Irish engineer launches YouTube channel for construction videos
27 February 2015
In the past two years, David Moloney has made and uploaded short films onto YouTube showing how civil projects are constructed – these projects range from airports, seaports, motorways and railways to oil and gas pipelines, metros, in-situ piles, bridge construction, post-tensioning, precast yard, quarry, roofing and more.
“The films have received thousands of hits, as they fall into the category of ‘edutainment’ and contain engineering educational value,” Moloney told EngineersJournal.ie.
“For the past six years, I’ve been working for international construction companies in the Middle East on billion-dollar oil and gas and aviation projects. As part of my work, I was asked to write articles and make PowerPoint presentations showing how it was intended to carry out works containing methods, sequence and the resources. This developed into producing short films containing 3D animations, photographs and video footage.”
The films are used for tender presentations, for supporting contractual claims, as site inductions to familiarise staff and workers with projects, to show progress, to demonstrate construction issues with proposed designs and for promotional purposes. The films are generally used at workshops, conferences and tender presentations.
Recently, for example, Moloney prepared a film for a major international oil and gas company as part of a constructability presentation, showing how a gas-processing plant will be constructed that included the resources to be employed and timelines for the various activities.
“Prior to working in the Middle East, I worked in Ireland and England on a wide range of contracts including motorways, marine works, harbours, canals, railways, bridges, pipelines and buildings in a broad range of capacities from construction management, estimation, planning, procurement, and preparation and agreement of final accounts. Indeed, I wrote and published a technical book entitled Project Planning Organising Tracking,” he added.
In this digital age, it is possible to make high-definition, bespoke short films using inexpensive cameras and editing software at a low cost. Short films capture clients’ attention instantly and make a lasting impression. “I intend on specialising in producing short technical films related to construction. Films are most effective in capturing someone’s attention and getting ideas, vision, strategy or messages, across in an effective and interesting way,” Moloney concluded.
To watch David Moloney’s construction videos, visit his YouTube channel. Alternatively, simply search for ‘David H Moloney’ on Youtube. Watch his latest uploaded video below: