Up until recently, Youtube videos were 2 dimensional. What you see is what you get. Now, new camera technology and a Youtube upgrade will allow users to manipulate the view that they see while watching videos. So, instead of only looking straight ahead at the video, you can look in ANY direction to see a different view, just like you would if you were there in real life and turned your head.
This technology is just a few months old, so there haven’t been many construction related uploads. The video you see below, uploaded by Awesome Earthmovers, is the first such 360 degree video we’ve come across so far. It shows an excavator working on a residential construction site.
Here’s how it works: if you’re viewing on your computer, click and drag on the video below to change the view. If you’re on your phone, all you need to do is rotate your phone, up, down, left, or right.
Not much happens in the video, so the most exciting thing is the possibilities with the technology. Imagine taking a video like this on your job site, you no longer need to worry if the camera was set up in the correct direction, because you have ALL the directions. It has some great impacts for site safety and security, as well. Did a thief steal something just out of the view of the camera? Nope, not this time, sorry thief, 360 video just caught you. Marketing and communication to those off site are a couple other areas this technology could make some big impact in, not to mention that it’s just cool.
Interested in trying this tech out? Check out the V.360, it’s shock, dust, and water proof, so it’s one of the better options for construction applications.
Construction Junkie has shared a lot of demolition videos. Typically, people line up waiting for the moment when the building explodes with their eyes peeled and cameras ready, just waiting for the perfect video. This video, however, is much different.
Doing something in the name of revenge typically is never a good idea. Concrete truck operators getting involved with that revenge is probably an even worse idea. But, anger makes people do weird things, including video taping said revenge.
As harmless as it looks, dirt can be one of the biggest hazards on any construction site. It’s heavy and is bound to collapse without warning unless proper safety measures are taken into account. Landslides are essentially no different than trench collapses, without proper shoring or sloping, you could be putting worker’s lives in danger.
Nobody likes having something stolen from them, obviously, but some people are also more willing to go to extreme lengths to get their items back. Construction sites are hot targets for thieves, because there’s typically thousands of dollars worth of tools and material on site at any time. On one construction site in Dallas, an alleged thief thought he was going to snag a tool from the site and drive away safely, but several construction workers had a different thought in mind.
Other than at the zoo, there aren’t many options for Americans to come into contact with a rhino. It’s also becoming increasingly rarer to come into contact with them in their native countries. Black rhino populations, like other rhino species, have fallen drastically since 1970. Savetherhino.org estimates that in 1970, there were around 70,000 black rhinos in Africa, but now there are only around 5,000.
Remote sites have extreme challenges, like finding enough staff to work the jobs and being able to get materials to the site. Large mining operations have turned to self-driving dump trucks, like this 320 Ton mega machine, for a few years now. But, Lockheed Martin, a giant in the world of global security and aerospace, has a different solution for remote sites.
Early this year, a landslide caused catastrophic failure to the Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge along California’s famous Highway 1. California Transit officials closed the bridge on February 21st and announced it would be demolished and replaced. Time is of the essence as US News reports that over 400 residents are stranded on one side of the bridge and helicopters have had to bring in food for them. The residents are still able to use the footpaths in the area to cross the canyon.
If you’re into heights, then China may be the place you need to be. The country recently unveiled the world’s highest and longest glass bridge and, as scary as many tourists may find that, it was way more dangerous while it was under construction. New footage of another construction site in the Laowang Monutains is giving that bridge a run for it’s money.
There’s no doubt that bridge demolitions by implosion are extremely fun to watch, but the fireworks show and big splash into the water below can sometimes overshadow other demolition projects that don’t allow implosion. Priestly Demolition Inc. (PDI) recently won two 2016 World Demolition Awards for one of those projects where implosion was not an option and they have also produced an incredibly detailed video of how they did it.
Since Construction Junkie was conceived in 2015, we’ve seen a lot of construction equipment flip for some really stupid reasons. Like this crane, this other crane, and this third crane dropping a bulldozer. Those are just some of the ones caught on video and they should be enough to convince you not to go out of your way to do dangerous things with a crane.