The words “artificial intelligence” tend to instigate a mixed response from different people. It’s often dismissed as an evolution that’s relevant only to specialist industries. However, you might be surprised to hear that artificial intelligence, or “AI” as it’s commonly referred to, is beginning to play a practical role in the construction industry. Construction technologies have continued to advance over the past few years, and the use of artificial intelligence in construction is an ongoing development that we’ve got to look forward to. Helping to automate and improve the safety and efficiency of existing processes, these are just a few of the ways in which AI can be used practically in the construction industry:
Improving Construction Safety
Hazards are an inevitable part of working on a construction site, however there are key measures that can be taken in order to mitigate these risks. In the future, artificial intelligence in construction might just have a role to play in this. There are machine learning solutions that can be used to monitor and prioritise risks on the job site. Technology can be used to analyse people in photos or videos on a job site, and identify the absence or presence of safety gear, and create alerts for safety risks.
One of the main benefits of artificial intelligence in construction is its role in improving productivity on construction sites and helping to reduce the issue of labour shortages. For example, some emerging technologies include the likes of self-driving machinery that can perform repetitive tasks such as pouring concrete and bricklaying more quickly than a human worker can. This frees up workers for other areas of the project as well as helping to reduce the overall time required to complete projects.
Providing More Accurate Costing
It’s certainly not uncommon for construction projects to go over budget from time to time. The use of AI in construction may be able to help reduce the likelihood of this. Predictive models can take historical data and use it to envision realistic timelines for future projects. AI can be used to sift through thousands of data points and instantly categorise them, highlighting crucial information on spend and risk management.
The use of artificial intelligence in construction may also provide an evolutionary approach to design. 3D model based processes can give architects, engineers and construction professionals key insights to help them plan and design more effectively. Machine learning algorithms can be used to explore all variations of a solution and come up with the best alternatives. This will enable exciting new developments to be seen in the future of design in the industry.
Assisting With Post Construction
Building managers can also use artificial intelligence in construction after a project has been completed. AI-powered algorithms can be used to gain valuable insights about the operation and performance of a structure. This can help with monitoring developing problems in order to identify issues before they escalate, and enabling preventative measures to be put in place.
It’s clear that the future of construction technology has some exciting developments. If you require quality materials for your next project, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with the team at Al Manaratain today. Our two fully computerised batching plants enable us to mix our concrete to your specific requirements, all made under our strict quality control conditions. We also have a range of key products to choose from including light gauge steel, artificial stone and a range of crusher products – whatever your project requires, we’ve got you covered.