What is AI and Machine Learning in Construction? Our Definitive Answer

Connect & Construct, 5/31/2018

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Artificial Intelligence (AI) is no longer a futuristic fantasy. It’s happening now, and many in the construction industry are already reaping its benefits. Forward-thinking GCs have the opportunity to get ahead of the trend now and use AI with tools that are currently on the market to increase performance, maximize profits, and improve safety. So, what is machine learning in construction? Here’s what you need to know.

What Is Machine Learning in Construction?

AI, also called machine learning, has been portrayed in movies and other media so often that it’s gathered quite a mythology about it. From fears that it will take over the world, to curiosity about whether an AI can be sentient, it’s easy to get caught up in a fantasy land of imagination.

To understand how AI impacts construction, we must first get a good understanding of what AI actually is–not the science fiction, but the reality. In general, AI is a broad topic that involves computer science, psychology, and even philosophy and linguistics. However, in regard to how it impacts construction, when we talk about AI we primarily refer to two specific areas: Machine learning and deep learning.

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