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How will artificial intelligence impact construction in 2019?

Joe Coleman, Senior Account Manager at FMC Global Talent
Joe Coleman, Senior Account Manager at FMC Global Talent

Artificial intelligence is widely considered as the digital transformation solution which will transform traditional workflows in construction, allowing for an efficient which will most change traditional workflows in construction.

Construction remains the most influential industry around the world, affecting every aspect of our lives. Integrating and adopting technology to advance construction processes is necessary to address many key issues including housing a global population which is nearing 8 billion people.

Culturally, the construction industry is journeying towards being more receptive to investing in artificial intelligence, however adoption remains the major sticking point for industry growth.

So, how can artificial intelligence impact the $1.6 trillion cost that construction projects currently cost the global economy?

Intelligent construction

Data is allowing engineers to make informed decisions during the design process by documenting environmental, building and materials data. Ironically, data was historically an inconvenience to store and manage. It’s now fueling intelligent designs which are cost and time effective, environmentally friendly and last longer.

Sensors, drones and software monitor and feed live information to enhance project management onsite, tracking construction in real time. Productivity can be monitored closely whilst safety of workers and foreseeing project issues are also recorded.

Reducing Co2 emissions and environmental impacts is critical for every industry, especially construction which is a significant contributor. Using previous datasets on projects can identify processes which were previously not environmentally friendly and planning for more sustainable methods on future builds.

Smart buildings

It’s one thing enhancing the construction process using artificial intelligence technology and another the lifecycle and maintenance of a building.

Smart buildings are now being produced which are more energy and resource efficient than traditional buildings, benefiting both residents and the surrounding environment using smart sensors. Schneider Electric list which smart sensors are making the biggest impact here:

  • Heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC)
  • Gas and water supply systems
  • Temperature sensors
  • Humidity sensors
  • Air quality sensors
  • Vibration sensors
  • Early problem detection
  • Variable air volume systems

The benefits of using sensors are huge. Artificial intelligence is predicting and reporting back areas, such as HVAC systems, for energy optimization for example. Artificial intelligence detects periods of activity within a building and controls the temperature accordingly.

Fault detection and building maintenance are also products of artificial intelligence. Smart sensors can transmit data and highlight inconsistencies in areas as extreme as concrete strength and foresee future problems.

Lastly, the comfort and living quality for residents is enhanced. Even workplaces, using technology such as wearables collects valuable data and effects design, features and IT systems improving many aspects of our lives.

FMC Digital Construction

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