Apps, modelling, smartphones and glow-in-the-dark safety markers – these seven finalists are driving industry innovation forward.
Specialists Awards 2018 Technology Bullitt Group
Electronics manufacturer Bullitt has continued the global roll-out of its Cat S60 rugged smartphone, while expanding the Cat phones’ portfolio of devices with two new smartphones and a tablet: the Cat S31, S41 and T20 respectively.
The Cat S60 is described as the first smartphone to feature an integrated thermal camera, performing jobs such as detecting heat loss around windows and doors, identifying moisture leaks and missing insulation, and monitoring the temperature of volatile materials such as concrete. The devices are designed to survive repeated drop on concrete from 1.8 m and be waterproof up to 5 m.
Specialists Awards 2018 Technology Elecosoft
Project management software firm Elecosoft has continued to improve its Asta Powerproject platform, which is used to deliver a range of projects from highways construction and coastal defences through to commercial buildings and housing schemes.
The past year has seen the company respond to increased market adoption of building information modelling by developing an integrated BIM module for Asta Powerproject. It has also upgraded its ability to report site progress via mobile devices through an updated version of its Site Progress Mobile app.
Specialists Awards 2018 Technology Gaist
Gaist has set out to improve highways condition surveying by developing a single, detailed and layered database of the roads network.
HighwayView takes video imagery collected by a survey vehicle and turns it into a high-definition map layer, which the company says is 900 times more detailed than Google imagery.
HighwayView and its national dataset are designed to provide various services in surveying, planning and construction. Gaist aims to offer the necessary reliability and detail in its data that can drive more efficient planning of asset management strategies and better-informed decisions on projects.
GlowMark No1 Glow UK
GlowMark has developed a range of low-cost fire-retardant fire exit safety markers, which it calls GlowMark Arrows.
The product uses different colours to identify a range of hazard levels and is said to involve zero running costs, as well as being fully recyclable. GlowMark Arrows charge fully in eight minutes and will glow for up to 48 hours from one charge. The markers are light sensitive and self-activate to ensure they become visible as soon as light fades.
Clearly placed at eye and floor level in corridors and stairways, the arrows guide occupants to fire exits during evacuation.
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Specialists Awards 2018 Technology Human Recognition Systems
Human Recognition Systems
The past 12 months have seen several advances in Human Recognition Systems’ onsite people management products. HRS looks to cut delays in accessing sites by centralising and digitising key administrative systems.
Recent developments have come from customer input, such as the MSite Mobile App that was developed following feedback from Lendlease. The app system offers site managers a full overview of their site workforce via a tablet or smartphone, and is able to record attendance on a site through GPS tracking as well as logging credential checks with CSCS and CITB before workers enter a site.
Specialists Awards 2018 Technology Reactec
Reactec spent 2017 building on its HAVwear product: a wearable wrist device that monitors a worker’s exposure to hand arm vibration when using power tools, whose customers now include Balfour Beatty, Morgan Sindall and Murphy Group.
It has rolled out a HAV risk mobile app that enables supervisors to check the status of a worker’s exposure at any time, allowing both real-time assessment and early intervention. Reactec has also launched an online management service to which managers can add intervention notes, as well as log and track HAV control measures against targets.
Specialists Awards 2018 Technology Wilson James
Wilson James developed the Fulcrum system to improve construction logistics, which is says have been based on outdated processes and in need of more integrated technologies.
Fulcrum looks to provide an all-in-one solution covering deliveries and bookings, warehouse management, materials movement and onsite resources. The system has been used extensively at Heathrow Airport, where Wilson James says it has ensured that 95 per cent of deliveries are on time. The airport uses Fulcrum to make sure delivery vehicles maximise their routes and capacities, helping consolidate deliveries by 22 per cent.