The design, construction and engineering sector contributes considerably to solving major social problems. This includes: realizing affordable housing for starters and the elderly; the construction of sustainable buildings; contributing to the energy transition; watersafety in the Netherlands; and realizing infrastructure for self-propelled cars and super fast trains.
The total sector accounts for about 9% of the gross domestic product, a production of over 70 billion euros and employs more than 325,000 people. However, the built environment is still lacking applications of Artificial Intelligence (AI). Extensive digitalization and application of AI make societal goals attainable, as well as enabling growth in employment and societal impact.
Kees van der Klauw, coalition manager of the Dutch AI Coalition, is exited about the start of the working group Built Environment and is pleased to announce Arjan Walinga, construction logistics expert at Bouwend Nederland, as chair of this working group. Arjan: “There are many examples in this application area where AI can be an addition to our human ability to make good choices. Extensive digitalization and application of AI make as mentioned earler societal goals attainable, as well as enabling growth in employment and societal impact. This ties in very closely with my personal ambition, I am happy to commit myself to this”.
The goal of the working group Built Environment is to accelerate the application of AI in the built environment. Participants in this working group work together to identify opportunities and challenges for AI and form connections with partners. They will collaborate on the development of standards, AI-based applications for predictive maintenance, supply chain management and construction logistics optimization and AI-supported decision making. Subjects such as modular and industrial construction and renovation, embedding the application of AI in the built environment in (regional) field labs and vocational education and increasing the adoption rate of AI based applications are also on the agenda.
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