The field of construction has long been one of the top five industries driving economies around the world. From Dubai to Texas, large and small construction projects are providing jobs for thousands of workers.
In spite of this, it has sorely lagged behind other industries in the area of technology. The major advancements have been in the area of 3D printing. But there have been a few other recent breakthroughs, such as drone technology for construction. Drones can be used in rough terrain or on sites that are remote and difficult to reach. The newest drones can not only take photos of the area they’re flying over, they can also analyze that data.
Amazon has just announced that they will start using drones to deliver packages. A few of the larger food delivery chains are also looking into using drones to deliver fresh-cooked meals. The value of drones has been proven in the military, law enforcement and many others. But what about Artificial Intelligence?
Dr. Dan Patterson, Chief Design Officer with InEight, comments, “Historically, the construction industry has lagged in its adoption of new technology. That trend is changing, however, with construction companies moving towards digital solutions to solve common project challenges and improve outcomes. A lot of that investment is taking place specifically around AI, with a recent report forecasting the construction industry spending over four billion dollars in AI by 2026.”
He makes the point that construction projects are inherently multifaceted. There are usually crews on-site to handle electrical work, plumbing, walls, flooring, cabinetry, lighting, audio, video, internet and many more. With that many moving parts, strong upfront planning is imperative.
Better Organizing Projects
Everyone has to know what their job is and when to do it. So that has opened the door for analytical programs that can take historical construction data, then parse it and produce plans for each of the workgroups. When used properly in the construction industry, this alone could revolutionize the workflow.
Construction has, in the past, been somewhat unstructured. Various groups of workers show up on certain days to do their part—for instance, the plumbers—only to find that the electricians haven’t finished what they were working on. This causes whole groups of workers to sit idle while someone figures out what to do.
With AI on the job, a highly detailed blueprint of the entire project from start to finish can be produced and distributed to every specialty. They’ll know in advance when to show up and what tools to bring. They’ll know everything from cost to hazards.