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Global News & Interviews About AI in AEC

In Episode 26 of the Constructive Voices Podcast, we featured Spot The Robot with David Burczyk, Construction Robotics Lead at Trimble Connected Construction, and Mark Crawford, Business Manager at Balfour Beatty, to speak about their exciting collaboration, Spot the Robot, who could be our future new co-worker on construction sites.

Earlier in 2021, in Episode 6, we explored artificial intelligence but more specifically, ALICE Technologies’ vision is to harness AI to reduce the cost of construction by 25 percent globally; a big goal. According to McKinsey & Company, large projects typically take 20 percent longer to finish than scheduled and are up to 80 percent over budget.

Constructive Voices Episode 26 Trimble Spot The Robot & Balfour Beatty Case Study


These two podcast episodes were our team just dipping one of our proverbial toes into the fascinating world of AI in AEC.  With our AI in the AEC radio show, you can look forward to so much more!

What about AI and Net Zero?

It goes without saying that Net Zero is one of the top priorities of not only the AEC sectors but all of us in the world that care about the health of the earth for us and future generations. This will be one of the many topics that we will explore on the AI in AEC show.

The show will investigate not only the obvious industry big players but will also look globally at leading projects and innovations.

For example, computer system researchers at the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) are establishing software program that utilizes expert system (AI) as well as artificial intelligence to assist AEC companies to decrease the quantity of embodied carbon. The ₤ 800,000 project is funded by Innovate UK, the UK’s technology firm that deals with organisations to drive scientific research and also modern technology advancements that will certainly expand the UK economic climate. Construction output in the UK is more than £110 billion per annum and contributes 7% of GDP (ref. Government Construction Strategy).

The building sector comprises over 4% of the United States GDP while developing products and also building makeup 11% of international carbon dioxide discharges around the world. It’s an industry ripe for technology advancement, with 43% of CIOs in the room reporting to KPMG that they anticipate enhancing their innovation investments.

Former congressman, Patrick Murphy has placed himself right in the middle of this innovation, by creating Togal.AI, “an AI-powered platform that streamlines the planning process for construction projects, right out of Jupiter”.

In early May 2022, Togal.AI won $420,000 at the 2022 eMerge Americas Startup Competition, with Shark Tank judge, Kevin O’Leary singing the start-up’s commends. Murphy, a previous congressman, shared his enjoyment regarding the win:

“Getting validation from a Shark Tank judge is not only cool but a sign that Togal is worth investing in.”

Facebook, concrete & AI

A slightly more household name than Togal.AI, Meta – Facebook’s parent company, were in the media in late April 2022, claiming to have…

“used AI to develop a new way of creating concrete which it claims produces 40 percent less carbon emissions than standard mixtures, and is already using it in its latest data centre.”

How artificial intelligence is changing construction

How artificial intelligence is changing construction articles you may like

Forbes: AI Transforming The Construction Industry

In recent years, construction companies have increasingly started using AI in a range of ways to make construction more efficient and innovative. From optimizing work schedules to improving workplace safety to keeping a secure watch on construction facilities, AI in the construction industry is already proving its value.

Deloitte – The Age of With… AI in construction and infrastructure – Creating value through data

Below is a graphic we love from a feature by Roland Berger – Artificial Intelligence in the Construction Industry

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And last but certainly not least, is this comprehensive article by Trimble about The Benefits of AI in Construction.