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5 Methods to Improve Job Site Efficiency With IoT Technology

Updated: Aug 17, 2023

Discover the benefits of implementing smart IoT technology into job sites.

A construction site for a building complex project.

Over the last few decades, Internet-of-Things (IoT) technology has impacted the industrial market, creating more innovative and efficient methods of collecting data on-site. At Latium, we are at the forefront of the industrial IoT revolution, leading the way in creating a smarter future in heavy industries, Where decisions are driven by real-time data and downtime is minimized to an unprecedented level. Let's dive into five unique ways IoT technology improves job site efficiency.

1. Real-Time Monitoring of Equipment and Assets

Construction workers using a tablet to look at Job Site Insights to manage their project sites and gain real-time insights

In the industrial landscape and today's climate in construction, the integration of IoT technology for real-time monitoring of equipment and assets stands as a beacon of efficiency and progress. By seamlessly connecting machinery, resources, and tools through an interconnected platform, job site operations can see significant improvements in their overall performance.

For instance, with our extensive list of smart IoT sensors, paired with Job Ste Insights (JSI), project managers are able to manage and monitor the health of their project sites. JSI is Latium's custom-engineered IIoT platform that provides job-site personnel with real-time alerts and notifications of adverse conditions and risks, as well as visibility into the status, location, and performance of assets and resources. This real-time insight paves the way for informed decision-making, streamlined processes, and optimized resource allocation. From cost savings to continuous improvement, this approach launches job site efficiency to new levels, redefining the landscape of modern project management.

To learn more about how our custom-engineered platform works, check out our platform page by clicking here.

2. Predictive Maintenance

A mine site using Latium Technologies' IoT technology to improve the overall job site efficiency.

The integration of predictive maintenance through IoT technology is growing to be a pivotal force in enhancing efficiency. By leveraging IoT sensors on construction sites, project managers can monitor the health and performance of machinery and vehicles, and make data-driven decisions that ultimately lead to minimizing costs and unscheduled downtime. By analyzing data on factors like temperature, vibration, and usage patterns, project managers can detect early signs of issues that may not be apparent through manual inspections.

In mine sites, for example, conveyor belts and idlers are detrimental to transporting materials across job sites. Once these machines go down for unscheduled maintenance, they can cause tremendous delays, resulting in loss of labour time and increased project costs. In this use case, our vibration sensors are able to detect when these machines are due for maintenance so they can mitigate and minimize costly repairs and delays.

Take a look at this case study on Machine Learning for Preventative Maintenance where our vibration sensors helped immediately identify last-minute changes in conditions on-site that prevented costly delays.

3. Smart Inventory and Asset Management

Construction worker looking at Job Site Resourcing (JSR) to help improve the overall job site efficiency.

Construction sites often involve a complex array of tools, equipment, and materials that are critical to project progress. However, a common occurrence when working on a construction site is the misplacement of tools, equipment, and assets which can lead to frustrating delays and increased operational costs to replace the missing tools, especially when these tools may have been stolen.

With IoT and asset-tracking technology, project managers are able to significantly improve job site efficiency by implementing real-time visibility on inventory statuses, deliveries, and streamlined processes, This data-driven approach allows project managers to make informed decisions, and prevent costly delays and wasted time spent searching for tools and assets.

For example, with a tool like Job Site Resourcing (JSR), which is part of Latium's suite of solutions, this platform enables project teams to effectively manage the delivery, storage, and movement of job site materials. JSR allows project managers to optimize delivery workflows, balance project resource utilization and enhance communication which ultimately leads to decreasing costs, improving productivity and schedule improvements.

4. Smart Environmental Monitoring

Construction worker working on a wooden house structure with JSI and IoT sensors.

On project sites, one of the most important factors is ensuring the safety of workers and detecting new and potential risks and weaknesses before it becomes an issue. Environmental monitoring provides a proactive approach to safety and risk management, enabling swift responses to any anomalies or adverse conditions to ensure potential disruptions are minimized, and the overall construction process becomes more streamlined and secure. By integrating a network of IoT sensors across a job site, project managers can monitor environmental conditions such as temperature, humidity, air quality, noise levels, and more to mitigate potential risks and weaknesses.

For instance, if the humidity levels unexpectedly rise in a room with material that requires to be situated in a dry environment. or if the air quality suddenly becomes more hazardous for employees to remain working on-site, IoT sensors will detect adverse conditions and alert job site personnel.

Take a look at our Hawaii Kona Village Resort Case Study, where one of our clients benefited from using Latium's Stackable Sensor for Environmental Monitoring to monitor the temperature and humidity level within 200 wooden structures across an 82 acres project site.

5. Remote Monitoring

A project manager using the Job Site Insight mobile App to access his project sites on his mobile devices.
Project Manager using Job Site Insights on his mobile devices to manage his project sites.

You've come to understand the benefits of smart IoT sensors on job sites, but what if you were able to manage your project site from the comfort of your home? With IoT technology, this becomes a tangible reality that unlocks a new era of job site efficiency. Remote monitoring allows project managers to virtually step onto their job sites, access ongoing projects, track equipment utilization, and make informed decisions - all within a mobile device, tablet, or laptop so project managers can view into their projects while on the go.

For example, the JSI mobile companion app gives access to the power of Job Site Insights from the comfort of your home, office, or on-site. With our custom-engineered app, project owners can set up real-time updates and alerts when a smart sensor triggers an alarm, and they can manage active/inactive devices across the project site.

In the dynamic landscape of heavy industry, the integration of IoT technology represents a transformative shift in elevating job site efficiency. Each strategy encapsulates the power of data-driven decision-making, seamless connectivity across job sites, and proactive management. Understanding these strategies and implementing them is not just an option for construction sites; rather it's a necessity for staying competitive, reducing operational costs, and exceeding project goals. As IoT continues to drive job sites into the future of IoT technology, we're reshaping not only how projects are managed, but also the very essence of what's possible in construction and heavy industry.

Latium Technologies

Julius Caturas

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