Viewing Safety in All Directions

Safety on the jobsite requires more than hot vests and steel toed boots. Vehicle traffic, both delivering and working trucks and equipment, needs to be respected. Drivers must have visual contact with any obstacle and every person in range when moving their vehicle. Since every vehicle has blind spots, adopting technology to give the driver a clear view makes sense.

SmartDrive Systems, a company focused on video-based safety and what they call “transportation intelligence,” provided The Silvi Group  with a video-based safety program across its fleet after Silvi evaluated two other programs. The program includes fully managed service and proactive coaching.


Construction Safety Challenge

Construction has been hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, although in many states building continues while other businesses are shut down. Equally important, construction companies are learning a critical lesson from the coronavirus problem: safety must be paramount. How they are responding can be helpful information for others in the field.

A coalition of critical infrastructure and construction companies has banded together to launch the “NEXT Coalition” to promote and share industry safety best practices. Black & Veatch, DPR Construction, Haskell and McCarthy Building Companies are leveraging their safety expertise and best practices in a campaign to ensure the well-being of crews and office team members facing complex challenges posed by the coronavirus outbreak.


Collected And Connected

Companies buy insurance to protect their bottomline in case of accident or delays; insurance companies create systems to protect their bottomline from too many claims. By helping their clients, insurance firms help themselves as well.

The Construction insurance business of AXA XL takes this idea to heart. AXA XL is the property, casualty, and specialty risk division of AXA, providing insurance and risk management products and services for mid-sized and larger companies. By creating the Construction Ecosystem, an integrated digital platform that employs construction technologies to monitor and aggregate data, AXA XL provides contractor clients with insights and benchmarks to help manage risks on their jobsites and across their organizations.


Cameras Everywhere

With remote work the norm for many functions since the coronavirus pandemic, it is natural for remote observation of jobsites to be a trend. Why risk exposure to the virus by touring an active site when you can do much the same surveillance from the office—or from home?

The CDC (Center for Disease Control) advises that the best way to prevent illness and prevent the spread of COVID-19 is to avoid being exposed to the virus by way of physical distancing (also known as social distancing). New camera technology, using AI (artificial intelligence), can be used to determine when two or more people are standing or working too close to each other. The technology, from construction camera specialists OxBlue, has the potential to increase awareness and improve safety and is available to those looking for alternative ways to create social distancing awareness.


Drilling and Digging

The slogan, “What happens in Las Vegas, stays in Las Vegas” doesn’t apply to what is happening there now. With most trade shows and conventions, arguably the second biggest visitor draw to Las Vegas, on hold or outright cancelled for the year due to the coronavirus pandemic, work on the remodeling of the LVCC (Las Vegas Convention Center) can proceed without impacting the Center’s crowds. There are no crowds.

A major part of the LVCC remodeling is a new underground transportation system designed by Elon Musk’s The Boring Co. The first commercial endeavor for Musk’s company, the $52.5 million project will allow convention attendees to be whisked across the 200-acre campus in under two minutes, free of charge, in all-electric Tesla vehicles. Construction is already underway on all three passenger stations in the system. 


Advancing the 3D Building Lifecycle

Here at Constructech, we have reported on the value of being able to move data through the construction lifecycle of a project—from design, to construction, and ultimately maintenance and management of a facility. Ideally, BIM (building information modeling) data is generated and shared with everyone throughout the entire project. Now, a new cooperation will help enable a 3D building lifecycle.

Pointfuse and Leica Geosystems, a Hexagon company, announced an agreement to streamline the use of reality capture data. The streamlined workflow provides a solution to capture and convert point clouds into deliverables that drive every stage of the building lifecyle, from design to construction, operations, and maintenance.


Sustainability in Heavy Equipment

Some companies are known for their wide range of products while others are niche players. In construction, the biggest names in big equipment generally have been building their reputation for generations. And one of the biggest names is often shortened to one of the smallest: Cat.

Caterpillar has been making heavy equipment since 1925 and is presently the world's largest manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, industrial gas turbines, and diesel-electric locomotives.


AI Deals with COVID-19

Construction, accepted by most states as an essential business during the COVID-19 pandemic, must accept the responsibility for keeping its practitioner safe and healthy. Several approaches to this include the use of AI(artificial intelligence) in various ways. According to Microsoft, 85% of Americans already use AI. Smart assistants in our homes, song recommendations from music streaming services, and even spam filters on email are all powered by AI. At its most basic, AI is a powerful automation tool designed to augment what people can do. To take advantage of this technology, we need a good understanding of its capabilities.


COVID-19 Resources for Construction

The news is filled with statistics and warnings related to the novel coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic. In general terms, the information is valuable and timely. As states start to see the curve flatten, and plan for the emergence of business from their lockdown, construction companies will find various changes that need to be made. Obviously, some construction projects are being delayed or canceled as a result of COVID-19’s impact on the companies and governments that commissioned them. Further, possible supply chain bottlenecks of equipment and materials—including structural steel and glass from Asia—could cause project delays in currently funded projects, or reduced spending on future ones.


Nationwide Construction Stand-down

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused numerous changes in safety regulations on jobsites throughout the country. While many projects have workers naturally spaced apart, comparable to the six-foot social distance in government proposals, other aspects of the jobsite have been of concern to workers and contractors alike. In response to the general lack of government guidance on the subject of jobsite safety, many member companies of the AGC (Associate General Contractors of America)  is holding a stand down for safety action on Thursday, April 9, 20. On that day, hundreds of construction firms across the country will stop work and hold coronavirus-focused safety meetings as part of a nationwide safety campaign.