Construction has traditionally been considered the ultimate blue-collar industry, dependent on brawn, big pieces of equipment and clipboards rather than computers and mobile devices. But all that is about to change. Construction managers, site managers, inspectors and other construction professionals are going to need to use construction management software and some of the new technologies driving other industries.
Artificial intelligence (AI), IoT and mobile are making inroads into how the construction industry operates, and will complete change it within the next few years. The future of the industry lies in combining artificial intelligence, IoT and mobile to build powerful construction apps.
In “How Artificial Intelligence Could Revolutionize Construction,” the Association of Equipment Manufacturers lays out the ways in which AI will change construction companies. Dan Kara, research director, robotics, ABI Research, said in the article that AI will help the industry in optimizing development as well as doing quality control testing on products and design structures.
Beyond that, he says that AI use on job sites is growing, “particularly in applications involving machine vision for surveying and analyzing materials and structures, or for robotics applications such as automated bricklaying or autonomous vehicles.”
In addition, he says, AI will be used for architecture surveying, to improve construction equipment’s human to machine interfaces and to predict injuries.
Carol Hagen, a consultant to the construction industry, says that combining AI with IoT will play a big role as well, by the use of sensors that capture every aspect of the construction process, from design to delivery. Diego Ventura. the CEO of the AI firm nohold, wrote in a blog that drones are already being used on construction sites in concert with AI. The photos they take can be used by AI to “create 3D maps, extract blueprints, and simulate construction plans.”
Mobile can be the missing link between AI and IoT. All that IoT data needs to be captured before it can be stored and analyzed. A good deal of construction takes place in remote locations, and it’s not realistic to lay cable to the sites in order to capture the data. So it will have to be gathered wirelessly.
When workers and managers are in the field, they’ll need access to all that IoT data, and the analysis IT does on it. That means mobile apps. These new technologies will combine to save time and money, produce more useful daily reports and share data with more team members in real time.
You don’t need to wait for AI to hit the construction industry to get big benefits out of mobile. You can use Alpha Anywhere to build offline field service apps, inspection apps, and much more. Find out more about how Alpha Anywhere can help with construction projects.
Additional Resources for developers who need to build mobile apps for construction project management:
- Download source code for a free mobile construction inspection app you can use at your organization.
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