Smart Construction: Build Smarter with AI

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1. Optimise project design phase with AI-powered insights 

The ideation, design, and planning processes are critical stages in the lifecycle of your construction project. They must run smoothly in order to complete any project on time, with high quality, and within budget. Your designers, engineers, and architects routinely devote many hours to the design of a building.

This is where AI comes into play via generative design. Generative design is an AI-based system that has access to a database of many previously built building plans. It can create design alternatives based on the information it learns from the plans in the database.

With AI in building design, contractors can gain insights from building data, material data, and environmental data, for example, to determine the best way to design and develop a project.

This is a major improvement over the old-fashioned scripting as it allows engineers to select the most desirable design out of the alternatives available. This enables the design and planning to be more accurate and timelier at less cost.


2. Improve workplace safety

Construction is not without hazards and another advantage of AI-based solutions over IoT is that it can be programmed to notify the relevant personnel whenever it detects potential safety hazards.

AI-enabled systems can monitor what is going on 24/7 without distraction. With facial recognition and object recognition technology, AI systems are capable of detecting unsafe behavior and alert your construction team of potential hazards. This not only reduces liability, it can also save lives and avoid undue obstructions or delays.

For example, the IFCA ContractX Site Management Solution is an AI-enabled surveillance system that helps to keep a close eye on your construction site for added security. It enforces SOP compliance through effective site attendance management not only to ensure the health and safety of your site workers but also to maintain an operational construction site by limiting the risk of closure due to positive COVID cases.

It is a cutting-edge mobile internet solution with built-in facial recognition and a body temperature screening system to ensure workers are fit for work. Its site attendance module records workers’ attendance as well as clocked-in hours automatically for accurate payroll computation.