Early adopters predict that the implementation of artificial intelligence in the $10 trillion construction business would significantly improve productivity and reduce costs. The construction materials and supply chain software provider DigiBuild has been utilizing OpenAI’s ChatGPT to strengthen its program for months and will present the findings on Wednesday night in Miami.
Before the launch, though, DigiBuild CEO Robert Salvador granted FOX Business an exclusive first look at how the potent AI tool has increased productivity and reduced costs for the company’s clients, and he claims the technology will be “market changing.”
The pandemic’s high material costs and supply chain issues are still plaguing the building sector, and Digi Build’s software seeks to assist developers and contractors save costs and tighten their timetables. AI assistance has significantly advanced this goal.
According to the business’s understanding, DigiBuild is the first to put ChatGPT into the supply chain for the construction industry, and the company has some inside assistance. The construction software company is supported by significant investors, such as Y Combinator, which taught OpenAI CEO Sam Altman, and it has a private Slack channel with OpenAI where specialists may collaborate on projects.
Since its founding five years ago, DigiBuild has simplified the process of locating supplies from vendors and setting up schedules. With the use of language learning models, tasks that formerly required a team of humans hundreds of labour hours utilizing Excel spreadsheets, notebooks, and manual phone calls may now be completed in a matter of seconds.
“ChatGPT has taken us to the next level,” Salvador said. “Supersonic.”
“ChatGPT can discover 100 of them and even automate outreach and start interactions with those 100 suppliers and say, ‘Hey, we’re DigiBuild.’ Rather than spending many hours likely getting in touch with maybe five or six suppliers. Can you give us a price and send it back here because we need to locate this kind of door?’ he said. “We can speak with 100 suppliers in a minute as opposed to perhaps a small number in a couple of hours.” The CEO gave a real-world example of a project where the new technology resulted in a literal cutting in half of material prices.
When VCC Construction, one of DigiBuild’s clients, needed closet shelving for a project in Virginia, the builder could only obtain one bid for $150,000. There was also a restricted amount of inventory. DigiBuild was able to locate a source in the Midwest with ease who offered the shelves and delivered it in a few weeks for $70,000. Salvador advises imagining those outcomes for a $500 million project or for the entire sector. He anticipates that AI technology will be widely used.
The construction sector was “late to the party” when it came to digital transformation before firms like us, he told FOX Business. However, “it’s really going all in on that, finally,” now.