Comprehensive Jobsite Monitoring Simplified
The construction industry isn’t what it used to be… and that’s largely thanks to advancements in various available technologies that make it faster, cheaper and safer than ever before to complete major projects.
By utilizing some of these amazing tools, you’re putting yourself at an advantage over the competition.
If you’re not yet monitoring your jobsite with construction cameras and drone photography, you may be wondering what all the fuss is about and if it will really be beneficial to your company.
David Gaw, the CEO of Sensera Systems says that, “In working with over 1,000 general contractors, we have learned that they would like to have a single solution for jobsite monitoring that goes beyond time-lapse to address those things that are truly core to improving safety, schedule and profits. They have also told us they value a single platform to do this so that workflow is streamlined. Our SiteCloud platform addresses this need by providing a full suite of real-time jobsite monitoring functions while being integrated with popular construction management software.”
Here are some of the ways that jobsite monitoring can improve a construction business:
1. Project Execution
Detect and resolve problems early. Improve labor utilization. Keep teams in sync.
Project management is an important component of any construction job—and most general contractors will tell you it’s one of the most difficult to maintain. But jobsite monitoring solutions make it easier than ever before to track and gather data about the status of your project.
Construction cameras can provide real-time project updates, giving owners and other project stakeholders access to a project’s status, even from a remote location without bothering the PM. This allows general contractors to stay on top of productivity and make sure all components of the project are going according to plan and staying on schedule.
If and when issues arise, you can address them immediately, cutting down on expensive problems and preventing costly delays. Additionally, remote monitoring provides GCs with the ability to check on subcontractors to make sure they arrive on time and perform the tasks that they have been assigned correctly.
Project managers can use the media from their monitoring solutions to improve meetings with 360-degree visual documentation or send out immediate marked-up images to help convey their concerns with team members.
Also, construction cameras and drone photography give general contractors the ability to provide clients and investors with visual progress reports, thanks to time-lapsed images. They even make it possible to take stakeholders on real-time, remote “tours” of the jobsite.
2. Risk Management
Simplify quality assurance. Monitor safety compliance. Improve dispute resolution.
There’s no way around it: Construction is a hazardous industry. The cold, hard facts regarding worker safety in the construction sector indicate that there is a lot of opportunities to make jobsites safer. Here is just a sampling of some of the construction safety statistics:
- The construction industry accounts for 4% of employment in the U.S.—yet it accounts for 21% of all workplace fatalities.
- Throughout the course of a 45-year career, nearly every construction worker will suffer an injury on the job; three out of four will suffer a disabling injury, and one out of 200 will suffer a fatal injury.
- In 2016, more than 1,000 construction workers were killed at the workplace; over 990 of those deaths were in the private sector. More than 63% were caused by one of the “fatal four” accidents: falls, being struck by an object, electrocutions and being “caught in or between” (caught in, between or crushed by equipment, structures or other objects).
- On average, the “fatal four” accidents are responsible for some 600 deaths in the construction industry each year.
- On average, 70 to 80 pedestrian construction workers are killed each year after being struck by a construction vehicle on a jobsite.
- In fiscal year 2017, the construction industry took three of the top 10 spots for the most cited violations of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). “Fall protection, construction,” was the most cited violation across all sectors.
What does this have to do with jobsite monitoring, you may be wondering?
There are a number of ways in which jobsite cameras can promote safer working conditions on construction sites and do so in a cost-effective way.
First, they can provide surveillance of workers on the jobsite, which in and of itself encourages workers to take more precautions and follow proper safety protocols. But beyond simple surveillance, remote monitoring provides various other safety measures, including:
- Document safety incidents with video
- Automated as-built documentation and weather
- Visually check for quality assurance and process compliance
- Alert team members about safety compliance issues so they can be addressed quickly
- Secure sites from theft and trespassing to mitigate liability
3. Winning Work
Transparency and Trust. Repeatability. Marketing.
Marketing in the construction industry, and beyond, isn’t what it used to be even 10 years ago. It’s gone almost entirely digital.
With that fact in mind, jobsite monitoring tools should be an essential part of your online marketing strategy.
Beyond simple photography, jobsite cameras can be used to compose interesting visual marketing tools such as time-lapse videos—which essentially piece together a sequence of images taken over the course of days, months or sometimes year and then condenses it to a few minutes.
The aerial images that can be captured by drone cameras are unlike any that can be captured with a handheld camera and can be used in a wide variety of promotional materials that stand out from the competition. Drone-shot videos have become popular among the construction industry for their visual impact in showing a project from an aerial view.
Utilizing jobsite cameras to build trust and transparency with an owner of a project is also a key benefit and can help a project bid against others not using remote monitoring. Jobsite cameras allow for the verification of best practices in process and execution.
Whatever the project and whatever the need, jobsite monitoring solutions offer unique new functionality to the construction industry that is rapidly changing the day-to-day life of this business. Whether it’s used for project management, safety or marketing purposes, jobsite cameras can do more on the construction site than ever expected—and that’s why their use in the industry is only expected to grow moving forward.
Simplifying Project Monitoring & Security
Construction cameras can do more than time-lapse, and they impact a wide range of needs for jobsite monitoring. General contractors need a platform comprising of a complete set of jobsite hardware devices, cloud software and communications services to provide multiple end-to-end real-time jobsite monitoring applications.
Easy-to-use software for viewing, monitoring and sharing real-time jobsite images, videos and data need to be tightly integrated with the hardware of jobsite monitoring solutions. Construction cameras and drone photography service need to provide comprehensive, automated site progress monitoring from a simple web interface that connects to the jobsite monitoring solutions through Wi-Fi and/ or 4G/LTE connectivity to make it a true end-to-end solution.