Smart construction technology is rapidly evolving, revolutionizing the way projects are planned, executed, and managed. In the GCC and Asia, this trend is particularly pronounced, driven by a push for greater efficiency, sustainability, and safety. Emerging technologies such as IoT, AI, and drones are reshaping the construction landscape, offering innovative solutions to traditional challenges. This forecast explores the key trends shaping smart construction in 2024 and beyond, highlighting the transformative potential for the industry in the region.

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Artificial intelligence (AI) for project planning

In 2024, the integration of Artificial Intelligence (AI) for project planning emerges as a transformative trend within the construction industry in Asia and the GCC. AI is increasingly employed to revolutionize project planning processes, offering unparalleled capabilities in data analysis, pattern recognition, and predictive modeling.

AI algorithms analyze vast datasets related to project timelines, resource allocation, and historical performance, enabling more accurate forecasting of project milestones and potential risks. This results in optimized scheduling, improved resource utilization, and enhanced decision-making for construction project managers.

Video analytics for site surveillance and inspection

Leveraging advanced computer vision technologies, video analytics trend involves the analysis of video footage from construction sites, enabling automated monitoring, anomaly detection, and real-time insights. Video Analytics enhances traditional inspection processes in Asia & the GCC, providing a comprehensive and efficient means of gathering data.

This technology trend invades these regions in different forms like AI-enabled Project Control Centers (PCC), Smart Site Safety systems (SSSS) in Saudi Arabia and Hong Kong or strict governmental regulations regarding Video Surveillance System (VSS) in Singapore. There would be enthusiastic integration of video analytics in 2024 which would welcome tech-driven construction practices, fostering enhanced project oversight and risk management.

Generative AI for project collaboration

In the post-ChatGPT era, 2024 would witness a spike in the transformative trend of Generative AI across GCC and Asia, specifically in the construction industry. This innovative technology fosters enhanced project collaboration by dynamically generating real-time solutions for on-site challenges.

Leveraging data from various sources, Generative AI optimizes resource allocation, facilitates seamless communication among project stakeholders, and adapts construction plans to unforeseen circumstances. Its ability to quickly analyze and propose alternatives streamlines decision-making, improving overall project efficiency. From optimizing workflows to foreseeing potential bottlenecks, Generative AI stands at the forefront of fostering collaboration during the construction phase, paving the way for a more agile and responsive construction industry.

IoT wearables for smart risk management

2024 would be a year of IoT wearables in the construction realm of Asia and the GCC, revolutionizing risk management for EHS teams. These devices, equipped with sensors and connectivity, offer real-time monitoring of workers engaged in tasks like confined space entry and work at height. By collecting and analyzing data on environmental conditions, movement patterns, and vital signs, IoT wearables ensure proactive risk mitigation.

The technology enhances safety protocols in critical construction activities like while working in confined spaces or at heights by providing instant alerts. These alerts act as crucial insights for swift response to potential hazards, fostering a smarter and safer construction environment in the dynamic regions of Asia and the GCC.

Predictive analytics for sustainable lifecycle

The integration of Large Language Models (LLM) is anticipated as another emerging trend in construction technology for 2024. By redefining predictive analytics; decision-making processes would be made more intelligent in a data-driven approach to sustainable construction practices in the large construction landscapes of the GCC and Asia.

Leveraging advanced algorithms like Large Language Models, predictive analytics anticipates potential challenges throughout the construction process, optimizing resource utilization and minimizing environmental impact. These models analyze vast datasets, offering insights into material requirements, energy consumption, and equipment maintenance needs. By predicting and addressing issues proactively, construction projects can enhance efficiency, reduce waste, and align with sustainability goals.

There is a dawn of a new era in the construction landscape across Asia and the GCC, the paradigm is shifting towards unprecedented innovation and transformative practices. The traditional meets the cutting-edge, and we stand at the forefront of this evolution. AI and related technologies are not just to change skylines, but they will redefine the very essence of construction practices.

This marks a pivotal moment where technology seamlessly blends with tradition, shaping sustainable, efficient, and remarkable structures. To have a detailed overview of these transformative technology trends in Asia & GCC, read the trend report “Building Beyond: Trends of Generative AI & LLM in Construction for 2024” reflecting how the sector is moving towards intelligent, eco-conscious, and groundbreaking construction methodologies for a resilient future.

Hugo Cheuk, Chief Operating Officer of viAct, is an

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