Present-day technologies like artificial intelligence (AI), augmented reality (AR), and the internet of things (IoT) have successfully proven themselves in revolutionizing the construction industry, right from planning infrastructure to surveying risk management to monitoring the architecture during the creation process.
Rising demands to deliver strong industrial, educational, residential, nursing homes, and many other infrastructure projects, within the time allotted, has become the growing concern for the stakeholders involved in the construction industry. Several issues are obstructing the construction industry from meeting their goals. The shortage of labor force, inclement weather conditions, constant worker demands leading to strikes, are few of the burning problems that have centered around the construction industry. But, with the emergence of advanced technologies, things seem to be progressing tremendously. Technologies are now taking care of the revenue health of the construction industry, responsibly helping stakeholders to meet the rising construction demands with high-level accuracy. Finally, the construction industry has understood how modern-age technologies synergistically address the current issues faced, thereby revolutionizing the construction industry.
AI in the construction industry will help engineers, architects, project managers, and other executives to build the blueprint of the structure collaboratively. By inputting the required data on, say, land details, the stakeholders involved in the construction project will get suggestions on the design of the infrastructure with lesser time, money, and efforts required. Secondly, the advent of robots has solved the problem of a shortage of skilled workers. Robots can take over power-intensive tasks of labor involved in construction firms, such as digging the ground, transporting heavy materials, assembling the required materials at the right place, and so on. Capitalizing on drones, construction firms can also monitor their projects in real-time while they are not around. Project managers can actively track how ‘well’ their workers undertake their duties.
By using AR devices or headsets, architects can view their ‘end product’ without it being built! The incredible potential of AR to impose objects into the real world environment virtually helps architects to view their design before being constructed, in a way never done before. Architects, project managers, and structural engineers can then digitally manipulate the design to match their needs appropriately. AR also helps construction firms beyond just visualization. Managers can walk through a sensor-enabled construction site wearing AR headsets, move their head in every direction, and detect potential technical issues if any.
Cameras like this Construction Camera, sensors, and actuators embedded on the construction site will gather real-time troves of data on machinery, workers, and materials. The collected data holds tremendous power to give a heads up to stakeholders about the status of the ongoing construction work. With the help of IoT connected devices, construction firms can keep an active watch on fuel consumption, resources available, and worker behavior. IoT-connected devices will help security managers monitor assets, examine the status of machines in real-time, and keep a 24x7 check on maintenance requirements. Getting detailed information on the construction site will also help construction firms to detect imminent plights, thereby helping teams take proactive measures accordingly.
The amazing technologies of AI, AR, and IoT have the incredible potential to meet timely construction deliveries, curb construction cost overruns, and increase on-site productivity. It is time to transform business with IoT, AI, and AR, and prepare a successful construction strategy, which is futuristic and fruitful.
Naveen is the Founder and CEO of Allerin, a software solutions provider that delivers innovative and agile solutions that enable to automate, inspire and impress. He is a seasoned professional with more than 20 years of experience, with extensive experience in customizing open source products for cost optimizations of large scale IT deployment. He is currently working on Internet of Things solutions with Big Data Analytics. Naveen completed his programming qualifications in various Indian institutes.