AI Resource Guide for Contractors

AI Resource Guide for Contractors

Associated Builders and Contractors recently released an artificial intelligence technology guide for the construction community, which includes definitions, construction use cases and considerations. 

The purpose of the guide is to provide a level of knowledge to ensure contractors can be active participants in the construction AI conversation.

The AI primer describes uses of this technology during the construction project lifecycle. It also provides definitions of terms, such as deep learning and predictive AI, as well as best practices in drafting office AI policies.

“ABC helps members realize the potential of AI, which helps contractors complete projects on time, minimize staffing challenges, save money and improve health and safety,” said Matt Abeles, ABC vice president of construction technology and innovation. 

The following categories and potential AI solutions for construction are listed in the guide:


  • Predictive analytics: Alice Technologies
  • Optimized design development: Hypar, Augmenta
  • Construction drawings: Blueprints AI,
  • Supply chain: SubBase, Kojo
  • Contract review: Document Crunch


  • Autonomous Equipment: AIM
  • Project Management: SmartBuild, Procore Copilot, Autodesk
  • Computer Vision/Intelligent Site Monitoring
  • Safety: Dozer
  • Labor Tracking: AlwaysAI
  • Jobsite Mapping: DroneDeploy

Building Maintenance

  • Energy Management
  • Predictive Maintenance

Human Resources

According to the guide, “HR professionals will need to consider asking questions on the use of AI in the office. Before laying out a blanket policy, clearly define the purpose of the AI usage policy, which may include what AI technologies are covered and how it applies to employees and/or outside stakeholders.”

Abeles points out that the construction sector is grappling with a significant shortfall of workers, projected to exceed 500,000 by 2024, suggesting that advanced technologies such as AI could be pivotal in overcoming this issue.

“As younger workers become industry leaders, we must approach AI in construction as beneficial with a balanced view that includes continuous evaluation, developing ethical guidelines and increasing awareness about what AI can and cannot do,” said Abeles. 

The guide’s author, ABC Director of Construction Technology and Innovation Patrick Scarpati, said while AI technology appears to offer boundless opportunities, it's crucial to begin with a foundational understanding.

“The industry has immense opportunities to evaluate how we can better deliver projects, and we can lean on AI in achieving essential goals like upskilling, workforce development, knowledge transfer, supply chain optimization, enhanced safety design and planning and much more,” said Scarpati.


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