Innovation Newsletter issue 3
The Sydney Road rail replacement project near Crewe has been trialling a novel approach to inducting site staff onto the project. Instead of using traditional flipcharts, the team has been working closely with Clicks and Links (a digital agency specialising in virtual reality) to develop a much more engaging induction video. The video takes the audience on a guided tour throughout the site – all from the safety of the office. What’s more this process includes a novel approach to the creation of the video. Using data from a variety of sources across the industry, the team are able to create a video that is easy to amend, in order to incorporate the constantly changing conditions of the site. The information and content of the video is simpler and easier to adjust, which has been a key driver for the teams given the rapid and changing pace of their work. This helps with reducing the risk on site and ensures staff are kept safe at all times.
Murphy Applied Engineering (MAE) Murphy has challenged the decades old methodology of erecting temporary bridges used to cross large obstacles like rivers of canals, also known as Modular or Bailey bridges. Bailey Modular bridges are are assembled and can be launched or lifted into place on site. Typically, they have been erected bay by bay with no edge protection for working at height during construction - increasing the risk of falls. Murphy has collaborated with our supplier, Mabey, to produce a solution that reduces this risk. 1. Each bay of the bridge is now constructed with a single line of decking units bolted to the bridge to provide a safe working platform from which they can continue construction. 2. A staircase access system to allow safe access onto the pre-installed decking units, clamped to the bridge transoms for additional safety. 3. A steel mesh barrier to prevent steel erectors falling through bridge panel units which is light enough for two steel erectors to install by hand. 4. A work restraintfall prevention system that does not allow the steel erector to approach the edge of the bridge. 5. A scaffold edge protection system clamped to the rear transom of the bridge. Murphy and Mabey have developed the following solutions:
This will reduce the potential of steel erectors falling off future bridge structures whilst they are being constructed.
The addition of safer access and change in construction method will also reduce the amount of time taken to construct temporary Bailey Modular bridges thereby allowing haul roads and site access to be opened ahead of program.
Triton Knoll The team on the Triton Knoll cross country cable project has been working on a number of innovative concepts. The first has been to explore the use of images taken from satellites in orbit to better understand what’s happening on site. The project is large, complex, and at points difficult to access. Supported by the Satellite Applications Catapult and Earth-I, the project team is investigating how this technology can be used in the construction
industry to increase productivity, efficiency, and safety. By providing project managers with information that is current and accurate, they will be better prepared to ensure issues are resolved effectively, and best practise is replicated. They are also in the early stages of a 3D machine control trial, in conjunction with supplier Leica. 3D machine control takes two separate systems – physical machines, and digital design information – and merges them to improve productivity, reduce error and reduce risk. By making the machines more ’intelligent‘, the goal is to study the impact this has in rates of productivity and efficiency, as well as the impact on safety and cost.
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