Artificial intelligence on the built industries in the Philippines | Inquirer Business

Artificial intelligence on the built industries in the Philippines

Artificial intelligence (AI), once considered science fiction, has become a key component in many sectors globally.

The architectural, engineering, and construction (AEC) industries have begun to witness this transformation in recent years, updating their old procedures with new innovative tools. Integrating AI into the AEC industries could herald substantial breakthroughs in the Philippines, a country observed for its tremendous infrastructure-building growth.

The integration of AI

AI’s influence in AEC industries is far-reaching, from the design tools capable of iterative testing to the drones inspecting construction sites for safety issues. Adoption is still in its early stages in the Philippines, although some pioneering companies have begun using AI in their initiatives. Notably, construction businesses have started to utilize AI for site inspection and material estimation, while architects have begun to use generative design technologies.


Advantages of AI adoption

AI may dramatically improve productivity and efficiency by automating repetitive processes, allowing human resources to focus on more complicated tasks. AI technologies that can identify and alert teams to possible hazards on construction sites or structural faults in design models can help increase safety.


Another key advantage is cost savings. AI can help with more accurate budget forecasting, improved material management, and waste reduction, making projects more economically viable. Furthermore, AI can promote innovative and sustainable design by allowing software to examine and learn from infinite design alternatives to produce more efficient and resilient structures.

Potential challenges of AI in the industries

While the potential benefits are appealing, incorporating AI is not without hurdles.

Automation may result in job displacement, necessitating a shift in the labor market when positions evolve or become outdated. Access to and price of these technologies may also provide substantial challenges, especially in a developing country like the Philippines.

Another issue to be concerned about is data security and privacy. With AI relying on massive volumes of data, ensuring security of this data is critical. Furthermore, the government must address the ethical and legal concerns around AI decision-making and responsibility.

Scenarios in the Philippines

If the Philippines becomes an early adopter and leader in AI technologies, it could leverage this advantage to become a regional hub for smart infrastructure development.

Alternatively, a collaborative scenario could emerge, with the Philippines partnering with international entities to adopt AI technologies, sharing resources and expertise. However, if the Philippines lags in AI adoption, it risks being left behind in a rapidly advancing industry, potentially impacting its competitive stance in the region.


Finding the balance

Integrating AI in the AEC industries in the Philippines could revolutionize how structures are designed, built, and managed.

However, this transition requires careful navigation. Policymakers, industry leaders, and educational institutions must work collaboratively to shape a future where AI enhances the AEC industries while ensuring the workforce and ethical standards are equally protected.

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The author ( is one of the premium architects in the Philippines who assists local and international clients in enhancing hotels, condominiums, museums, and commercial and mixed-use township developments with distinctive and forward-thinking design specialties for the real estate industry.


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