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Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Construction

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I came across an article on LinkedIn today which I found very interesting. The article gets into the details of the benefits of AI in the Construction Industry:

The Benefits of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Construction

The article gives 10 examples of how AI can contribute positively towards construction projects of which most are related to Project Management, not the actual physical work on site. 

What are your thoughts on this ? 

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Dear Rami
Thanks for the tip
I'll read and I'll comment

Dear Rami
I carefully read the article
Thanks for sharing

To what extent are the 10 points addressed still fiction or already a reality?

I am convinced that within 5 years many of the examples will be massively used.

This is quite amazing. I am not in the construction space, thus have not relatable comments, but certainly interesting to see these advancements take shape and become part of our infrastructure.

Luis

Thanks for you comment. Most of the 10 points are already in action but on different levels. Some are in development phase, others like the Building Information Modeling (BIM) are already implemented and we personally use it in our projects.

One thing that is very important to note that the article mentions and Ive been mentioning as well is the fact that in the construction industry specifically, AI is unlikely to replace the human workforce due to the nature of the industry and activities but instead, it will complement the industry but altering business models , reduce costly errors, site injuries, and increase operations efficiency.

RK

Andrew

Indeed, it is very interesting to see how things progressed from only 10 years ago. Big Leap.

RK

Thanks for sharing the article, Rami!

Generative design & use of AI to proactively identify potential safety hazards are both value-adds specific to this industry.

Kiron

Kiron

You're Welcome. I totally agree with you and I witness those things first hand everyday. Design wise, the use of BIM, specifically REVIT, helped reduce change requests on one of our projects by 85% be iT for clashes, discrepancies or missing items.

RK

Thanks for sharing Rami. The potential for AI in construction is really enormous. I believe the industry will witness a paradigm shift in the near future.

Babatola

You're welcome. I agree with you but as I said before, it will complement the industry and not replace the human factor.

RK

Rami

I absolutely agree, the construction industry is too complex and dynamic so there will always be the need for human workforce. However, AI has the potential to exponentially increase the productivity and efficiency of construction.

Rami, Thanks for sharing. A well written article. I can see how AI can be used in the Construction Industry-Vertical Infrastructure (Buildings); How about using AI in the Horizontal Infrastructure-Highways/Roads and Bridges? Potential to drastically transform the planning, design, construction and operations of the construction industry using machine algorithms rather than people and processes.

Ken

You’re very welcome. I share your concern but I think AI in Construction won’t have as much of an effect as in other industries like Healthcare or IT. Many of the AI’s mentioned in the article applies to horizontal construction as well be it in planning, monitoring and control or design.

We shall wait and see, it’s a very interesting era.

RK

I agree. However it's probably not value added to use AI for planning and design at this time. These two areas currently rely heavily of computer systems and programs. Heavy construction equipment are more automated but the big shift would happen when robots are used on construction sites. For a long time I believed that most engineering activities will be automated, but on- site construction management will be the last piece to go.
"Sharing the views of a friend".

Ken

I am totally in agreement with you and your friend views. I see no value at the moment and on-site construction will be the last piece, at least in my opinion as well.

RK

Rami,
What are your thoughts on this "Agile (Scrum/Rugby) stuff" now transitioning to "Disciplined Agile"? As an Engineer, can be scary for my Engineer friends involved with PMI- Apparently, IT views seems to be the majority.

Ken

I like Agile because it is a mindset. I specialize in Real State Developments and Construction and from experience, I found out that a Waterfall - Adaptive Hybrid approach works because you can't be 100% Agile due to the nature of the industry.

In terms of specific frameworks, Scrum might not be the best framework to use in construction because it looks more on the development part only but DSDM is a great framework as it look at the project as a whole, I find it really very interesting.

Regarding Disciplined Agile, I am just getting started with familiarizing myself with it, so can't speak much to that but my initial impressions is that its great and adds value. I read lots of Scott Amber's recent blogs and they attracted my interest in getting involved in DA so hopefully this will be one of my 2020 Goal.

RK

Rami
Thanks for your insights. very informative. Here is a Links to the origins of Agile. https://uxdesign.cc/bringing-it-back-to-the-routes-of-the-scientific-method-eedfc1eae1b5
I taught this to my students where Agile came from "The Scientific Method" that was born in the 17th century. Agile is a buzz word that someone came up with to create sales for an IT methodology that existed centuries ago. Now someone is calling it a mindset- a set of marketing hypes.

" The scientific method is an empirical method of acquiring knowledge that has characterized the development of science since at least the 17th century."

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