The construction industry is fast becoming the new frontier for technological innovation. When you think about it, it makes sense. Millions of dollars are being invested to produce a variety of structures. These structures must be built efficiently and safely. With so much money involved, there’s bound to be an interest in making the process as easy as possible.
This is where artificial intelligence (AI) comes in. Artificial intelligence is the formation of computer systems that can perform tasks that normally require human intelligence. In a labor intensive, complex, and potentially dangerous industry like construction, the applications are both important and plentiful.
In this article we will discuss some the specific ways in which AI is making an impact on the construction industry. To skip to part 2, click here.
Predicting Maintenance Issues
One of the biggest applications of AI comes with the use of “smart” machines. These are machines equipped with sensors that can detect wear and tear and alert users of a potential malfunction. These machines can also determine if a hazardous situation is present, giving workers an opportunity to investigate. Sensors can also help detect if machinery is not operating efficiently. This allows workers to make adjustments that can save the company money.
Basic Construction Tasks
Through the use of robotics, AI can be used to perform basic construction tasks such as demolition, bricklaying, and welding. Performing these duties will free up contractors to perform tasks that require more skill.
Detect Design Issues
AI helps teams see and collaborate on designs in real time. 3D renderings can be developed from architect’s plans. Teams can in turn review plans for potential defects. The process can take place rapidly and allow stakeholders to make more substantive decisions.
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