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AI for the Construction Industry: Are You Tapping It?

AI For The Construction Industry

The construction industry is one of the most profitable businesses with around 7% of the world’s labor force. Businesses and individuals spend almost 10 billion USD every year for construction-related activities. Construction businesses can become more profitable and deliver even better services with the help of artificial intelligence. AI trends have been transforming multiple industries and the construction industry is no exception. AI applications can effectively make job sites safer, enhance productivity, and improve construction quality. Hence, software and mobile app development firms like Digital Fractal Technologies are developing AI solutions to help construction businesses in the following manner:

Budget Creation

Major construction projects can often go beyond their budget. Such projects can cost billions of dollars for construction and maintenance. For these projects, construction companies use a manual approach for budget creation. This approach can be quite error-prone and time-consuming. Hence, construction businesses can leverage AI for budget creation.

AI can analyze crucial factors such as project size, type of contract, and performance of the workforce to predict project cost overruns. AI systems can also analyze historical data and project timelines to provide an accurate budget for any project. With the help of such advanced AI systems, construction companies can eliminate the chances of budget overruns and ensure that sufficient resources are within their budget.

Design

Construction professionals often use Building Information Modeling to plan and design 3D models of mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems of a project. However, construction professionals may face a major challenge in case different models created by various sub-teams do not align with each other.

AI systems can use generative design to analyze different models and determine whether the generated models can work together. For this purpose, AI systems collect various generated models and analyze design inconsistencies. Besides, AI systems can discover and suggest alternative designs to ensure that mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and architectural models are consistent and work well together.

Project Planning

Project planning can be an immensely complicated procedure due to technicalities such as budget restrictions, strict timelines, and limited resources. Alternatively, AI-powered project planning solutions can make this process automated. For this purpose, AI systems can scan 3D models of a project and predict the time, costs, and resources necessary for every subproject. Also, such advanced AI systems will deliver better results after analyzing and learning from outcomes generated for numerous projects with the help of reinforced learning. The experts at Digital Fractal Technologies can develop project planning software based on AI technology.

Safety

Construction is one of the most deadly industries for employers with 217 workplace fatalities in 2017. These fatalities may be caused due to falling from great heights, being struck by a construction vehicle, or electrocution. Hence, construction companies need to develop a safer working environment for workers.

AI systems can scan images of job sites for on-site safety hazards. With the help of images, AI systems can identify various safety hazards such as lack of protective equipment, uncovered wires, open spaces with no boundaries, and many more and correlate the collected images with historical accident records. Based on such analysis, AI systems can determine risk ratings for every project and identify elevated on-site threats.

Quality Control

Quality control is a crucial process for construction workers and contractors. In this process, contractors and construction workers try to find construction deficiencies and inconsistencies. Failing to do so, buildings may be prone to damage or collapse due to poor quality of materials or inconsistent design.

AI systems can make the quality control process quite efficient. For this purpose, AI systems can assess images captured by drones to identify construction inconsistencies. These AI systems can allow contractors to spot potential issues and threats before the occurrence of any serious incident. In this manner, contractors can prevent major accidents that can ruin the reputation of a construction business.

3D Printing

AI-powered 3D printing is no longer a fantasy. Construction firms can now build houses with the help of 3D printing. With the help of robots, construction firms can build homes within hours compared to a time span of weeks or years that is required by workers. For this purpose, AI-powered 3D printers can analyze blueprints of a project and start construction procedures after the raw material requirements are met. In this manner, 3D printers can build high-quality structures in a short span of time. Soon, construction companies may offer 3D printed buildings for clients who have urgent construction needs.

Virtual Assistant

Some construction workers may require assistance while operating certain equipment. In such scenarios, construction workers can ask queries to AI-powered virtual assistants that can provide detailed guides. Such virtual assistants can also offer suggestions for using construction vehicles such as compactors. For instance, virtual assistants can map the passes made by a compactor and generate temperature maps for a specific area. Also, AI systems can predict density requirements for new asphalt mixes and lifts. In this manner, virtual assistants can help construction workers in operating different types of equipment.

Data Aggregation

AI systems can record and analyze large volumes of data to avoid issues such as lost paperwork and human errors. With such records, AI systems can ensure accountability across every stakeholder. Additionally, AI systems can allow all stakeholders to monitor the entire project and identify critical issues. AI-powered records can enable stakeholders to understand the reason behind multiple issues and help them find effective solutions. In this manner, AI systems enhance transparency in the workplace and ensure that site managers are accountable for the success and failures of their job sites. Due to such transparency, project managers and site managers have to ensure that every essential task is performed and the projects are finished in the given timeline.

Artificial intelligence-based construction software and mobile apps can prove to be immensely beneficial to businesses. However, developing AI-powered software and mobile apps can be complicated as AI systems require large volumes of data, complex algorithms, and meticulous testing. Hence, outsourcing AI-based software and app development to a firm like Digital Fractal Technologies is the most feasible option.

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