Winvic trials AI to enhance safety

22 September 2020

WINVIC CONSTRUCTION is trialling new technology in a bid to improve staff safety at two of its sites.

Dubbed as Computer-Vision-SMART, the ‘Computer Vision and IoT for Personalised Site Monitoring Analytics in Real Time’ project will run for two years. 

The new technology uses interior and exterior site cameras will continuously capture video images, which will detect and prevent accidents happening on site, while GPS will detect the location of workers. When an operator enters a hazard zone, the individual will receive a personal alert via an app on a wearable or mobile device. Operators can also be identified as not wearing appropriate PPE, and an alert will be issued to the project manager.

Tim Reeve, Winvic’s technical director is leading the Computer-Vision-SMART project on the main contractor’s team. He commented: “Utilising intelligent digital technologies in construction to deliver projects more rapidly, cost-effectively and safely is a passion of Winvic’s and this forward-thinking health and safety initiative is truly ground-breaking. It’s a privilege to be working with UWE Bristol on a second AI-enabled project, and with One Big Circle also on-board, we have a very dedicated and eager consortium team. There is a clear gap in this area of construction safety, where social and technical efforts can successfully converge, and with the solution that has been conceived will come better opportunities than ever before to reach our zero-harm aim. It’s a very exciting time in the world of digital transformation, and our achievements over the next two years will generate a significant leap forward for safety across the whole of the construction industry.”