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Can Firms Get To Grips With Construction AI?

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) recently launched an insight paper exploring the effect of using Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the construction industry and the pressing need for industry professionals to understand how it will affect their jobs, as the future will rely more on technology than human labour.

One sector that is looking at major changes as construction AI progresses is facilities management. This is due to the repetitive and labour-intensive nature of many facilities management (FM) jobs, making it an ideal forum for the automation of tasks that were previously allocated to humans. However, the report balances the pros and cons of such a shift in production methods and how companies should handle them.

Facilities management will always be a central and essential factor within the built environment, and even though technology will dominate more operational roles, the sector could benefit significantly from a strategic implementation of construction AI. For example, AI-driven machinery will change the FM industry, making many jobs safer, faster, and more cost-effective. Construction AI can also improve the service offering and the bottom line of companies that utilise it.


Technology and overall data availability is also transforming the way that investors seek out opportunities and apply their money. If ignored, this trend will pose the major threat to the industry but once again, it offers so many opportunities to those employed in the built environment. Therefore, businesses of all sizes need to take immediate action to analyse and prepare for how construction AI could change their roles, sectors, and the built environment at large. Failure to do puts them at risk of becoming obsolete.

According for Paul Baugust, Global Property Standards Director for RICS, the report goes into detail about how AI will change the property industry by pushing leading edge and efficient buildings from concept through to construction. He pointed out that it also spotlights how those currently working in the industry can take advantage of the newest AI developments and applications, including Building Information Modelling (BIM) and drones, to plan and work more efficiently while improving and sustaining the quality of buildings and the built environment in general.

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