What benefits and challenges could AI bring to the construction industry as a whole?
The use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in construction is inevitable – in fact, it’s already here. From helping to avoid mistakes to improving project completion times, AI is already being employed to help optimise the way that the sector performs. However, this is new technology and, while it has many benefits, there are also a number of challenges to AI in construction.
The challenges of AI in construction
Fear of the unknown
Although most people no longer associate AI with robots taking over the world, it’s still very unknown territory. As a result, there is a lot of resistance in the industry to converting projects and processes to machine learning. A lack of understanding exists in terms of how AI can be implemented and there are also the usual challenges with respect to change.
Technology that is ahead of security
AI is advancing at a significant pace and security standards in some areas have simply not kept up. Ensuring that AI use in construction is a seamless process will require ongoing evaluation of the security aspects of AI integration. This is the same challenge faced by any industry currently looking for ways to optimise with AI.
Job security fears
Perhaps the most significant headlines that tend to be generated by AI are those that centre around the view that it will remove the need for human operators and so reduce the number of available jobs. The reality so far leans more towards the idea that AI will help to free up the human workforce from mundane tasks and allow individuals to develop a wider range of higher level skills, complementing rather than replacing, human employees.
The benefits of AI in construction
Construction is a sector that is beginning to lean more and more towards digitisation of projects and processes for greater efficiency and this has necessarily involved embracing data and analytics. The next step is integrating more AI, which could potentially have a number of key benefits, including:
Better risk mitigation
Algorithms already have the ability to analyse complex sets of data and to predict issues that could potentially arise with far more accuracy than is attributable to humans.
More design options
The processing power of AI means that many more choices can be considered and created when it comes to design. Machine learning can absorb a wide range of data to help generate design that meets both the client’s needs and those of the physical location.
Greater accuracy and efficiency
AI can be used to quality check, verify and forecast on the basis of a wealth of data that humans would find hard to evaluate to apply to an issue or problem without the help of machine learning.
HR and recruitment support
Integrating AI can also provide HR support – such as virtual personal assistants both on site and in the office – as well as in making the recruitment process more efficient too.
Although AI is new to construction – and there are a fair few challenges to bear in mind – it also has the potential to create lots of benefits for the businesses willing to engage with it.
At RG Group we like to see both sides of the story. Give our team a call today to discuss your upcoming project.