The Evolution of AI in Construction

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In the fascinating world of technology, AI gadgets and devices are becoming more popular in everyday life such as Alexa, Robot vacuum cleaners, Nest Thermostat controls etc. Many industries are using high tech machinery, gadgets and software systems to solve and complete tasks with greater speed and accuracy. Particularly this is evolving in the construction industry already and no doubt will continue to grow and develop massively in the coming years.

Here are just a couple of examples of how artificial intelligence is being implemented in the Construction Industry to date:

Alerts

Field reporting software allows foremen to enter (either by manually typing or using voice-to-text) job site activity or issues. Systems provide alerts and notifications on certain keywords. These alerts keep important project stakeholders informed in real-time even if they are not on the job site.

Optical Character Recognition (OCR)

OCR is an essential system that is used daily in construction. Because of OCR technology, users can quickly search drawings, convert documents and images into editable and searchable data. This saves hours in manually processing drawings for viewing, mark-ups and sharing.

Developing Trends

Safety sensors

Wearable sensors such as Spot-ridentify the location of workers and provide any alerts if a worker slips or falls.

Drones

The use of drones and drone software drastically cuts down the time to gather accurate surveys, maps and aerial images of a job site. This can be used to track progress without having to be on the job site. Additionally, the birds-eye view provides project managers with an additional perspective to identify issues and conflicts they may not view from the ground.

Autonomous vehicles

Major tech companies and car manufacturers are developing self-driving vehicles. While Uber and Google conduct pilot projects of self-driving cars, Caterpillar has released a line of autonomous mining equipment used for dozing, drilling and hauling.

Robots

Whilst robots have not quite made it on the job site, Fastbrick Robotics has developed Hadrian X, a bricklaying robot that can build a residential house in 2 days. Hadrian X Completed its first outdoor build in February 2019.

Artificial Intelligence in the Future of Construction

Artificial intelligence is proving to have a very positive effect on efficiency and productivity in construction. While the construction industry battles with a labour shortage, AI helps to fill in the gaps. However, is not an exact science and model of natural human intelligence. So it does serve to assist humans and not replace them especially in construction where every project is unique and subject to many external factors and moving parts (weather, other trades, etc).

However, there is a possibility where in the future the workforce could be replaced! So... We would like take of advantage of the present and help by offering our own expertise and intelligence in providing our specialist advice & payment solutions to Construction workers! We are not robots and we understand the importance of remaining compliant and being able to discuss any changes or issues with a real-life person ;) If wish to discuss our CIS solution in more detail please give Lisa Hanchant a call on 01923 277900.

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