Technology is being used in a numerous ways to make construction more efficient and cost-effective – and this shortlist includes seven stand-out suppliers to UK contractors.
With more than 70,000 user organisations and over $1tn of project value delivered in more than 70 countries, Aconex is a leading project information management service provider to the construction industry.
In the UK, the company is supporting high-profile projects such as the North West Cambridge Development and the redevelopment of Battersea Power Station, with customers including Mace, Heathrow Airport, Connect Plus, ISG, National Grid and the Greater Manchester Transport Capital Programme. With revenue of £72.1m in 2016, the firm invested £13.3m in R&D – with plans to continue investing 16-18 per cent of total revenue in R&D annually.
Specialists 2017 Technology Alphatec Software
Alphatec supported the construction industry in 2016 by providing its ClaimControl incident, claims and risk management software solution to companies such as Morrison Utility Services, Clancy Docwra and Thames Water, and enhanced the solutions for existing clients like Barhale, Murphy and VolkerWessels.
Its work for Thames Water on AMP6 was a particular success, fully implementing the system for use by four joint venture partners in under a week from agreement to production use. Its software has helped construction companies reduce administration, cut costs and enable growth in a range of sectors.
Specialists 2017 Technology Cemar
Cemar is solely aimed at addressing the specific challenge of administering construction contracts, and is not built upon a document management system or existing software platform.
In 2016, the firm saw its client base grow by 45 per cent, and the system is used by some of the largest infrastructure projects in the UK, including Hinkley Point C and High Speed 2.
It also proposed a successful Guinness World Record attempt to build the world’s longest Lego bridge, capturing the imagination of both prospective and experienced engineers.
Specialists 2017 Technology Dondseed
Best known for biometric time and attendance and access control solutions for the construction industry, Donseed enables its customers to capture data and implement it to improve business performance.
Last year saw the launch of the Donseed v2 Tablet, a biometric tablet and mobile app, which means customers are able to capture data across all sites, no matter how small.
It has also worked to enhance existing software, introducing a ‘trades’ module allowing customers to see in real-time how many of each trade are working across each of their projects and enabling managers to move them if needed.
Specialists 2017 Technology Msite
In 2016, Human Recognition Systems welcomed a number of new tier one contractors into its customer base for the MSite work management platform, to give it a client list including Carillion, Willmott Dixon, Morgan Sindall, Lendlease, Graham, Interserve, Bam, ISG, Osborne and Keepmoat.
HRS allocated £1m to the continued development of MSite from both a hardware and software perspective, and it is now live on more than 700 construction sites.
In addition, last year saw the development and launch of MSite TV, allowing every customer to have TVs on all projects that can instantly send messages from its HQ to workers.
Specialists 2017 Technology Reactec
More than 300,000 people in the UK suffer symptoms of hand arm vibration (HAV) syndrome as a consequence of being exposed to harmful levels of vibration in the workplace.
Reactec’s HAVWEAR is a wrist-worn device that advises workers of tool vibration exposure, informing the wearer of their exposure by calculating and displaying in real-time their HSE HAV risk assessment points.
Data is also stored online for management to assess, with all exposure and tool data saved and transmitted via a docking station to help better understand how to reduce and remove risk.
Specialists 2017 Technology Senceive
Senceive, a spin-off from University College London in 2005, has pioneered the development of high-quality, low-powered wireless sensor networks, specifically to benefit the rail and construction industries.
The monitoring systems are wire-free, small and easy to deploy, generating extremely stable, high-precision data.
Demand led Senceive to double its system delivery to the industry in 2016, particularly in tunnels and on rail tracks, building on this to move into international markets, with clients in Australia, New Zealand, Denmark, Greece, France and Croatia.