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.
A construction crane that was working on a highway widening project in St. Martin Parish in Louisiana collapsed onto the adjacent roadway last week, injuring one driver.
Demolition by implosion videos are always fun to watch. Adding an element of water makes them even more dramatic, though it’s probably not great for the ecosystem. Late last week, a one mile long, 23 year-old bridge in China was imploded in front of a crowd of spectators and caught on camera.
Cranes are an extremely useful and important piece of equipment on the majority of construction sites. They can also be extremely dangerous if they are not understood or respected.
As the US is experiencing our own natural disaster, by way of Hurricane Florence, China is being hit badly by a Typhoon Mangkhut. According to Independent, the storm has caused a crane, which was being used on a 22-story housing development, to crumble. That collapse was caught on camera by neighbors.
There have been a few devastating structural collapses across America and the world this year. In March, an under construction pedestrian bridge collapsed in Florida, killing 6. In Colombia, ten workers were killed when a large section of a bridge being built collapsed. Both of those tragedies happened while the structures were still being built, but a recent collapse in Texas has a bit of a different story.
If you’re a general contractor in the Davie, Florida area, I have an idea why one of your deliveries might have been late last week.
On Monday morning, a 13 story building in Miami Beach that was being prepped for demolition suddenly collapsed, injuring one Project Manager that was struck by debris.
In January of 2018, ten construction workers were killed and another eight were injured when a bridge spanning the Chirajara canyon in Columbia partially collapsed. That collapse has since been blamed on a poor design, reports have stated. Last week, the remaining sections of the bridge were demolished in dramatic fashion.
A 47 year old crane operator is facing charges of driving while intoxicated and leaving the scene of an accident after driving a truck mounted crane into several vehicles on the Long Island Expressway in New York.