A toolbox talk is an informal group discussion that focuses on a particular safety issue. These talks can be used daily to promote department safety culture as well as to facilitate health and safety discussions on job sites. A toolbox talk covers special topics on safety aspects related to the specific job.
Everyone who has been part of one, dreads being summoned to a deposition. Specifically, you are called to the carpet by a lawyer who has every incentive to get you to support the conclusion they want. Lawyers know that with the benefit of hindsight, no accident is unpreventable. The accident happened but the question would be – what did you do to avoid it?
Without a doubt, keeping workers safe on the job site should be the most important thing to any project team. And yet, today’s job sites that are increasingly large, complex, and rapidly changing make it very challenging to constantly monitor the site for all aspects of safety best practices. Having a second set of eyes that look out for safety hazards can be a valuable tool for project teams -- a key reason why many leading contractors are investing in safety training and assigning on-site safety professionals for their largest jobs. Even so, there are limits to how many site inspections teams can execute in the context of broader responsibilities that include planning and coordination, training, reporting, and incident investigations.
As we have turned the page on 2017, we wanted to pause to look back at the highlights of the year for Smartvid.io and our mission of bringing machine learning (ML) to construction. More than anything else, we are deeply appreciative of our committed and innovative customers, partners, and employees who are committed to our vision of improving the industry with technology.
Like all firms, it is important for Engineering News Record (ENR) to know if unsafe conditions are being shown in the imagery it releases to the public. For their annual photo competition, the ENR team used our machine learning to review all 763 images submitted for consideration. In this article published by ENR, you can see our ML engine, nicknamed “VINNIE”, found 97 people not wearing gloves, 31 without hardhats, 89 without safety colors and 11 without eyewear. We helped screen the winning pictures and identified two that we recommended be reviewed further.
Don’t be one of the million construction workers who visit the ER this year due to hand injuries.
The construction site is riddled with hazards for your hands and wearing proper gloves might be the only thing between you and a trip to the emergency room. The stats on hand injuries in construction are staggering.
Hard to believe that Fall and Autodesk University are here again! Seems like just yesterday we were in Vegas in a (very) small “startup kiosk”. In a few short weeks, we’re headed back, this time in a real booth (Booth C606), involved in three sessions, and co-sponsoring an event Tuesday night with BuiltWorlds @ TopGolf. Here’s where to find us!
Well, we’ve had some nice wins recently. Some highlights: being named one of the top 2 most disruptive uses of Artificial Intelligence by NVIDIA, and being featured by Skanska in their recent ENR FutureTech presentation.
And now, we’ve got big news! Smartvid.io is moving to the next phase of building the company by closing our Series A funding round. We raised $7M overall, with investments from Autodesk, Borealis Ventures, Castor Ventures, and existing investors Converge, Launchpad Venture Group and Stage 1 Ventures.
As you might know by now, Smartvid.io’s mission is to help companies manage photos & videos from the jobsite. This is an old, messy problem that’s only gotten messier with the addition of mobile devices, wearables, apps, and drones. We’ve explained how we tackle it with machine learning; next, we’re ditching the abstract, technical mumbo-jumbo and showing live examples of how our Procore integration makes organizing and finding photos & videos easier than ever.
At Smartvid.io, we’re obsessed with the concept of “integration.”
From a dictionary standpoint, that means “the combining of parts or elements into a whole.”
From a practical standpoint, that means the very real synergy that happens when teams and data are all connected.
Last week, it was a great honor for me to represent Smartvid.io in NVIDIA’s inaugural AI Start-up Challenge. Over 600 companies were considered and Smartvid.io was one of 5 selected for the category of companies “most likely to disrupt their industry”.
One of my most memorable conversations, while doing customer research before starting Smartvid.io, was with the COO of a large general contractor. As we discussed ideas for changing photo and video management, he said “Funny you should mention videos - we just got out of a $4M claim by finding a video that showed what was behind the wall.” I asked him how he tracked it down and he answered “That’s easy: Vinnie remembered. Vinnie always remembers.”
VINNIE has flagged potential missing safety gloves or glasses. Image courtesy of ENR.