efficiency of the construction site.

Foresee Maintenance Issues

One huge advantage of AI comes with the use of ‘smart’ machines. These are machines that can be attached to the building under construction or a completed one. They can detect wear and tear and alert users about any potential malfunctions. Smart machines can also warn about any hazardous situation, giving enough time to investigate and resolve the issue. Any inefficient operation of machinery can easily be detected by these smart machines. The bottom line is that the construction company will save a lot of money.

 Better Designs

AI has the ability to figure out the thinking process behind designs and why people make choices like the place for their bed, lights and so on. This allows designers to create personalized designs; both exterior and interior to ensure maximum satisfaction for the users. AI also helps designers. Engineers, BIM service providers etc. to view and collaborate on the designs in real time. Any potential defects can also be reviewed by the team.

 Much Safer Working Environments

Construction contractors can maximize the safety, value, and productivity of worksites based on the precise data and insights provided by AI software. For example, a popular AI platform used by construction companies runs through large quantities of image and videos taken at the construction site to spot possible hazards. Volvo Construction Equipment is now developing AI that detects and decipher specific objects using multiple points of computer-aided vision. It would then warn operators to reduce the risk of accidents. AI can also perform repetitive, mundane and dangerous labour-intensive tasks.

It is only natural for a new technology to enter other industries and turn out to be extremely beneficial. The story of AI and the construction industry will be no different. The industry players that have already started incorporating AI in their practices will have a first mover advantage. The industry needs to embrace the future if they are to survive.

Contributor:  Manjusha M Nair   (Advenser Engineering Services)

Author Bio:Manjusha M Nair is a Digital Marketer at Advenser Engineering Services.  Advenser is a prominent service provider in AEC industry when it comes to Building Information Modeling (BIM).  She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Information Technology (IT). Music, books, and documentaries are some of the things that she spends her free time on.

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