Technology is playing a huge role in revolutionizing the construction industry. The industry that earlier restricted itself to hardcopy blueprints and the architects’ guidelines has now turned to artificial Intelligence (AI) to make crucial decisions about various projects.
Different infrastructures pose different challenges in terms of designing and outlook. Many times it is not humanly possible to understand some of the structural flaws and find appropriate solutions. With the advent of artificial Intelligence, many infrastructures are getting the much-needed boost in terms of lowering financial costs and mitigating risks.
When it comes to safety aspects, the construction industry has used digital goggles, road flares, hazard detectors, to name a few. This industry is slowly tilting towards technology and artificial intelligence is paving the road ahead. This article will give you an idea about how AI has changed the construction industry.
1. Creation of Generative Designs and Complex Internal Structures
AI has millions of information, figures, and past infrastructure designs stacked in its system. It has all the qualities of human cognition that can refer to its vast data repository to make a decision.
With the introduction of Building Information Modeling (BIM), the firms can create a 3D print of the project to showcase how the original structure would look like. Most importantly, the 3D structure will be replete with all the complex plumbing infrastructure, electrical lines, and drainage systems associated with it.
This has opened new doors for the construction industry, where they can have a wholesome prototype of the final product with all the intricate details. Different teams working on the same project will handle different segments.
BIM also ensures that all the teams are in sync with the design plan, even if they are handling various parts. This way, the engineers and architects can make changes or remove any minute flaw when they study the real-time prototype.
2. Increases The Efficiency at the Project Site
Artificial Intelligence increases the precision level of the construction machinery and reduces the scope of error. The machines are fed with the details of the task like cement mixing, excavating, laying the pipes, welding, to name a few.
The tools are fed with the programming codes. Hence, they know exactly what materials to use, how much power should be provided to the welding machine, or how much concrete is required to be mixed. This decreases human intervention and increases the productivity of the project.
Capturing real-time data through drones and feeding the updates on the system helps in keeping a tab on the progress of the project. This aids in minimizing errors and reducing the overall cost of the project.
3. Mitigating Risks and Increasing the Safety of Workers On-site
The jobs at the construction sites are filled with risks. It is the duty of the firms to ensure the safety of its workers. Also, thorough quality checks and design safety checks need to be done to ensure that the infrastructure is safe and sound. AI helps in detecting the possible risk factors and scores them according to the level of danger they possess. This helps in prioritizing the mitigation work and streamlining the quality checks.
AI is also equipped to detect any sort of life risks that the workers might face or become prone to. Many times it happens that some of the construction materials brought into the site emit harmful radiation. The program warns the workers about such possibilities so that some precautionary measures can be taken.
Also, machine learning helps in capturing the progress of the project in real-time. Hence, if some of the workers are not following safety norms, or if some of the workers are working in danger zones without gears, AI can give a timely warning.
Road flare technology is an important part of the precautionary measures used by construction firms to warn the workers or other people of possible dangers in the area. Sometimes, these road flares can be used to slow down the traffic if the construction work is going on in full swing.
4. AI can Help in Cutting Down Dependency on Physical Workforce
It is no secret that the construction industry is always prone to face a shortage of workforce from time to time. Incorporating AI into the construction firms helps in reducing the dependency on the workforce to a large extent.
Most of the designing and fine-tuning can be done with AI. The firms would not require additional people to do manual work like mix the cement, or weld the wires. This can be done through programming.
There is no shortage of opportunities that can be brought forth by artificial Intelligence in the construction industry. Starting from BIM to augmented reality, technology is galloping towards reducing the margin of error and increasing productivity. AI has changed the outlook of the industry in a positive and healthy manner.