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Construction News Awards Best Use of Technology

Winner: Costain – MARIO (Mass Asset Recognition and Intelligent Optimisation)

Costain’s Mass Asset Recognition and Intelligent Optimisation system provides data on an infrastructure asset with minimal disruption to the asset’s use.

The judges were particularly impressed with the rapid and detailed surveying of infrastructure assets that MARIO allows, as well as its level of accuracy.

It was developed to give its customers a clearer and more accurate picture of the condition and whole-life cycle of an infrastructure asset, reduce surveying time, improve design efficiency and accuracy, reduce change orders and deliver more accurate as built documentation.

Costain’s system automatically recognises assets on a highway and then links the assets to a geospatial database. This reduces the manual process of collecting data, which moves much of the work from a highways environment to an office environment and increases the accuracy of the information collected.

The aim is to provide a cost-effective and accurate asset database to Costain’s customers. The judges also noted the technology is “cheaper and safer than current alternatives”, which also made it stand out.

The systems data capture starts with an MX8 laser scanner attached to a vehicle that drives at carriageway speed to obtain survey data. Once collected, it then processes and automatically recognises specific assets which are captured, tagged and linked to a geospatial reference.

“The developed technology allows rapid and detailed surveying of infrastructure assets, is cheaper and safer than current alternatives and also allows direct links to the BIM environment”

Judges’ comment

This is stored in a database, where the customer can drill down and view images of the asset at chosen locations. Once this baseline information has been obtained, Costain can then benchmark the information and see if anything has changed.

The technology has direct links to the BIM environment, another aspect that impressed the judges.

The team developing the MARIO technology won an internal competition for research and development funds based on a business case, and technology partners include a university and a global positioning company.

MARIO was used to facilitate the refit of the tunnel infrastructure at Heathrow Airport. Using a traditional approach would have meant closing the tunnel, logistics planning, traffic management, physical measuring and night work. However, using MARIO mitigated closure, night working and traffic management.

Using the technology also makes it easier to determine any movement or changes within the asset, and so can provide early warnings of problems or deterioration.

Highly Commended: Aggregate Industries working with MOBA – Bar-Tec Implementation

Aggregate Industries’ Bar-Tec Implementation impressed the judges as they felt it provides transparency of surfacing properties and conditions, and it opens the door to a world of sustainability, improved quality and performance metrics.

“It’s a refreshing and innovative use of new technologies in a very traditional segment of the industry”

Judges’ comment


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