Ad-hoc offices, concrete sensors, innovation centres and customer portals are just some of the remarkable ways these finalists are exploiting technology.
CN Awards 2018 Best Tech Bam Construct UK
Bam Construct UK – Bam’s Future Office
Bam has developed an ad-hoc office solution called Future Office. Billed as a turnkey solution, it comes equipped with 4G telecoms and data, biometric access control, software for delivery management, and a ‘BIM cave’ offering stakeholders walkthroughs of 3D models.
Future Office is delivered part-assembled and does not need the involvement of utilities suppliers to get it up and running. Bam says the office beats competitor solutions from across the market by 30 per cent on heating costs and 45 per cent on energy overall.
CN Awards 2018 Best Tech Converge
Converge – Real-time Concrete Monitoring
Converge has set its sights on giving site managers greater surety on when concrete has reached its sufficient strength. The company has replaced the need to conduct manual tests by developing sensors that can be embedded into the concrete pour. The sensor sends real-time data on the state of concrete to teams via text alerts and email.
The sensor can notify the project manager as soon as the concrete reaches the desired strength. Converge’s innovation aims to keep site teams better informed as to when is best to switch from winter to summer mixes.
CN Awards 2018 Best Tech Glider Technology
Glider Technology – GliderBIM implementation for One New Street Square
In response to the government’s Level 2 BIM mandate, Glider Technology has developed GliderBIM, a common data environment that manages BIM data as well as 3D models.
GliderBIM’s online software is designed to help project teams manage BIM and asset information through the construction process, as well as end-user occupation. The software has a wide range of features, providing model visualisation, data analysis and key figures for the supply chain, as well as project progress tracking. GliderBIM is also capable of handling more conventional information such as handover documentation and health and safety files.
CN Awards 2018 Best Tech Lucas
Lucas – Lucas Use of Technology
Following a partnership with McLaren, Lucas was inspired to develop new ways to develop and use technologies. This led to the launch of the Lucas Innovation Centre, where clients, architects, designers and specifiers can use some of the latest touch-screen technologies and 3D BIM programmes.
Along with bespoke technology guidance, the centre has led to the creation of new surface effects, protective coatings and solutions for existing projects. The company has also created a mobile app that enables improved collaboration between partners to continue outside of the innovation centre.
CN Awards 2018 Best Tech Midland Metro Alliance
Midland Metro Alliance – The Midland Metro Alliance Geographical Information System
Midland Metro Alliance is delivering a series of tram extensions in Birmingham. The company had previously struggled to find reliable ways of predicting how the placement of tram stops will change pedestrian movement or gain the most usage by commuters.
Its subsequently created the Midland Metro Alliance Geographical Information System, which allows users to visualise, question, analyse and interpret data to better understand projects. Almost 80 per cent of the data the company works with has a spatial component, with the system allowing users to better visualise this and therefore predict the impact on commuters.
CN Awards 2018 Best Tech Nomenca
Nomenca – Offsite Build, Skilled Assembly in a Factory Environment SAFE
Nomenca has been fine-tuning its business processes throughout 2017, placing an emphasis on innovation across multiple levels. The company’s default position is to have everything produced offsite, which feeds into its strategy of reducing risk timescales and costs.
Nomenca has adopted 3D laser surveying, ‘immersive visualisation’ and BIM modelling. By using the various technologies at its disposal, the company managed to remove 400,000 worker-hours from onsite activities, while saving £4.2m in capital expenditure and a combined 10 months across multiple projects.
CN Awards 2018 Best Tech PiLON
PiLON – PiLON ‘Customer Portal’
PiLON is a main contractor specialising in the delivery of planned maintenance works and responsive repairs in the housing sector. Unsatisfied with the use of conventional means of communication between its teams and residents, the company developed the PiLON Customer Portal.
The goal was to improve resident experience during planned works programmes. However, some residents did not have the hardware or skills to use the portal, leading PiLON to provide tablets free-of-charge – which they could keep – as well as guidance on their use.
The firm found that this massively improved communication and resident satisfaction, leading to an average customer experience score of 97.2 per cent.
CN Awards 2018 Best Tech Ramboll
Ramboll – Dynamic Masterplanning
Ramboll observed that the requirement to develop robust cost and programme data at the start of a project can sometimes mean that only a small number of concepts can be properly considered before decisions have to be taken.
In response, the company has developed its Dynamic Masterplanning tools that allow it to work with the architect to generate building massing options, while also undertaking early engineering analysis. The masses are analysed to provide key performance indicators on criteria such as daylighting, overshadowing, foundation loading, core sizes, pedestrian travel distances, accessibility, sightlines, modularity, façade areas and crane positioning.
CN Awards 2018 Best Tech Willmott Dixon
Willmott Dixon – mi: Digital Products
Inspired by the Farmer Review, Willmott Dixon invested considerable resources developing a system to capture KPIs covering quality, time and cost, and social / environmental impacts.
The result is ‘mi project’, a portal through which staff and clients can see real-time performance data and generate reports. CRM and Field View were also integrated into the system, leading to improved efficiency and automation. Willmott Dixon says this has transformed the way the company approaches reporting, with more than 3,000 users across 864 active projects using the system, which have a combined contract value of more than £5bn.