Wynyard 100: NZ’s first smart construction site

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Microsoft is billing the Wynyard 100 development in Auckland’s Wynyard Quarter as the first connected construction site in New Zealand, thanks to a combination of IoT devices, Azure cloud and Power BI, as well as drones, 3D camera imaging and geolocation.

Wynyard 100 is a mixed used development based on the former bus maintenance facility. The development will incorporate a 154-room hotel, 385-space carpark building, office, retail and residential activities. The first stage comprises 30,000sqm of GFA located on the Halsey St frontage. It is scheduled for completion in May 2020.

Microsoft has worked with Spark, construction company NZ Strong and building information modelling software company, AsBUILT Digital, which created a digital twin of the building hosted in Azure accessible to all involved in the project.

IoT devices managed by Spark monitor temperature, humidity and sound on site. Microsoft says this enables NZ Strong to make more informed decisions around safety for its workers and ensure it is compliant with council regulations for inner city construction.

According to AsBUILT managing director David Burton: “3D cameras provide a live feed of the site mapped on top of the virtual building, incorporating facial and object recognition technology so site managers can see exactly who is working where. On-screen tags immediately flag whether workers aren’t wearing the required safety equipment or are entering hazardous zones, and warn people about potential dangers on their own devices.”

Microsoft says a geolocation capability and a 3D map allows the project team to ensure components are installed in exactly the right location, reducing errors.

Once Wynyard 100 is built, Burton says the digital twin and smart sensors will continue to provide cost-efficiencies for the owner.

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