Podcast: Construction Week Viewpoint – GCC turns to construction tech

The Middle East's burgeoning appetite for AI in construction will be critical to deliver future megaprojects, the latest episode of CW's podcast series finds

The race is on to harness the power of artificial intelligence in the Middle East's construction market.
The race is on to harness the power of artificial intelligence in the Middle East's construction market.

Construction Week Viewpoint looks at why artificial intelligence (AI) may need to muscle harder into the built environment to help the market deliver the infrastructure needed to support economic growth.

In the latest episode of the CW Viewpoint podcast, hosts Oscar Rousseau and Jumana Abdel-Razaq discuss how drones, 3D printing, AI, and other forms of so-called disruptive technology help to reshape construction practices and procedures in the Middle East. And why work is far from complete when it comes to harnessing the power of new technology.

This technological transformation – dubbed the Fourth Industrial Revolution – comes as GCC governments push their respective strategies, or visions, for sustainable economic growth, better infrastructure, and public services.

Globally, though, construction is still behind the curve when it comes digitisation, although it does rank ahead of the less tech-savvy profession of agriculture.

Construction Week Viewpoint is a weekly SoundCloud podcast series produced by the Construction Week editorial team.

Listeners can tune in from their handheld devices at noon every Monday to learn more about the biggest issues in the business. Previous episodes have explored why Saudi Arabia is in a race against time to build more hospitals, why saving the UAE's architectural heritage is more important that ever before, and how oil and gas megaprojects continue to be developed amid widespread energy diversification plans.

A video of each podcast can be found on Construction Week's YouTube channel. 

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