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AI and CAD: The Way Forward for AEC Professionals

Elizabeth Ojelabi & Precious Enenta, Volume 4 Issue 1, July 2023 Pages 120-129, Published: 2023-07-13


The fields of architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) have recently seen a rise in the use of computer-aided design (CAD) and artificial intelligence (AI). This study investigates the views of AEC professionals on the benefits, drawbacks, and challenges of CAD and AI adoption in their line of work. The findings of a study showed that AI and CAD may help AEC professionals in a number of ways, including boosting productivity, accuracy, and creativity. Respondents did, however, also voice worries about the possible drawbacks of AI, including the chance of job loss and cyber security vulnerabilities. The poll also identified a number of obstacles to the widespread use of AI, such as a lack of computer science education and experience, as well as the high cost and restricted availability of hardware. Despite these difficulties, survey participants stressed the importance of AI and CAD for the AEC sector's future and the fact that most of these problems can be solved with adequate management and supervision. Furthermore, respondents mentioned a number of ways that AI might help with design optimization, including material investigations, energy usage analysis, and space planning. The study advises AEC professionals to take use of CAD and AI's advantages while also addressing the difficulties and worries that come with their implementation. It is also advised to employ Building Information Modeling (BIM), a thorough strategy that incorporates all parties involved in the built environment in collaboration and examination of a building as a whole, even before the actual construction process starts. According to this study, AI and CAD are the future for AEC professionals and their use might result in more effective and environmentally friendly designs in the future