The process of building and remodeling retail stores is undergoing a transformation. On-site camera not only give project managers 24/7 views of works in progress, they can help cut travel costs and raise supervisor productivity by reducing the number of in-person inspection visits.
In the spring of 2011, Boston University embarked on roughly $70 million worth of new construction, renovations, and technology upgrades. One of these projects was the Center for Student Services, a 122,000 square-foot, six-story building.
With three existing construction projects underway, community relations professionals at the University of Iowa were eager to showcase the school's growth to internal and external stakeholders. The projects include a new University of Iowa Children's Hosptal, off-campus clinic and a state-of-the-art data center.
To monitor its multiple renewable-power and energy-efficiency projects and help them stay on track, Walmart uses Web-enabled construction cameras on the jobsites. The cameras, from Atlanta-based OxBlue Corp., give Walmart's teams 24/7 virtual job-site access.
In two very different regions of the country, construction cameras have proven their value beyond project documentation. Nevada and Missouri road managers installed them to improve public relations, manage remote projects, and resolve contractor claims, but ended up saving a lot of money as well.
Construction is an expensive piece of the retailing puzzle. Executives managing construction and property development could typically spend weeks traveling between project sites. Just ask Sephora, who has locations in 24 countries. They chose to use OxBlue's Web-enabled worksite cameras and monitoring platform as a tool to enhance new store and capital improvement projects efficiency and to aid in schedule adherence.
The use of photographs and videos to document construction projects is not a new concept. However, photographic documentation as a strategy to proactively manage risk and legal exposure is becoming more prevalent, and technology is evolving to meet that need.
"Off The Grid: Solar-powered Jobsite Cameras Allow for More Flexibility of Use"
Cameras can capture the action on a jobsite, allowing contractors and owners to track progress without hopping in the car and wasting time and gas on the road. A solar station from OxBlue now allows cameras to run off the electrical grid.
Construction Executive asked construction technology leaders to share their insights on how the latest solutions are positively impacting contractors bottom lines. Here's what we had to say.
Zeus Technology, the oil and gas industry's leading IT publication, features OxBlue construction cameras. The cover photo for this issue was captured by an OxBlue construction camera being used on a major construction project. Use of a camera image for the cover of a magazine demonstrates the high-quality images captured by OxBlue construction cameras.
To steal a phrase, "we've come a long way, PM." Project management, once thought of as a necessary but mundane task to every job is now acknowledged as one of the three most critical aspects of...
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Discussion on the changing trends in construction camera technology, who is using them, and four key aspects to consider when selecting a service provider and technology. Read the full article here.
OxBlue featured in FIATECH Emerging Technology Series Webinar. What is FIATECH? Click here to find out.
OxBlue cameras help the project team stay on track at $240 million hospital expansion at Washoe Medical Center in Reno, NV.
Tips for contractors, owners, and architects when considering purchasing and implementing a construction camera system.
A discussion of the project delivery benefits of construction camera systems. Excerpt: "Just as the Internet has become an essential tool for business communications, job-site cameras are becoming an essential tool for construction project teams. The ability to make informed decisions from reliable visual information helps to eliminate redundant or inaccurate communications and avoid delays. Webcams can also offer reliable and unbiased documentation that can be used to quickly resolve issues and keep the construction schedule on time."