Digital Initiative of the Year

Alice Technologies and Implenia
Windworks infrastructure wind farm project

The largest quarry in Europe is being repurposed to build concrete foundations for floating offshore wind farms. Implenia wanted to understand the financial and time impact of using one or two launching systems, so enlisted support from ALICE Technologies, the provider of the world’s first AI-powered construction optioneering software, to optimise its site layout, test specific constraints and find the best solution that can be easily repeated each year. The team proved they could meet production rates required by the customer and boost foundation production levels by more than 40%. Planning was ten times faster than their traditional methods.

Connect Plus and Connect Plus Services
Extending M25 Working Windows

Alchera is revolutionising M25 road maintenance by enabling Connect Plus and CPS to identify and safely extend work periods, maximising each closure's output. By combining predicted traffic flows with real-time PayMech charges, Alchera helps planners decide whether it is safe and financially viable to extend working windows to complete more work in a single shift, lowering the total number of closures. This will improve journey experiences for the daily 300,000 M25 users and surrounding communities by delivering more efficient, less disruptive maintenance work. In summary, Alchera is driving significant improvements in road safety, user satisfaction and operational efficiency.

CLC Utility Services
Transforming CLC's Field Operations though Innovation with FYLD

CLC Utility Services partnered with FYLD, a UK based start up, to revolutionise field operations. FYLD's AI-driven platform enhanced safety, efficiency, and sustainability for CLC, leading to significant improvements in processes and overall impacts.

Eiffage Kier Ferrovial BAM (EKFB)
Achieving digital transformation on HS2 with Esri ArcGIS

EKFB has set new levels of best practice for introducing digital transformation on large scale infrastructure projects using geospatial technology. Achieving improvements in both business and project performance, the project demonstrates the critical importance of spatial data and understanding location using the Esri ArcGIS system. Overcoming resistance to change, where 85% of users had not used GIS before, EKFB’s blueprint for success not only delivers benefits on HS2 but acts as a legacy for the industry overall. Creating over 200 new digital workflows to help 4,000 users perform better has led to estimated cost savings in excess of £20m.

Cargo Tunnel Refurbishment Project – ‘Dave the Dog’

Transforming complex infrastructure in a high-risk, high security operational environment, within short windows of opportunity is challenging. Key to Heathrow’s Cargo Tunnel Refurbishment Project is the accurate collection of detailed survey data to meet the objectives and challenges of an 870 metre, 60-year-old tunnel. Building faster and with more accuracy could only be provided by agile, accessible and instantaneous scanning technology and equipment that can be re-used for ongoing assurance and ever-improving accuracy. Heathrow’s vision of physical transformation with embedded digital transformation at its heart has resulted in reduced costs and on-site labour with improved safety and productivity.

Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors
Built Environment Carbon Database (BECD)

BECD is an industry-backed initiative driven by a Steering Group of eleven UK professional bodies and organisations (ACE, BCIS, BRE, Carbon Trust, CIBSE, CIOB, ICE, IStructE, RIBA, RICS and UKGBC). BECD provides project- or product-level carbon factors data. It was started by RICS in 2021 as a response to the industry's need for more transparency and availability of carbon data. From its inception, BECD has been envisioned as a free-to-access platform created to support the decarbonisation of the built environment in the UK by providing a neutral and software-agnostic repository of data for both projects- and product-level.

Taylor Woodrow
Taylor Woodrow Data Control Platform

Taylor Woodrow’s Data Control Platform enables end to end management of our enterprise data. The solution incorporates the automation of business tools data into a single source of truth, saving £1m+ annually. Data Controls are the tactics, policies, and procedures organisations use to meet data governance and data management objectives. A data platform, or ‘modern data stack,’ is the central processing hub for a data ecosystem. By integrating business systems, our data platform enables both data management and activation for a business use case. It powers data acquisition, collection, normalisation, transformation, storage, preparation, delivery, governance, and user and application security.

Zed Pods
Fortis House

Fortis House pioneers MMC technology in Flood Zone, setting an example for public sector clients to reimagine land use, creating zero-operational-carbon communities for vulnerable households to live securely and comfortably. It marks Ashford Council's inaugural venture into digital construction via BIM Level 2, constructing a resilient building to combat flood risks stemming from climate change and ensure resident safety. Using digital construction, it has accomplished collaborative working environments to achieve efficiency and productivity gain, reduce waste and carbon footprints, information flow and future upkeep of the building following “golden information”, continuous training of local businesses besides environmental and socio-economic benefits.