Artificial intelligence is now a reality – but what impact will it have on the construction industry?
The potential for artificial intelligence – or AI – is high on the social agenda. Seemingly, everyone from Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg to Tesla chief executive officer Elon Musk has an opinion on the impact of AI on our everyday lives.
But how will the technology of today impact the construction of tomorrow?
Once confined to the pages of science fiction novels, artificial intelligence has now become a reality that cannot be ignored. In many ways, we are already using AI – from the news feed we read on our smartphones to the software that enables us to shop online securely.
AI programs deliver precise data and insights, helping construction contractors maximize the safety, value and productivity of worksites.
For example, Newmetrix – a photo and video management platform used by construction companies such as Skanska and Arup – uses AI to sift through mass quantities of images and videos taken at a construction site and spot potential hazards.