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Construction Enters the IoT Age

Uses Data-Driven Visibility to Improve Safety, Reduce Risk on the Jobsite

By Ian Ouellette, Triax Technologies

Construction projects are on the rise across the country – from the growth of mixed use buildings in urban areas, to major renovations taking place in higher education and K-12 institutions. How can contractors and those responsible for building maintenance ensure the safety of workers, occupants and the general public during such disruption? Many are turning to Internet of Things (IoT) technologies to gain greater visibility and control. 

According to market research firm, IDC, worldwide IoT spending will surpass the $1 trillion mark in 2022. It’s already disrupting many industries – from gathering sensory data on agricultural crops, trucking routes or the state of consumer appliances, to monitoring patient heart rates in healthcare. Construction has joined this IoT revolution. A study released by Dodge Data and Analytics, in partnership with Triax Technologies, found that nearly three-quarters of contractors surveyed believe IoT will help them control occupational risks, and about half expect it to reduce risks to the public, as well as financial risks and those related to property damage and construction defects.

So how is IoT helping to reduce risk, while increasing productivity on the construction site?  

Improving Worker Safety on the Chaotic Construction Site

Construction remains an inherently challenging environment, with heavy materials, machinery and equipment, as well as multiple subcontractors and tradesmen all working at once. 

Along with these challenges, a serious labor shortage is forcing general contractors to hire from an increasingly limited pool. Being short-staffed comes with its own safety and operational risks, and when builders rush to complete a project, corners may be cut, safety procedures may be overlooked, and more accidents may happen. 

Given this environment, it’s no wonder that it ranks among the highest industries for worker injuries. But, in addition to the potential for injuries, safety incidents on the jobsite can have significant business impact, leading to lost time, decreased productivity and employee morale, along with rising insurance costs.

To improve safety across the project chain, owners/developers, contractors and subcontractors, are increasingly turning to IoT data, gathered in real-time from sensors worn by workers or tagged on equipment, to gain remote visibility into what is happening. How many workers are on site by trade and sub; how many safety incidents have occurred on site; where did they happen and who was nearby, are all key questions that need to be answered. IoT technology and analytics are helping to answer these questions and more, replacing assumptions with real-time data. 

In addition, wearable devices are not only showing the available manpower and location of your workforce, but it also can help detect and document worker falls, provide tools for workers to report hazards/signal distress in the field, and communicate the need to evacuate in real-time, from anywhere on the site.

Contractors armed with real-time jobsite data aggregated from IoT-based devices can better understand – and if needed, change – worker behavior, safety procedures and how work is managed onsite to take a more proactive approach to safety. Instead of locking insights into paper logs or files based on subcontractor, project or region, IoT-enabled, real-time safety data analysis allows construction companies to share these project insights with other key stakeholders and apply learnings to the next project, enabling continuous refinement of safety practices and procedures.

Keeping the Public Safe

With construction projects on the rise across healthcare facilities, schools and mixed-use buildings, it’s not only the safety of workers that needs to be addressed, but also the security of the general public and occupants of buildings.  When workers are equipped with IoT-based wearable sensors that are compatible with access control technology, it can ensure compliance with regulations by granting entry through a turnstile only to workers with up-to-date training and certifications as well as authorization to be on site.

Further, with beacons placed at areas that are off limits to workers, such as student restrooms, patient hospital rooms or completed apartment floors, projects managers can see in real-time if a worker is near one of these places of interest.

Managing the Financial Risk 

Since time really is money when it comes to construction projects, IoT technology is solving another critical need by helping contractors manage financial risk. It enables them to keep track of, and effectively manage, the many moving parts on a jobsite – including people, equipment, tools and more, to keep projects on time and on budget. 

Contractors are beginning to use analytics, driven by data captured from IoT sensors, to improve efficiency on the jobsite, better forecast projects and keep them on track. For example, by putting sensors on equipment and tools, contractors can reduce the time wasted in tracking them down. This is a sorely needed capability considering that an average construction worker spends about 20 percent of their time waiting for materials, equipment, or information, according to a study by the Department of Construction Science and Management at Clemson University. 

As with many other industries, IoT is becoming the must-have technology in the construction tool belt. It holds great promise in providing the data-driven insights that can improve the efficiency of a construction site, and the safety of workers and the general public. As it continues to take hold and evolve, we can expect to see new uses, integrations and innovations that will help usher in a safer and smarter approach to construction.

DEWALT® Introduces ToughSystem® 2.0 Radio & Charger

DEWALT® announces the ToughSystem® 2.0 Radio & Charger (DWST08820), delivering powerful 360° sound and durability. Available in November 2019, it’s the first product in an upcoming relaunch of the original ToughSystem product line, first announced in 2011. More information will be available on the rest of the line in early 2020.

Features of the ToughSystem 2.0 Radio & Charger include Dynamic Range Control that gives users the optimal sound for indoor or outdoor use, via selectable settings. It incorporates four integrated, high-performance full-range speakers, an active subwoofer, and passive bass resonator, all driven by a 55W RMS amplifier to provide audio clarity. Compatible with all existing ToughSystem and future ToughSystem 2.0 modular storage solutions, the radio interface is intuitive and with robust stacking and locking side latches it’s easy to assemble and disassemble.

Integrated Bluetooth® connectivity enables the radio and music from mobile devices to be controlled remotely via the DEWALT Sound Systems Android™ / iOS® operating system mobile apps. A 2.1A USB port is included on the radio for mobile device charging while a large compartment on top provides storage and protection for a battery, phone and the included AC power cable. The radio is also fully compatible with DEWALT 12V MAX*, 20V MAX* and FLEXVOLT® battery platforms (batteries are sold separately). Not only can the radio run off DEWALT batteries for cordless operation, it can also charge DEWALT batteries when it’s plugged in via the optional AC power cable.

With a wide top handle, the radio is engineered for the jobsite. It’s IP54 rated for dust and water resistance and its construction is reinforced to withstand daily use in tough conditions. The radio also features a large, full color LCD motion-flipping display, rubberized keypad, and touch-sensitive buttons. Available where DEWALT products are sold in November 2019, the ToughSystem 2.0 Radio & Charger (battery and charger are sold separately) is the perfect solution for jobsites, workshops, and vans.

*With respect to 12V MAX – Maximum initial battery voltage (measured without a workload) is 12 volts. Nominal voltage is 10.8. With respect to 20V MAX – Maximum initial battery voltage (measured without a workload) is 20 volts. Nominal voltage is 18. With respect to 60V MAX – Maximum initial battery voltage (measured without a workload) is 60 volts. Nominal voltage is 54.

The Bluetooth® word mark and logos are registered trademarks owned by Bluetooth SIG, Inc. and any use of such marks by DEWALT is under license. Android is a trademark of Google LLC. IOS is a trademark or registered trademark of Cisco in the U.S. and other countries and is used under license to Apple Inc.

FEATURES & SPECS

FEATURES

  • Listen to live radio or stream music from your Bluetooth® enabled device
  • Color LCD display and touch screen capability
  • Works with and charges DEWALT 12V MAX*, 20V MAX* and FLEXVOLT® batteries. Batteries not included.
  • IP54 rating
  • 55W RMS amp, 4 Full Range Speakers, 1 Active Subwoofer and 1 Assisted Bass Resonator for loud, high quality sound
  • Large compartment to store your mobile devices
  • USB charger (2.1A) and AUX port
  • ToughSystem® Compatible
  • Dynamic range control for indoor and outdoor environments
  • App gives you full remote control

SPECIFICATIONS

  • HEIGHT 15.21 IN
  • SYSTEM 12V MAX* , 20V MAX*
  • TOOL WEIGHT 15.2 LBS
  • WIDTH 21.645 IN

DEWALT Offers Two new Cordless Tools

 

DEWALT®  20V MAX* Cordless Fencing Staple

The 20V MAX* Cordless Fencing Stapler (DCFS950) that is optimized for installing various types of agricultural fencing such as woven wire, high tensile, barbed wire, deer fencing, field fencing, and more. Part of the 20V MAX* System from DEWALT featuring over 200 products, the stapler offers cordless convenience and is part of a large system of compatible batteries and chargers.

The advantage provided by the 20V MAX* Cordless Fencing Stapler is that it can staple up to 590 staples per charge or 1,400 feet of fencing per charge**. It’s also up to three times faster than manual hammer-driven stapling***. The stapler also incorporates many features found on professional-grade fastening products, including tool-free stall release, tool-free depth of drive, tool-free mode select, tool-free jam release, tool-free speed select and a brushless motor. In addition, the tool features a multi-angle contact trip for accurate staple placement, low staple lockout, and a 35-staple capacity for fast and easy reloads.

Weighing 8.8 pounds without a battery, the 20V MAX* Cordless Fencing Stapler features LED work lights and an ergonomic handle that has a low center of gravity, providing balance and control. It accepts 9Ga DEWALT Fencing Staples at .157 inches in diameter in 1-1/2”, 1-3/4”, and 2” staple lengths (staples sold separately). Available in summer 2019, the 20V MAX* Cordless Fencing Stapler will come kitted with two 5.0Ah Batteries for $799 MSRP (DCFS950P2) or bare for $599 MSRP (DCFS950B). The 20V MAX* Cordless Fencing Stapler will come with a three-year limited warranty, one-year free service contract and 90-day money-back guarantee.

*Maximum initial battery voltage (measured without a workload) is 20 volts. Nominal voltage is 18.

**Based on 5 staples per post, 12 feet between post, using DFS9150B1G staples on Speed 1 in rapid sequential mode and DCB205 battery.

***Using DCB205 battery, stapling five 2” staples into 6” diameter fence post.

DEWALT® 20V MAX* Pole Saw

Part of its growing 200+ 20V MAX* System, DEWALT announces the new 20V MAX* Pole Saw (DCPS620) designed for yard care and landscaping. With compatible batteries across power tools and outdoor products, users invested in the broad 20V MAX* System have a wide variety of tools and equipment they can use to get the job done.

The 20V MAX* Pole Saw is ideal for use in applications including storm damage cleanup, brush clearing, branch pruning, shrubbery trimming, and clearing lots to ready them for construction. The pole saw’s 10-ft. standard length and up to 15-ft. reach** when using its extension pole allows it to cut tall branches and shrubs. The pole saw is durable and provides a comfortable feel for the user.

The 20V MAX* Pole Saw features a durable metal bucking strip that helps grip the wood and a tree hook that can grab and remove pruned branches. Its efficient brushless motor achieves up to 96 cuts per charge on a 4×4-inch pressure treated pine wood using a 4.0Ah battery. The saw’s 8-inch bar offers low kickback and fast completion of cutting limbs up to 16 inches wide. The pole saw is also compatible with a 10-inch bar and chain that aligns with the proper gauge and pitch for this unit. In addition, the 20V MAX* Pole Saw offers automatic chain oiling and features a rubberized grip for a variety of gripping angles.

At only 8.44-lbs. (tool only), the 20V MAX* Pole Saw is lightweight and compact. Ease-of-use features include the saw’s side exhaust, and an angled head with the blade mounted on the left side. This provides a clear line of sight and leverage while cutting. Available where DEWALT products are sold this summer, the 20V MAX* Pole Saw will come kitted with one 4.0Ah Battery (DCPS620M1) or bare (without a battery) for (DCPS620B). The 20V MAX* Pole Saw will come with a three-year limited warranty, one-year free service contract, and a 30-day money back guarantee.

* Maximum initial battery voltage (measured without a workload) is 20 volts. Nominal voltage is 18.

** Based on a 6.0 ft. person holding the pole in a straightened position at shoulder level, 60 degrees from the ground.

DEWALT is obsessed with how users work in the real world and is relentlessly pursuing total jobsite solutions. By incorporating its latest technology and industry innovations, DEWALT is leading the charge for the jobsite of the future. DEWALT products. GUARANTEED TOUGH®. For more information, visit www.dewalt.com

AGC Innovation Awards

A Must-Have Tool — DEWALT® Announces 20V MAX* Cordless Tripod Light

New Cordless Tripod Light Built to Withstand Jobsite Conditions

This is a tool that everyone working a job site really needs. Light, easy to carry and store; virtually instant set up; NO CORDS and 11 hours run-time.

DEWALT introduces the 20V MAX* Cordless Tripod Light(DCL079), built to illuminate dark work areas and withstand tough job site conditions. With cutting-edge LED technology, the 20V MAX* Cordless Tripod Light offers impressive brightness and runtime along with cordless convenience. The light is compatible with all DEWALT 20V MAX* and FLEXVOLT® batteries.

The 20V MAX* Cordless Tripod Light has three brightness settings and illuminates works areas with a maximum output of 3,000 lumens. Its telescoping design sets up in seconds and collapses for easy portability and storage. Users can position the 20V MAX* Cordless Tripod Light overhead to reduce shadows and glare as well as illuminate hazards, workstations, and equipment. The light can also help provide contrast and color visibility for detailed tasks or to direct light at work surfaces.

Available in November where DEWALT products are sold, the 20V MAX* Cordless Tripod Light will be available as a bare tool (DCL079B) for $199 MSRP or kitted (DCL079R1) with 6.0Ah battery and charger for $329 MSRP. The light comes with the standard DEWALT 3-year limited warranty, 1-year free service, and 90-day money back guarantee.

With respect to 20V MAX* – Maximum initial battery voltage (measured without a workload) is 20 volts. Nominal voltage is 18.

FEATURES & SPECS

FEATURES

  • Natural white LED provides accurate color visibility, long lifespan, and stays cool to the touch  
  • Three brightness settings to customize workspace illumination
  • Telescoping pole extends light head to 7 feet to reduce shadows and glare.
  • Tough shroud protects light head and withstands job site conditions
  • Over 11 hours run time*

SPECIFICATIONS

  • LUMENS 1,001-5,00
  • POWER TOOL TYPE CORDLESS
  • SYSTEM 20V MAX*
  • TOOL HEIGHT 39 “
  • TOOL LENGTH 9 ‘
  • TOOL WEIGHT16 LBS

THIS KIT INCLUDES 

INCLUDES

  • DCB206 20V MAX* 6Ah Battery Pack
  • DCB115 20V MAX* Charger

For more information on DEWALT and DEWLT products visit  http://www.dewalt.com