Technology continues to advance for the construction industry—particularly on the jobsite. We are seeing more drones in the sky and more automated equipment on the ground. Key to project success is keeping an eye on the project—which includes everything from workers, to equipment, and beyond. However, on a busy jobsite, this can be challenging to say the least.

So how can you best manage a project, all with the help of technology? Here are three ways to keep an eye on the jobsite today, with hardware in hand.

Construction Cams
Perhaps one of the most obvious ways to keep an eye on a construction project is with construction cameras. Cameras can capture video and empower business owners to create footage whenever they need to see it.

Consider the example of Brinno. It offers the Brinno Construction Trio Bundle Pack for recording the progress of a construction project including: the EMPOWER time lapse cam; the Power Housing, which accommodates up to 16 AA batteries to give more power in outdoor environments; and the Clamp Mount Kit. This enables workers to capture video recording to meet various project demands.

One new, emerging way to capture information on a project is with drones—although the use of this hardware is growing at a rapid rate as many construction professionals are already leveraging this technology on projects.

As one example, DPR is using Skycatch to share data with a wide range of users from the design team to the subcontractor. DPR is using the system to gather data related to logistics planning, BIM (building information modeling) coordination, quality control, as-built verification, and billing verifications. The company’s VDC (virtual design and construction) team also says the technology will help scale efforts and deliver data from the projects.

Connected Vehicles
Looking beyond construction cameras and drones, another peripheral way to keep an eye on a project is through the actual vehicles on and around projects.

This is a big topic this month—as it is National Distracted Driving Awareness month—and this week in particular—as it is National Work Zone Awareness Week. Connected vehicle platforms can detect construction zones in realtime to improve traffic and safety.

Check out this example in Las Vegas: In the three-square mile pilot area in and around downtown Las Vegas, Nexar has logged thousands of daily updates on the movements of hundreds of traffic cones and received critical insights on the impact on traffic. The Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada is extending and expanding the scope of the Nexar pilot to further measure the effects of cones and lane closures on traffic, automate the flow of data into RTC databases, help determine permit compliance with lane closures, streamline construction permit management, and more.

This is yet another, unique way to keep an eye on a construction jobsite, ultimately addressing the needs of workers and creating an overall safer construction project.

Laura Black
Laura Blackeditor