Due to the nature of the job, the construction industry has not been as quick to adapt to the digital age in comparison to others in the field. However, as other industries have begun to embrace technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI) on a greater scale, the construction industry have been no different.

AI has impacted a variety of workplaces and within the construction sector helps in 4 key stages.

  1. Planning
  • AI is used when creating construction plans. During the planning stage, AI machinery can survey possible construction sites and gather the relevant information to create 3D maps and blueprints.
  1. Administrative Roles
  • AI can help manage projects and control tasks, for instance, when an employee is off sick AI has the capability to acknowledge that the task can be moved to another employee.
  1. Construction Methodology
  • AI database systems are helping engineers recognise how specific projects should be constructed. For example, if engineers were on a proposed new bridge, AI would be able to advise how the bridge would be constructed by tracing back how this was done in the past, in addition to verifying pre-existing blueprints for design and implementation. This information will aid engineers in crucial decision making.
  1. Post Construction
  • After buildings have completed the construction process, AI can be used inside the building. This sort of information has helped many, such as the hotel chain Wynn who decided that each room in their Las Vegas Hotel would have an Amazon Echo feature by 2017.

It has become imperative for firms to prioritise the safety of their employees. Safety is seen to be a positive aspect of AI that benefits everyone.

Microsoft offers a variety of services that come together in the construction industry’s on-board devices which can inform them about the construction site, model the physical world through Azure Digital Twins and also visualise data through Azure Maps, PowerBI and Microsoft Office 365.

The development of software like this allows projects managers and businesses to monitor the safety of employees using onsite cameras, facial recognition and information regarding objects and people.

AI and recent trends in the construction industry are changing the way businesses are conducted in this field. Technology has evolved the nature of construction where the adoption of Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR) or Wearable Technology assist in helping prosper the construction industry.

Thus, it is clear that although the construction industry has been slow to change in regards to their technology, they are now embracing the digital age. Advancements in software and machinery means that businesses can save time and money as well as help improve health and safety conditions on site.

And its not just out in the field where AI is having an impact, its in your financial and business management software too. With inbuilt AI features coming to Dynamics365, it is clear that AI will impact every aspect of the construction industry. Can you afford to be left behind?