Is Artificial Intelligence the future of the UK construction sector?
Although it’s impossible to predict the future of any industry, it’s highly likely that Artificial Intelligence (AI) will feature significantly in the construction sector in the years to come. In fact, many businesses are already beginning to see the benefits of machine learning and the way it can be used to optimise construction projects. However, does that mean AI is the future of the construction sector or are we really just looking at more of a substantial – but passing – trend?
Why AI is so crucial to construction
Construction sites now generate a lot of data
Cloud based applications and mobile devices in particular have paved the way for a wealth of data to be created through the process of completing construction projects. These huge volumes of data have the potential to deliver essential insights but only really have value if the analytics are in place to generate those insights. AI provides the foundation for advanced analytics that can drive growth and profit.
AI can problem solve where humans can’t
Machine learning has the capacity to process much more data – at a far faster speed – than humans can. This can help to move the sector away from issues that have traditionally held it back, including those related to productivity, safety and quality control.
The sector risks being left behind
We are already seeing the benefits of AI across multiple areas, including healthcare and transportation. In evolutionary terms, if the construction industry doesn’t integrate AI then it risks simply being left behind.
How will AI change the future of the UK construction sector?
There is no doubt that AI is going to have a part to play in the future of the construction sector but will it really introduce significant change?
From a lack of younger generations to a gender mix that is far from diverse, construction has trouble attracting the interest of a broad spectrum of potential employees and is suffering labour shortages as a result. AI could help to avoid a serious labour crisis in construction by filling in the gaps where there are no human workers, to ensure productivity standards remain high.
AI enables the use of resources such as autonomous vehicles and robotics in construction projects. While these may have a fairly significant up front cost to meet, once the initial capital investment is made, there are substantial opportunities for reducing expenses on an ongoing basis.
Supporting better productivity
Tools driven by AI can help support construction projects in overcoming obstacles that would usually slow down productivity. From predictive analysis of potential faults and problems through to better handling of the range of external factors that can impact on a project (e.g. the weather or a supply chain), AI can help to optimise UK construction in new and exciting ways.
AI and the construction sector have an interwoven future – machine learning has the potential to solve many issues in the industry and to help break new ground. Working with AI could help many construction businesses to go on to better things.
The future of the construction sector is going to be shaped by technology and innovation. At RG Group we always like to be ahead of the curve. Get in touch with us to discuss your project today.