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Construction News Awards finalists: Company Innovation

From safety and efficiency to materials and technology, the shortlist for Company Innovation of the Year features outstanding developments from across the industry.

Balfour Beatty - Mott MacDonald/Balfour Beatty JV Area 4 Near Miss Reporting App

A drainage engineer on the BBMM JV that operates and maintains part of the Highways Agency’s network in the South-east developed this app to make near-miss reporting easier.

The app allows workers to report near-misses anonymously and in real time, recording the location and offering the option to include photographic evidence. It has contributed to an AFR 0.0 and an AAFR of 1.52 in Area 4 at present.

Bam with Network Rail - Hooley Cutting Grillage Sprayed Concrete Innovation

Traditional methods such as pumped concrete and substantial formwork would not have been possible for Bam Ritchie’s stabilisation of Hooley Cutting.

Working with Network Rail, the team developed a sprayed concrete solution, allowing simple access, no lengthy pumping lines and non-flowable concrete.

This reduced environmental control issues, increased safety, allowed for faster construction and saved money.

Connect Plus - Rapid Cure Concrete Bay Replacement

Connect Plus has pioneered a new Rapid Cure technique for the replacement of life-expired concrete motorway.

With conventional concrete bay replacement previously taking an entire weekend, Rapid Cure means motorways can be strong enough to support traffic in four hours.

Traffic delays are being cut by 80 per cent, with the potential to save many more hours of closures nationwide, while worker safety is also improved.

Network Rail/Costain/Path Intelligence - COpath: Enabling Better Passenger Journeys

COpath enables Costain to better understand how public transport assets are used by gathering data on passenger movements.

The system collects anonymous mobile phone signal data to track how passengers move, providing more data to inform planning decisions.

COpath was used at Clapham Junction in London, with manual counting verifying the system’s accuracy to almost 100 per cent at peak hours.

Shepherd Construction and Team Pirbright - Pirbright Institute DP1 and Team Pirbright

Shepherd Construction worked closely with the Pirbright Institute on its new laboratories, establishing the bio-containment line on the building’s external envelope and exceeding the global norm in advanced containment design.

The team built a full replica of the laboratory, enabling testing of the design and component performance. This resulted in airtightness levels over 1,100 times higher than applicable regulations.

Vivark - Oneserve2Oneserve

FM, repair and refurbishment contractor Vivark worked with Knowsley Housing Trust, subcontractor Structec and technology firm Oneserve to develop Onserve2Oneserve, a cloud-based field service management system.

O2O allows Vivark to better manage empty social housing properties by replacing labour-intensive paperwork with an entirely mobile and digital reporting system. The software has allowed quicker turnaround of empty properties.

VolkerStevin - Scour Protection Installation Frame

For the Tay Road Bridge Pier Protection scheme, VolkerStevin had to install scour protection mats at an unprecedented size and scale.

The team developed a new frame to facilitate the swift installation of scour mats through a large tidal water column.

This was responsible for £250,000 of savings and saved 50 per cent on the programme. The number of dives required was also significantly reduced, increasing safety.

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