Austin deploys IoT and AI to boost construction rate

  • April 20, 2022
  • William Payne

One of America’s most diversified builders is adopting IoT and AI to optimise its construction processes. Dallas based Austin Commercial, part of Austin Industries, is employing construction AI specialist Versatile’s Craneview to automatically collect and analyse productivity data from construction job sites.

Austin Commercial most recently used CraneView while constructing the University of Houston Law Centre’s new John M O’Quinn Law Building. Over the course of the project, the amount of daily crane picks increased by 53% and daily crane time increased 28%, creating new efficiencies within the timeline. The new building is expected to open in the fall of 2022.

Learning from daily performance data and time-on-hook metrics, Austin Commercial superintendents identified impactful job site patterns, enabling them to streamline their hoisting process. By capturing actual production data from their sites, allowing them to automatically measure performance, Austin Commercial is looking ahead to the advantages this will enable across their projects.

“Austin Commercial is always looking for ways to help us better serve our tradespeople and our clients. Introducing visual and analytical data capture to our projects augments our on-site operational practices to accomplish our objectives with a greater level of success,” said Todd Harper, Director of Construction Technology, Austin Commercial. “CraneView helped us discern patterns and gave us unique, real-time insights on activities that maximised efficiency in our planning efforts, streamlined our overall hoisting process and improved our project execution.”

“Our partnership with Austin Commercial is a meaningful step in our industry’s application and investment in the future of construction,” said Meirav Oren, CEO and co-founder of Versatile. “We’re proud to continue empowering Austin Commercial’s incredible teams and prestigious history with opportunities to gain game-changing advantages.”