What would our projects say if they could talk? Smart building
technologies such as PCL’s Job Site Insights™ (JSI™) give us a better understanding of our projects by providing
real-time data and analytics that help us build smarter, leaner, and greener.
JSI™ provides a dashboard view into all aspects of construction
by using cloud-based internet of things (IoT) technology and embedded sensors
to capture jobsite information.
PCL is using the new construction technology on several
projects, including Cadillac Fairview’s 16 York Street, a 33-storey office
tower located in Toronto, Ontario’s, downtown core.
“At 16 York, we have four JSI™ sensors and one gateway on each floor,” says
Tyler Brunke, superintendent. “Once the sensors are installed and the gateway
is set up, they start talking to each other right away,” he adds, explaining
how the gateway relays data from the sensors to the cloud so the construction
team can access the information remotely and in real time; ensuring the confidence
needed for the project team to make the right decisions
“With JSI™ we are able to monitor the temporary heating
outputs while we build and maintain the specific temperature ranges required
for concrete and drywall mud to dry correctly,” says Tyler. “This has helped us
to get our trades working on these areas quicker than initially scheduled because
we know exactly when the concrete and drywall is ready.”
JSI™ data helps reduce construction-related
energy costs (such as the energy consumed by temporary heaters) and rework (minimizes
waste and saves resources).
“By gathering and analyzing JSI™ data, we can increase
safety, efficiency, and productivity on our projects,” says Tyler. “We can see
any potential issues–flood and leak detection, and temperature and
humidity level–before they become a problem and deal with them
proactively. If there’s a threshold set for heating and it’s exceeded, we send
a field engineer to investigate. All around, it gives us an in-depth idea of
what’s going on while we’re building.”