Imagine a construction site that looked as if it was pulled straight from a science fiction movie. In the middle of the site, surrounded by people and machines working together to efficiently build structures, there is a job site trailer serving as the project’s supercomputer. In this facility, contractors can access augmented reality visualizations of building design plans and real-time statistics tracking, pilot drones from wireless consoles, and monitor worker fatigue using data feedback from IoT-enabled wearable devices. The construction industry is closer to making this type of project site a reality than many expect.
In part one, our Tallahassee construction law attorneys discussed the role of data in helping the construction industry achieve zero-accident job sites. Now, we will continue to explore strategies for eliminating injuries and improving efficiency.
Connect, Automate, Secure
Once the construction industry has amassed a substantial quantity of data over a suitable period of time, it’s not unreasonable to suggest that zero-accident job sites will be within reach. With large quantities of data to help contractors minimize incidents, react to various weather conditions, and monitor workers, it will become increasingly easy to adapt to changing conditions that normally dismantle project timelines. This data can then be applied to physical processes and utilized to program machinery to interact with those processes. In other words, data supports the implementation of autonomous vehicles.
Although construction professionals are wary of autonomous vehicles that they feel will take jobs away from people, this technology can be used to perform dangerous tasks that pose a risk to the wellbeing of your employees or assist workers by supplementing their skill set with integrated data feeds. Some examples include:
- Driver-attention monitoring
- Automatic collision avoidance
- Coordinating with personal protective equipment (PPE)
- Detecting unsafe conditions
- Monitoring workers’ vitals
Innovative Solutions for Progressive Contractors
When data flows through every facet of a construction site, efficiency can reach new heights and workers can rest assured that they will leave work as healthy as they arrived. Contractors can manage projects in real-time and avoid subpar construction, material defects, and workplace injury by embracing new strategies and cutting-edge technologies aimed at improving the construction site. But before this can take place, contractors must be willing to accept an industry in flux and make the necessary changes to prepare for the oncoming wave of innovation.
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