Two of the most critical concepts of construction safety are the ability to see what you’re doing and to also be seen by others around you. Construction workers rely heavily on their employer providing lighting systems when working in low light conditions, but those systems are not always adequate.
A few years ago, Illumagear introduced the original Halo Light, which was a light attachment for any standard hard hat, powered by a wired battery pack that clipped to the user’s belt. Just recently, the company gave their flagship product a major upgrade, by introducing the new Halo, featuring cordless battery power.
Utilizing a single rechargable lithium ion battery the size of a AA embedded in the ring, the Halo provides light on its highest settings (halo mode, 276 lumens) for up to 5.5 hours and up to 34 hours on its lowest setting (dim mode, 49 lumens). More importantly, the 360 degree light keeps you visible from over a quarter of a mile away. There are two other settings, including task mode (5.5 hours runtime, 259 lumens) and hi-alert mode (14 hours, fluctuating luminosity).
According to the company, it’s also built to last in tough environments and they have the videos to prove it. The light attachment was sent through the wringer in a variety of tests, including being dropped 25 feet off a scissor lift, run over by a Jeep, immersed in water, abused in a toolbox, and buried in mud. Here’s the video of it being dropped off the scissor lift:
The new Halo weighs around 10 ounces and fastens to your hard hat with clips. There’s a full list of all of the compatible hard hats, covering at least 16 different manufacturers, on the company’s website.
The Halo Light is available now for $99, which includes one rechargeable lithium ion battery. The battery charger is sold separately, however.
This second video below shows the difference between a typical headlamp and the Halo Light:
Concrete can adapt to any shape its formwork calls for while it’s being placed. While it’s POSSIBLE to make intricate designs with the material, it’s not always easy or practical to do so. Researchers from ETH Zurich have designed a new method of forming and placing an ultra-thin, curved concrete roof system that they plan on installing on a construction project next year.
The immense technological growth the construction industry has seen in the past decade has been a refreshing change, to say the least. Fax machines, large filing cabinets, and redundant work are slowly becoming a thing of the past. More importantly, software developers are actually paying attention to the construction industry, making our lives collectively easier, while giving us more data to make better decisions. Bluebeam, maker of one of the industry’s favorite construction document software, has recently announced a wireless digital sensor specifically for under construction buildings.
In July, we shared an article about a new augmented reality app that would allow iPhone and iPad users to use their devices’s camera as a tape measure. That app, Air Measure, is now available for download after Apple’s iOs 11 release.
As electric vehicles are becoming more and more popular around the world, researchers are trying to find ways to adapt the technology to heavier duty applications. Due to the large size of projects and amount of money in the industry, the mining industry has seen its fair share of technological advancement. Several manufacturers, like Komatsu, have developed and released driverless dump trucks for mining operations in the past few years. A team of companies in Switzerland is now working on a gigantic battery powered dump truck that will be tested for 10 years.
CAT, the name synonymous with heavy construction equipment across the world, has been slowly adding technology to its brand over the past year. Early last year, the company announced it would be releasing a rugged smart phone, which was also the first ever to have a built-in thermal imaging camera. This year, they’re releasing their first step into the world of tablets.
Video feeds on a construction site are not only great for timelapse videos, they can potentially help stop intruders who enter your site.
On August 18th, around 200 new tools were showcased at the annual DeWalt Media Event. This particular event was held in Nashville, Tennessee, where you can’t escape country music no matter how hard you try.
Below are what we thought were the highlights of the event. Let us know what new release you’re most excited about!
Falls from height is one of the leading causes of death among construction workers and ladders are a major contributor to that number. According to the CDC, falls from ladders caused 64 fatalities and 11,500 injuries in the construction industry alone in 2011. There are many things ladder users can do to make their work safer, like setting it at proper angles on level ground, checking for damage, and maintaining 3 points of contact, among others. One technology company is trying to take some of the thinking out of ladder set up.
Almost exactly 2 years ago, we shared details about an autonomous, driverless construction work zone vehicle that would be the first to hit US streets of its kind. That vehicle is gearing up to hit US streets as the Colorado Department of Transportation has teamed up with its developers.
When construction companies initially started to adopt mobile technologies like tablets and smartphones, there was a race between many construction technology companies to be the future leader in the area. As the years rolled on, it became less and less likely that one app was going to be the end-all-be-all, like AutoCAD became in the architectural design world. There’s not one app out there right now that provides every single function that a construction company needs, because each company is very unique. The solution? Integration.