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Innovation of the Year (Contractor) – Finalists

Seven contractors are battling for this award with innovations in the fields of training, safety, BIM, waste and people management.

Specialists Awards 2018 Innovation Contractor Bachy Soletanche Electrically Powered Hydrofraise

Specialists Awards 2018 Innovation Contractor Bachy Soletanche Electrically Powered Hydrofraise

Bachy Soletanche

Bachy Soletanche was responsible for driving forward the development of Hydrofraise, an electric-powered machine that makes permanent diaphragm walls while working on Tideway.

Replacing a diesel-powered machine with an electric one has reduced noise output and carbon emissions, meaning the project’s impact on the local community has also been minimised. Following the success of Hydrofraise on Tideway’s Chambers Wharf project, this equipment will be rolled out across two other Tideway sites.

Specialists Awards 2018 Innovation Contractor GKR Scaffolding

Specialists Awards 2018 Innovation Contractor GKR Scaffolding

GKR Scaffolding

Last year, GKR Scaffolding built what is claimed to be the first virtual reality working at height safety training programme, aimed at changing workforce attitudes and behaviour related in this area.

Trainees undertake three modules making their way up a simulated high-rise building, identifying and intercepting high-risk behaviours along the way. This technology aims to provide workers with a more enjoyable approach to training while increasing safety awareness, hazard identification and changing attitudes towards health and safety.

Kelly Formwork UK

Kelly Formwork UK has developed a simple solution for warning site operatives when tower cranes are moving skips in low-light conditions.

Since the introduction of the Skip Flare, Kelly says operatives feel safer knowing that they will be alerted to objects suspended by a tower crane, while tower crane drivers have found it easier to see skips from their cabs.

The firm believes this innovation to be unique in the industry and reports a positive response from customers including Berkeley Homes, Costain and Skanska.

CITA 2017 In house Recruitment Team Keltbray Creechurch Place

CITA 2017 In house Recruitment Team Keltbray Creechurch Place

Keltbray Piling

Over the past 24 months, Keltbray Piling has invested £200,000 into creating the cloud-based data collection system, which it describes as a first within the piling sector.

The platform enables project managers and senior management to access data on a project after site engineers have inputted pile log data. The goal is to reduce the amount of unproductive time lost between site engineers rewriting hand logs and managers approving them.

Senior management can instantly see the progress and trends on all jobs and know which jobs need more attention than others, which has improved the overall management of the business.

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Specialists Awards 2018 Innovation Contractor NG Bailey main admin panel

Specialists Awards 2018 Innovation Contractor NG Bailey main admin panel

NG Bailey

In collaboration with CIBSE, NG Bailey has set up BIMHawk: a web-based tool to address the industry-wide issue of data standardisation.

BIMHawk is a free resource that allows datasets to be realigned to a common data standard, making it easier to compare objects in the BIM environment. NG Bailey’s objective is to encourage more people to use BIM in the construction industry.

The resource has been widely adopted across the sector, according to the company, with 400 companies including Mott MacDonald and Buro Happold signed up as registered users.

Specialists Awards 2018 Innovation Contractor O Donovan Waste Disposal

Specialists Awards 2018 Innovation Contractor O Donovan Waste Disposal

O’Donovan Waste Disposal

O’Donovan Waste Disposal identified that one of the biggest noise impacts its teams made on local communities as waste hauliers was the sound of their metal skip chains slamming against metal skips.

The company’s solution? Creating a recyclable canvas cover that can be wrapped around skip chains in a matter of minutes.

The innovation has reduced this noise pollution by 23 per cent, O’Donovan reports, adding that its impact on local communities has been proven by a reduction in complaints, as well as positive feedback from its construction sites.

Specialists Awards 2018 Innovation Contractor Premier Technical Services Group

Specialists Awards 2018 Innovation Contractor Premier Technical Services Group

Premier Technical Services Group

In order to provide a secure and easily accessible platform for clients and staff to monitor progress on jobs and accounts, PTSG invested £2m into developing an in-house software system, Clarity.

From speeding up the process of receiving and allocating orders to engineers, to providing real-time traffic updates that automatically re-route engineers’ journeys to avoid delays, the company says this technology has provided them with significant efficiency gains.

PTSG secured increased business during 2016/17, which it attributed in part to the launch of the platform.

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