“Scheduling tools are now starting to assist in the planning process by making informed suggestions as to what durations, sequence and cost of work should be. That is a pretty amazing breakthrough and arguably the most interesting step forward in critical path method, or CPM, scheduling in the last 20 years.”Chief Design Officer - InEight
This analysis is why large contractors are turning to AI solutions more and more as they strive to remain competitive and/or differentiate themselves from the competition.
Scheduling teams of large contractors can use AI to determine the best schedule for large construction projects. One way contractors can differentiate themselves is by presenting potential clients with multiple scheduling options.
Consider this example. Getting a project done as fast as possible perhaps means crews working overtime, changing a design element, and bringing in more equipment. Does an earlier completion date justify the added costs? Owners can make an informed decision when contractors can clearly show how changing a parameter impacts the schedule.
Scheduling does not end when construction begins. Developing a schedule is one thing, but staying on track during construction is another challenge, perhaps a more difficult one.
AI can help construction crews optimize their time to keep a project on schedule. “…at construction sites approximately one third of the time is spent on transports, rearrangements, downtimes and the search for materials,” says Roland Berger. Although these factors might seem simple, they are time-consuming and therefore impact the schedule.
Issues invariably arise on major construction projects that last multiple construction cycles. Large contractors can use “AI … [to] improve construction execution planning, the updating of construction sequences and task management … [and] increase the productivity within construction execution itself,” according to Roland Berger.
The scheduling team for a large contractor can develop options, determine which one they think is best, and present it to the owner. By continually adapting based on the facts on the ground, AI helps keep a project running on schedule.
AI is becoming table stakes in each phase of the construction process, including scheduling. Clients/owners have a right to expect that contractors will employ every reasonable resource to keep a project on schedule. Therefore, as a large contractor that bids on and engages in major construction projects, you need to use AI to develop project schedules.