Artificial intelligence (AI) in the traditional sense conjurs up many ideas. And the construction industry should be well aware, especially as it lags behind in becoming digital to the rest of the world, that already other industries are speaking openly about AI within their realms in the not too distant future. Will 3D and visualization fit into AI in the construction sector? Will they have a role?
There is a great need to build new infrastructure. Current assets, all around the globe are deteriorating, lacking proper maintenance in many cases and simply out dated having met their useful lifespans. As the problem continues to grow, the need for investment and committment toward developing and building new highways, bridges, utilities and other infrastructure has not been greater. In some cases, we are pushing safety considerations with aging infrastructure, that is leading toward the possibility of large scale failures that endanger lives. In other cases, older infrastructure is simply outdated, lacking the ability to meet higher performance requirements and the possibility for greater return on investment. Something needs to change.
At the present time there is a push toward digitalisation. The world's infrastructure builders realize that that the construction industry is late to the game and much work needs to be done in the area of digital connectivity. Upon completion, assets can be seen, managed and infrastructure lifecycle can properly meet the balance between design, planning, operation and maintenance. Digital assets can be more readily shared with other groups and participants, and new tools can inject wider ranges of options that can be visualized and experienced - even prior to building.
While much effort is oriented toward BIM (building information modeling), an initiative to connect lifecycle infrastructure processes across projects, many of the tools associated with BIM are similarly oriented toward understanding and measuring the performance of infrastructure. This can happen during the design phase, build , operate or even the maintenance phases of projects.
And while measurement of performance leads to greater understanding and assists professionals. Much of it is oriented after the projects are built as monitoring of assets becomes more important and necessary. All of this is important. But, the question remains, " how and where will artifical intelligence fit into the construction industry?"
Artifical intelligence (AI) in the traditional sense conjurs up many ideas. And the construction industry should be well aware, especially as it lags behind in becoming digital to the rest of the world, that already other industries are speaking openly about AI within their realms in the not too distant future.
The Association" of Construction Equipment Manufacturers has published on the topic of "How Artificial Intelligence Could Revolutionize Construction." The folks as JBKnowledge in Texas are also talking about "Artificial Intelligence in Construction" and the Institute of Civil Engineers in the UK has asked, "How will artificial intelligence benefit the construction industry?"
Will 3D and visualization fit into AI in the construction sector? Will they have a role? Yes - and that role is likely ot be much larger as AI generates more visualizations and provides inputs into augmented reality tools and technologies that orient themselves toward location. In fact, we might see AI deciding upon the optimal visual tools to use for particularly kinds of projects, or during certain periods. And we are likley to see inside 4D constuction through location and time as never before.