Kier Construction

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Use of GPR Technology for Surveying

Published 13 January 2022 | No comments
Written by Darren Ruane
CategoriesInspection and assurance Risk assessments
Service drawings can be unreliable with the CAT or RD8001 type scanners only locating services with a metallic or an electromagnetic signature. This leaves the contractor vulnerable to services such as water pipe, domestic services, fibre and BT. Therefore a new technology was needed to be used on this project to find plastic underground services without excavating. The Leica DSX...

Solar Panel and Lithium-ion Powered Noise Monitoring Stations

Published 13 January 2022 | No comments
Written by Darren Ruane
CategoriesGreen/renewable energy Noise
On this project they are building a new offline bypass and are required to continuously monitor the noise of operations across the duration of the scheme, therefore seven Solar Li-ion powered Noise Monitoring stations have been installed during 2021. The monitoring equipment provides real-time data capture and trigger alerts via a customised web platform, enabling the construction team to be...

Smart Gate

Published 13 January 2022 | No comments
Written by Darren Ruane
CategoriesControlled access Green/renewable energy
The team on this project wanted to address the potential risk of vehicles leaving works entrances and pulling onto the Strategic Road Network in an unsafe condition. Following previous collaborations between Kier Highways and Solar Gates UK, the organisations have developed a safety gate which addresses the hazards caused by load security, weight amd overhead services and obstructions. The solution...

Remote Control Grass Cutting in Difficult Terrain

Published 13 January 2022 | No comments
Written by Darren Ruane
CategoriesLandscaping
On this project the new road cuts through areas of peat which is waterlogged and operations in this area are carefully managed to ensure zero impact on people, plant or the environment. As part of their Great Crested Newt license issued by Natural England, there is a requirement for habitat manipulation within 250m of Great Crested Newt inhabited ponds, in...

Dump Truck with Ejection Blade 1 vote, average: 5.00 out of 51 vote, average: 5.00 out of 51 vote, average: 5.00 out of 51 vote, average: 5.00 out of 51 vote, average: 5.00 out of 5

Published 2 June 2021 | No comments
Written by Darren Ruane
CategoriesModern methods of construction
This contractor and the construction industry as a whole have identified overhead power line or overhead structure strikes and over-turning vehicles as potential hazards on construction projects. With overhead power lines running across an area of the initial archaeological works, the project team looked at ways of eliminating and reducing the hazard. Working with their plant supplier, the CAT-730C2-EJ was...

Fire Door Gap Measuring Tool

Published 8 March 2021 | No comments
Written by Steven Bromfield
CategoriesInspection and assurance
This project have identified the need to accurately measure the gap around fire doors. It is common practice to use a 3mm packer, however a packer is not calibrated and will not measure the door gap behind the front face of the door or frame. Often door frames are installed with packers to ‘twist’ the legs of the frame that...

Virtual Meet the Buyer Event

Published 7 September 2020 | No comments
Written by Amanda Swoboda
CategoriesCommunity engagement
Kier held a virtual Meet the Buyer for three Swansea projects with 50 local businesses to discuss requirements for three school projects set to be delivered. Taking an online format, each business was allocated a 15-minute time slot to speak one-on-one with the project team via Microsoft Teams to find out more about the schemes, the requirements and timings and...

Holo Builder Camera Used so Remote Workers can View Site Progress 1 vote, average: 5.00 out of 51 vote, average: 5.00 out of 51 vote, average: 5.00 out of 51 vote, average: 5.00 out of 51 vote, average: 5.00 out of 5

Published 7 September 2020 | One comment
Written by Steven Bromfield
CategoriesInspection and assurance Toolbox talks and daily briefings
With coronavirus changing the way many people work we needed to be able to allow people working remotely the ability to have visibility of site progress. We are using a 360 camera that captures progress at designated points across the site on a weekly basis. The images are uploaded on to a web site where the whole site team can...

Hands Free Water Bottle Refill Stations

Published 7 September 2020 | No comments
Written by Steven Bromfield
CategoriesCanteen
Traditionally we have used cold water dispensers or drinking fountains to provide drinking water across our projects but both of these options require levers to be operated to control water flow and drinking fountains require the user to drink water directly from a water flow. With coronavirus neither of these are suitable solutions for providing drinking water. We have obtained...

Coronavirus Electronic Permit to Work

Published 7 September 2020 | No comments
Written by Steven Bromfield
CategoriesControlled access Inspection and assurance Risk assessments
Coronavirus has changed the way we operate as construction projects. Where we have programme critical works and it is not possible to maintain social distance we have developed an electronic permit to control these works. The permit ensures that the task has been fully assessed and there are no other methods to undertake the works, it requires full RAMS to...

Worker Learning Corner

Published 7 July 2020 | No comments
Written by Jamie Howard
CategoriesCanteen Recreational facilities Training plans
As a site team we know the importance of supporting our workforce with their learning and personal development. To encourage this on site, we have implemented a learning corner within the canteen for operatives to relax, read and learn about how to progress in their career. The learning corner was made by our own graduate site manager and work placement...

Main Contractor and Subcontractor Best Practice and Shared Learning Meetings

Published 29 June 2020 | No comments
Written by Andrew Ash
CategoriesConsultation on health and safety Positive reinforcement for good safety practices Sharing of safety alerts
After Kier (Main contractor) had a virtual CCS site monitors visit and Gworks (Subcontractor) had their first virtual company visit it was discussed as a team that we had the opportunity to learn a lot of best practice for each side. Both scored highly in their respective reports and each party felt that they had something that they could offer,...

Using Drone Surveys for Materials Management Plan

Published 22 June 2020 | No comments
Written by Daryl Parker
CategoriesSpecialist input
The Project Team are using Drone Surveys to keep track of material movements on the 7 acre demolition and enabling works scheme. The scheme involves large scale demolition, cut and fill exercises in areas of contaminated and non-hazardous ground on a site which shares it’s boundaries with the tidal River Avon and Bristol’s floating harbour. The sensitivity of how material...

Green and Red Safety Lighting

Published 22 June 2020 | No comments
Written by Steven Bromfield
CategoriesControls
As a project team we have developed a Red and Green LED remote control light. The project has two main stair cases with a third temporary staircase. The idea is to install the lights above each staircase and illuminate Green to identify stairs that are Open and Red to signal that stairs are closed and out of use.

Battery Operated Concrete Poker

Published 22 June 2020 | No comments
Written by Steven Bromfield
CategoriesEnergy efficient plant and equipment
During the construction of the floor slabs within the concrete core, working space was very limited. A battery powered concrete poker allowed the concrete works to proceed without the need for trailing leads or an external power pack to power the concrete poker. The machine worked very well and was equivalent to an electric or petrol powered concrete poker. The...