The construction industry continues to be a hotbed of patent innovation. Activity is driven by an increased focus on environmental sustainability, productivity and workplace safety, and the growing importance of technologies such as the Internet of Things (IoT) and robotics. In the last three years alone, there have been over 425,000 patents filed and granted in the construction industry, according to GlobalData’s report on Artificial intelligence in construction: GenAI CAD. Buy the report here.

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According to GlobalData’s Technology Foresights, which uses over 232,000 patents to analyze innovation intensity for the construction industry, there are 80+ innovation areas that will shape the future of the industry. 

GenAI CAD is a key innovation area in artificial intelligence

GenAI CAD refers to the use of artificial intelligence (AI) in computer-aided design (CAD) systems. It involves the application of machine learning algorithms and data processing techniques to assist in the design and modeling process, enhancing accuracy, efficiency, and automation.

GlobalData’s analysis also uncovers the companies at the forefront of each innovation area and assesses the potential reach and impact of their patenting activity across different applications and geographies. According to GlobalData, there are 80+ companies, spanning technology vendors, established construction companies, and up-and-coming start-ups engaged in the development and application of GenAI CAD.

Key players in GenAI CAD – a disruptive innovation in the construction industry

‘Application diversity’ measures the number of applications identified for each patent. It broadly splits companies into either ‘niche’ or ‘diversified’ innovators.  

‘Geographic reach’ refers to the number of countries each patent is registered in. It reflects the breadth of geographic application intended, ranging from ‘global’ to ‘local’. 

Patent volumes related to GenAI CAD area

Company Total patents (2021 - 2023) Premium intelligence on the world's largest companies
Emerson Electric 81 Unlock Company Profile
HP 64 Unlock Company Profile
Siemens 35 Unlock Company Profile
Hewlett Packard Enterprise 33 Unlock Company Profile
Autodesk 27 Unlock Company Profile
Rockwell Automation 25 Unlock Company Profile
Screen 20 Unlock Company Profile
Canon 20 Unlock Company Profile
ASML 19 Unlock Company Profile
Relativityce 18 Unlock Company Profile
Kinpo Electronics 17 Unlock Company Profile
XYZ-Printing 13 Unlock Company Profile
Equinix 13 Unlock Company Profile
ABB 12 Unlock Company Profile
Sony Group 11 Unlock Company Profile
Siemens Healthineers 10 Unlock Company Profile
Seiko Epson 10 Unlock Company Profile
OffWorld 10 Unlock Company Profile
Fanuc 10 Unlock Company Profile
EnerAllies 9 Unlock Company Profile
Tokyo Electron 8 Unlock Company Profile
State Grid Corporation of China 8 Unlock Company Profile
Halliburton 8 Unlock Company Profile
Murata Manufacturing 7 Unlock Company Profile
Vapor IO 7 Unlock Company Profile
General Electric 6 Unlock Company Profile
JFE 6 Unlock Company Profile
Alico 6 Unlock Company Profile
Fujifilm 6 Unlock Company Profile
BICO Group 5 Unlock Company Profile
Lam Research 5 Unlock Company Profile
Jabil 5 Unlock Company Profile
Diehl Metering Systems 5 Unlock Company Profile
Applied Materials 5 Unlock Company Profile
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries 5 Unlock Company Profile
UtiliData 5 Unlock Company Profile
Inspur Electronic Information Industry 5 Unlock Company Profile
Rolls-Royce 5 Unlock Company Profile
Yokogawa Electric 4 Unlock Company Profile
Baker Hughes 4 Unlock Company Profile
Omron 4 Unlock Company Profile
General Motors 4 Unlock Company Profile
Samsung Group 4 Unlock Company Profile
National Computer Network And Information Security Management Center 4 Unlock Company Profile
LG 4 Unlock Company Profile
International Business Machines 3 Unlock Company Profile
STMicroelectronics 3 Unlock Company Profile
Robert Bosch Stiftung 3 Unlock Company Profile
ServiceNow 3 Unlock Company Profile
Mitsubishi Electric 3 Unlock Company Profile

Source: GlobalData Patent Analytics

Emerson Electric is one of the leading patent filers in GenAI CAD area. The company has developed a portfolio of advanced industry software that uses real-time modelling, digital twins, machine learning and artificial intelligence. According to the company, their solutions facilitate greater enterprise collaboration while increasing reliability, safety, and sustainability. Some other leading patent filers in this space include Autodesk, HP, and Siemens. Autodesk’s Fusion 360 gives users the ability to select multiple manufacturing methods to generate solutions for design and engineering challenges.

In terms of application diversity, General Motors is among the key patent filers, while STMicroelectronics and Diehl Metering Systems are some of the other prominent companies. By means of geographic reach, ASML Holding is among the key companies, followed by Relativity Space and Equinix.

To further understand the key themes and technologies disrupting the construction industry, access GlobalData’s latest thematic research report on Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Construction.

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GlobalData’s Patent Analytics tracks patent filings and grants from official offices around the world. Textual analysis and official patent classifications are used to group patents into key thematic areas and link them to specific companies across the world’s largest industries.