Mott MacDonald, Kier, Edenvale Young Associates, Mace and Arcadis have been announced as the winning firms in the tech excellence categories at New Civil Engineer’s 100 Companies of the Year 2018 awards.
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The tech excellence theme recognises the firms that are doing the most to innovate through the lifecycle of a project, from project imitation, through design, construction and project management, and on to operations and maintenance.
Category | Innovation in project initiation
Winner: Mott MacDonald
Project description: Motts played a key role in getting the 20 km Norwich Northern Distributor Road dual carriageway scheme off the ground. It re-examined the proposal and by doing so identified social and economic benefits that would add £1bn of value, helping the scheme gain approval.
High commendation: CampbellReith
Shortlist: Arup, CampbellReith, Costain, DesignID, Glanville Consultants, Mott MacDonald, Peter Brett Associates and Project Centre.
Category | Innovation in project management
Project description: Kier’s highways framework with Surrey county council has been widely hailed as an exemplar of successful working. Time-to-site has been cut by an average of four weeks per commission; and costs cut by 16% through deeper integration of the supply chain.
Shortlist: Arcadis, IDOM, Kier, London Bridge Associates, Opus International Consultants, RPS Group and Webb Yates Engineers.
Category | Design innovator
Winner: Edenvale Young Associates
Project description: Bristol based Edenvale Young put a decade of research and development work to use in Sri Lanka, providing the first detailed flood mapping to inform the country’s national risk register, assessing the impact of climate change and evaluating economic damages due to flooding.
High commendation: Sweco UK
Shortlist: AKTII, Arup, Dr Sauer & Partners, Edenvale Young Associates, Ramboll, Sweco UK, WSP and WYG.
Category | Construction innovator
Project description: Mace’s Jump Factory (pictured above) was devised in response to the UK Government’s challenging Construction 2025 targets for 50% faster delivery, 50% lower emissions and 33% lower costs. It gave the system its UK debut on a dual-tower residential project in London. Using the system, Mace was able to construct an entire floor – including walls, columns, bathroom pods, utility cupboards, risers and cladding – in under 40 hours.
Shortlist: Davies Maguire, Interserve Construction, Kier, Mace, Robert Bird Group, Van Elle and Wentworth House Partnership.
Category | Smart operator
Project description: Arcadis is a 40% shareholder in a special purpose maintenance company created to proactively look after almost a quarter of the intensely used Dutch railway network. Using sophisticated asset management techniques and data analytics annual maintenance costs have been slashed by more than a third this decade, with technical failures down almost two-thirds. Arcadis says it is now in talks with rail clients in the UK over its methods.
High commendation: RPS Group
Shortlist: Arcadis, Black & Veatch, Jacobs, Mott MacDonald, Opus International Consultants, Royal HaskoningDHV, RPS Group and Waldeck Consulting.