Taking Control of Air Quality

Mace worked with EMSOL to use Bluetooth tags to track vehicle movements to site and associate these movements with air quality emissions around the site during concrete frame construction . The aim of this trial was to help provide insight into how deliveries to site were impacting local air quality and provide a proof concept for the system to enable roll out to other sites as well as plant and machinery.

This has the potential to transform localised air quality monitoring by providing real actionable insight into activities on sight and their impact on air quality. Whilst previous site monitoring has provided valuable data on emissions levels the missing link has always been actionable insight into the causes of breaches which would allow longer term air quality improvement.

The interactive dashboard records localised air quality breaches around the site and applies analytics to associate these breaches with vehicles in the area. Overtime this builds up a picture of vehicles which are regular air quality ‘offenders’ and enables targeted action such as filters or replacement to be taken in a timely manner. The dashboard is available to all stakeholders with information provided to; the construction team to the supply chain, local authority and neighbours.

Key results – The trial was successful and proved the technology could be scaled to multiple suppliers and vehicle movements around site. Data showed that mandating EURO 6 vehicles compared to old vehicles had a measurable reduction in air quality breaches, it gave suppliers evidence to pinpoint vehicles that may need maintenance (an alternative to costly time-consuming exhaust monitoring systems).

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