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Jakarta, Indonesia - Technology has also infiltrated construction but we have to admit, the growth and the total welcome is a little slow to come since the industry has been used to manually doing things. Controlling tasks such as tracking and updating project schedules can be assisted through remotely operating technology such as hi-resolution cameras that can provide construction management and other users with imaging feeds of job site activities. It has been some time before the industry accepted cameras because of the cost and many barriers. Axis Capital Group, a construction company which also sells and rents capital equipment in Singapore and around Asia reviews the present use in construction.

Project Controls/Management

Having well maintained project controls and management is vital to minimize unnecessary cost on construction projects. Data collected at random time periods and in a non-standardized fashion is not as helpful for project management as data collected regularly. Cameras are useful in monitoring the progress of construction activities, especially from a distance and at a standardized viewpoint. Camera users can log into a web user interface and see if building sections or components have been completed or if re-work is needed, allowing for early detection of issues or problems while still performing the same construction tasks. The ability to follow the progress of activities allows users to predict upcoming roadblocks and better plan for the immediate next or following work task(s).

Communication and Documentation

An important documentation advantage stems from the standardization of site pictures. Since a camera is mounted in a single spot, all pictures are taken from the same vantage point, thus reducing confusion that may arise from multiple perspectives. A standard time between each photograph taken allows users to know what time scale they are looking at and can accurately gage progress. This reduces time needed for field employees to venture into the site to take pictures. Having these unlimited photos makes documentation easier, by provided easy-to-access photos for as-builts and progress reports. Additionally, some written documentation may become unnecessary because all data is stored in pictures, for example, daily weather conditions. Pictures can be used for legal purposes such as dispute avoidance, complaints and litigation, possibly saving millions of dollars in expenses, time, and relationships.

Resource Management

Cameras are considered “semi-automated” in the sense that the physical task of tracking resources in a sequence of images is performed by the user or image processing algorithms. Using cameras for tracking workforce, materials and inventory, and equipment across a site can reveal a number of important imbalances for a project. Time wasting, task completion time, and inefficiencies can be recognized and adjusted for better optimization of project resources. Inventory and control of large equipment and bulk materials can be quickly located if they are in the view of the camera. Presence and location of project workforce personnel can effortlessly be identified as well.