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.
Demolitions by implosion seems like the easiest way to knock down a structure, but there is so much preparation that goes into it that even the slightest mistake can have a huge impact. When smokestacks are demolished correctly, it can be a thing of beauty, like when these two silos in Scotland hit each other midair or when this asbestos filled stack was precisely demolished to fall into a pool of water. Things didn’t go so smoothly for demolition crews in Denmark last week, however.
Crane collapses on construction jobsites are usually pretty terrifying, especially when the jobsite is full of workers. A construction site in St. Petersburg, Florida got extremely lucky when a large construction crane collapsed and narrowly missed several running workers.
This video is a bit of a throwback, but I recently came across it on the interwebs for the first time and thought it was worth a share.
It’s been a while since we have shared a demolition video on Construction Junkie. We recently discussed a very high profile demolition project, the tallest voluntary demolition on record, which is schedule to start next year and how it is expected to happen, but no videos. Between the cold weather in most of the country and the general lack of interesting demolitions happening, it’s good to finally be back to feeling normal around here.
Last Thursday, every construction professional’s worst nightmare happened. Lives were lost, both construction workers and civilians, by way of the catastrophic collapse of FIU’s under construction pedestrian bridge. We shared what we knew as of late Thursday night, but since this is not only a tragedy directly related to construction, but also a huge learning opportunity for the entire industry, I wanted to make sure we continued to follow and update on the story as it develops.
Terrible tragedy struck Florida International University’s (FIU) campus yesterday when a newly installed pedestrian bridge collapsed onto the road below, killing at least 4 and severely injuring many more.
It’s pretty amazing the work that can get done when a lot of resources and money are thrown at one project. Past examples of this include a gigantic sinkhole that was repaired in Japan in just under a week, the complete emergency rebuild of Atlanta’s I-85 overpass that was completed a month ahead of schedule, and this video of 116 excavators working side by side to demolish a 1,640 foot long overpass overnight.
When anyone sees a hard hat, they typically immediate associate it with construction. It’s the ultimate symbol of safety on the job site. We all know we should wear them, but it’s easy to get annoyed with the minor inconvenience that they cause and forget about the extreme consequences that could result if a falling object catches us when we aren’t wearing one.
Cameras are EVERYWHERE these days. They’re on sites documenting the full construction process of your project, they’re on projects taking 360 degree progress footage, and most importantly, they’re in your pocket on your smartphone. Having a camera in your pocket at all times can be a good or bad thing, especially for employers, because not only can it make lives much easier for communication and documentation purposes, but it also gives people the chance to show the world when things go absolutely terribly.
With cranes being on many construction sites, it’s easy for workers to get complacent. Hundreds or thousands of construction materials can be lifted by cranes throughout the project, but all it takes is one time for a disaster to occur.