As sectors begin to adapt to the new world that we live in, with remote working and adhering to social distancing guidelines set out by the government, the dependence on safeguarding the future of our industry has fallen on the shoulders of next-generation engineers.
Through a collaborative event, ALEC, and Cundall, came together to launch ‘The Project of the Future’ initiative involving younger professionals within both companies to brainstorm and come up with groundbreaking ideas that could be shared and embraced by the wider industry.
The winning group came up with an innovative solution called BRAINS – the Built Environment Ranking Artificial Intelligence Network System, which takes the next generation of technology, ubiquitous computing, which automates our entire external world, and applying it for the built environment and the construction industry.
By collating data together, BRAINS is creating correlation between things that we, as humans, do not have the “cognitive ability to comprehend.
Among the other group members was ALEC’s contract quantity surveyor, Shaun Unathi Mahlangu, who believed that the BRAINS delivery model facilitates an honest and genuine level of collaboration between stakeholders and is the first step to achieving “industry utopia”.
When asked about the future of the industry and their perspective on how the construction sector can prosper for the Middle East, the ALEC and Cundall engineers agreed that combining “outstanding collaboration” and “thinking outside of the box” will lead to a positive change in implementing new practices.