Artificial Intelligence at Work Sites is More Than Autonomous Machines

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Robison Wells
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Artificial intelligence impacts peoples’ lives across all sectors; they can ask Siri or Alexa a question, use a smart thermostat, or receive recommendations from Netflix. The construction industry also benefits from AI. And AI in construction goes much further than autonomous vehicles.

AI on the job site will come in building information modeling (BIM), virtual project versions of construction sites, or buildings under construction. A single BIM plan can involve all stakeholders, including workers, engineers, architects, and owners. BIM reduces time and costs due to rework and makes it easier to maintain deadlines.

Construction companies use artificial intelligence to monitor site security and safety; they can integrate traditional cameras, easily activated by stray dogs and birds, into a more extensive security and safety system to prevent false alarms. Such systems notify authorities when a worker is injured or when theft or vandalism occurs.

Developers are testing AI equipment’s ability to route traffic in sizeable worksites where large trucks and heavy machinery operate. Networked cameras and GPS calculate optimal routes for vehicles; these systems help job sites run at peak efficiency and avoid delays and accidents.

Builders can use AI to predict maintenance needs for specific machines or tools based on environmental conditions and wear and tear; this places equipment on proactive service schedules.

The construction industry already benefits from AI. But as builders adopt more artificial intelligence, innovators will continue to create new solutions.

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