A list of entries tagged with July 2021 innovation

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Upcycling Timber Through Biotechnology

Published 31 August 2021 | Written by Lucy Wainwright
CategoriesEnergy saving measures Reduce Sustainable solutions

This contractor has used Mykor, which is a biotechnology and advanced materials company developing commercially viable and sustainable building materials grown from waste. Timber waste on this project is being used to produce a sustainable alternative to construction materials such as insulation, along with homeware items through 3D Print Technology Timber waste is inoculated with Mycelium which is the vegetative…

SEND Work Experience Programme

Published 31 August 2021 | Written by Lucy Wainwright
CategoriesCharities/organisations Cooperation Corporate Social Responsibility action plan Equality Schools

This contractor has created a 10 week virtual educational activity programme in collaboration with ThinkForward, a special educational needs charity which has been designed with sessions tailored to the individual needs of the students taking part. The contractor suggested that students create ‘passports’ before starting that included learning preferences and individual needs. They then used this as a basis to…

Safeguard Hard Hat Tracking

Published 31 August 2021 | Written by Lucy Wainwright
CategoriesHealth screening Initiatives Worker fatigue

On this project they are using a wearable device that attaches onto a hard hat to recognise the unique movement patterns of users completing tasks. With location and environmental sensors, the Safeguard device can provide workforce-wide insight at a level that has not been possible before. The primary function of the Safeguard device is to help improve safety by mapping…

Keyless Door Management

Published 31 August 2021 | Written by Lucy Wainwright
CategoriesProperty security Site security

This project is the first to use new technology for locking and accessing internal doors on site, which eliminates need for hundreds of keys for different apartments during construction. This eliminates the need for signing in and out of keys on registers as well as being efficient way of managing different trades across apartments. The technology offers real-time access control…

Sustainable Landscaping Solutions

Published 23 August 2021 | Written by Duncan Gardner
CategoriesAwareness Biodiversity Landscaping Planting Plastics and packaging Trees

In keeping with current best practice and to reduce adverse environmental impacts from the use of plastic products, the project is using a biodegradable product instead of plastic tree shelters. 5000 non-plastic shelters are being installed at four locations with diverse micro-climates which allows their environmental specialists to monitor and understand the performance of the shelters in different conditions. The…

Virtual Work Experience for Neurodiverse Students

Published 10 August 2021 | Written by Laura Regan
CategoriesCharities/organisations Disadvantaged groups Equality Schools

Working with The Courtyard, a school specialising in working with children with a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder and/or communication needs, the contractor developed a six-week work experience specifically for neurodiverse students. This programme involved designing a welfare facility with coronavirus restrictions, using Matterport, DALUC and Google Sketch Up – this was based on a real-world problem for the project….

Story Sacks for Local Schools and Nurseries

Published 10 August 2021 | Written by Sophia Barnes
CategoriesCommunity liaison Goodwill Nurseries Schools

This contractor is running a story sack drive for local primary schools and nurseries in Lincolnshire. Story sacks consist of a sack containing a book and toys and games based upon the theme of the book. They are a resource which children can take home, read and enjoy with their family, before returning and swapping for another. The site manager…

Safety Footwear

Published 10 August 2021 | Written by Lucy Ward

Following a near miss when a steel prop fell on to an operative’s boot missing the steel toe cap, which fortunately only led to bruising, the sites contractor decided to investigate alternative safety footwear that had mid-sole protection. The contractor has since introduced the STLFLX Metguardz Metatarsal and Lace Protector Boot for their operatives to wear. The footwear has increased…

Fall Protection Management System

Published 10 August 2021 | Written by Laura Regan
CategoriesBarriers Communicate initiatives Controls Falling debris Workforce information

Every element of edge protection on the site is assessed by the contractor when it is put in position. Once they have assessed and signed off that element of edge protection, this is logged on the Fall Protection Management System on Fieldview and provided a QR code. This system allows the area of edge protection to be allocated to a…

Community Safety Alarm

Published 10 August 2021 | Written by Lucy Ward
CategoriesBoundary security Child safety Pedestrian safety Safety signage Site security

At this project the river walkway is very open to the public so following the Sarah Everard abduction and murder, and the subsequent protests, they decided to introduce a community safety alarm system. They have put up two alarm buttons around the perimeter of the site and if the button is pressed it will set off an alarm in the…

Hope for Justice Site Membership

Published 5 July 2021 | Written by Lynne Potter
CategoriesModern slavery Training

On this project they have undergone four online sessions with external organisation Hope for Justice speaking to their team and contractor supervisors about raising awareness of Modern Slavery with specific reference to the construction industry. They had attendance of  around 80 people from site, and was followed up by multi-lingual posters and hand outs to share across site. Since these…

First Aid Audio Instructions

Published 20 May 2021 | Written by Jeremy Bayliss
CategoriesDrills Emergency procedures First Aid

When First Aid is required, people can find themselves in a state of shock and despite having up to date First Aid training people might experience a brain fog resulting in lack of concentration and the inability to remember all the vital checks and first aid steps when faced with an emergency. At this contractor all their onsite staff have…

Delivery Route Instructions – 3D Flythrough Video

Published 20 April 2021 | Written by John Cairns
CategoriesAccess/egress Communicate initiatives Driver information Initiatives Protected and controlled access Roads Workforce information

The contractor’s digital team have created a 3D flythrough video which is shared in advance with businesses scheduled to deliver materials to the National Treatment Centre project site in Inverness. The 3D flythrough video provides a delivery guide for all drivers including instructions for prebooking deliveries and identification which will be required upon arriving at site. The video visually illustrates…