As technology continues to evolve over time, so does artificial intelligence (AI). What were the stuff of sci-fi novels and movies a couple of years ago is becoming more and more a reality today. Various industries nowadays take advantage of the convenience and usefulness of AI. In the construction sector, those who use the technology have found their projects completed more efficiently and with increased safety and higher quality.
Contrary to common belief, AI in the construction industry is not just limited to robotics in job sites replacing human-operated machineries such as bricklaying, concrete dispensing, welding, and more.
AI is roughly defined as a machine that mimics human cognitive functions, and these include problem-solving, recognition of patterns, and learning from data that it is fed with. Because of this, AI can be used in various applications, which can be categorized into four perspectives, namely, equipment, administrative, construction methodology, and post-construction.
There is also a widespread concern, however, on whether people will lose employment opportunities as construction tasks become more automated. This was like the apprehension people have when the first construction machines were developed. As time has proven, though, these machines have opened new doors of opportunities for specialists and jobseekers.
Furthermore, construction companies see AI as the solution to the current labor shortage in the construction industry, particularly in the U.S.