Hi Tech from LA
According to a report by Stephen Cousins in Construction Manager, the hard hat is now embracing BIM with the development of a new smart helmet by Los Angeles tech company Daqri. It is already being tested by a number of construction companies including some in the UK.
Enhanced ‘Real Time’ Capability
With augmented/virtual reality becoming a more common theme in the construction industry, the new helmet is seeking to protect workers with a hard hat while enhancing what they see on site and allowing them to share and view various building elements, data and plans in real time.
The company says the helmet would be used by everyday workers on construction sites, working on pipe fittings, buildings and also industrial sites. It weighs no more than a standard safety helmet and comes with an anti-reflective, scratch-resistant safety visor. The tech inside the helmet includes a 13 megapixel high-definition camera, 2D target recognition and tracking as well as object/colour recognition and a 4D HUD – a transparent augmented reality display tweaked for use in the industrial environment.
Fully BIM Compatible
Powered by a sixth-generation Intel Core m7 processor together with Intel’s RealSense technology to enhance its depth sensing ability. The helmet is fully BIM compatible. A programme within the camera called Intellitrack is able to capture and display information about the user’s environment. The software allows the location of the wearer to be identified without relying on GPS, Bluetooth or wifi.
Get Your Cheque Book Ready
Full launch of the product is expected by the end of the year. The manufacturers expect a large amount of interest from both big and small companies who are using BIM everyday. They see it becoming highly popular over the next few years, despite the £4,000 to £11,500 price tag depending on the features included.
Safe Design Makes Good Business Sense
As long standing Chartered Building Consultants (CIOBC) and Chartered Surveyors (RICS), we fully support the new requirements. Health & Safety is considered in all aspects of our operations. Our help is available to designers and builders, from early design, through technical development of the structure and manufacturing to transport and erection. Like our approach to sustainable building it is an integral part of our processes, all aimed at making your projects the best, safest and most profitable.
We use pre-fabrication to deliver the high quality buildings that architects and their clients want at prices they can afford using timber, as a renewable and recyclable material wherever it can practically deliver these benefits to our clients. Call us to arrange a visit to our factory and discussion with our in-house team of professionals for your next project. You’ll be glad you did!