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Commercial Innovation of the Year: Finalists

Concrete monitoring, security solutions and online project management are just some of the areas tackled by this year’s hugely varied Commercial Innovation shortlist.


BlokCam is a wireless system that can be quickly and easily deployed to the hook block or boom tip of a crane.

The sound and view from below the camera is then transmitted and received wirelessly via the antenna systems to a screen in the cab. This allows the operator to see and hear the load and surroundings and gives an unobstructed, live feed of the critical areas that they would otherwise have to do without. More than 20 major UK contractors have installed the product onto cranes.

CN Awards 2017 Commercial Innovation Brilliant Ideas The Hole System

CN Awards 2017 Commercial Innovation Brilliant Ideas The Hole System

Brilliant Ideas: The Hole System

The Hole System is a lightweight telescopic pole with a foot pedal cam and interchangeable heads for marking, drilling, raw plugging and filling holes on the underside of concrete floors, all carried out from ground level.

It eliminates manual handling required to carry scaffold towers up and down access staircases as well as the need to set them up, while also reducing exposure to HAVS, dust and working at height. The system has been deployed on a number of projects already involving major UK contractors.

CN Awards 2017 Commercial Innovation Doka UK Formwork Technologies

CN Awards 2017 Commercial Innovation Doka UK Formwork Technologies

Doka UK Formwork Technologies: Doka Concremote

Doka Concremote is an internet-enabled reusable digital sensor that continuously monitors, measures and reports the development of concrete maturity in freshly placed in-situ concrete.

Target strengths are set and, once reached, real-time alerts are sent to the end-user. These enable striking of formwork, post-tensioning and preventative actions to limit thermal cracking where necessary. Users can access data in real time via a secure online portal, with the technology being used on a range of UK projects in the last 18 months.

CN Awards 2017 Commercial Innovation Green Gate Access Systems

CN Awards 2017 Commercial Innovation Green Gate Access Systems

Green Gate Access Systems: SOSEC

SOSEC is a security solution that Green Gate Access Systems promises has no running costs, saving money and benefiting the environment.

It combines a 5 m automatic traffic barrier, an optional drop skirt and LED lights to control vehicles, with a self-closing pedestrian gate, designed around an 8 mm steel platform that can be easily positioned with a forklift or telehandler.

Its high-capacity solar panel allows the barrier to operate up to 900 times a day, even in winter, and for short-term sites SOSEC can be delivered to site with a battery store for up to one month’s use.

CN Awards 2017 Commercial Innovation Groundforce Shorco

CN Awards 2017 Commercial Innovation Groundforce Shorco

Groundforce: SheetMaster

Developed by Groundforce’s in-house technical team, SheetMaster is a multifunctional sheet handling and installation attachment that connects to an excavator boom via a standard quick-hitch coupler, making handling and installing trench sheets quicker, more controlled and safer.

It combines three tools regularly used on site for pitching, driving and extracting trench sheets. Groundforce argues that SheetMaster is the safest available method of non-hydraulic sheet installation, with no driving cap required and much of the risk associated with this process minimised.



Sablono: Digital Lean Construction Project Management

Sablono is an online platform for digital lean construction project management, used to continuously monitor the execution and daily performance of projects based on standardised construction processes and sequences.

Mace decided to use Sablono at its Greenwich Peninsula Upper Riverside phase one site, with the aim of understanding day-to-day progression. With approximately 70,000 activities taking place on the scheme, Sablono is able to trace all of the detail and track the project closely.

CN Awards 2017 Commercial Innovation Siltbuster and Aquajet

CN Awards 2017 Commercial Innovation Siltbuster and Aquajet

Siltbuster and Aquajet: EcoClear

EcoClear is the outcome of a collaboration between construction wastewater treatment firm Siltbuster and robotic hydrodemolition specialist Aquajet.

Released in late 2016, the EcoClear system was developed to address the very high pH and solids-laden water generated as a byproduct of hydrodemolition, treating it to a high standard so it can be safely discharged back into the environment.

It also allows clients to remotely control the units and monitor their performance, and by using carbon dioxide for pH adjustment avoids the risks associated with bringing potentially harmful acids onto sites.

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