A new app has been developed by contractor Keltbray to allow engineers on site to complete all piling records using tablets devices.
Keltbray Piling, which is part of Keltbray Group, said that it had designed the system to allow office and site staff to share information from the same database in real time with project details updated live as the work progresses.
The contractor said that previously project engineers on site would fill in forms by hand leading to double handling of data and reading information which was at times dirty, incomplete and almost illegible. It said that automation meant the company had eliminated the need for repeated data input and minimised the potential for human error.
It said that the new app provided live feedback to engineers, including real time data on pile positioning, concrete pours and pile verticality. It also helps them with the management and quality control of materials.
“Our industry has traditionally been a late adopter of new technology,” said Keltbray Piling managing director Stuart Norman.
“However, following last month’s milestone, when building information management (BIM) level two compliance for centrally procured government projects came into force, more companies are starting to realise the potential for electronic data systems to help increase collaboration and to assist in making more informed decisions.
“It is a known fact that a large proportion of the cost of a project is tied up in inefficiencies, delays and wastage. As we learn how best to integrate our data in the wider BIM environment, we can reduce this with the ultimate aim to eradicate it completely.”
He said that phase two of the development would begin to automatically analyse the data that was produced, allowing contractors to pinpoint areas of weak performance so they can react quickly and efficiently.
Keltbray said that it had invested around £70,000 in the development of the new app and conservatively estimated the system would save the piling division alone around £60,000 a year. It said that as part of the second generation it was looking at incorporating additional reporting functions to allow the tool to become a business management tool as well as providing live data feeds into client databases.
The new app was first piloted at the BBC and is now being rolled out to other sites.