The gadgets and gizmos that build up in our homes might make leisure time more interesting, but some high-tech gadgets benefit construction workers on the job. From extending visibility at night to communicating with your crew, these products bring 21-century technology to the work site.
1. Halo Light
Construction workers must often continue into the night, which is where high-powered, wearable lights like Halo come in handy.
Marketed as a “personal active safety system” (PASS), the Halo Light is a wearable light that produces 360 degrees of illumination that makes the user visible for up to a quarter mile. Since construction accidents often occur at night, when motorists cannot see workers as well, this light comes in handy for after-dark projects. It also enables the user to see his or her immediate surroundings without holding onto a flashlight.
2. Laser Scanner
A laser scanner offers remarkable functionality, allowing workers to capture not just two-dimensional photographs of a structure or scene, but three-dimensional models with measurements and other essential data. Use a laser scanner for site modeling, road remodeling, forensic documentation, safety and quality control, and other applications. The laser scanner makes quick work of modeling jobs, allowing you to focus on the work at hand.
3. Inspection Camera
When you need to visualize high places, tiny spaces, or other hard-to-reach areas, inspection cameras prevent you from putting workers at risk or making dangerous guesses about materials or situations. An inspection camera is a small devices that fits in small spaces and is connected to a larger camera via tubing. Most of these gadgets also include zoom and pan features that provide you with more flexibility in capturing images.
4. Google Glass
Hands-free technology continues to represent the wave of the future. Google Glass, for example, benefits the construction industry by allowing workers to record, receive, transmit, and analyze data on the go. You don’t have to pause what you’re doing to pick up a camera or send a message to a colleague.
Not only does Glass technology promote efficiency and accurate on the work site, but it also improves safety. Workers can focus on the job at hand rather than ancillary tasks. This reduces the potential for falls and other accidents.
Tiny computers like iPads and other tablets make digital communication more accessible than ever. Not only can construction crews communicate with each other and access work orders online from a tablet, but they can also show photographs to clients and check on the status of permits and other documents.
Providing every member of the crew with a tablet allows them to track and manage their work more efficiently. It also helps crews stay in contact when working at separate locations. If the foreman receives a change order or other request from the client, the crew can view it instantly on the tablet.
Although the construction industry might maintain habits from decades ago, it continues to evolve with the times. Getting in on the ground floor, so to speak, with high-tech gadgets makes you more appealing to clients and more effective on the job.
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