Using low-quality tools and materials for any type of construction can lead to accidents that impact everyone involved in a project.
Building materials and tools used in construction must follow the building code (residential and non-residential) to adhere to certain quality standards and protocols in ensuring the safety of the products used.
However, verifying building construction materials may typically be a cumbersome process.
Include QR codes on construction materials and tools that lead to the official standard maintenance website to verify quality.
Construction workers need specialized training based on the type of construction and design involved. For instance, if a bridge is being constructed, specially trained workers are required for the erection of trusses and scaffolding.
Verification of construction workers’ training is essential in such cases, failing to do so can lead to serious consequences - injuries, OSHA penalties, and even death.
According to a 2019 study by AFL-CIO Safety and Health Department, employers nearly reported 7-10.5 million workers experienced work-related injuries and illnesses in 2017.
To facilitate the availability of a workers’ training data on site, place a QR code on each worker’s employee tag that links to a URL to view the datasheet of the worker’s training qualifications and certifications.
Typically, construction companies’ documents contain special operational procedures (Operational Safety Plans) that have a lexicon which is usually not understood by workers. Thereby, these documents are not suitable for practical use on construction sites.
To improve understanding and simplify the process attach QR code to each of these document forms that redirects to a webpage that describes the procedure.
As example, place a QR code on a concrete pillar and on materials associated with its construction. When a worker or contractor scans the QR code, they can be redirected to a datasheet containing the operational procedures for the pillar reinforcement as well as relevant information about quality control, maintenance, and warranty issues.
Designs and plans can change during a construction project. Keeping up with the layout changes, updated schedules, materials checklist, and MEP drawings can be a challenge.
Using QR codes in construction, on engineering drawings, punch lists, RFIs, and inspections can help in communication of updated layouts and schematic drawings. To increase efficiency and minimize mistakes make it a practice for these QR codes to be scanned each day to alert contractors and workers of any changes that were made.
Most equipment does not come with a handy reference guide with simple instructions. QR codes on product packaging can link to a webpage or video explaining product installation and usage.
QR codes in construction, especially on construction sites can help civil engineers, architects, workers, and contractors to check the construction progress in real-time, follow safety protocols, and pull-up information in case of any changes.
Placing QR codes on signage at the construction site can also help people to get in touch with the construction company. QR codes can direct the construction team, owner, and its inhabitants to scan the code that can be redirected to the project’s website to display the type of construction, the construction team involved, a list of used materials, the procedure involved, brands of gears used, and processing information.
Place QR codes at the entrance at a fixed location on the site to let the construction team record their attendance and/or access plans and specifications. Attach QR codes to track settlements and daily work tasks. Using bulletin boards and paper sheets to tick daily tasks is cumbersome. Make use of QR codes that can lead to a checklist sheet to record everyday movement, upload pictures, and fill-in everyday tasks.
According to a study conducted by National Equipment Register (NER) in association with National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB), thefts at a construction site can cost anywhere between $300 million to $1 billion. And, only 23% of these are tracked or recovered.
Attach QR codes on equipment and valuable building construction materials. These QR codes can be scanned and the data can be stored in a manageable centralized cloud platform to access and consolidate information.
Since dynamic QR codes can be tracked and assessed, equipment can be regularly be checked.