30 Percent of Construction Firms Making AI Investment

Sam Bloedow
April 17, 2024|


With the release of the AGC 2024 Outlook survey, the construction industry is undergoing a revolution with innovative technologies, including robotics, artificial intelligence (AI), building information modeling and drones.

However, knowing these innovative technologies is not enough. Companies that know how to implement these technologies strategically and effectively, will be leaders in a new era of precision, collaboration and success. AI Enhances Efficiency AI is at the forefront of the technological revolution, empowering decision-making processes and optimizing project management.

Thirty percent of construction firms will make an initial investment or increase their investment in AI. AI algorithms can analyze vast amounts of data, offering valuable insights to enhance productivity, risk management and resource allocation. AI can also help automate repetitive tasks. To implement AI in the workplace, first identify areas where AI can bring the most value. For example, firms use predictive maintenance to analyze historical and real-time data to predict future outcomes, identify potential hazards and make recommendations to prevent them from happening. This helps prevent costly breakdowns, improve operational efficiency and enhance safety protocols, as well as ensure seamless integration with existing project management systems and set realistic timelines and schedules.

Architects, engineers and designers are using BIM to create 3D representations of the physical and functional aspects of the buildings, providing a comprehensive overview of the entire project lifecycle. This allows the team to identify and resolve potential conflicts before they become on- site issues, reducing the likelihood of errors and delays and saving time and resources. Implementing BIM involves clearly outlining project objectives to define how BIM can address challenges. It is important to choose BIM software that suits the scale and complexity of the projects. Establish collaboration protocols and standards to ensure consistency in BIM implementation across different teams and project phases.

Integrating robotics in construction automates traditionally labor-intensive and time-consuming tasks, enhancing efficiency and reducing the risk of workplace injuries. Examples include material-placing robots, prefabrication approaches, demolition robots and self-driving heavy equipment. These machines work tirelessly, consistently delivering precise results faster than human labor. Plus, by taking on hazardous tasks, they can play a crucial role in improving human safety. To implement robotics, identify tasks in the construction process that can benefit from automation. Depending on the identified tasks, choose robotic solutions that align with your project requirements and equipment. However, ensure you implement safety measures and protocols when introducing robotics to construction sites.

Drones have become indispensable tools in construction project management. These machines are equipped with high-resolution cameras and sensors and can capture detailed images, aiding in planning, surveying and mapping. Performing flyovers allows stakeholders to monitor work remotely and provides the ability to access hazardous areas. The data collected from the drones can help make better decisions, optimize resources, and enhance project timelines. Implementing drones first requires determining specific drone applications, such as surveying, mapping, progress monitoring and inspecting. Select drones equipped with the necessary sensors and cameras, and consider factors like flight time, range and data resolutions. From there, develop workflows for processing and analyzing the data collected by the drones. This may involve using specialized software for topographical mapping, volumetric analysis and site logistics.

Consider how these innovative technologies could be implemented to revolutionize how your firm operates. Ensure you have the latest in modern office technologies for the construction and design industry. Work with your IT group to create an ongoing strategy and plan aligned to your business goals.

Sam Bloedow is founder and CEO of Thriveon.

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