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Hi-tech leads the way to lower risks in construction

07/10/2016 - 12:51PM

Virtual reality and new technology are being harnessed to help staff in the construction industry work without long-term health effects or life changing injuries, the Association for Project Safety [APS] said today, ahead of the first ever industry-led Health and Safety Hackathon in Manchester next month. 

The Hackathon – developed with Hack_Construct – aims to bring together people in the construction and tech industries to tackle a range of real world health and safety challenges.    The 3-day event will help health and safety risk management professionals see the world through virtual eyes and introduce talented software developers, data scientists, web designers and gamers to opportunities in the construction sector.  

APS Chief Executive Lesley McLeod said: 

"Digital technology has the potential to provide phenomenal tools to address health and safety challenges, and the upcoming Hackathon will explore and evaluate various solutions to improve health and safety risk management.   It is vital the construction sector works with innovators in new technology so, together, we can develop ways to stop workers dying or contracting long-term health problems.”

Ryan Tennyson, co-founder of Hack_Construct and associate at WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff said:

“Hackathons are relatively new to the construction industry but such events have helped fuel and fast-track innovation and start-ups in the tech industry for close to a decade.  The construction industry is becoming increasingly digitised, and its members are now regularly coming into contact with people from the tech industry who have very different, diverse skill sets and experience.”

Hack_Construct co-founder and founder of SpecifiedBy.com, Darren Lester, added:

“These events are a means to create such engagement in an open environment, with benefits being two-fold; giving industry professionals a chance to understand what can be achieved through involving different people, technologies and skillsets, and  exposing talented software developers, data scientists, web designers and gamers to opportunities in an alternative sector.” 

The Hackathon is free to attend and will run from Friday 17th March 2017 to Sunday 19th March 2017 at MadLab, a digital innovation work space in Manchester.    Although participants will need to find their own accommodation, APS are organising reduced rates for rooms in a range of nearby hotels.    

To find out more and register to take part in this free event, click in the box on the right-hand side. 

For more information about APS and the Hackathon contact Rosalind Grozier, Marketing Officer, on 0131 442 6608, email her at marketing@aps.org.uk  or visit aps.org.uk 

For more information about Hack_Construct, contact Darren Lester on darren@specifiedby.com or Ryan Tennyson on tennysonr@gmail.com or visit our website, www.hackconstruct.com 

About Hack_Construct
Hack_Construct was founded by Darren Lester of SpecifiedBy.com and Ryan Tennyson, an associate at WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff.  It’s aims are to create open, digital solutions for real world, construction industry problems; to establish a legacy platform to develop eclectic, professional networks and  knowledge transfer across diverse industry sectors; and ti develop a framework to support AEC in terms of digital upskilling, innovation funding and advanced technology development.”

Source: APS