Weather Monitoring on the Jobsite: Building & Construction Projects

Weather Monitoring on the Jobsite: Building & Construction Projects

Rugged and easy to install, the KestrelMet 6000 weather station provides Remote access to reliable jobsite data empowering construction managers to make informed, timely, and effective decisions.

Risk management is a crucial part of project management on the jobsite, and weather events can pose a number of risks to completion timelines, worker safety, overall cost, and end results. To mitigate unnecessary risks, onsite daily weather monitoring is advised, and the KestrelMet 6000 provides affordable and easily deployable monitoring that is customized to your specific location.

Monitoring Microclimate Conditions

Site conditions create microclimates, which are not reflected in standard weather forecasts. While local weather reports provide general information to cover a large area, they cannot detail specific conditions occurring on the jobsite. Short-term weather-related events can vary due to microclimate conditions. For example, wind speeds up when it passes between two large buildings, creating a unique microclimate specific to that jobsite.

Using direct measurements obtained on-site, the KestrelMet 6000 monitors microclimate conditions and tracks weather patterns to keep your team informed and prepared. Gather hyper-local weather data with accurate, site-specific measurements of:

  • Wind Speed
  • Wind Direction
  • Rainfall
  • Barometric Pressure
  • Relative Humidity
  • Temperature

Forgoing the need to use Wi-Fi, our KestrelMet weather station comes with cellular transmission for more reliable coverage ensuring data is readily available even in remote and difficult-access areas. Jobsite weather conditions along with forecasts can be viewed remotely in the online portal or via the KestrelMet app, connecting even the busiest managers to their construction sites 24/7, for live details and historical weather reporting.

Safety in Numbers

When unfavorable weather conditions arise, work is often suspended to protect workers, resources, and the environment. Weather patterns can change in seconds, and adverse weather can pose serious risks, ranging from employee injuries to damaged equipment.

Buildings are vulnerable to serious weather conditions, especially when heavy equipment and other structural components are involved. Changing wind speeds can cause serious accidents, such as a crane collapse, which can destroy buildings and harm workers in the vicinity. Wind direction can cause environmental concerns, blowing dangerous or unwanted jobsite materials to nearby waterways and communities. Reducing these common risks is simple with the KestrelMet 6000, which can help you find safety in numbers.

Accurate, hyper-local measurements of relative humidity, wind speed, and temperature from the KestrelMet 6000 can inform project and site managers’ decision-making, ultimately increasing jobsite safety and compliance. Set up customized alerts for temperature thresholds and other metrics, view local radars, and document jobsite conditions for instant weather reports. The user-friendly dashboard is flexible, allowing for real-time monitoring, future cast observation, and even historical trend visualization. Empowered by data, worksite leaders can make informed decisions that prioritize workers’ wellbeing and mitigate financial risks.

“We are constantly viewing the data on our phones or iPads, and we can see real-time data as it’s happening and make decisions within the hour whether we can keep progressing with work. We are not losing days of construction from taking gambles on far away weather data.”

KestrelMet 6000 User and Quality Control Manager, Shames Construction

Protect Your Resources

Without proper monitoring, weather can negatively impact work quality, causing unnecessary and costly waste.

Extreme conditions compromise the viability of certain materials. High heat, for example, can accelerate the rate at which freshly mixed concrete dries out, causing thermal cracking and compromising the finish quality and completion timeline. Strong winds, which render scaffolding or steel lifting operations unsafe, can delay projects and potentially waste valuable time and resources.

Whether resources, materials, or time— any form of waste can make a significant impact on the overall success of a project. Reduce your risks with the KestrelMet 6000. Use specific data to plan work around weather, increasing efficiency and reducing waste. Access key data points to track unexpected delays or boosts in productivity. Set real-time weather alerts to inform your team and protect your resources. In using data to promote efficiency, project and site managers can control costs, even when weather patterns change.

The Best Laid Plans

Every project has a timeline for completion, and in the construction industry, time is money. A weather station, such as our KestrelMet 6000, optimizes resource planning and allocation while making it easier to keep clients abreast of potential hazards and delays. All negative weather impacts can hit stakeholders hard financially. Using our weather stations, project managers can negotiate more accurate timelines, improving communication, boosting credibility, and mitigating risk.

“To be useful in construction management, a weather monitoring system must have remote connectivity. Weather monitoring is also useful if a missed deadline must also be justified with the client: the data gathered provides evidence that construction could not proceed faster.”

The Importance of Weather Monitoring in Construction

Meet Your Match

Choosing KestrelMet 6000 offers you supreme advantages against the elements. With our high-tech, highly-customizable, site-specific weather stations, your team can increase safety and compliance at the jobsite, reduce costly waste, manage timelines, and achieve the quality results that drive client satisfaction and referrals.

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