One of those tradition-bound industries where the IoT essential truth What Can You Do Now That You Couldn’t Do Before is starting to revolutionize both daily practices and strategy is heavy construction, both for buildings and public works.
First of all, heavy construction is inherently dangerous, so anything that can be done to manage that danger is beneficial.
of very heavy machinery; many people, frequently on foot; almost
impossible to coordinate all of them in the past, especially as vehicles
enter and leave the site. According to OSHA,
in the US alone, 796, or 20.3% of all workers killed on the job in 2003
were killed on construction sites, primarily through falls, struck by
objects, electrocution or “caught-in-between.” Of those, lack of
coordination probably resulted in most of the struck by objects and
One of the most exciting developments
in that regard is SAP’s demonstration program with SK Solutions, which
makes anti-collision software, on a construction site in Dubai. They
are capitalizing on new construction cranes and construction vehicle
that have sensors built in so their real-time location can be
determined instantly. SAP and SK Solutions combine sensor-based data –
such as 3-D motion control, location, load weight, equipment usage and
wind speed – to avoid collisions with trucks to enhance worker safety,
improve productivity and reduce costs. The site and project managers
monitor the equipment via a dashboard.