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  • 1.  How will AI & bots change the profession?

    Posted 12 days ago

    I would like to start a discussion on how AI and the "bots" will change the profession. Why will we need people if we can teach bots to do that work?


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    Richard Plumery EVP
    Operations Executive, SVP
    AECOM
    Castle Rock CO
    (720) 840-3902
    plumery@aol.com
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  • 2.  RE: How will AI & bots change the profession?

    Posted 11 days ago
    Humans are known for their perseverance and ability to adapt to change. Even as AI and bots take on more tasks, humans will continue to find new ways to apply their skills and abilities in the workforce. They will continue to learn and grow, developing new expertise in areas such as AI development and management. While the job market may shift, humans will continue to be valuable assets in the workforce due to their ability to think critically, solve problems creatively, and interact with empathy. They will find new ways to add value and stay relevant in the face of technological advancements.

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    Oscar Agudelo
    Spring TX
    (832) 908-9351
    oscardanielagudelo@gmail.com
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  • 3.  RE: How will AI & bots change the profession?

    Posted 9 days ago
    I like your view Oscar.  I am hopeful as you do that we will adapt and continue to flourish in this profession.

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    Richard Plumery EVP
    Operations Executive, SVP
    AECOM
    Castle Rock CO
    (720) 840-3902
    plumery@aol.com
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  • 4.  RE: How will AI & bots change the profession?

    Posted 10 days ago
    If AI and "bots" will be part of the environment for project management in general and project controls in particular - how should members of our profession work in this new environment? Should we get different training? Can a good flesh and blood analyst see if the reports written by a "bot" are unduly optimistic/pessimistic or in some other fashion misleading?

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    Dan Melamed CCP EVP FAACE
    Program Analyst
    U.S. Department of Energy
    1 (301) 775-7286
    Disclaimer: this e-mail represents the view of its sender. This e-mail was not prepared as a product of the U.S. Government including the Department of Energy; no official endorsement should be inferred.
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  • 5.  RE: How will AI & bots change the profession?

    Posted 9 days ago
    AI and bots are already changing our profession and this trend will continue.  At the current stage AI is accelerating the development lifecycle across the board.  For example, programmers can ask chat GPT to write snippets of code and pump out simple working scripts in a matter of hours rather than days.  In the future we will see agile software projects with timelines and scope that would sound completely insane by todays standard.

    The construction industry already has bots that can do most of the rough work for laying drywall and humans are only needed for the finishing work saving a ton of time (especially with labor shortages in drywall craft labor).  Caterpillar already has equipment that can do rough sitework and leveling without a single person. Shindler has "RISE" bots that can automatically crawl up an elevator shaft to complete most of the work previously done by humans at a much higher level of quality which saves time.  We also already have bots with AI enabled cameras that can crawl a job site and generate field reports, NCRs, and digital as built BIM models.  The same cameras can be attached to existing field inspectors so they essentially just walk the site periodically and data is automatically gathered.  Most of the AI trends I have seen in construction project controls rely on BIM as their data backbone.  We will still need humans in the loop for a while and learning how to use BIM to manage construction will be come extremely important as it will be the only way to check the bot AI's assumptions.  Ultimately, AI will create higher quality projects and I think that will make the project controls a bigger focus.  I believe owners and boards will want a human to tell them they validated the AI's predictions for a long time after all of cost engineering is fully automated by AI; this is basically what happened to the finance industry 10 years ago.

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    Douglas Cullison
    Risk Manager
    Jacobs Engineering
    Honolulu HI
    (808) 375-1414
    douglas.cullison@jacobs.com
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