This free, Google-based online database is available to all site staff through their mobile phones, iPads or computers. Anyone can produce one if they have a Google account and a link is sent to anyone who wishes to access it.
It is a very efficient tool for when planning logistical operations and also a great visual aid to inform new starters to the project. It provides a visual ‘one stop shop’ reference document they can use when in safety and environmental planning.
Ensuring that the project team have access to up to date environmental information is critical when planning and carrying out works. The works being carried out could adversely affect the local community in areas such as places of worship, businesses and local residents as well as the environment such as watercourses, scheduled monuments and conservation areas.
To ensure that environmental receptors can be successfully managed the project has adopted the use of an interactive map which can be accessed online. The map identifies potential hotspots such as residential and commercial properties for nuisance noise, watercourses and invasive species. This is a live document showing up-to-date information about the environmental receptors including any special conditions that need to be considered when planning works.
The web page allows users to freely view the area, and click on the icons and polygons to gain further information about a specific issue, such as particular restrictions and toolbox talks. Users can also access the map on their smartphone or tablet and using GPS can identify what receptors they are near to.
Entry submitted by BAM Nutall.