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Services Avoidance and Surveying Equipment

Published 22 February 2021 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesInspections Working methods

This contractor has put into use new services avoidance and surveying equipment the Leica DD 220. This is a class leading device with uniquely designed digital PCB aerials and on-board filters which can detect just a very small signal from a buried utility. It also has a built-in Geographic Information System (GIS) system which enables data capture which then becomes…


Precast Floor ‘U-Slab’

Published 22 February 2021 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesOffsite construction Prefabrication Programming Working methods and equipment

An opportunity arose to demonstrate a bespoke integration of structure and MEP services during the development of this project. After a number of test  assemblies the project team settled on a method where the MEP module was married to the underside of a precast floor slab. Entitled the ‘U-Slab’ due to it’s shape, this method of construction has delivered numerous…


Pre Serviced Walls

Published 22 February 2021 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesOffsite construction Prefabrication Programming Working methods and equipment

On this project they are using pre serviced walls across several of the floors. These are walls made of chipboard that are manufactured off site and have hockey sticks and sockets fixed into them. The walls fit into a wooden track that has been fixed into the floor and ceiling. The walls are self-supporting, meaning that when the track has…


Geopura Hydrogen Generator

Published 22 February 2021 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesEnergy from renewable sources Energy saving measures Sustainable solutions

The contractor are in discussion with Geopura to bring a new hydrogen generator to site to replace a diesel unit, thereby producing zero emissions. There are a limited number of these units in use and only a handful of sites have trialled them in the country. The hydrogen is delivered by tanker, and manufactured using a renewable energy source. To…


Collecting Real Time Information on Air Pollution

Published 22 February 2021 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesAir quality Campaigns Goodwill work Monitoring and reporting

In conjunction with Time to Breathe and the British Safety Council the contractor is collecting real time information about air pollution via a free mobile app called Canairy. It calculates a user’s hourly exposure to nitrogen oxide, ozone and tiny particulates (PM2.5 and PM10) and draws on King’s College London’s Nowcast map of current air pollution in London and compares…


Video RAMS and Inspection and Test Plans

Published 22 February 2021 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesCommunicate initiatives Controls RAMS review Training Workforce information

The industry have moved on from traditional paper RAMS and Inspection & Test Plans (ITP) to photographic which has been widely received within the industry as ‘a picture is worth a thousand words’. This contractor have been carrying out video RAMS/ITP’s on their project They also have a ‘Project Show Me Exercise’ for all activities on site which has traditionally…


Social Distancing Scanning Software

Published 22 February 2021 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesControls Occupational health risks

This project has used Disperse’s building productivity management platform to help address coronavirus related challenges on site. They have used the software as a monitoring device and it has helped them recover up to ten weeks on the programme, return to 70% capacity in six weeks and with no reported outbreaks of coronavirus. The Disperse Social Distancing scan takes several…


Exoskeleton to Reduce Worker Fatigue

Published 22 February 2021 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesInitiatives Injuries Occupational health risks Worker fatigue

The site team have been using an exoskeleton suit which helps with fatigue when it comes to overhead working and transfers the strain from the operative’s neck and shoulders down to their hips. Musculoskeletal disorders are commonplace in construction and with the introduction of this item, it’s an issue that no longer needs to be considered a by-product of working…


Remotely Controlled Floor Screeding

Published 22 February 2021 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesAir quality Plant and machinery Reduce Working methods and equipment

On this project floor screeding is being carried using a self-contained large lorry which is computer and remotely controlled to mix sand and cement in 45 seconds and then pumps the screed to the workplace. The lorry arrives on site preloaded with cement and sand. Whilst the vehicle returns to the depot to be filled with cement the sand can…


Protecting the Feet of the Workforce

Published 22 February 2021 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesHealth screening Injuries Medical conditions Occupational health risks

Acknowledging the amount of time that staff and operatives wear site safety boots the contractor has purchased ‘Footbeds’ which is a system for measuring individuals feet to check for pronation, gait and weight bearing or other foot disorders (similar to runners) leading to the manufacture of moulded insoles to insert in their boots and consequently reducing damage and increasing comfort….


Using Apps to Make on Site Compliance Monitoring More Reliable

Published 15 February 2021 | Written by Sarah Sunderland
CategoriesDrainage Inspections Investigation Involvement Monitoring and reporting Specialist input Spill control Surface water Working methods and equipment

Costain and ALS (laboratories) are working together on a new software suite for onsite compliance testing of water arising from excavations. The app based sample recording and submitting process ensures that samples are correctly logged to the sample point (can be used to check sampling has been undertaken correctly if results are not as expected and that sample is from…


Simplified Lift Planning

Published 15 February 2021 | Written by Sam Mayo
CategoriesBehaviour Daily briefing Management Traffic management

The contractor has done away with scaling out crane lifts with pen and paper and scouring through load charts as they now quickly and easily plan crane lifts with a system called Kranxpert. To use this you do not need to know CAD, or master a complicated program, in order to draw obstacles or buildings, as the system, through familiar…


Service Protection Coordinator

Published 15 February 2021 | Written by Hassan Soboh
CategoriesControls Medical conditions Supervision

As part of the contractors approach to avoiding service damages, they formally appoint members of their team to the role of Service Protection Coordinator (SPCO). Each appointment requires a minimum level of training, which includes an internal Service Protection Coordinators Course. The Service Protection Coordinator is formally appointed by the Divisional Director. An SPCO is individually appointed to every project…


Overhead Recycled Drying Pulley

Published 15 February 2021 | Written by Aimee Nicol
CategoriesChanging Lockers

From the early stages of this project, they have had a few members of the supply chain approach them, looking for more drying space for their jackets and trousers during the winter months on site. Due to coronavirus restrictions they have been limited on the welfare they can hold on site, due to the limited space. However, they realised that…


Biodiversity Net Gain

Published 15 February 2021 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesBiodiversity Improvement Planting Trees Wildlife

This company wanted their project to have a Net Gain for Biodioversity. To do this they modelled their calculations using a tool which concluded the project had a 367.64% increase in ecological value. The project began with a baseline ecology of: Broadleaved Tree – Scattered (A3.1). Scrub -Scattered (A2.2) – 0.12ha; Improved grassland (B4) – 1.07ha; Bare Ground (J4) –…