From mobile management and safety analytics to hire-wire rigging and luminous trousers, the past 12 months have seen some remarkable developments.
Dome Technology – iSnag 2
iSnag 2 is an intelligent mobile snagging and defect management software for the construction industry, with the capability for RFIs, health and safety issues and more to be raised, actioned and cleared from any smartphone or tablet device.
The software has been used on projects including 20 Fenchurch Street in London, the Al Bahr Towers in Abu Dhabi and the Baha Mar resort in the Bahamas.
Fhoss Technology – Powered Light Safety Wear
Fhoss Technology has developed a range of unique powered light safety wear that meets all industry standards and certifications with integrated electroluminescence.
The products are of particular benefit to contractors working in poor light or dark conditions, with visibility and safety both vastly improved.
Additionally, with integrated lights on trousers, enough ambient light is produced to help reduce slips, trips and falls, a major cause of injury on dark construction sites.
Customer feedback has been positive, with the potential for further product development.
IG Masonry Support Systems – IG Brick Slip masonry support systems
IG’s design team identified the need for an easy-to-install system for suspending brick from the underside of masonry support, producing precision finished brick soffit details.
The Brick Slip system is a prefabricated unit, manufactured offsite and delivered complete with bricks bonded to steel. It offers a degree of onsite adjustment not possible with alternative, existing methods.
The system offers up to a 90 per cent reduction of onsite labour and a 70 per cent weight saving against an equivalent concrete product, and installers have been impressed with its simplicity and ease of use.
Keylite Roof Windows – Futuretherm Roof Window
The Futuretherm Roof Window launched in March 2014 with a number of unique features and innovations designed to benefit installers, housebuilders and the end-user.
The window comes with an integrated thermal collar, expanding around the frame after installation to close the gap between it and the roof, providing an effective barrier against heat loss and cold bridging.
The product also includes flick-fit brackets, which have greatly simplified the installation process, providing benefits in terms of speed and safety.
Industry response has been positive so far, reflected in impressive sales figures.
Ramtech Electronics – WES+ construction site fire safety systems
WES+ is an innovative fire alarm system from Ramtech that uses the latest wireless technology to improve safety on construction sites.
It is the first UK wireless fire alarm system specifically engineered for construction and approved to EN54. WES+ builds on the WES unit it replaces, including a new app that facilitates advanced system reporting and configuration.
The wireless nature of the system allows the units to be repositioned quickly and easily, with no cabling or specialist electrician installation required.
Reactec Analytics Platform - Reactec Analytics Platform
The Reactec HAVmeter has been in the industry for five years and has helped combat over-exposure to hand-arm vibration syndrome.
The Reactec Analytics Platform brings together multiple stakeholders to further improve the safety of the work environment, accurately and effectively assessing HAVS risk.
The new cloud-based reporting platform automatically collates data and provides managers, team leaders and tool operators with company-wide access to intelligent, practical reports, enabling them to manage HAVS risk like never before.
Sefaira – Sefaira Architecture
Sefaira software brings the power of cloud computing to building designers for the first time, enabling them to assess the environmental performance of their designs in real time within their existing 3D modelling programmes.
The system features integrated real-time plug-in analysis, working with industry-leading platforms including Autodesk Revit and Trimble SketchUp, while integrated daylighting and shading analysis help designers achieve the optimum balance between daylighting potential and solar-heat gain.
The software improves speed, accuracy and sustainability, all while reducing costs.
WEB Rigging Services – First Severn Bridge underdeck project
The WEB Deck is a unique patented engineered access platform designed to deliver safe and efficient underdeck access on a wide variety of structures.
The system has delivered significant savings on projects at Ryde Pier, the Derwent Viaduct, Heysham Jetty and the First Severn Bridge with Laing O’Rourke.
It offers time and access savings of up to 80 per cent, with Highways England embracing it as a preferred means of access for bridge projects in future.
WISA – WISAblock
WISAblock is an efficient and cost-effective way of guarding against impalement and the threat of other serious injury posed by exposed or poorly protected steel starter bars on concrete substructures.
An alternative to traditional systems, WISAblock supports standard 4x2 timber and creates a means of guarding reinforced steel in 10-32 mm rebar sizes.
It has been given best practice status by Balfour Beatty, Kier, Morgan Sindall and others, and has been used on Skanska projects.