2019 CSCE Annual Conference - Laval (Greater Montreal)

2019 CSCE Annual Conference - Laval (Greater Montreal) Conference

The role and value of integrating AI, drones and associate technologies in construction projects

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Dr. Azzeddine Oudjehane, SAIT Polytechnic (Presenter)
Dr. Tareq Baker, SAIT
Mr. Shahab Moeini, Southern Alberta Institute of Technology

The rationale to integrate and apply drone technology may differ pending on the  industry sector, As a tool that improves communication, safety, and marketing, the use of drones in construction provides many advantages including increased productivity.

For decades, the construction industry has had the lowest productivity rate worldwide. Conservative and traditional managerial processes in the construction industry have impeded the adoption of innovative technologies such as unmanned systems, AI and big data.

In the past year alone, the construction sector has become the leading sector using drone technology. From site survey, safety induction, maintenance inspection, progress reporting, quality control, site logistics, virtual walkthrough marketing as well as legal dispute resolutions, Unmanned Systems have disrupted construction practices and processes. Hence, in 2018, a leading cloud software platform for drone operations measure a +239% year to year growth in construction applications.  Unmanned Systems have also driven the application of associated technologies such as Infra-red thermography and laser technology. As a result of these adoptions and applications, the potential for Artificial Intelligence in construction sector has not only became an important focus of AI and robotic specialist, but also investors and forward-thinking managers in construction industry. From both economical, technical and managerial perspectives it is essential to understand how will the disruptive AI and Unmanned technology impact the future of construction industry and its work forces?

This presentation will focus on the implications and value to the integration of unmanned systems and AI in the construction industry with some key learning objectives Spsuch as:

  • Reviewing the trends for drone technology applications in construction

  • Recognizing the pitfalls and benefits inherent to adopting disruptive innovation such as Artificial Intelligence (AI) within the construction sector

  • Recognizing some of the operational risks and challenges unique to construction projects

  • Measuring the value from the applications of unmanned systems throughout the life cycle of construction projects