Keeping close eye on your construction jobsite can help you cut costs. That’s something that just about any construction manager wants to hear.
There are a number of ways that remotely monitoring your site can help your budget: preventing theft, increasing project efficiency, identifying bottlenecks, quickly addressing costly maintenance needs, and increasing jobsite safety are just a few ways.
What is remote monitoring?
In the construction industry, remote monitoring means using tools like software platforms, cameras, sensors, and other technology to manage, track progress, plan, adjust, and streamline processes from anywhere in the world.
There’s a wide swath of different technologies that can be implemented to assist with this; it really depends on the needs of a particular job site.
Do you really need it? The short answer is: yes. While it’s certainly an upfront investment, but you’ll likely spend much more implementing monitoring technology than you will on lost equipment, decreased productivity, or site damaged.
Here are two main ways that remote jobsite monitoring can save you money:
Theft is one reason that customers say that they’re considering remote jobsite monitoring. And this is for good reason. The numbers back this concern.
It’s estimated that between $300 million and $1 billion worth of construction equipment is stolen each year, and this number doesn’t include small tools and building materials.
Construction sites are an easy target, and thieves know this. Most sites do not have 24-hour security, leaving the site and equipment vulnerable for large periods of time. Plus, construction machinery is not registered through a national database, making it easy to sell and nearly impossible to recover the stolen equipment.
Loaders are the most common piece of equipment stolen at 36%, according to a study conducted by the LoJack Corporation. And with less than 25% of stolen construction equipment is ever recovered, deterring the theft from happening in the first place seems to make a lot of sense. With cameras visible, thieves are less likely to attempt to take equipment for fear of getting caught.
Not only are you out equipment, but there are other secondary areas of impact:
Stolen equipment is an investment that is no longer working for you.
How can this be avoided?
As if deterring theft isn’t enough, remote jobsite monitoring via cameras can also help prevent workplace injuries and improve overall safety conditions by providing a real-time look at the safety precautions being taken on the jobsite.
It’s no secret that construction sites often present hazardous working conditions. While the industry accounts for only 4% of employment in the U.S., it accounts for a staggering 21% of all fatal work injuries. Meanwhile, nonfatal injuries in the construction sector top over 70,000. Nearly every construction worker will suffer at least one work-related industry.
Protecting your employees should be a priority.
But, aside from the obvious fact that you don’t want your team members seriously injured, these types of events can also be costly to a project. Not only do they cause a loss in productivity, but there are also the issues of worker’s compensation or even possibly expensive lawsuits to consider.
Onsite cameras can be very effective. First, employees are likely to take greater precautions under surveillance, and you may be able to communicate in real time if you notice a hazard or issue by integration with computer vision platforms like SmartVid.io or construction management platforms, like Procore. With a consistent, real time view, you’re also more likely to become aware of and correct workplace hazards before any incidents occur.
These two issues are so important that we're in the process of collaborating on an integration that would provide a solution to address both. Stay tuned for updates on this exciting endeavor.
We’ve covered in depth why you should be capturing construction time lapse videos of your projects. And if you’re doing so, we make it easy to remotely monitor your jobsite while you’re at it. It’s a win-win!
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