AI could reduce builder numbers

Date: 19 Jun 2019

Over 56% of construction companies in Ireland believe that robotics and artificial intelligence could reduce the number of construction workers on building sites. According to a recent Construction Industry Federation (CIF) survey, nearly three out of four Irish building firms said that technology is improving productivity while another 54% said they had invested in new technologies in the past 12 months. A further 62% of companies are planning to invest in new tech soon and that building information modelling (BIM) technology would be important to their business in future. CIF Director General, Tom Parlon, said: “The future of construction is digital. It will improve productivity, AI can reduce workplace accidents, foster collaboration that makes us more efficient. People may be concerned about automation replacing workers, but construction technology will also future-proof jobs and enable radically new high-end careers. By supporting our workforce and embracing technology our construction workers can stay relevant and develop rewarding careers.”

He added: “Considerable progress has been made in the past couple of years in the implementation of the ‘Roadmap to Digital transition’. The recent launch of the BIM Starter Pack by the CIF Construction 4.0 Committee is another significant step in the sector’s digital transition. The next important stage will be the establishment of the Centre of Excellence for Digital Construction, which we hope to see in the coming months.” The CIF’s Digicon conference, which showcased the latest technologies in construction and how the industry can move past the ‘catch-up’ phase, took place in Croke Park on 13th June.

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