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Friday, October 16, 2020

AI Scanning Construction Site Spotting when things are Slipping

 I like the integration of relatively cheap cameras looking for key patterns in work progress (and potentially process) to determine missed schedules.  A classic use of AI in pattern recognition.  As suggested, also a key aspect of construction management .  Also could be linked to contractual timing and quality of work agreements.   Both in meeting those agreements, and looking at trends towards missing them.   As the article suggests, lots here.

AI that scans a construction site can spot when things are falling behind in TechnologyReview

Construction sites are vast jigsaws of people and parts that must be pieced together just so at just the right times. As projects get larger, mistakes and delays get more expensive. The consultancy Mckinsey estimates that on-site mismanagement costs the construction industry $1.6 trillion. But typically you might only have five managers overseeing construction of a building with 1500 rooms, says Roy Danon, founder and CEO of British-Israeli start-up Buildots: “There’s no way a human can control that amount of detail.”

Danon thinks that AI can help. Buildots is developing an image recognition system that monitors every detail of an ongoing construction project and flags up delays or errors automatically. It is already being used by two of the biggest building firms in Europe, including UK construction giant Wates in a handful of large residential builds. Construction is essentially a kind of manufacturing, says Danon. If high-tech factories now use AI to manage their processes, why not construction sites?  ....

AI is starting to change various aspects of construction, from design to self-driving diggers. But Buildots is the first to use AI as a kind of overall site inspector. 

The system uses a GoPro camera mounted on top of a hardhat. When managers tour a site once or twice a week, the camera on their head captures video footage of the whole project and uploads it to image recognition software, which compares the status of many thousands of objects on site—such as electrical sockets and bathroom fittings—to a digital replica of the building.  ...."

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