As technological innovations make inroads in engineering and construction (E&C), the industry recognizes the breadth and impact of these positive disruptions. Robotics, 3D printing and modularization, to name a few examples, already provide important solutions as building projects become increasingly complex and labor shortages continue to plague construction work sites.
Looking ahead, one of the most exciting developments for the E&C sector is the implementation of artificial intelligence (AI) in many of these platforms. Broadly defined, AI involves software or computer systems that can mimic human decision-making. AI’s capabilities include document analytics, cognitive services and cameras, risk analysis and prediction, and data analytics.
AI applications have the potential to help keep projects on track, as well as boost the safety, efficiency and bottom line of any given construction project.
We explore four platforms used by E&C that can benefit from the power of AI: predictive analytics; photo documentation; augmented reality (AR) and building information modeling (BIM) technology; and autonomous vehicles.
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