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Swapp Incorporates Construction Cost Estimating Capabilities Into It's Software
One of the first questions that real estate developers ask with every site evaluation is what the total cost of development will be, and what potential return on investment is expected. In many cases, real estate developers use construction cost estimating software solutions in order to generate a realistic calculation of the necessary financial investment, and the potential return that they can expect to earn from it. Swapp is expanding its Site Evaluation service offering by providing a detailed construction and development cost estimation feature in its software that calculates accurate feasibility costs and produces reports that describe the information developers need to make the right financial decisions The Complete Property Development Cost Estimator Swapp’s new feature provides an overview of the complete financial property development costs. The overview is divided into two sections: the first is construction costs, and the second is development costs. Construction Cost: Construction cost estimates consist of many system categories and elements. The weight of each system in the total cost varies depending on the project’s specific goals. For example, on some projects meeting certain sustainability goals is a priority. In that case developers will want to know what percentage of the cost is for HVAC or MEP systems that contribute to the sustainability goals. Or how cost might be influenced by a facade design that improves sustainability metrics. Connecting Between Development Cost and Construction Cost Even though development costs and construction costs are two separate things, they each affect one another. The new estimator is built in a way that the data in one corresponds with the other. The reason behind this decision and function of the software feature is that there are some elements in the construction costs that directly affect the development costs and vice versa. For example, developers in the UK can add the costs of Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) into their construction and development cost estimations. It's important to understand that the construction itself, while being the primary cost, is not the only expense that needs to be taken into account. When property developers review a site, they need to get the full picture of site development in order to make the right decision. Now, with this new addition to the feasibility study capabilities offered by Swapp, developers can get even more insights about the potential projects they are reviewing.
How New Technology Is Enabling Architects to Realize Their Dream Designs
Eitan Tsarfati is a serial tech entrepreneur and Co-Founder and CEO of Swapp, an AI-based construction planning company which partners with architects to leverage the power of AI-driven platforms. He is an architect and a Harvard-Business School Alumnus who served as the former CEO of Autodesk Israel. Every architect on the planet faces the same challenge: The way you envisioned your design is pretty different from the final result. If you ever felt that way you’re not alone. I remember the first time my office won a new project, I was excited to start the design process. Yes, I am not ashamed to admit that from day one, I thought about the shapes, the forms, the tone — and imagined how this new project will inspire others for the years to come. But, very quickly, from the first meeting with the owner, my dreams were met with the harsh reality of budget constraints, engineering requirements and a tedious process that squeezed out every ounce of creativity I had. Sounds familiar right? Whether it’s a stadium, a museum or a multi-family residential project, the planning process is long and complex. There are too many hands in the pot. The owner, the different consultants (every year it seems that we see more of them don’t we?), financial advisors, and the list goes on. By the time it ends, you can hardly recognize your dream design. But you all know that already. An illustration which exaggerates the distance between the vision and the result, but you get the point… image via Leewardists In an AIA report, different stakeholders such as architects, owners and contractors were asked to rank the key drivers of uncertainty on building projects. Alongside unforeseen site conditions, which is among the top three factors cited by all participants, architects ranked owner-driven changes and accelerated schedule as leading force for uncertainty in projects. Owners and contractors on the other hand pointed to the design team (design errors and design omissions) as a leading factor. Unclear project requirements at the outset, identified by all parties as the top driver behind owner-driven changes. I would argue that the way to bridge the gap between our dream design and the demands of the different stakeholders like owners and contractors is to embrace technology that allows architects to gain more insight and control over the process. There are several sets of data architects are usually missing in order to make necessary adjustments while protecting their creative vision in the planning process. Many times, they are not fully aware of the site’s requirements and limitations. Another major missing variable is the owner’s financial objectives and the calculations made to achieve them. The end result is usually similar — architects end up spending too much of our time on tedious repetitive iterations and tasks, and when changes are required, they have to do it all over again. Over the past five years, various technologies have been developed to help architects gain valuable insights and even help automate many of the SD-DD-CD tasks, specifically manual ones which offer architects no added value. Generative Design Many of you are already familiar with and use “Generative Design” tools. Generative design has been helping architects discover dozens and hundreds of designs which include sketch constraints and goals. They solve the need to create what some would call “boring” building designs which lack a “soul” or a clear design concept. One of the main challenges of generative design, raised by Daniel Davis in his article “Generative Design is doomed to fail”, is that it offers hundreds of options to choose from without screening and ranking of the options according to methods used by architects in their design process. I expect this will be improved over time, especially when combined with what I call “top-bottom” analysis in the form of AI-powered planning platforms which will eventually help architects to free up more time, from the screening of too many design options to focusing on creative solutions. Airbus factory layouts analyzed by the generative design system; video courtesy Autodesk AI-Powered Planning Platforms When addressing the need to create space for creativity, time is important and like in many other industries, architects understand today that data (and the tools to analyze it) is king. If we want to take an active role and create space for our creativity then we have to approach the planning process differently. One of the main technologically-driven developments in any industry has been the use of AI-powered platforms. In our industry, these platforms allow architects access to data and deep analysis which are pivotal in creating designs that fit their vision and design concept while taking into consideration the demands of all the other stakeholders in the process. Remember the key drivers of uncertainty architects had to rank in the AIA report? Today, there are many software platforms that help bridge the gap between our dream design and the demands of the different stakeholders. They aggregate and analyze a tremendous amount of data to help architects collect more information on a site, gaining greater control over a project, and the different challenges that may arise along the way. In recent years, the number of relevant data sources has significantly increased, leading to new analytical tools which can help architects predict various considerations such as site challenges and opportunities, project costs by construction method, as well as architectural and MEP strategies by project type. Using these types of technologies, architects can find a balance between their vision and their clients’ cost constraints. They can also take control by including their ROI goals, embedding them into each design and having an algorithm analyze and compare them to data sets. Architects can save a lot of time and effort in analyzing their designs, from energy efficiency to occupants’ wellbeing parameters in a click of a button. For too long, architects have taken the back seat in the planning process, fulfilling, and sometimes struggling to meet, the requirements and needs of other stakeholders. The latest technological developments allow them, for the first time, to take the wheel in the planning process. By embracing technology, architects will begin each project with more data, AI super-powers to analyze it, and greater overview of key requirements, enabling them to better serve their clients while protecting their creative space. The architecture industry is in the midst of a technological revolution — and the future has never looked so bright.
Swapp Partners with Gurobi to Enhance Optimization Capabilities for Construction-Planning
Tel Aviv, IL, December 30 2020 - Swapp () and Gurobi Optimization ( are proud to announce a strategic partnership for their best of class Gurobi Optimizer, the fastest and most powerful mathematical programming solver. Swapp™ is a construction-planning technology company for ground-up and renovation projects, that partners with top real estate developers to maximize building efficiency and minimize construction costs. Its algorithms and models formulate customer requirements, zoning laws, architectural principles, MEP systems, fire, ergonomic, security and safety regulations. Swapp generates highly detailed architectural layouts and construction documents fine tuned and optimal for each customer’s preferences and design objectives. Achieving this requires a powerful solver for Swapp’s models and objectives. After evaluating numerous alternatives, Swapp chose Gurobi for its superior performance, continuous improvements and support for bigger and more complex mathematical optimization problems. In comparisons to alternative solutions, Swapp found that Gurobi Optimizer handles more mathematical formulation cases unsolvable by alternatives and is frequently significantly faster at producing optimal results.
How AI Helps Eliminate Waste on Construction Sites - Before You Even Break Ground
The construction industry presently contends with numerous challenges that lead to waste. Wasted time. Wasted money. Wasted manpower. And yes, wasted materials. Product complexity and margin pressure continue to increase and the persistent labor shortage is exacerbated by a low productivity rate of just 42% with the rest of workers’ time on the job spent waiting, necessarily handling materials, or reworking poorly completed projects. As such, there is an extreme and urgent need for a solution to eliminate waste and enable construction companies to make the most of their assets. The average construction project wastes 25-50% of its resources, but smarter planning based on actionable insights can generate leaner, more profitable incomes. How? Through the power of artificial intelligence (AI). When applied to the construction planning process, AI collects and analyzes all relevant data to learn the project’s needs and constraints and teach contractors how to allocate their resources to maximize productivity and minimize waste throughout the project’s lifecycle. Fewer Incidents Construction is just one of those industries that is enveloped in risk. Risks to personal safety and property in the form of theft and damage are the major contenders. And the larger the project is, the more risk is involved. Luckily, AI is rapidly being adopted as an assistive tool for real estate developers, contractors, designers, and other stakeholders to proactively assess and mitigate risks before they occur on the job site. AI software can constantly glean data from real-time monitoring systems, such as cameras and sensors, to identify and alert users about potential risks, including structural stability, constructability, bodily wear and tear, inadequate visibility/supervision, and more. These insights can inform the construction planning process for present and future projects engaged in by a given development company, assigning priority to certain issues while limiting waste caused by all kinds of incidents on the job and ensuring compliance with regulations. More accurate handling of funds The construction industry can draw inspiration from the retail industry, which is already using AI to forecast demand and plan supply chains and production accordingly. A BIM (building information modeling) approach can be adopted, swapping blueprints and drawings for digitized workflows informed by AI data collection and analysis and enabling greater communication and collaboration throughout the project’s lifecycle. The result: better, data-driven cash management that streamlines and automates the purchasing and allocation of materials (and workers) for each job site, reducing expenditures and overruns from the start - and potentially saving millions of dollars as the project progresses. Faster time to completion There are many ways in which artificial intelligence can speed up a construction project’s progress, ensuring deadlines are met with minimum hiccups. AI algorithms can collect information on similar past projects. Using information gleaned from IoT sensors or other remote monitoring that were on other job sites, the algorithms can assess and analyze the myriad of available scenarios and alternatives to learn how to improve project planning and scheduling before ground is broken on future projects. Doing so can help envision realistic timelines for any given project, based on manpower, equipment, and budget constraints while limiting idle time and improving energy efficiency. The algorithms can additionally help workers remotely access training materials based on real-life experiences to quickly bolster their knowledge and practical skills, swapping the time previously spent on onboarding for expedited execution and project delivery. And, once the project does get underway, connected machines, vehicles, and other technologies can be stored in the cloud and regularly analyzed by AI software, for the purpose of continuous self-correcting and optimization of slow-performing practices. Increased productivity Beyond all of the benefits of using AI to eliminate waste highlighted above, the information gathered using artificial intelligence sensors and software can help construction industry workers make the most of their time on the job. This, by learning how to schedule various workers and shipments, so that every professional has the time, space, and materials they need to get their jobs done when they are ready to do so. The software can anticipate and forecast how long it takes for supply orders to be fulfilled, how long specific professionals take to get complete jobs and fit all these puzzle pieces together while considering the order in which various projects are performed, and any changes in schedule - as they arise. The bottom line - less waste Artificial intelligence eliminates waste on construction sites by learning about each site’s unique needs, as well as from the experiences - positive and negative - of similar job sites under similar constraints. Adopting an AI-driven software platform, like SWAPP, to your construction planning process can help you maximize your resources and minimize waste - before you even break ground. What are you waiting for? Say goodbye to waste, with Swapp today!
How AI Can Help Bridge Geographic Gaps & Enable Remote Supervision of More Construction Sites
Artificial intelligence is making supervising construction sites a global affair! The adoption of digital innovations in construction is rapidly picking up the pace. Digital tools are already being employed on construction sites to make operations speedier, more seamless, less physically taxing, and more cost-effective. But since robot contractors have yet to replace humans on job sites (or even be invented!), there is still a very clear limit to how far a contractor can stretch their skills and talents - and it’s usually not beyond the safety barricades of a single project at any given time. Until now. While use cases integrating artificial intelligence in construction are largely still in their infancy, there are AI-driven solutions that can be leveraged to enable contractors to expand their command over more construction sites spanning more geographical regions, with greater visibility, accessibility, and ease. Here’s how. Generative design Artificial intelligence-driven generative design is transforming the architecture, engineering, and design professions. By collecting and leveraging relevant data to algorithmically analyze a construction project’s requirements and identify multiple design options, generative design allows contractors to select the optimal design option for each individual project, faster, more holistically, and with a smaller error margin. As such, they can get the ball rolling on more projects at the same time, regardless of their location. Risk mitigation While every construction project has some risk - be it in the form of time, money, quality, or safety, AI can help reduce said risk, by automatically assigning priority to particular issues, thereby teaching construction teams where to focus their risk management efforts. This enables contractors to engage in more remote supervision of more construction sites, choosing which sites to visit when, depending on which risks the AI program prioritizes, for which sites, and which smart alerts are deployed. Better distribution of labor & tools A shortage of adequate labor is one of contractors’ greatest challenges - and one of the biggest reasons they find themselves tied to a particular construction site. While 78 percent of contractors report having a hard time filling some or all available positions, all contractors can make better use of the manpower they do have, through the power of artificial intelligence. Real-time analysis of data collected by AI-enabled drones or robots can help construction companies better plan for the distribution of labor and tools across sites. As a result, contractors can feel increasingly freer to jump from site to site, or even engage in remote, visual monitoring of multiple sites in several geographic locations from afar, confident that they possess a full and clear picture of each site’s needs and how they’re being tackled. Schedule optimization Beyond the scope of planning construction projects and determining their cost, manpower, and equipment needs, artificial intelligence can fuel and inform project schedule optimization processes by taking into consideration millions of alternatives for project delivery. AI technology can consume data from sensors and other information capture devices, and AI-powered software platforms can remotely piece together their relevance regarding each project’s current schedule and how it can be tweaked to finish faster, more affordably, safer, and satisfactorily. Bottom line As contractors examine ways to expand their reach to more construction sites in more geographic regions, breakthroughs in artificial intelligence are enabling them to bridge existing gaps and gain more complete access and control of more job sites from remote locations. Using an AI-based software platform like Swapp enables contractors to do exactly that, guaranteeing a super-efficient planning process that includes multiple planning options, ensuring cost-efficient buildouts, and enables remote access, anytime and from anywhere. Swap geographic gaps for remote supervision with Swapp, today! Click here to learn more.
(Construction) Planning for the Inevitable in the Midst of a Global Pandemic
Return to your workplace the SWAPP way, with safe, holistic planning Just a few months ago, everything seemed normal. We went to work, performed our jobs, and returned home at the end of the day. Our routines seemed ordinary, even mundane. Then the Covid-19 pandemic hit and life as we knew it changed forever. Covid-19 created unprecedented challenges with respect to every aspect of every industry, including construction. Across the world, new, socially distant, and health-conscious job site standards were imposed and continue to be upheld, forcing many projects in countless areas to shut down, either temporarily, or permanently. And despite the easing of restrictions and the reopening of businesses, Israel’s unemployment rate still declined by 0.9 percentage point to 10.2 percent in July, as risk assessments were made, personal protective equipment (PPE) was purchased, quarantine periods workers exposed to confirmed Covid-19 cases were imposed, and funding was suddenly far less liquid. While organizations across the globe continue to attempt to define and implement the short and long-term changes that must be made in the workplace, SWAPP is working closely with international companies to gain insights and provide value in each geographic area, complying with the guidelines each country has in place. Here’s what we’ve learned so far. Planning is more strategic & pressing than ever Although the Covid-19 pandemic has adversely impacted much of the world’s economy and many countries are experiencing a recession, as curves flatten and testing & PPE become more readily available, the working world is resuming activity, under the guidelines of what has become our new normal. With supply chains squeezed, deliveries delayed, and the threat of infection, quarantine, and regional lockdown looming overhead, planning for every eventuality - for every newly constructed, remodeled and existing workplace, is no longer merely par for the course. It is now a crucial strategic activity that necessarily determines the success or failure of any building you seek to use as a workplace. Flexibility is the name of the game As budgets are tight and manpower is stretched in an effort to maintain social distancing guidelines (even without workers quarantine as a result of exposure to the virus), there simply is no room for error in the planning of your Covid-safe workplace. Nor is there room for rigid adherence to any particular construction or design plan. Flexibility is an absolute necessity, and adaptation to various Covid-19 risk level approaches are a must. Artificial intelligence is the innovation capable of injecting the required level of flexibility into your workplace’s planning, streamlining processes while lessening the burden on your budget, workers, and timeline. For example, AI software can be used to improve the quality of air in an existing office, adjusting the ventilation infrastructure while minimizing remodeling costs and the risk of transmission via the building’s HVAC system. The same software can be used to plan a new structure’s HVAC system, so that the building meets Covid-19 ventilation guidelines, from its completion. Documenting & storing all data is your business’ most critical asset Businesses should remain aware of the potential risks associated with returning to work in the midst (or aftermath) of a global pandemic. This is true of supply shortages, pricing fluctuations, fraud and health risks, and delays. Every change in your work plan should be documented for the purpose of filing claims and preserving your business’ profit margin & reputation - during and after the planning process. An AI system can help with the documentation and storage process as well. Bottom line When it comes to workplace planning, planning for the inevitable, like a global pandemic, is smart, future-forward, and industry-leading behavior. Swapp is precisely the platform to help you weather the Covid-19 recession with maximum ease. Using Swapp, organizations can receive an accurate analysis of the exact measures that are working for similar companies and benefit from a decision-making process that is based on data and use cases, rather than on speculation. Adopting new Covid-19 standards, Swapp can predict different scenarios and quickly generate office designs to reflect today’s rapid transitions for both property owners and tenants. Swapp now leverages artificial intelligence technology to define various Covid-19 risk levels such as business impact, social distancing (6-12 feet), better ventilation, spaced cubicle layouts, and capsule approach. SWAPP’s AI-driven automated plans are categorized by tenant sector types and are adapted to the Covid-19 varying risk-level approaches. Our customers can quickly review the different layout options, which include relevant data reflecting trade-offs and options for better business decision-making, without compromising their - or their workers’ health or wellbeing. Stay safe!
Construction Tech Starts with Planning Tech. Here’s Why
Innovation always begins with ideation - plan your construction ideas to maximize your innovative results, with planning tech Technology is revolutionizing the construction industry. Power tools. Hydraulic excavators. 3D printed buildings. Telematics. And now, connected equipment, hardware, and software designed to monitor and control every aspect of the construction process. Although the construction industry remains the second-least digitized industry worldwide, the past century has seen advances in technology propel the construction industry forward, ensuring that processes and practices are safer and more efficient than ever before. New construction technologies are being developed with lightning speed. As of just last year, a total of $4.1 billion US has been invested in ConTech across the globe, from seed funding to early and late-stage rounds. And slowly but surely, construction technology, or ConTech, is disrupting the existing industry and providing it with much-needed productivity, collaboration, simplicity, and affordability - even from offsite locations. It’s no wonder these innovations are being launched and leveraged on more job sites, in more countries and regions. That being said, the collection of innovative tools, machinery, modifications, software, etc. that define the ConTech space ultimately starts from and depends on planning tech. At least, it should. Here’s why. Construction tech is developed to resolve mistakes on the job Construction tech is designed to promote increased visibility, standardization, and faster completion times, all prevalent job site challenges. The goal, of course, is to prevent or at least resolve mistakes commonly made on the job that can result in construction projects exceeding deadlines and budgets, or becoming hazardous to peoples’ safety. By using ConTech to study, learn from, and optimize the construction processes and tools employed, major industry players, from developers to contractors can correct existing inefficiencies, urgencies, and hazards, and prevent future mistakes from being made. But what if those mistakes could have been prevented before ground was even broken, materials were ordered, or workers were contracted? Shifting from the construction site to the planning side Beyond what it can do on the construction site, technology can improve and empower construction execution by enabling more innovative, streamlined planning. Architects, designers, and engineers can use planning technology to simulate and visualize building projects based on the most robust data set possible, streamline work schedules, optimize material orders, prevent conflict, changes & rework, and resolve other practical challenges - before they ever occur! In fact, generative design, enabled by artificial intelligence-driven planning technology, is an ideal means for coming up with a myriad of design options and constructive solutions for potential on-the-job scenarios. Generative design can additionally be an effective means for construction project teams to learn what not to do, for structural, budgetary, time, or other constraints. How? By simply feeding the computer relevant information and allowing it to evaluate all data points based on the subjective factors pertaining to each construction project being planned. Studies show that even once the construction project is complete, operating and maintenance (O&M) costs can amount to as much as 40 to 80 percent of the structure’s overall lifetime costs (including the cost of building the structure in the first place!) and that these projected future costs are largely determined by decisions made before construction even begins. As such, it is clear that using planning tech to minimize present and future spending and maximize value early on and prior to construction is highly advantageous and should most certainly be adopted by future-forward construction industry players. Start planning smarter, by leveraging innovative planning tech According to Henry D’Esposito, a construction researcher, “If new technology can ease collaboration across firms, reduce errors and miscommunication, or get more productivity from a limited pool of skilled workers, it has a good chance of finding demand, even in an increasingly crowded market.” SWAPP is precisely that technology. SWAPP is an AI-driven software platform that improves the entire planning process of every construction project’s exterior and interior by transforming the entire property assessment and planning process into a transparent, fact-driven, and financially-optimized procedure. Our optimization algorithms enable real estate developers to choose the best planning option that maximizes efficiency, minimizes construction costs, and obliterates risks and mistakes. By harnessing the power of our automated AI data analysis system, SWAPP customers reduce property assessment cycles by 85%, save 40% on the various planning stages’ time, such as schematic designs, DD, and construction documents, and optimize the iteration process. Construction tech starts with planning tech - and planning tech starts and ends with Swapp. Are you ready to discover how you can create planning value from Day One, with SWAPP planning tech? Click here to learn more.
The Top 4 Construction Industry Planning Trends for 2020-2021
‘They don’t make them like they used to’ - these trends are helping construction companies operate smarter, more efficiently, and more responsibly! Since Biblical times, mankind has been made up of strong and creative builders. From the Tower of Babel and the Egyptian pyramids to the First and Second Temple, and even modern-day Jerusalem’s Meitarim Bridge - the construction industry has produced marvelous feats of brick, concrete, wood, and metal. And truth be told, not much has changed in the centuries since the first foundation was laid and the first hammer struck a nail. The construction industry is one of the slowest growing industries in the world with respect to innovation, sluggish to adopt new tech, tools, and trends. That being said, those same construction trends that we have grown to know and trust reappear each year with slightly different nuances and a greater inclination towards digital disruption. New trends point to the development and deployment of technologies designed to resolve an ongoing skilled labor shortage and uncertainty surrounding the trading of raw materials and various tariff payments. At present, roughly 60% of construction companies have R&D departments focusing on new technologies, creating unmatched competitive advantages. Here are four of the most important trends taking the construction planning industry by storm in 2020. We believe that they will continue to help construction companies remain competitive in the coming year as well. 1 - Project support through software Construction companies are discovering that smart project management tools can help inject significant clarity and reduce complexities involved in all phases of construction projects - from planning to post-construction inspection. The software linked all participants within the project’s ecosystem, letting them know their role in the various tasks remaining to be completed, as well as which tasks have already been taken care of. With respect to the planning stage of the construction process, project management tools can provide support in the form of to-do lists, task management services, calendars, and milestone documentation. They additionally enable collaboration between team members, through features that mimic social channels: messaging, chats, forums, whiteboards, file sharing/editing, and more. When seeking to adopt this trend, keep in mind that not all project management tools are built alike: some focus on either support or collaboration services, while hybrid solutions integrate some support and collaboration functionalities, enabling greater flexibility while on the job. 2 - A push for greater sustainability In 2020, building is becoming greener, striving to conserve existing natural resources from as early as the planning stage - and reclaiming as much energy, materials, and costs as possible throughout all other phases of the construction process. In 2021, the concepts of ‘Green Building’ and ‘ecological building’ will push to increase sustainability in the form of minimizing waste even further, potentially pursuing the possibility of planning to adhere as much as possible to ‘zero waste’ principles, in an effort to reduce the industry’s current consumption of roughly 40 percent of the world’s resources. This, of course, must be considered and implemented from the planning stage, with thought given to which materials are selected, how they are to be acquired and transported, how traditional construction material waste can be reclaimed and managed to increase sustainability and environmental friendliness, etc. - throughout the building life cycle. The term circular economy is most relevant in that sense as resources can be retained rather than disposed of. At Swapp, one of the features we are most proud of is our optimization of floor layouts for reuse of building parts. Imagine that instead of demolishing and re-building the space every time there’s change in tenants, the planning software will automatically generate the best scenario for building parts reuse. Tons of construction waste will be prevented as well as the significant reduction of construction costs for both tenants and landlords, Watch here a Swapp visualization of the process. 3 - AI - Technology that promotes efficiency The digitization of building planning provides significant opportunities for architects, engineers, designers, and, of course, construction companies themselves to increase efficiency throughout every aspect of the construction process. Artificial intelligence (AI) is one of several tech innovations trending in 2020 (and likely in 2021 as well). Others include building information modeling (BIM), and blockchain-backed smart contracts. Artificial intelligence makes construction planning more efficient by engaging in “machine learning.” Software systems collect, analyze, and learn from data for the purpose of automating tasks and eliminating future programming and manual deployment. The more data an AI system is fed, the more accurate its “understanding” of the information and its related tasks will be. Advantages include the prediction of realistic costs, and time constraints, leading to a more precise allocation of resources, increased safety, and closer adherence to timelines and budgets. 4 - Greater reliance on remote teams One of the major benefits of efficiency-improving technologies is the ability for construction companies to increase their reliance on remote teams and engage in remote project planning and management themselves. In fact, this is one of the most significant construction planning trends for 2020-2021 and a key competitive differentiator future-forward companies should most certainly adopt. Even before the coronavirus pandemic spread around the world, remote working was a popular avenue being explored across all industries. And now, it is being implemented in more industries and in more places of work, in an effort to keep people safe and in good health. But it is also instrumental in enabling contractors to work on multiple job sites in multiple locations at once <insert relevant blog post>. Rising by 292 percent year over year, drones are being used in the construction industry to rapidly and remotely scan and map large areas. The information they glean enables construction companies to plan construction projects faster, based on real-time, actionable data, among other use cases. Bottom line While the adoption of trends within the construction industry is generally slow-moving, smart, digital technologies are trending, and are poised to disrupt the planning process - and change it for the better. At Swapp, we always seek to lead construction industry trends, using our AI-driven software platform to promote greater efficiency, eco-friendliness, safety, support, and flexibility for construction planning in particular, and the construction industry as a whole. So, which construction industry trends are you planning to adopt in 2020-2021?