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The impact of artificial intelligence on the built environment
The survey results revealed:
- 73% of built environment professionals think that AI will have a significant impact on their organisations.
- 78% of built environment professionals are positive about the impact of AI on the sector.
 Key findings from industry AI workshop
The discussion was split into 4 sessions. The key findings were:
AI will lead to substantial improvements to the design and delivery of infrastructure, in turn boosting productivity levels. But in order for this to be realised there is a need to embed data expertise across the sector.
Piloting and testing is necessary if machine learning and AI technologies, together with robotics and virtual reality, are to transform the built environment. Likewise, cultural change and leadership across industry is needed to drive the AI revolution.
 Governance and data
The pace of technological change and the data requirements associated with AI mean that creating a governance framework is very challenging. Issues around privacy, security and intellectual property also need addressing.
Civil engineers of the future will require different training and skillsets to get to grips with AI, including greater crossover with other disciplines like social sciences. There is also an immediate need for interested parties to work together to create solutions to the ethical question marks that exist in relation to AI.
ICE plans to hold further round-tables and workshops to explore these big issues and themes in more detail. There are many other questions that the built environment sector should explore in relation to AI including:
- In what areas should the built environment sector concentrate efforts to pilot AI?
- How can an approach to project procurement that favours long-term value over lowest cost be incentivised?
- How should the application of AI in the built environment sector be taught in civil engineering degree courses?
This article was originally published on 11 Sept 2017 by ICE. It was written by Ben Goodwin, ICE Policy Manager.
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