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April 10, 2019

Smarter, Safer Construction Sites: A Talk with Autodesk’s Shubham Goel

The construction industry has long generated substantial amounts of data, and with the IoT, new sensors, and mobile devices, there’s more data available than ever before. But pulling insight from that data quickly enough to make better decisions has long been a challenge—a challenge that Autodesk Data Science Manager Shubham Goel is trying to solve. He’s overseeing the development of Construction IQ, which is currently included as part of BIM 360 Build. Construction IQ uses machine learning and artificial intelligence to analyze data in real time. The result? It can predict and help you manage risk, delivering an up-to-the-minute snapshot of project health and quality as well as overall company performance.

Goel was recently profiled in ADSK News, where he shared a (very caffeinated) day in the life of a data scientist. In 2017, he sat down with us at AU to share his thoughts on his work and what it means for industry.



Construction continues to be dangerous business. In 2016, there were nearly 1,000 fatalities on US construction sites. According to Goel, 60% of those were the result of what industry professionals refer to as “the fatal 4,” which are falling, electrocution, being struck, and getting caught between objects. With Construction IQ, you can analyze your construction project every day to see where the greatest risks will be, then take steps to proactively mitigate them.




While productivity has been increasing in many industries for decades, in construction, productivity has actually been decreasing year-over-year, according to Goel. Construction IQ uses AI to prioritize problems so that you can focus on the issues that will deliver the greatest return in terms of quality and safety. “Every day, when a typical superintendent arrives on site, there are maybe a thousand issues,” Goel points out. “Out of those thousand, maybe 10 are important. Finding those 10 important issues takes forever. BIM 360 automatically goes in and figures out those 10 things that you should be focused on.”


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“Construction sites are becoming more like assembly plants,” Goel says. No longer are materials assembled from scratch on-site; rather, components are prefabricated, delivered to the site, and then quickly assembled. This new process is beneficial for everyone involved, from GCs and workers to owners and the environment.


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Making Construction Smarter Using AI and Machine Learning

In this industry panel, Shubham Goel, Dustin Hartsuiker, and 3 co-speakers discuss how to use machine learning on construction sites to reduce risk and protect profits. Learn best practices for using assistive AI, how to benefit from past project learnings, and more.

Bringing Construction Risks to the Forefront: BIM 360 Insight in Action

Manu Venugopal and Catherine Rose describe how Skanksa used BIM 360 to identify and understand project risks in real time and share the best practices they discovered.

Machine Learning for Construction Safety: A Construction Project Manager’s Perspective

Cooper Darling of Layton Construction shares his own experience using BIM 360 to analyze and extract insights from his varied project data, including drones, sensors, the IoT, and mobile devices. The result? A safer worksite.

Integrated BIM Workflows in Modular Prefabricated Construction: Concept to Fabricate

Modular prefabrication enables a faster, safer, and more efficient building process, and BIM provides a powerful toolset to deploy modular workflows. The handout from this AU panel offers an overview of the benefits and the steps to follow.