Digital Construction Week

£650bn Decade Infrastructure Fund

beable will present with North London Heat and Power Project at Digital Construction Week for the work we delivered helping NLHPP keep workers safe and productive during COVID at the crucial north London infrastructure project that generates low carbon energy from 700k tonnes of waste, in the form of heat and power for 127k North London homes for the work we delivered helping NLHPP keep workers safe and productive during COVID.

The title of the talk is 🛠️Implementing site technology needs vision, leadership, and lots of groundwork🛠️. We hope to see you there!

This talk explores the real experiences of implementing site technology and change collaboratively across multiple organisations on a major infrastructure project, North London Heat and Power Programme £1.2 Bn. It includes long standing challenges like buried services successes and failures, and new challenges like COVID 19 and trying to get everyone on side and keep everyone safe. It is premised on a project that choose to implement BIM Level 2 and be a model public sector delivery example.

The first part will share the mobilisation phase of the Programme, set up of a collaborative BIM working group which was key to joining the dots and knowledge sharing, then from that base developing a Digital Strategy and Project Execution plan for BIM, followed by targeted work on developing the Programme CDE and deep diving issues like applying PAS Part 6 Health & Safety.

The study will move onto the focus and concern for site implementation of digital, understanding that often the significant effort in digital design doesn’t extend to site. The key aspect identified at the outset was site utilities and in particular the risks associated with unidentified services and site context for vastly complicated. Implementation of a site GIS integrated PAS 128 as a quality transparency approach is a real practical example of the Geospatial Commissions goals on developing an Underground Asset Register.

The final part of the presentation will look at how this drive for innovation and site digital tools, allowed the Programme to consider becoming a testbed for an Innovate UK project on COVID Wearable (Beable), and will share some measured examples of impact and challenges in engaging all participants on site in a technology trial, which has been established as a site control for managing COVID risks.

  • When: 3.30-4pm Wednesday 24 November, ExCel London 👏
  • Where: BIM Village, ExCel London
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National Highways appoints £3.6bn for 50 contractors over 6 years

National Highways credit nick fewings via unsplash
National Highways credit nick fewings via unsplash

A new SDF (Scheme Delivery Framework) to replace the CWF (Construction Works Framework). 23% of the work is to be awarded to SMEs over 4 bands:

  • Band A – Civil Engineering and Drainage
  • Band B – Temporary Traffic Management and Road Restraint Systems
  • Band C – Specialist works
  • Band D – Design

Award values are from £1m to £144m with 16 lots in total. More info here

Internet Connectivity for New, Temporary and Challenging locations…

For new, temporary and challenging locations why not consider the EMS i-MO OptiBond solution? Delivers fast / resilient aggregated 4G and / or fixed line services to site in days. Delivers fast no-fail internet instantly. The system is widely used on difficult to serve and new commercial and infrastructure projects.  See

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McLaren Construction to Build £200m Aston Martin Campus

McLaren Aston Martin Campus credit sebastian pociecha via unsplash
McLaren Aston Martin Campus credit sebastian pociecha via unsplash

Canadian Lawrence Stroll bought Force India out of administration for £90m in 2018, installed the Aston Martin works team for 2021 and rebranded the team Racing Point with son Lance Stroll with Sergio Perez driving.

The new Silverstone campus will be 37k square metres, replace the old, tired facilities and include a wind tunnel and three buildings with 400k square feet of floor space and a state-of-the art simulator and fits in with Stroll’s long term 4-5 year plan to win the championship.

COVID – the Future of Construction is Digital

covid in construction
covid in construction

A new survey published by Atkins says ‘The biggest COVID-19 related challenge is social distancing.’ It stated that 95% of 400 key decision makers believe that digital innovation is increasingly important after COVID, and that adoption of technology is crucial if growth is to continue.

View the full report here.

Award-winning wearable technology

North London Heat and Power Project deployed beable® Wearable to keep workers safe and productive; it facilitates physical distancing as well as interaction tracking. Co-developed by Electronic Media Services and COMIT Projects and funded by Innovate UK, the new technology has been well received and plans to further rollout with greater functionality are underway.

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Consultancy and Engineering Awards Winners Announced

Consultancy and Engineering Awards Winners Announced creditpexels-rodnae-productions
Consultancy and Engineering Awards Winners Announced creditpexels-rodnae-productions

The 19-acre riverside site acquired by developer U+I in 2012 has permission for 1,500 homes – of which 35% will be affordable – consisting of 12 buildings up to 37 stories high and 4 acres of landscaped park with 275m of riverfront including a river beach. The commercial area will contribute £42m to the local authority and support infrastructure for 3,500 jobs. The development will sustain 2,400 construction jobs. More info here.