Bachy Soletanche’s Head of Technical, Ba Dan Nguyen, noted:
“This is an exciting development for the company as it is the first time we have used AI technology on our sites and the trials have shown huge potential for this to be rolled out on future projects.
“It’s important to note that the purpose of this technology is to monitor ongoing trends, not individuals. It’s not about pointing the finger but rather taking responsibility on a collective level to safeguard our employees and anyone affected by our work.”
By utilising camera footage captured by Iknaia, AITIS and Bachy Soletanche have trained the system to identify specific PPE items, accurately calculate distances between plant and people, and count the number of employees, vehicles and materials on site.
Potential for growth
In addition to this, the AI system can be continually developed over time to identify different hazards, giving it the potential to become a long-term feature of construction site safety protocol. For Bachy Soletanche, this innovation could form part of a comprehensive safety management toolkit to help manage day-to-day risks on site.
The system can also assimilate data from many sources, not just video analysis – further expanding its potential in the industry. For instance, AITIS is already working on solutions for monitoring and predicting dust and noise levels, as well as safe working at height. By being able to apply AI analysis to the data, the tool can also offer productivity reporting (progress, asset and material tracking) and automated remote site surveillance.
With the initial trials now complete, Bachy Soletanche is continuing to work with AITIS and Iknaia to identify where the solution can be used and further enhanced to improve safety and productivity on site.