Can AI design a temporary warehouse?

We put it to the test….

Like most, we have been embracing the power of artificial Intelligence (AI) to make our lives easier. So, we asked the question “Can AI design a temporary warehouse?” 

Dall.e is a system developed by OpenAI that can create original, realistic images and art from a short text description. So, we put Dall.e to work and tested AI’s ability design a temporary warehouse building! Let’s explore the results…

What did we ask for first?

We used the prompt “design a temporary warehouse for storage” we started by keeping the specification simple. It delivered a relatively good looking warehouse building, possibly a little over-engineered internally but overall, we were impressed.

One of the key differences between the AI design and one of our temporary warehouses was in the roof space. Our temporary warehouses offer more space internally due to their clearspan apex roof.

AI Design:

temporary warehouse designed by ai

Actual:

inside a temporary building, an insulated temporary building strcuture from the inside

Let’s test it further…

Now we wanted to design a high specification, insulated warehouse building so this time we asked Dall.e to design a “highly insulated and durable temporary warehouse building. Clad in insulated sandwich panels. Please include two roller shutter doors.

ai designed temporary warehouse

This was an interesting result, we were a little skeptical about including sandwich panels in the prompt for this warehouse but the results were reasonable. We like the addition of the small canopy shelter above the warehouse door. This is a design feature we have delivered for a national rail infrastructure contractor.  However, not having level access could be a challenge and the roller shutter doors were completely missing from the structure.  The concrete slab installation leaves a lot to be desired too!

How should a high spec insulated warehouse look? We have installed five warehouses for Ikea so we can safely say what a good warehouse looks like. You can see a recent insulated warehouse project here.

Industrial canopy structure

What about a loading bay canopy? This attempt was commendable but still very raw and not as polished as it should be! This attempt did really grasp the shape of the structure providing a large covered loading area. 

The unsightly overhanging material certainly isn’t ideal.  Maybe AI isn’t fully aware of the quality, durability and life expectancy of a “temporary structure.” Our temporary building solution is engineered to perform for over 20 years and backed by a comprehensive warranty. 

temporary warehouse canopy structure designed by ai

We revisited the design brief and asked for a “steel sided canopy structure” and the result looks more suitable although the support beams will certainly get in the way of unloading and loading operations.  Our canopies provide an un-interrupted open elevation for easy access.

If you are looking for a robust, well designed canopy, take a look at the set of canopies we delivered for Oakfurnitureland in this case study.

AI Design:

AI designed loading canopy

Actual:

Industrial steel sided canopy structure

Fast and accurate temporary warehouse design

This was just a quick exercise (and a bit of fun in the office!) to see how AI approaches designing a temporary warehouse. It’s clear that AI “gets it” in principle but the engineering details are not there yet. So, if you need to design a warehouse, what’s better than AI when it comes to design? Natural intelligence, expertise and industry know how combined with world class manufacturing facilities. That’s where we can help.

Our team of temporary building experts can make designing your structure fast and simple. We also won’t miss out any key components such as doors! Our design service is included with structural calculations and design drawings to get your warehouse building up and running. 

So, can AI design a temporary warehouse? We’ll let you decide for yourself. However, if you want a temporary building designed right always come to the experts.

Design your storage building

Our interactive temporary building configurator is a great place to start your design. You can choose a range of specification options and we will progress your design and provide a storage building quotation.

About F&L Temporary Buildings

We specialise in providing additional space that is installed fast and built to last. One of the core applications of our temporary buildings is temporary storage and temporary warehousing. Our storage buildings are manufactured off-site and installed in a matter of days, without disruption. 

Temporary warehouses are an ideal alternative to a permanent building due to their flexibility. We are a strong, well established UK based business with four regional branches. Furthermore, we employ a team of specialists dedicated to providing your business with the very best possible temporary storage building and other applications.

Have you considered a temporary building for your construction project?

Temporary buildings can play a vital role in construction and infrastructure projects

Our range of versatile temporary structures and canopies provide a number of benefits that compliment modular site cabins. In this article, we will explore the best temporary buildings available for construction projects and how you can use a temporary building on your construction project.

Our temporary building experts explore their unique features, benefits, and real-world examples of successful implementation of temporary buildings on construction and infrastructure projects.

Temporary building for construction project

Additional space. Made to measure

Firstly, consider the importance of having space on construction sites. Temporary buildings offer valuable extra space for a vast range of activities. Traditional modular buildings are often used for staff welfare, site offices and meeting rooms. However, a temporary building can provide significant extra space that can be customised. This is ideal in particular for longer term construction and infrastructure projects.

Secondly, temporary buildings are incredibly flexible meaning they can be used in conjunction with a traditional modular site cabin. A traditional stand-alone site accommodation unit, for example a Portakabin welfare building or toilet block is hired in for a set, specific purpose. They can be stacked and provide a great solution for construction projects. Where as a temporary building offers additional scope for customisation and size options.

What is the number one use for temporary buildings on a construction site?

Industrial storage facility or on-site warehousing: With large construction projects often requiring a significant amount of equipment and materials, at this point having sufficient storage space is crucial for efficient operations. 

Markedly, a temporary structure can be specified with large doors, suitable for plant access and fitted with racking solutions for safe storage of construction materials. Our best selling solution for construction projects is industrial warehousing.

In addition, if you are looking for something more flexible and larger than a traditional site cabin, a temporary building will also suit your needs.  overall, a temporary building can offer a large, open plan office or be partitioned into smaller offices, meeting rooms and suites.

Why are temporary buildings growing in popularity on construction projects?

Portability

A temporary building can be quickly dismantled and reused for future projects, further maximising their value as an investment. This makes them a good option for multi-year construction projects such as rail and road infrastructure development.

Our temporary buildings are designed with portability in mind and they are completely relocatable.  This provides an added advantage for construction companies. Additionally, these structures can be rapidly and easily moved within the construction site or to a new site as project needs change.

So, whether it’s adapting to evolving project layouts or shifting focus to different areas, during the build programme, temporary buildings offer the flexibility to accommodate these adjustments. Furthermore, they don’t require substantial alterations or time-consuming construction work.

Rapid deployment

The construction industry often faces tight deadlines, and any delays can have a significant impact on project completion. The installation process for a temporary building is rapid, thanks to modular construction techniques.

A temporary building can be installed in a matter of days. It requires minimal plant and due to their flexibility they can be installed on most ground surfaces. They can even joined to or near existing buildings or modular site cabins.

Construction project including temporary building

What are the best temporary buildings for construction projects?

When selecting a temporary building for a construction project, several crucial factors should be taken into consideration to find the best building. Firstly, the structure and durability of the temporary building is vital. Construction sites can be challenging environments, with exposure to various weather conditions and heavy-duty operations. It is essential to choose a temporary building designed to withstand these conditions and provide reliable and durable shelter.

We can offer a wide range of specification options to suit the intended application. Significantly, our buildings include industrial storage tents, with robust PVC side, durable steel storage buildings (with an optional loading canopy) or fully insulated options.  Additionally, we also offer a range of options which includes aspects such as lighting, heating, cooling, security systems and internal partitioning.

Portable building solutions: Explore completed projects

We have provided a range of temporary modular structures, prefabricated buildings and portable structures to the construction industry, most recently to support the HS2 project. Our first tier contractor partner required a temporary solution for additional storage. We have delivered ten modular building solutions in connection with HS2. Explore the project case study here.