Artificial intelligence, predictive modeling, and risk management, 4/20/2020

    Last month, I wrote about crisis management and the need to peer into the future. That ability, to make some rather educated guesses about what the future might hold, has been enhanced over the last decade by the growth in artificial intelligence (AI) and predictive modeling.

    Topics: News Coverage, COVID-19

    IoT system helps contractors keep their distance on the jobsite

    Building Design + Construction, 4/19/2020

    Many contractors are asking themselves how social distancing can be executed practically on jobsites so their workers can operate safely. As expected, products are starting to emerge that address these concerns.

    Topics: News Coverage, COVID-19

    How predictive data and culture boost jobsite safety

    CONEXPO-CON/AGG, 4/15/2020

    Like most safety managers, Lance Murray tracks lagging indicators at Denver-based Mark Young Construction. But he finds limited use for data on incidents, injuries, and days away from work. “They’re really just identifiers of failure,” he says.  Instead he prefers to focus on building a safety culture and tracking leading indicators, which he says are far more effective.

    Topics: News Coverage, COVID-19

    Industry finds new innovations to stay ahead of COVID-19

    ENR, 4/15/2020

    The way construction work gets done is rapidly evolving to meet the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. From maintaining social distancing on jobsites to retooling existing manufacturing to meeting new demand for hospitals and sanitation, the industry is having to get more inventive at all levels. But quick turnarounds on new facilities and a surprising willingness to upend jobsite cultures is offering bright spots in an otherwise grim picture. 

    Topics: News Coverage, COVID-19

    AI developed to monitor social distancing on construction sites

    The Architect's Newspaper, 4/15/2020

    With most Americans complying with nationwide stay-at-home orders enacted to reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus, a handful of states have nonetheless permitted construction sites to continue operations on “essential” projects. Site safety inspectors have therefore been left with the difficult task of ensuring that the workers they oversee are practicing all safety protocols as advised by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), that include maintaining a distance of six feet apart from one another, wearing face coverings over their noses and mouths during work hours, and minimizing interactions when picking up or delivering equipment or materials.

    Topics: News Coverage, COVID-19

    Computer vision deployed to monitor social distancing on jobsites

    ENR, 4/3/2020

    Working on a construction site during a viral pandemic can be a harrowing experience, given the close quarters that workers often find themselves in. General rules about social distancing easy to maintain on sidewalks can be more stressful when clambering around a crowded active jobsite.

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    AI app debuted to track jobsite social distancing practices

    Construction Dive, 4/1/2020

    Dive Brief:

    • Construction safety software provider is releasing on April 6 a new application for Vinnie, the company’s AI interface, that will be able to determine when workers on construction jobsites have not been practicing social distancing.

    Topics: News Coverage, COVID-19

    A list of resources to help contractors navigate the Coronavirus pandemic

    Construction Junkie, 3/29/2020

    Well, we’re in uncharted territory, to say the least.  The coronavirus has placed major limitations on how many businesses can function, including construction.  The state of Pennsylvania has shut down all construction sites, and so has the City of Boston, but most other states have deemed construction as “essential,” allowing projects to continue.

    Topics: News Coverage, COVID-19