How AI and machine learning are transforming the construction industry

The construction industry is undergoing a digital transformation with the help of AI and machine learning technologies

AI is transforming the architectural design industry by providing architects with new tools and methods. AsadaNami/Shutterstock

The construction industry is worth over USD10 trillion annually, yet it is one of the sectors that have lagged behind in implementing AI and machine learning solutions. However, according to Appinventiv, AI can revolutionise the industry by helping to tackle the complex challenges it faces. Digitization can raise the industry’s worth to USD1.6 trillion annually, and AI is instrumental in bringing this shift. 

AI in the construction industry is undergoing a digital transformation, focusing on technologies like artificial intelligence and machine learning, at every stage of engineering and construction, from design to pre construction to construction to operations and asset management.

Software company site Biblus noted AI and Machine Learning (ML) have transformed the construction sector by automating several tasks, improving efficiency, reducing costs, and mitigating risks. AI is being extensively used in building design to optimise the process and create better outcomes. 

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Some of the significant use cases of AI and ML in construction include generative design, integration with BIM, cost forecasting, automation of the construction process, monitoring project progress, risk control, manpower management, facility management, and big data management. AI is particularly useful in planning support, where it can independently manage parameters, plan aspects related to scheduling, budgeting, and resource allocation.

Architect Ian Fulgar discussed how AI is transforming the architectural design industry by providing architects with new tools and methods to create innovative and sustainable designs that meet society’s changing needs. Computational design is one of the most significant ways AI has changed the architectural design industry. 

Building performance simulations and analysis, building information modelling and robotics, and AI technologies combined with the Internet of Things can also improve city management. However, there are concerns that AI technologies may replace architects and lead to homogenising architectural designs. Nevertheless, AI technologies will likely augment the role of architects, providing them with new ways to meet the changing needs of society.

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