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New map tech used for Aberdeen bypass construction

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Construction workers on the £550M Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route have used a new collaborative mapping tool to boost efficiency. 

The ground mapper technology allows workers to instantly access up-to-date constraint maps using any web-connected device.

The information available includes aerial photographs, private water supplies, ecological features, blasting areas and site office locations overlaid on the basic route layout. Users can search by postcode, drawing sheet reference, chainage or structure and get an overview of all the features in that vicinity.

AWPR Construction joint venture environmental manager Angela Gardner said: “Due to the extensive area affected by the project and the vast array of datasets available, we needed a solution that would allow us to effectively access, share and communicate geographically referenced information in real time.”

The Transport Scotland project involves the construction of 54km of dual carriageway to provide an alternative route from north to south Aberdeen, and a Balmedie to Tipperty extension. The only existing dual carriageway route is a bypass built in the 1930s that cuts through the city centre.

Carillion, one of the contractors in the Aberdeen Roads Limited joint venture, went into compulsory liquidation last month which left partners Balfour Beatty and Galliford Try to pick up the work which will cost them an additional £60M to £80M. 

 

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