Soletanche Bachy transforms safety management on construction sites with SimplyVideo



This technology means people can literally visit the sites and attend safety inspections, “see” live progress and issues on site, help with device repair, etc. without actually visiting the sites.

Leeds, United Kingdom, November 2nd, 2021 – Soletanche Bachy, a global leader in foundations and geotechnics, is transforming health and safety management with technology from SimplyVideo, the connected collaboration platform for augmented reality. By equipping field workers with RealWear Assisted Reality headsets and connecting them to offices around the world, this innovation enables site visits and inspections to take place without traveling. The specialists from Soletanche Bachy can now meet the emergency services on construction sites around the world virtually and from anywhere.

Soletanche Bachy, a specialized subsidiary of VINCI Construction, develops high-performance geotechnical solutions, including deep foundations with piles and micropiles, diaphragm support walls and reinforcement solutions. This essential engineering work forms the basis for building tunnels through to roads, airports, dams, railways, ports and buildings.

Soletanche Bachy operates worldwide and carries out 4000 projects as far as New Zealand, Singapore and Ecuador every year. Safety management traditionally required regular on-site inspections, but with the global pandemic, all travel was quickly restricted, which posed a particular challenge. To maintain an element of control, Soletanche Bachy needed a solution that could break down the barriers that the pandemic had put in place. The company used the latest technology from SimplyVideo to enable virtual on-site visits in a world without travel.

“With global travel restrictions imposed last year, the pandemic has exacerbated health and safety-related issues,” said Stuart Brooks, Health, Safety, Security and Environmental Manager (HSSE) for Soletanche Bachy International Major Projects. “Ultimately, SimplyVideo was the only platform that offered what we thought was a viable solution – we needed more than just a remote expert tool; We needed a cross-reality collaboration platform and that’s what makes SimplyVideo so good. “

In the field, Soletanche Bachy uses head-mounted devices with a microphone, display and speakers for completely hands-free work. According to Brooks, one device in particular was a real game changer; the head-mounted Android tablet RealWear HMT-1. The robust device withstands drops on concrete and offers simple voice-based operation in noisy environments. The display in the boom actually appears to the eye as a 7-inch screen and offers multilingual speech recognition and 4G connectivity.

SimplyVideo also provides Soletanche Bachy with a virtual mentoring tool with which less experienced employees can be trained on site. Those who have more expertise can participate virtually instead of in person and help them with their greater knowledge and experience. “The nice thing about the SimplyVideo solution is that we can bring more expertise together; something we just couldn’t do before. The platform gives us a clear visual representation of what is really happening on site. “

The Soletanche Bachy system was supplied in partnership with East Sussex-based independent IT provider SystemActive, a reseller of SimplyVideo and RealWear.

You can find more information about SimplyVideo at

About Soletanche Bachy
Soletanche Bachy is a global leader in foundations and soil technologies, operating in 60 countries through a network of 80 subsidiaries and branches. The group supplies the entire spectrum of geotechnical processes and, as a lead or specialist contractor, offers innovative, effective solutions for turnkey projects with a geotechnical focus or special work.

About SimplyVideo
SimplyVideo is a video standardization and simplification platform company that supports connected devices and XR wearables. SimplyVideo enables all devices to interoperate with third-party video platforms such as MSFT Teams, Cisco WebEx, Zoom, and others as if they were native applications, and takes the complexities of third-party video integration and interoperability and makes it easy and ubiquitous for businesses to use. Support.

About SystemActive
SystemActive Ltd has more than 20 years of experience in helping businesses, medium and small businesses develop and implement immersive and IT solutions. The company uniquely offers a wide range of Virtual Reality (VR), Mixed Reality (MR) and Augmented Reality (AR) head mounted displays and smart glasses, as well as the workstations, laptops, tablets that are actually required to run the software everything required for a successful installation.



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