April 28, 2021

How to Predict Schedule Adherence with Artificial Intelligence

Nicholas Muir

In today’s day and age of construction, an owner and developer hire a general contractor and their associated personnel to achieve set, contractual goals based on a timeline. The critical element in completing all these steps on time, and on budget, is communication. This means that the weekly, bi-weekly, recorded OAC meeting should be tight, streamlined, and done with as much real-time data as possible.

While using traditional construction methods of communication can help keep these OAC meetings efficient if everything goes according to plan, a wrench can often get thrown into the mix when an issue arises that doesn’t get discovered 2-3 weeks later. This inevitably leads to delays, which leads to lost time and money.

It is to the benefit of an owner or developer to find ways to proactively prevent this scheduling problem so that they are keeping their projects on time, and ultimately, on budget.

OnSiteIQ’s Dashboard and Its Approach to Schedule Adherence

As OnSiteIQ’s technology advanced, it led to the realization that the millions of data points being collected at various job sites could be used to identify problems sooner than traditional communication means.

Schedule adherence is one of the main ways an owner and developer can achieve a profitable project. For every month a project is delayed there are added labor costs and interest costs, which can quickly spiral out of control.

OnSiteIQ, and specifically its point cloud coverage, can help demonstrate in real-time the general progress being made to every square inch of the building. Furthermore, the artificial intelligence aspects of the technology make it so owners and developers can be given the full context into why any portion of the project is delayed, or at the threat of being delayed.

What Is Done With the Photo and Video Documentation Data Points?

With the point cloud coverage discussed above, the OAC meeting can be used to decide how the project moves forward with the full context of any issues that may have come up, or that are at risk for coming up. This will inform how the schedule adjusts, or gets reconciled, from that point forward.

Ultimately, this artificial technology can help an owner or developer see through any misleading information they may be getting fed around the schedule, the schedule activities / trade at any point in time of the project. With the schedule being such a critical lynchpin to the success and profitability of a project, this technology can give the owner or developer the confidence and insight to challenge, question, or otherwise debate the schedule and information they are being given.

Therefore, the advantage of artificial intelligence through photo and video construction documentation is clearly seen in three easy steps:

  1. Millions of data points are being collected daily
  2. Those data points are helping alert any current, or forecasted delays.
  3. Those delays can integrate with the schedule, to show how it can be reconciled or adjusted for any aspect of the project.

The best news in all of this is that these three steps above can happen weeks or months earlier than traditional construction communication because the power of artificial intelligence technology is in the hands of the owner or developer. You can request a free demo from OnSiteIQ, and get a better sense of how our dashboard can help keep your project on time.

Who Does Schedule Adherence Help?

While it’s easy to see how this technology can benefit an owner and developer, it’s important to point out how schedule adherence benefits all parties involved.

  1. The construction company of record can better predict their profitability because they can better predict the construction schedule, and develop a reputation as a company that conducts projects that happen on schedule.
  2. The general contractor is happy because he or she is finishing on time, meaning no penalization for late delivery.
  3. The contractor’s team can comfortably go on to their next project without having an unfortunate overlap between their next project, and a delayed project that is coming under a scheduling fire.

Long story short — when a schedule stays on time, everyone wins.