The Future of Safety and Efficiency on Jobsites

The Insurance Industry Helps Point the Way

By David Gaw, Founder, CEO – Sensera Systems

The insurance industry has been criticized as being slow to “digitize”. For the Construction industry however, they seem to be helping lead the way. Executives from several leading insurance groups point out four important safety and efficiency impacts real-time video monitoring brings to construction:

  1. Promotes Safety – Video monitoring can: enable the capture of incidents and near misses; help project safety teams correct bad habits sooner; and enable remote oversight of safety compliance.
  2. Promotes Productivity – Real-time video provides project teams with: increased awareness of where and when resources should be allocated; identify issues, as-built, to avoid unnecessary re-work; and identify areas of risk. Detailed visual documentation provides a clear benefit when it comes to quality and safety. In essence, it provides another ‘set of eyes’ on the job site to help identify and correct issues, in order to avoid losses and violations.
  3. Lessens Burden for Subcontractors – Video monitoring and automated visual documentation help support the relationship between the Contractor and subcontractors by substantiating work was done correctly. Having visual documentation greatly simplifies resolving defect claims by showing: who did each part of the job; whether the job was done correctly; and when the work was completed.
  4. Assist in the Claims Process – Having good visual documentation can expedite the claims process and avoid ‘he-said-she-said’ scenarios. Often a claim involves only one subcontractor. Having visual documentation can help avoid having multiple subcontractors looped into a claims process that is not relevant to them.

The benefits of video monitoring are clear to insurance experts;  “I think they are going to be pretty ubiquitous on any job site of reasonable size,” said Adrien Robinson, Head of construction, Inland Marine & Complex Casualty, the Hartford.

As GCs begin to learn more about the benefits, the inhibitors to adoption of video monitoring technologies are crumbling. Robinson points out, “Cameras are not new, but some of the basics of these technologies have vastly improved over the last few years. The cost of cameras has decreased rapidly, and the quality of the video has improved dramatically… you also have Cloud storage capabilities and artificial intelligence.”

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References & Additional Reading

4 Ways Video Monitoring Boosts Safety and Efficiency on Construction Sites
Insurers Accept They Were Slow to Adopt Digital
Why Is The Insurance Sector Slow When It Comes To Digital Adoption?

The Maturation of Crane Cameras in Construction

You’re probably hearing about “crane cameras” more and more these days. As GC’s are leveraging this tech in several different ways, let’s take a look at what these cameras are exactly and how they’re being used in construction.

Crane Cab Video

One of the earliest use cases for crane cameras was the mounting of cameras on the jib or trolley aimed straight down focused on the load. Real-time video is then displayed in the crane cab providing situational awareness to the operator. HoistCam is one of the leaders in this area.

We are now seeing other use-cases and approaches being taken. Versatile Natures is using a camera (and other sensors) mounted on the hook-block, to provide a more dynamic view of the load/actions. Their system also uses sensors to provide various productivity statistics to the team such as number of picks over time.

Another use case that has become very popular is to use the height and viewpoint that the crane provides as an additional way to capture real-time imagery of the complete jobsite. This imagery supports project teams with a variety of use cases in productivity, safety, quality assurance and coordination.

Crane cameras can be mounted on the tower, jib, or trolley, provided they are solar/battery powered and wireless so that no complex wiring is required. Sensera Systems’ construction cameras are very well suited for this use case. Compact and weighing less than 10 lbs, they can be easily mounted on about any crane location to provide a birds-eye view of the complete job site. High resolution images and real-time streaming video are provided to the entire project team simultaneously.  

When deploying crane cameras it’s important that the system be rugged, lightweight, completely solar/battery powered and reliable. You don’t want to be making too many trips up the crane!

When crane cameras are mounted on the moving part of the crane (jib, trolley) they can capture images from multiple viewpoints and support advanced applications such as Reconstruct’s 2D3D RMap™ & Visual Command Center™ which brings together reality capture, drawings and models and schedule.

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Can Construction Solutions Provide Progress and Security Monitoring?

There are absolutely construction solutions that can do both; however, progress and security considerations are usually quite different. With productivity monitoring, you want to see the entire site and each elevation of the build with a focus on progress, accuracy and avoidance of rework. In this case, you would not focus coverage on entry/exit points or materials and equipment. For security, the focus would be reversed with optimal coverage on entry/exit, materials and equipment, and other areas of interest around the site perimeter.

That being said, there are 5 key areas that contractors can achieve additional simultaneous value from the better construction solutions available today:

1. Productivity – Busy Project Managers can access cameras from any location, on any Internet-enabled device, reducing travel costs and time driving from site to site. This real-time, multi-site remote access allows for progress and compliance monitoring, helps avoid costly rework and delays with as-built documentation and collaboration, and simplifies workflow with integrations with today’s most popular construction applications such as Procore®, AutoDesk® BIM360, PlanGrid and more.

2. Collaboration – Site cameras allow project managers, trade partners, owners and other stakeholders to communicate and collaborate with ease. Remote viewing, live video streaming, image compare and markup, automated as-built documentation and even public URL’s can be used to promote transparency and build trust.

3. Security – Construction sites are often the target of theft and vandalism. As discussed above, security cameras can be used to receive critical real-time intelligence 24/7. Motion detected event notification alerts are pushed to an email or mobile device (via SMS/text) including a video clip or images of the triggering event for rapid review and response. 

4. Risk & Safety – Capturing visual documentation of day-to-day site activity, incidents and near misses, as well as conducting real-time site monitoring enables managers to quickly assess compliance with safety requirements and monitor where workers, equipment and materials are in transit to identify potential safety issues. Alerts can easily be setup for entry of restricted access zones.

5. Marketing – Savvy GC’s and developers utilize automated 4K time-lapse video and public URL’s to market and promote their work quality, integrity, environmental responsibility and completed projects. 

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