Artificial Intelligence (AI) is changing the way the construction industry solves problems. No longer a technology of the distant future, AI and machine-learning are tangible tools that can be applied today to mitigate safety risks, collect data and positively disrupt the industry as a whole.
What is Artificial intelligence (AI)?
Simply put, AI makes it possible for machines to learn from experience, adjust to new inputs and perform human-like tasks. AI relies heavily on deep learning and natural language processing. Using these technologies, computers can be trained to accomplish specific tasks by processing large amounts of data and recognising patterns.
What can AI do for the construction industry?
Efficiency and project management
Large-scale construction projects often bring a multitude of complications. Costly time is often wasted resolving the complexities of tasks related to designs, work permits, purchase orders and various approvals.
AI can help save time and money by monitoring and optimising the schedule of any project. AI-based systems can spot anomalies, flag dependencies and forecast risks, allowing project teams to reprioritise and proactively make adjustments to schedules and budgets.These systems can also interact with project management tools and digital hardware, so they can be seamlessly integrated into existing workflows. By using AI, teams are able to quickly identify issues they may not have detected otherwise, making each team more efficient and each project’s timeline much shorter.
AI can be applied as an augmented intelligence tool to help conceptualise designs and layouts. Through the use of computer vision and other machine learning approaches, AI systems can analyse proposed construction sites and create maps, blueprints and plans that are needed to meet the design goals. Designers can leverage AI to continually adapt their designs to changing environments.
Safety and Security
Safety is paramount on construction sites. Using 24/7 AI surveillance systems, construction managers can analyse video data to identify and keep record of potentially unsafe behaviours and safety hazards. These systems can also help monitor job sites by preventing unauthorised access and protecting equipment from damage. Flagging safety and security concerns early significantly reduces the risk of workplace accidents, thereby saving the long-term cost and potential liability associated with staff injuries.
Though our industry has historically been very traditional, construction companies have increasingly embraced the use of AI and machine learning to optimise work schedules, improve workplace safety and more. At Bespok, we plan to lead the change by adopting the technologies that will help our industry evolve, adapt and deliver successful, modern projects.