ABC Releases AI Guidance for Contractors

Feb. 16, 2024
New guide describes uses of AI during construction project lifecycle and provides best practices.
Associated Builders & Contractors
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Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) has released guidance on artificial intelligence (AI) to provide a level of knowledge to "ensure contractors can be active participants in the construction AI conversation," it says. 

The guide describes uses of AI during the construction project lifecycle, including preconstruction, construction, and building maintenance. It also provides definitions of terms, such as "deep learning" and "predictive AI," as well as best practices in drafting office AI policies.

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“ABC helps members realize the potential of AI, which helps contractors complete projects on time, minimize staffing challenges, save money and improve health and safety,” said Matt Abeles, ABC VP of construction technology and innovation, in a statement. “The construction industry is faced with a steep worker shortage of more than half of a million in 2024, and technologies like AI can help address this challenge. As younger workers become industry leaders, we must approach AI in construction as beneficial with a balanced view that includes continuous evaluation, developing ethical guidelines and increasing awareness about what AI can and cannot do.”

“The possibilities of AI technology may sound endless, but we must first educate ourselves on the basics, and this resource is a starting point to understand AI and its potential impact on the construction industry,” said Patrick Scarpati, director of construction technology and innovation, ABC, in a statement.  “The industry has immense opportunities to evaluate how we can better deliver projects, and we can lean on AI in achieving essential goals like upskilling, workforce development, knowledge transfer, supply chain optimization, enhanced safety design and planning and much more.”

Source: Associated Builders and Contractors 

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