Intelligent Equipment in Construction & Infrastructure by Ashwin Reddy, Managing Director, Aparna Enterprises Ltd
Construction activity has always been a dangerous business where heavy machinery is involved on uneven terrain of constant activity and risk of human error where the threat of danger never fades away and there are many fatalities despite of focus on health and safety and technology. Artificial intelligence provides hidden insights into data that humans cannot process or will take too long. Activities that hamper construction can now use artificial intelligence to make improvements in productivity, safety, quality, and scheduling.
The adoption of technology in the construction jobsite is happening where firms need to identify the areas of major need and what AI-powered use cases can have the most impact in the short term. Without a clear business case, ROI, and burning platform, E&C firms will be inefficient in the use of time and resources, which can create frustration, increase skepticism in the organisation, and cause firms to lose momentum.
A wide range of Smart equipment and Smart technology have been introduced to build India’s Next-Gen infrastructure. These technologies are capable enough to adapt and modify behaviour automatically to fit the environment and sense things through smart sensors. Various projects are utilizing autonomous devices such as drones, smart sensors, and CCTVs to monitor the job site activity. AI-based applications such as Doxel utilize the data received from such equipment to measure the quantity of materials installed by analyzing the job sites. Construction Technology today has progressed so much that a drone is able to carry out land surveys. They can also provide visual data to clients and staff to provide easy access to tricky sites as well as composite or tall structures. Through technologies like Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality and Predictive Analysis, it is possible to showcase the entire look and feel of a project to the stakeholders. Automations such as this have made it possible for architects and builders to make modifications to projects before the final project is ready.
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