According to sources, 31% of the enterprises have plans to use Artificial Intelligence (AI) in some form of their functions within a year time. It's exciting to see AI growing so fast and spreading into almost all major industries - healthcare, medicine, manufacturing, retail, engineering, computation, and architecture as well.
Have you ever thought of utilizing previous construction project data in a new project? Though as architects we try to do that often, it's not as seamless as it could be by leveraging AI. In the world of architecture, AI can immensely enhance the problem-solving capabilities of the CAD software. With AI integration, coming out of the paper form as well as the lag of 2D or 3D CAD software, the decision-making process can be smooth and much faster than you imagine. In the same context, involving AI, the analysis of multiple complex design options for the same or similar structures in milliseconds will obviously save many productive hours.
Integration of AI to Architecture
According to a PwC survey, 72% of the business leaders who were the respondents in the emerging technology survey have termed AI as 'business advantage.' It's been a subject of debate over the years that computers and the software/hardware-enabled platforms cannot be as good as humans in providing creative solutions. Now, with AI things are changing as AI combines the human intelligence and the computing power to take creativity to the next level.
Architectural Design Visualization by Analyzing Big Data
Scaling of a complex architectural structure has always been a time-consuming process for architects. Even with the most powerful tools like Autodesk Revit or CATIA, creating new designs from conceptual references or adding a creative facade to the existing structure is not an easy task. With visual perception, speech recognition, design analysis, and utilization power, AI is able to utilize tons of data to make things easier during design visualization. Moreover, the precision is also guaranteed.
Parametric Modeling and Non-conventional Architecture
Most of the content on modern architecture has a definite mention of 'parametric modeling.' This is an innovative design technique that allows to experiment with different construction parameters and modify the structural visualization accordingly. AI has been contributing to playing with different parameters to create innovative designs that otherwise would have been near impossible.
While parametric CAD tools like Dynamo and Grasshopper allow running geometric programming with the help of complex algorithms to design complex structures, AI integration makes things more seamless. AI is helping architects in plugging the data pointers, adjusting the constraints, and creating the design variations with much less time, iterations and of course with more accuracy. Moreover, it doesn't hurt and derail your schedule if you make your concept design upside down and created something very different from the one you had planned earlier.
Advance Construction and Planning
The planning stage takes significant time in the construction process. Whether it's concept validation, design feasibility test, or brainstorming over visualization, construction planning takes a lot of an architect's time. That's why this is an area, every architect must be looking to automate things with high standards of design dynamics. And AI just does that well.
AI enables access to design databases with lots of suggestions, interpretation of the construction environment, creation of models, and most importantly, cost estimation. Not only the availability of information for informed decision-making but the way AI is able to present the data is easily understandable keeping the gravity of the information intact. Overall, architects and contractors save significant planning time and construction effort.
Architectural Project Research
The countless hours of research that goes into any land development or construction project is something AI can easily cut short. AI can play a pivotal role in understanding the project objective, visualizing the conceptual plans, analyzing the feasibility, determining the timelines, and moreover, comparing it with the previous projects. For an individual or even for a group of architects or junior contractors, this would have been weeks-long task - which AI can do in just minutes without almost nil assistance.
Architectural Project Scenarios Where AI Can Contribute Big
There can be 'n' number of project scenarios where AI can do wonders. AI's capability is undoubted and the following modern architectural scenarios are the most discussed ones.
AI for Modern Housing
AI for smart homes is the next buzz words in the AEC sphere. More than designing homes, architects and construction planners can use artificial intelligence to enhance the user experience part. AI can be utilized to study and suggest different construction conditions, the materials used, the ambience, and the effect it would bring on the residents. So, smart home won't just be the end product but will also involve many smart processes and approaches including AI involvement.
Building Smart Cities would be must easier
Another important subject of discussion would be 'smart cities.' The cities or the township we live now won't remain the same in the coming years. With a growing population, increased number of vehicles, and reduced space, the cities would soon require much better resource planning.
Do you think - it would be easy? Planning a new city might not be very difficult, but realigning a populous city would be extremely challenging. This is where the AI will come to the picture again and take the burden off. AI can be utilized not only to plan or re-plan the cities but to predict the ecological risks and suggest the workarounds ahead of time. With AI, it would be less of a hassle for architects to redesign their traditional models to accommodate all the modern amenities and still ensure the ecosystem to coexist.
Cost and Other Challenges in AI Implementation
The cost of AI implementation will be no doubt high comparing to the traditional systems of the architectural world. Moreover, the cost involved in hiring skilled AI professionals who have a strong hold in architecture as well would be another challenge. However, if things are evaluated from the ROI standpoint, it would be definitely high as there are many visible benefits that someday or the other the AEC industry has to adapt.
eLogicTech Can Support Businesses in Getting the Best Out of AI for Architecture
eLogicTech Solutions is an architectural engineering service provider specialized in Building Information Modeling (BIM), MEP, Civil engineering, Structural engineering, and more. Over the last two decades since its inception, this BIM outsourcing company has served clients across the world and has delivered hundreds of projects on a great note. With an in-house team of experienced AEC specialists, eLogicTech has always been the front-runner in adopting emerging technologies and has helped clients implementing the same.
AI integration into architectural engineering getting more popularity, one can approach our team for assistance in project implementation. Just contact us with your requirements and our experienced business development manager will take it forward.