Although the term “Artificial Intelligence” sounds rather futuristic - like something taken straight out of a science-fiction movie, do not be fooled by its name because the sooner you realise its full potential for construction, the greater the profits for your company! But beware - the competition never sleeps, so better act now!
Being one of the oldest industries on the market, construction has been using technology for decades to improve efficiency and safety of various construction projects and structures. And, although construction is still lagging behind when it comes to digitisation, we have seen a considerable boost in using AI (Artificial Intelligence) by construction companies over the past years.
What is Artificial Intelligence? How is it changing construction? How can we leverage AI in construction management and what is its future in the construction industry? To find out the answers to these and many more intriguing questions, keep on reading!
Before we go into details about the value of AI in the construction industry, we need to clarify its meaning. Artificial Intelligence (AI) is an aggregative term for describing when a machine mimics human cognitive functions, like problem-solving, pattern recognition, and learning.
When it comes to machine learning, it is a field of artificial intelligence that uses statistical techniques to give computer systems the ability to "learn" from data, without being explicitly programmed.
There is a world-wide fear among many professionals from various fields, not only construction, that machines will become more intelligent than humans, leading to the replacement of the latter. However, according to the experts, there is no need to be anxious as human intelligence is inimitable.
Ultimately, just because AI can learn, we cannot really conclude that it will learn all of the aspects of human intelligence and become more clever
- Eleni Vasilaki, professor of computation neuroscience
Artificial Intelligence can make a huge difference for the construction sector thanks to its future possibilities but provided that these technologies are used in a beneficial way.
Automatic learning and AI are tools. These can be used in the right way or the wrong way, just like everything else. It is the way in which they can be used that we should be concerned about, not the methods themselves
-Eleni Vasilaki, professor of computation neuroscience
Although adopting new technologies and adjusting your processes may seem scary at first, it is an inevitable step for your company if you wish to stay in the business. There is no doubt that using AI in construction allows construction companies to be more efficient and productive. On top of that it elevates the quality as well as safety of the projects, making them secure and effective.
Adopting AI in the construction industry would be the end of safety issues, schedule delays, cost overruns and low profitability rate among others. The quicker you modernise operations, the sooner you will enjoy a problem-free and thriving business.
It is of utmost importance to understand the amount of data produced during the process of drawing, modelling, construction and maintenance. Unfortunately, construction professionals have no idea whatsoever how to use the remaining data stream for their own benefit. This leads to a huge waste of tons of collected data, which could have been used for improvement.
With data collected from models and simulations, we can not only transform the design process, but also innovate with a new construction project. What is more, AI offers a fresh perspective in which we can benefit from the most current data both from earlier modelling and from structures (buildings) completed in the past.
The strengthening of the data analysis processes with Artificial Intelligence involves the automation of the management processes. AI is going to reorganise and transform processes for reporting and its subsequent automations thanks to the possibility of Machine Learning.
We are well aware that construction is one of the most under-digitised industries in the world and is very slow at introducing new technologies. While other sectors have embraced Artificial Intelligence to help them transform their productivity performances, construction has stayed behind with a very slow progression. And although the research company, McKinsey, presumes that the spread of AI in the construction sector is going to be rather modest in the immediate future, changes are undoubtedly coming.
Construction can no longer hold back. If the industry wants to stay competitive, it must catch up with Artificial Intelligence applications and methods as it is the only way to compete with incoming market competitors and to remain relevant.
At Archdesk, we recognise the significance of digitisation and its future for the construction industry. We realise that the construction companies, which act quickly by upgrading their technologies will sooner or later reap the fruits of their actions. This is why we offer you the best construction management software on the market that will help you streamline your processes and avoid any recurring mistakes. Join us today and see for yourself what difference it makes to your team when applying these new technologies in your day-to-day operations.
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