Just because construction work happens every day, doesn’t make it any less thrilling of a job. Some people like to climb mountains, others like to climb building that are under construction and bridges that need maintained. Some people don’t like looking over balconies a few stories off the ground, yet many times construction and maintenance workers have to actually do work while dangling 500 feet up in the air.
To help highlight the expertise of tradespeople and show off their dedication to the craft, UK workwear company, Scruffs, has launched their first of a series of videos, which they call the “Masters at Work. Masters of Workwear” campaign. In this first video, 360 degree video of two maintenance workers, named Owain and Danny, climbing the Severn Bridge, which connects England to Wales.
The 1 mile long bridge reaches a height of 445 feet at its peak, which takes 320 vertical steps to reach. To help illustrate the height and seriousness of work the pair of maintenance men do, 360 degree cameras were placed on both their helmets and on a nearby helicopter flying beside them. The series’ first video is aptly titled “Masters of Vertigo.”
360 degree video has become extremely popular in recent months, demonstrating its sheer entertainment value. But, as some brands, like Scruffs, and construction companies are finding out, 360 video brings on a whole new level of job and quality control in the field. Context is key in the construction industry and 360 video is an amazingly efficient way to capture the context of the jobsite.
To move the camera to a different angle in the video below, simply tilt or rotate your phone or click and drag your mouse. Enjoy!
If you’d like to see some more behind the scenes footage of how the video is made, check out the video below!
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.
On Sunday, demolition contractors tried to bring down the upper portion of the Pontiac Silverdome, former home to the Detroit Lions, but several of the explosives didn’t ignite and the structure was still upright after the smoke cleared. After videos of the failed demolition were posted online, the internet had a field day.
Construction timelapse videos make extremely complicated and long projects look much easier to build than they actually are. The recently opened Louvre in Abu Dhabi took 8 years to complete, but you can watch the full process in only 3 minutes.
High winds can cause problems in many situations on a job site, especially with cranes and scaffolds. A horrific crane collapse in downtown New York City was caught on tape after a gust of wind knocked it down in early 2016. Last week, high winds caused more problems at construction sites, as it knocked over a scaffold above a busy sidewalk and sent a suspended scaffold swinging out of control and crashing into a building.
Getting the perfect view of a major building demolition can get you millions of hits, or even better, shared by us right here on Construction Junkie. Have your video get epic-ly photobombed and you’ll get even more views and definitely shared by us.