In the construction industry, Artificial Intelligence (AI) is driving innovation across various domains, from safety enhancements to operational efficiency improvements. Despite fluctuations in patent applications and deal trends, AI continues to reshape the construction landscape, offering opportunities for enhanced safety measures, streamlined processes, and advanced monitoring capabilities. The impact of AI extends beyond the construction sector, influencing various industries. GlobalData’s artificial intelligence market report provides comprehensive analysis of the AI market. Buy the report here.

This article presents a quarterly round-up of the latest trends in the construction industry regarding AI. It provides an overview of recent developments in AI-related deals, talent acquisition, and patent filings within the construction industry.

Diverse applications of artificial intelligence in construction industry

Construction companies are leveraging new artificial intelligence technologies to innovate and improve their businesses. Recent patents in the field include methods for preventing gas leaks, estimating object weight using camera images, managing task assignments for work machines, improving moisture sensors, and detecting aerosolized viral loads. These technologies offer significant benefits to the acquirer, such as enhanced safety measures, improved operational efficiency, and advanced monitoring capabilities. By incorporating these AI-driven solutions, construction companies can streamline processes, optimize resource allocation, and enhance overall performance. The patents showcase the potential for AI to revolutionize the construction industry, providing valuable tools for companies to stay competitive and drive growth in a rapidly evolving market.

The industry experienced a 47% decline in the number of AI-related patent applications in Q4 2023 compared with the previous quarter. On an annual basis, the number of AI-related patent applications in the construction industry witnessed a rise of 3% compared with Q4 2022.

Strategic deal trends in artificial intelligence in construction industry

Construction companies are not only focusing on innovation to enhance their patent portfolios but are also making strategic investments in AI. These investments aim to secure lucrative deals with partners and position themselves at the forefront of industry advancements. Some of the recent deals underscore the importance of AI in the construction industry.

In Q4 2023, the number of AI-related deals in the construction industry declined by 30% compared with Q4 2022. On a quarterly basis, there was 17% increase in the number of deals in Q4 2023 compared with the previous quarter.

Impact on hiring

In terms of new job posting, in Q4 2023, the construction industry experienced a 13% drop compared with the previous quarter. On an annual basis, job postings also declined by 32%. Notably, computer and mathematical occupations, with a share of 22%, emerged as the top AI-related job roles within the construction industry in Q4 2023, with new job postings drop by 5% quarter-on-quarter. Management occupations came in second with a share of 12% in Q4 2023, with new job postings rising by 10% over the previous quarter. The other prominent AI roles include architecture and engineering occupations with an 11% share in Q4 2023, and business and financial operations occupations with a 5% share of new job postings.

ABB, Honeywell International, Nidec, AECOM, and Jones Lang LaSalle are among the top companies leading in AI hiring within the construction industry.

Countries driving adoption of artificial intelligence in construction industry

The US is the leading country in AI adoption within the construction industry, boasting the highest number of AI-related patents, jobs, and deals. Meanwhile, Japan, Germany, China and India also maintain significant positions in AI adoption within the construction industry.

Despite a temporary decline in AI-related patent applications and deal activity, the construction industry remains committed to leveraging artificial intelligence, with a focus on safety, operational efficiency, and technological advancements, signaling a transformative trajectory for sustained growth and competitiveness.

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