If you haven’t heard the term before, it’s important to know that telemetry could actually be a game changer for your construction projects. The easiest way to explain it is that it’s an advanced system that records data remotely, transferring it to an IT system that’s located somewhere completely different.
So, sensors that are located at one point can actually measure things like temperature, pressure and precipitation, as well as electrical voltage and current. That data is sent to the IT system, where it can be analysed. It’s actually used in a range of industries, including meteorology and medicine.
How does it work in construction?
Telemetry helps those in the construction industry monitor and manage their equipment, helping them to deliver projects more effectively. It provides a way to analyse data that was previously inaccessible – so construction projects can run more efficiently.
Precision telemetry sensors are now being applied to a range of tools, devices and other equipment in construction and industrial sectors, and they can manage a range of data; from tool utilisation, location tracking and heavy equipment maintenance, through to gauging flow rates during dewatering.
Companies like Coates Hire have taken this system on board and used it across a number of different products and services. The following are some of the benefits:
By monitoring your equipment remotely, it allows you to reduce the exposure to hazards, keeping workers safer. One of the ways it’s used is on struts, remotely monitoring ground forces in excavation. This can be set up with alerts in the event load limits are reached. For example, during a residential development in Sydney, telemetry sensors were set up in hydraulic struts – which allowed for real-time monitoring of the retention system.
Telemetry is particularly useful during shutdowns and turnarounds, tracking the location and status of particular equipment and other resources that are required by customers to complete work – and get those sites operational again. By analysing utilisation rates of the equipment, efficiently is improved and unnecessary hiring of equipment by customers can be avoided.
Managing projects remotely and efficiently
Essentially, by utilising telemetry, construction companies and project managers will find their project operates much better as they can monitor groundwater efficiently, improve profitability, monitor shoring works, and enhance their site safety.
It’s a cost-effective way to enhance safety of a site, while working from a remote location; and it provides SMS alerts, or emails, which allow you to address any potential problems before anything goes wrong.
If you want to know more about telemetry and how it could help with your next project, Coates Hire can assist. Get in touch online to discuss your project and telemetry requirements, or find your local branch and visit instore.