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Business Innovation of the Year

Drones, wearable technology, new scaffold boards, cloud-based BIM platforms and a kerb-cutting machine are just some of the innovations that have made our shortlist.

APEM AWPR Point C Business Innovation Specialists 2016

APEM AWPR Point C Business Innovation Specialists 2016

APEM and the AWPR Construction joint venture – AWPR/B-T aerial surveys for earthworks calculation

APEM carried out a pilot study before construction began on the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route, performing a high-resolution aerial survey using a photogrammetric-grade camera system in a fixed-wing structure. This approach allows surveys to be completed in a single day – not usually possible for a site of this size when using drones or traditional ground-based surveys.

Safety is improved, as workers are not needed on the ground, while the up-to-date photographs have proved invaluable to the site team, as well as engineers, environmental consultants, and other parties.

Atlas Cloud Business Innovation Specialists 2016

Atlas Cloud Business Innovation Specialists 2016

Atlas Cloud – BIM enablement platform

Atlas Cloud’s BIM enablement platform provides construction companies with the ability to use BIM on any device, in any location, at any time. The platform takes just days for a business to implement from point of contract agreement, and can achieve savings of up to 40 per cent compared with traditional IT infrastructure.

Atlas Cloud provides all of the necessary infrastructure, support and cloud systems that a company needs, with the BIM platform providing a fully accessible collaborative solution for contractors.

D Drill Business Innovation Specialists 2016

D Drill Business Innovation Specialists 2016

D-Drill – D-Kerb

London’s new Cycle Superhighway needed 45-degree angle kerbs to improve safety – but ripping out and replacing the existing 90-degree kerbs would cause waste, disruption, cost and time.

Instead, D-Drill developed the D-Kerb to cut the kerbs in-situ, the first machine of its kind.

The product will help save millions of pounds by avoiding buying new kerbs from China and could prevent as much as 9,900 tonnes of granite being wasted.

dorsaVii Business Innovation Specialists 2016

dorsaVii Business Innovation Specialists 2016

dorsaVi Europe – ViSafe

dorsaVi’s ViSafe system uses wearable technology to measure many aspects of detailed human movement, position and posture, enabling companies to take risk assessments to the next level and understand the demands that a particular task or job places on the human body.

The system has been used by major contractors already to test the impact of new equipment, proving that it reduced high-risk movements by 70 per cent and increased productivity by 17 per cent.

F Board Business Innovation Specialists 2016

F Board Business Innovation Specialists 2016


The F-Board is a replacement for the traditional wooden scaffold board and is made from 100 per cent recycled uPVC windows.

Stronger than a traditional board, the F-Board is also fire resistant, has no splinters or dust, requires no machine testing, and is the same size as a standard wooden board.

And at the end of its life cycle, it is recycled back into a new board, fulfilling the company’s desire to increase the use of recycled materials.

Garic Business Innovation Specialists 2016

Garic Business Innovation Specialists 2016

Garic – Combi Cabin Eco Series Plus

The Combi Cabin Eco Series Plus, launched by Garic in 2015, is the UK’s first generator-free, completely solar-powered welfare unit.

Rather than using a generator, the cabin draws all of its power from eight rooftop solar panels, resulting in significant cost savings for clients.

In addition, the unit is completely silent, as opposed to standard generator-powered cabins that emit noise of up to 57 dB.

Morrison Utility Services Business Innovation Specialists 2016

Morrison Utility Services Business Innovation Specialists 2016

Morrison Utility Services – Drone technology on Yorkshire Water pipeline project

Morrison Utility Services used unmanned aerial vehicles to provide safe and cost-effective aerial imagery for the investigation and design of a new 22 km pipeline in Swaledale, in the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

The route had a number of engineering challenges, including four crossings of the River Swale and 13 other water crossings, with a range of sensing equipment attached to the drones helping to address these challenges.

Data such as terrain slope, aspect and ruggedness grids were also gleaned from the UAVs, providing a useful analysis of the physical landscape.

Pinsafe Business Innovation Specialists 2016

Pinsafe Business Innovation Specialists 2016


Launched in 2012, Pinsafe offers a safe method for setting out lines and levels, helping to avoid cable strikes from the used road pins that penetrate the ground.

In 2015, the company launched a new version of the product for the rail sector, in bright orange to differentiate it from the standard Pinsafe yellow.

Pinsafe also increased its manufacturing output this year due to demand, improving the quality of the device in the process to make it more robust and precise.

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