The Rise Of Artificial Intelligence In The Construction Sector

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Artificial intelligence or machine learning is any system that allows computers to make intelligent decisions and apply gained skills. For the reason of this definition alone, loads of people have multiple emotions of fear, hype and excitement regarding the existence of this system. Many people fear that these systems will take over their jobs, and even take over the world.

However, this fear is not without base. Apps like Siri have taken the place of personal assistants from many and online markets and stations are constantly ensuring that patronage of physical markets is dropping daily. In the construction sector, artificial intelligence is taking over. According to an article in Construction Enquirer, there are robots programmed to lay six times the number of blocks a human can lay in a day.

Even in sections of steel frame building technologies, robots have emerged. Steel frame building technologies have allowed humans to explore and build solid structures like the skyscraper. According to, steel frame buildings have now become “a cost effective, strong and durable choice.” With the rise of artificial intelligence, the speed at which the work is done is far less and thus the reduction of workers to do the job becomes inevitable.

Although it has been met with lots of negative and mixed feelings, artificial intelligence (or AI as it is sometimes called) isn’t all that bad. The use of Artificial intelligence has helped in the development of applications that contain machine vision for easy survey and analysis of structures and buildings. The vision gotten from the survey of buildings using artificial intelligence is totally unbelievable.

Also, there has been the development of the BIM (or Building Information Modelling), a software that gives solid information on the construction project, information such as warranty details on materials used, commissioning data and specifications.

The amount of productivity to be gotten from using Artificial Intelligence or machine learning in the construction industry is overwhelming. Forbes predicts that at 2035, with the use of artificial intelligence, in sixteen industries, construction included, the productivity level would be increased by at least 40% and the economy would grow at a rate of at least 1.7%.

As much as the artificial intelligence system has revolutionised the world since it was introduced at the Dartmouth Conference in 1956, the wild and crazy emotions around it are also revolutionary. People now live in constant fear of their jobs being taken away from them in a flash and that in a way has helped a large number of workers across the world sit up and organise their duties accordingly. In the wake of the changing times, it is therefore important that we embrace this new development and look for new resourceful ways we can place ourselves in this growing system and harness its power for our own benefits instead of resisting change and getting wiped out.

Ann Baier

Ann Baier is a marketing specialist and a writer. She lives with her husband and two children on the sunny shores of Australia, but dearly misses her home in the cold German north.