Artificial Intelligence is all around us – in our homes, cars, schools, and in our businesses. While the automotive, healthcare, communication and other industries have adopted AI as an integral part of their business processes, the construction industry is still hesitant to adapt to AI-led processes.
Even though construction is one of the top 5 industries that drive the world economy currently, much of it remains un-digitized. However, the industry is finally opening up to technological advancements that have the potential to change the construction sector for the better.
Growth Of The Construction Industry
And The Need For AI
Countries across the globe, particularly Middle East and North Africa, have reported steady growth in their construction projects over the years.
Saudi Arabia is the largest construction market in the Middle East, according to Global Data. The growing population and economy has resulted in a rise for construction work.
Similarly, it is predicted that construction in Egypt will expand by an average of 11.3% between 2019 and 2023.
Likewise, office buildings and retail stores in the Emirates are estimated to grow up to 7.5 million and 4 million in number, respectively, by 2030. This indicates an active progression in construction in these regions.
However, despite consistent growth, the construction industry is yet to witness the widespread adoption of AI as compared to other commercial enterprises.
AI – The Solution To Improve Efficiency On Construction Sites
Artificial Intelligence enables computers to demonstrate human-like intelligence. It is making smarter machines with advanced algorithms, making them capable of performing tasks usually undertaken by humans.
Businesses and industries worldwide are adopting AI for their core processes and business models.
According to a report published by PwC, 72% of business decision-makers consider AI to be crucial for giving their business a competitive edge. It has shown a staggering growth of 52% in the market from 2017 to 2025, and companies in the construction industry can no longer afford to risk ignoring AI.
Yes, it can be daunting for teams to adopt the latest technologies, but AI and machine learning mean safer job sites and efficient money savings for businesses – so it’s worth a shot.
Let’s give you some insights on how AI solutions can help make your construction business more efficient.
AI devices provide an overall visual of construction sites with VR goggles, mini robots and WakeCap construction helmets. These offer clear visibility of on-site happenings, issues and inefficiencies that can be looked into and countered.
Devices that track construction sites and worker behavior can help identify discrepancies in the system and SOPs. They are also a great help to businesses that require data for future decision-making regarding training and task allocations.
Optimized Construction Processes
Conventional systems make it quite challenging to track the construction process. However, applications powered by AI can manage the scheduling and allocation of tasks, increasing your business efficiency manifold.
It is possible to prevent such occurrences by installing safety cameras or devices near construction workers – these can detect unusual or dangerous behaviors and alert the construction company in real-time.
Quality Control With Better Data Analytics
Drone collected images using AI can be used to compare construction site models and inconsistencies. Issues and potential threats to buildings, construction material, or workers can be resolved in time.
Furthermore, AI devices know your customers and builders more than you. You can use the data to predict customer trends and offer a combination of services that will most attract your client.
AI systems use sensors to understand signals and patterns, and the resulting data can provide real-time solutions to delays in construction, avoid mishaps, decrease delays in deliverables and reduce costs as well.
Additionally, much of the data existing in the construction industry is outdated. An AI system can tag and categorize that old data to make recommendations on materials, costs and designs to a builder.
Prevent cost overruns
Mega construction projects, the kind we are used to seeing in MENA territory, often go over budget despite employing the best managers and project teams.
However, construction businesses now have the power of Artificial Neural Networks that can correctly predict cost overruns based on prior data as well as information on project scope, contract size and experience of project managers.
AI makes it easier than ever to envision realistic timelines and costs of future projects.
In Conclusion: AI is Key To Construction Efficiency
Experts forecast that over $4 billion will be spent on AI in construction in the next six years – it seems like the construction industry is finally ready for digitization, especially in the MENA region.
WakeCap Technologies provides construction site safety and enhanced productivity solutions using Artificial Intelligence. They offer an AI-powered device that can digitize on-site information ranging from attendance, logistics, tracking activities and safety measures.
Schedule a demo with WakeCap now and find a system that’s customized to bring efficiency to your construction business.