AI in Construction, CAD, BIM, Blueprints

How SimplyCount and AI are transforming the construction industry

The construction industry is one of the largest and most complex sectors in the world, involving multiple stakeholders, processes, and challenges. However, it is also one of the least digitized and most inefficient sectors, suffering from low productivity, high costs, and frequent delays. According to a report by McKinsey, the construction industry has an annual value-added growth of only 1%, compared to 3.6% for the total world economy and 2.8% for manufacturing1.

To overcome these challenges and improve the performance and profitability of construction projects, many companies are turning to artificial intelligence (AI) as a powerful solution. AI is a term used to describe how machines can be trained to imitate human cognitive functions, such as problem-solving, pattern recognition, and learning. AI can help the construction industry in various ways, such as:

One of the innovative companies that is using AI to transform the construction industry is SimplyCount, a data-driven platform for construction estimators. SimplyCount uses AI to automatically count and sort symbols from blueprints and technical diagrams, such as P&ID drawings and electrical schematics. It is designed to help engineers, contractors, and estimators save time and money by streamlining their workflow and improving their accuracy6.

SimplyCount leverages cutting-edge algorithms, including optical character recognition and proprietary machine learning algorithms, to create the world’s best symbol counting software. As a result, SimplyCount can handle poorly drafted blueprints, rotated symbols, and scanned blueprints, unlike other solutions. SimplyCount also provides additional toolboxes that allow users to convert their data into a more useful format, such as Excel, portable databases, and exported PDFs, giving them a competitive advantage over less advanced, error-prone take-off methods7.

SimplyCount is an example of how AI can be used to solve previously unsolvable problems in the construction industry, and how AI can create value for the customers and the society. By using AI, SimplyCount helps the construction industry achieve higher efficiency, lower costs, and better quality, and ultimately, build a better and smarter world.


1: Imagining construction’s digital future | McKinsey 2: How AI is changing the game for design and construction | Autodesk 3: How AI is transforming the construction industry | PlanRadar 4: 4 ways AI is revolutionising the construction industry | World Economic Forum 5: AI in Construction: Redefining the Industry with Smart Solutions | Appinventiv 6: SimplyCount 7: About Us – Simplycount