A range of innovative companies have made it onto this shortlist, from Crossrail JVs and rail consultants to basement contractors and retail giants.
Crossrail train tunnels crossover at Whitechapel station
Alstom, TSO, Costain (ATC) Joint Venture: Automated Tunnel Drilling Solution
ATC JV’s automated tunnel drilling solution provided a new way of setting out and drilling 250,000 holes required to fix the M&E services and overhead line equipment to the tunnel lining on Crossrail.
The team uses a pair of bespoke machines, accompanied by a sophisticated numerical analysis programme, to drill the holes. The solution has enhanced production and quality while reducing risk and and is described as a step-change from traditional construction techniques.
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Arcadis Consulting (UK): Geo-Rail Infrastructure Network Model High Resolution Light Detection and Ranging Technology
Modern rail schemes create large volumes of information that can be difficult to effectively cross-reference and visualise. This was the challenge Arcadis faced when awarded the role of Carillion’s overhead line equipment designer for the installation of 35 km of equipment between Holytown and Mid Calder Junction.
With the presence of historic coal mines under 45 per cent of the route, Arcadis using GeoRINM with high-resolution light detection and ranging technology to improve safety, data quality and design surety, while reducing costs and programme.
Costain: 360 Site Data
Costain has built, with the help of its technology partner Arithmetica, a system that maps high-definition 360 photo and video onto drone photography of a site.
This video is a stabilised, stitch-free virtual environment with object identification contained within all photo and video media, which can in turn provide a link from related BIM models, O&M manuals and maintenance records.
The approach aims to increase the functionality of collected data while reducing time spent on site, lowering cost and risk to the client.
CN Awards 2017 Company Innovation East Sussex Highways
East Sussex Highways: Salesforce
East Sussex Highways introduced Salesforce in May 2016 to try to improve customers’ experiences and provide instant data on existing issues.
This was the first time that the Salesforce platform had been used in this way for the highways sector in Europe, allowing the team to manage a large network of service staff who can be deployed to fix any problems with the county’s roads.
Designed and implemented within three months, the software has led to a 67 per cent increase in customer satisfaction, 60 per cent more cases dealt with per agent, and a 50 per cent reduction in aborted jobs thanks to better information provided to crews.
Highway Traffic Management
Highway Traffic Management: Homeless to Highways Scheme
Highway Traffic Management has pursued numerous opportunities to expand its workforce, including employing ex-offenders and ex-service personnel, and last year it developed a new scheme designed to offer full-time employment to individuals in the unfortunate position of being homeless.
Working with the charity St Basil’s, the company went through a two-stage interview process before offering three candidates contracts.
All three received three-month, six-month and yearly objectives, with the operatives progressing to fully fledged roles in the industry before the end of November 2016 – quicker than planned.
CN Awards 2017 Company Innovation M J Rooney Construction
M J Rooney Construction: Virtual Basement Construction
M J Rooney committed in 2016 to deploy its ‘virtual basement’ as a standard service on every project.
The technology allows M J Rooney to show clients what their space will look like prior to construction beginning, mapping out the site above and below ground to assess its impact, and allow full modelling of the scheme.
This innovation has streamlined the firm’s construction processes, leading to higher profit margins, less waste and fewer problems on site.
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Marks & Spencer: New Engineering Technologies
Marks & Spencer developed its New Engineering Technologies process in conjunction with AB Group, with an initial launch in 2015 ahead of the online system going live in September 2016.
NET is part of M&S’ business plan to become to world’s most sustainable retailer by 2020 – and it has seen 246 technologies vetted through the NET process to date. NET project manages applicants through a seven-stage process and helps M&S assess the viability of technology and its return on investment. The cumulative impact of these has been to reduce carbon emissions by thousands of tonnes, as well as reducing costs.