“By using AI, we were able to run multiple scenarios and come up with a solution that reduced the amount of formwork on the project and sequence it to get the most out of our resources,”Design-Build Manager at Parsons
Similarly, Build Group – a general contractor, construction manager, and design-builder – turned to AI for help developing multiple, more efficient scheduling options on a large mixed-use tower project in San Francisco.
“By using AI, we were able to quickly find a much more efficient path than the schedule we originally mapped out,” says Mike MacBean, project director, key accounts for Pacific Structures, a concrete construction company that was part of the project.
Not only was Build Group able to optimize its schedule to fit their requirements, but they were also able to minimize their use of formwork, just like the Parsons project. On both projects, the teams managed their resources efficiently, thereby reducing the need for formwork and using less lumber.
In time, the supply chain will come back into balance and the shortages will dissipate. Individuals and businesses will stop hoarding and prices will moderate. It’s the inevitable ebb and flow of the economy.
However, the drive toward sustainability and the business desire to be proactive regarding the use of resources is not going away. AI’s ability to produce multiple simulations allows construction companies to determine the most advantageous sequence for each project to meet particular goals.