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Autodesk today announced the introduction of Construction IQ, an artificial intelligence service that works with Autodesk’s BIM 360 project management platform. Construction IQ machine learning models were trained with data from 30,000 building projects.

Construction is consistently one of the highest-fatality jobs in the United States, according to Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) data.

Formerly known as Project IQ, Construction IQ for quality and safety analysis started in private preview in 2016. Altogether, the algorithm was developed with 150 million construction issues and checklist observations. Subcontractor assignments and historical data are also used to predict safety conditions on a construction site. Project engineers can use the AI to determine which subcontractors carry the most risk, detailing the impact to quality, schedule, and cost of a flagged subcontractor.

The highest-risk open issues are then surfaced in a BIM 360 dashboard for project managers to address.


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“Project sizes can vary from $5 million to $10 million to over $1 billion. In general, projects with hundreds of open issues would benefit from IQ,” Autodesk BIM 360 director Pat Keaney told VentureBeat in an email. “Construction IQ has been used on many types of building projects, including residential towers, campus housing, office buildings, and airport terminals.”

Construction IQ also analyzes open issues to determine which are most likely to result in injury from a fall, since falls are the leading cause of worker deaths on construction sites, Keaney said.

Autodesk isn’t alone in its ambition to use AI to improve on-the-job safety conditions.

Microsoft has demonstrated computer vision systems for the workplace designed to detect when something unsafe happens in a factory or manufacturing facility.

Beyond the workplace, AI is also being used as part of security systems in homes and schools.

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