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Updated: Jun 21

SMART CONSTRUCTION SITES

Often overlooked, construction remains one of the deadliest occupations, with over 1,000 deaths annually. Yet the good news is by using Innovative cloud solutions, such as building information models we will increase resource and safety visibility enhancements to virtually track and optimize resources and equipment (and potentially improve job site safety).


This is a demo to show how the construction sign at Veterans Park Academy for the Arts links viewers to the job site images.



The implementation of data analytics can also help project managers detect patterns to determine when and where most accidents occur and which variables play a factor in those accidents. This will enable contractors and project managers to prioritize certain tasks at certain times to avoid unsafe conditions and common issues that lead to accidents, which will increase the safety of their site.

In addition, using all computer and cloud-based technologies will emphasize collaboration and allows for instantaneous views of project logistics. Indeed, using the data from manufacturers is what we have armed our company with.

Gulfpoint uses different software based on each project's demands, such as Procore, Drone Deploy, or QR codes for sharing day-by-day site images.

In mid-April 2022, Gulfpoint Co-Founder, Darlene Huether received an email stating that one of the nicest school bus drivers in Lee County is asking for help. Apparently, six of the students had lost the bikes that they needed to get to the bus stop. So as usual, Darlene jumps in and purchases six super cool bikes (three for boys, three for girls) and send them as a gift, together with helmets and all other safety pieces of equipment that one could wish for. Darlene might be shocked to see the story published today but spreading the word about a good deed will definitely encourage others to do more. Click the link below to watch her checking out the bikes:




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Preparing Your Construction Site for Severe Weather


0.1 | Storm Hazards

Make sure the hurricane construction plan includes information on emergency websites. Construction site crews need to be able to access local and federal sites, along with announcements and reports.


When warned by the Weather Forecast, the Superintendent will designate an observer to monitor real-time weather radar and warn the site when appropriate.


0.2 | Hurricane Preparation and Reaction Plan

• The Superintendent is responsible for these preparations and the implementation of these plans.

• The site will not be occupied during the storm if it is in the hurricane path.

• Preparations will be made in time for personnel to prepare for the storm at their homes.


0.3 | Preparations

Develop and distribute a list of emergency phone numbers for employees, authorities, and customers.

• Organize a Damage Survey and Repair Team. This team will be the first on the site to assess damage after the storm and make the site safe enough for the return of the entire workforce.

• Prepare to make phone calls to inform employees of when to return to work.

• Identify and avoid long-term material storage in areas prone to flooding. Move materials out of these areas if possible.

• Identify vulnerable work in progress and determine how to best protect it from damage whether by board­ing up (or wrapping in plastic) windows, sand bags, capping pipes, burying incomplete underground, etc.

• Develop a list, procure and store supplies necessary for preparing the site for a hurricane.

• Keep the project free from an accumulation of debris and scrap material that can become windblown

hazards. This will reduce the amount of time necessary to complete preparations on the job site in the

event of a hurricane emergency.

• Be prepared to anchor or restrain everything that could blow away with banding and banding tools for

materials. Look and see what will fly, then restrain it.

• Be alert to job conditions that require advance attention or special material so as to reduce emergency

preparation time.


0.4 | When Hurricanes Approaches

• The Superintendent will decide when to prepare the project for a hurricane or tropical storm.

• Check the supplies against the inventory list stockpiled at the beginning of the hurricane season.


0.5 | To-Do List

• Ensure that all loose scrap material is gathered up and disposed of in the dumpsters.

The Superintendent shall:

• Identify vulnerable material and work in progress and determine how to best protect it from the effects of flooding and high winds.

• Ensure that all electronic equipment in storage is protected from rising water.

• Ensure backup electrical generator power is available, as required.

• Turn off the power and water to the office trailers.

• Ensure that critical project documents are protected from damage. Move them to a permanent structure if necessary.


0.6 | After the Storm is Over

• Assemble the Damage Survey Team. The Damage Survey Team will inspect the job site, identify and document the damage, prioritize repairs, complete Job Hazard Analysis and Safe Plans of Action, and then initiate repairs with a skeleton remobilization crew of skilled tradespersons.

• Immediate steps may be taken without written authorization to make emergency and temporary repairs on the project site. To the extent possible, these repairs and the damage should be videotaped and photographed and the scope of any emergency or temporary repairs carefully documented, along with the reasons why they needed to be done.

• Class A hazards will have priority and must be abated before calling in the whole workforce to resume construction.

• Do not touch loose or dangling wires. Take precautions to eliminate or notify others of its existence.

• Stay clear of disaster areas where we may hamper first aid or rescue work. Be prepared to offer assistance with equipment.

• Stay alert to prevent any fires. (Water pressure will be low.)

Plan for water removal: Flooding is common during and after a hurricane, and pumps can save a lot of time and money on the clean-up. Removing standing water is also crucial for the integrity of any structures on the construction site.

• Complete preparations for the return of the workforce.

• Make phone calls to inform employees to return to work.


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