How AI Improves the Use of BIM

Construction Tech Review | Tuesday, November 30, 2021

AI and BIM are two different but complementary technologies that are critical to the success of many businesses.

FREMONT, CA: The ability of a machine to mimic human cognition and behavior is referred to as artificial intelligence (AI). Additionally, it is capable of internalizing knowledge and utilizing new information to develop itself. The more data the machine consumes, the smarter it grows. AI can interpret incoming data, make decisions and modifications, and devise new ways of doing things. Since BIM is a valuable and generous supply of data, AI can gain significantly from it.

In turn, AI can bolster BIM and elevate it to new heights. Artificial intelligence-assisted BIM excels in all those areas where human calculations and estimations fall short, resulting in costly setbacks and mishaps. Additionally, AI will almost certainly play a significant part in developing construction robots—embedded devices meant to aid construction workers with routine manual labor.

Almost every step of the process looks to have the potential for digitization and automation, drastically lowering human participation requirements. However, while AI may quickly take over most of the workload, it will not eliminate jobs, and rather than that, it will create new ones. After all, the human brain's capacity for creativity remains unmatched to this day.

The Benefits of Using AI in BIM

Design: With experience from previous projects, AI-assisted BIM can analyze models, identifying clashes, contradictions, and other potential failure places. Additionally, it may simplify the designers' duties significantly. AI can take over some monotonous jobs when given a set of rules.

For example, rather than building a standard bathroom manually, designers can use AI to do so for them and at a far faster rate. Additionally, engineers can automate the conversion of thousands of AutoCAD layer names to Revit parts using machine learning.

AI is not renowned for its inventiveness. However, it can assist architects in creating intriguing and original parametric designs that rank with some of today's most prized works of modern art. Finally, designers can accelerate their progress toward sustainability goals by constructing buildings resource-efficient and environmentally responsible.

Cost-effective: BIM has already had a significant impact on managing time and cost in AEC projects. However, AI can go even further—it has the potential to take control of budget and scheduling concerns, eliminating delays and overruns.

Given the magnitude of construction projects, this advantage could be worth millions of dollars. AI-assisted BIM can generate the most optimal plan for future projects based on extensive knowledge of prior ones. Additionally, it could prioritize and organize work.

Safety: By far, the most significant advantage of incorporating AI into BIM is risk mitigation. BIM with AI assistance can swiftly examine the entire model and identify inconsistencies, flaws, and potential mishaps. It enables engineers to identify them early and prevent them from occurring on-site.

Construction is an industry prone to errors. Additionally, workers are wounded daily when operating dangerous machines and working in hazardous situations. Additionally, AI may enhance on-site safety by functioning as the brain of embedded devices that do repetitive and complex manual activities in place of humans. It may even be able to do away with the requirement for human supervision entirely.

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