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Terra Vac and Ezidig scoop NCE Innovation Awards

Civils 2008 exhibition and conference in London saw the announcement of the winners of the NCE Innovation Awards 2008.

Divided into innovative service and innovative product categories, the awards were open to companies throughout the UK civil engineering industry. Terra Vac , based in Castleford, West Yorkshire, won the Innovative Service Award for its Six Phase Heating array and Cable Detection Ltd of Trentham, Staffordshire won the Innovative Product Award with EZiDIG.

Civils Innovative Service Award winner Terra Vac’s Six Phase Heating array is designed for in-situ cleaning of heavily contaminated sites. The technique allows contaminated land to be cleaned up while avoiding environmentally unfriendly excavation and transport to landfill. It is good for the environment and opens up much needed brownfield land for development in areas where space is at a premium. Terra Vac won the award for its excellence against all of the judges’ key criteria including, innovation, practicality, sustainability and benefit to the industry.

EZiDIG from Cable Detection Ltd, winner of the Civils Innovative Product Award, is the world’s first excavator-mounted buried service avoidance tool. It alerts the operator to the presence of buried services for greater safety and reduced project downtime. The judges favoured EZiDIG for its innovation, its contribution to health and safety and its potential to make a practical difference to civil engineering .

In accepting the award on behalf of Terra Vac, Andy Fraser, Director of Terra Vac commented, “We are delighted that Six Phase Heating has been recognised by the Civils judges both for its innovation, and its potential benefit to the UK Civil Engineering Industry. We now have a proven remediation technology that can tackle the most difficult contaminated sites, rendering them available for re-development in weeks, rather than years.”

Graham Reed, UK Sales Manager for the EZiCAT hand-held locators and the EZiDIG accepted the award on behalf of Cable Detection . He commented, "It is a huge honour for us to receive such a prestigious and recognised industry award and a testament to the quality and success of the product."

Other shortlisted entries in the Innovative Product Awards were:

LimitState GEO, a new numerical analysis procedure for quickly assessing the safety of geotechnical features.
• QuickBase Foundation Systems from Shire Structures, a new modular foundation system designed for conservatories and lightweight structures.
Aqua Consultants’ Whole Life Cost and Carbon Modelling System for the water industry.
• Eco Warrior, the new mobile batch plant from Con-Form for mixing soils with binders to remediate soils and create environmentally and geotechnical suitable structural materials.
• Hollo-Bolt Flush Fit, Lindapter’s new cavity fixing which fits completely flush with steelwork, with no protruding bolt head or collar.
• Turbo Seal from Oxford Hydrotechnics, a highly elastomeric polymer rubber compound that self-heals even under hydrostatic pressure.

Shortlisted entries in the Innovative Service Awards were:’s new Blom UrbEx transforms digital images to locate, view and measure buildings, structures and landscapes.
RGL’s Remote Control Under Water Pile Cutting System.
Kierbeck Safety Trailers which are designed to prevent falls from height when loading and unloading reinforcement products.
Sheet Piling UK’s Vinyl Piles Stormwater Storage Tank.

Civils 2009 exhibition and conference takes place from 24 to 26 November 2009 at Earls Court 2, London. For more information visit

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