Construction technology on the jobsite often adds transparency to operations, which can benefit builders, contractors, field crews, and customers alike. These construction technology solutions open the door for invested parties to “see” more clearly into inspection processes or document management via realtime information and electronic workflow, or into jobsite progress via streaming video.
Balfour Beatty Construction, a subsidiary of Balfour Beatty plc, www.balfourbeatty.com, London, U.K., has deployed a technology solution to provide transparency into one particular project—the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in Orlando, Fla. The performing arts center, slated for phase-one completion in 2014, aims to become a “mixed-use urban arts center” with three theaters, educational facilities, and a public performance plaza.
To provide 24/7 online access to the project, a live view of the construction site will be broadcast to the world with OxBlue, www.oxblue.com, Atlanta, Ga., a provider of video cameras and surveillance systems for the construction industry. The company provides the hardware and connectivity required to power these high-resolution construction Webcams, providing constant access to jobsites for not only those involved in the project, but for the public.
In the case of the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, Balfour has situated an OxBlue camera atop a tower in downtown Orlando, providing a wide-angle, 12-megapixel view of the entire construction site. Online access (at http://drphillipscenter.org/progress/webcam) allows users to zoom in and pan around the entire jobsite to follow its stages of completion or just to see what’s happening at any given moment.
Rick Romoser, senior project manager, Balfour Beatty Construction, says the solution is a tool to record the construction process. “We use it on a weekly basis to help us monitor our schedule and reconfirm activity start dates and finish dates,” Romoser says.
At the core of the solution, OxBlue says its construction cameras facilitate “effective coordination and communication of all construction activities.” For those managing large-scale projects with which the public is actively interested, the cameras not only help oversee jobsite activity, they can help keep the community involved with the project.
Realtime Webcam streaming of high-profile construction projects can even be considered a marketing or public-relations tool for commercial construction firms looking for a unique way to get their name in the public eye. By providing transparency into a project’s lifecycle, construction companies are taking an innovative approach to the latest technology, and it might even turn a few heads.