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How Artificial Intelligence Is Taking the Construction Industry By Storm

Construction projects, especially those on a larger scale, involve years of preparation and planning and the coordination of a wide variety of moving parts. Time can all too quickly become lost in material delays, breakdown in supply chains, design changes, and other unforeseen project complications. In recent years, construction companies have increasingly started using artificial intelligence (AI) to forecast high-risk issues, rearrange project schedules, and prioritize tasks. 

In this brief article, we discuss how construction managers have been finding value with artificial intelligence by increasing efficiency and improving safety on the jobsite. To learn more about cultivating a culture of safety on your jobsite through frequent inspections and compatible training, contact a Charlotte construction attorney with Cotney Attorneys & Consultants today. 

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Optimizing the Design Stage

The design stage is just one of the many phases in the construction process that construction professionals are using artificial intelligence to optimize. AI-enabled systems can use a designer’s plans to train AI agents to create rule-based workflows. Both the designers and the AI agents are enabled to learn from previous designs and apply aspects of one project to another. 

The adaptive modeling techniques of AI systems allow architects and construction designers to explore a wide range of design alternatives and locate an optimal design that best fits with the project’s function and aesthetic goals. These intelligent systems can examine everything from 3D surveys and images to proposed construction sites in order to create maps and construction plans that meet the design goals of the project. Building engineers can also use the image recognition feature of the software to compare the final stage of the construction project against the initial design plans to address variations. 

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Increasing Efficiency of the Construction Process

Machine learning is superior to a set of human eyes in finding patterns and outliers in data. Thus, AI has had a proven benefit in managing schedules and spotting potential issues before they occur. This includes avoiding costly delays on sites or amongst suppliers and vendors. This very same software can extrapolate from common trends in previous projects as to what might happen if a permit is delayed or an incident occurs, all in a matter of moments. 

In addition to improved scheduling, autonomous devices and drones are being used to augment the human workforce. This helps the project stay on time and reduces labor costs. Robots are already being used in various tasks, such as bricklaying and concrete pouring, while drones are being increasingly used for surveying and taking pictures of construction sites. On the administrative side of things, these systems are being used to spot anomalies in payroll data, monitor for potential fraud, and more. 

While artificial intelligence may be one way of increasing efficiency and reducing costs on your construction jobsite, Cotney Attorneys & Consultants recognizes that you’re likely to face legal hurdle after hurdle in this complex industry. When you work with our Charlotte construction law firm, you’ll benefit from superior legal services at a fraction of the cost. 

If you would like to speak with a Charlotte construction lawyer, please contact us today.

Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for general educational information only. This information does not constitute legal advice, is not intended to constitute legal advice, nor should it be relied upon as legal advice for your specific factual pattern or situation.