How UK infrastructure sector can save £3bn on earthworks every decade

This is a great piece of research and we completely agree as our clients are making productivity and cost savings from using drone technology to digitalise construction and infrastructure earthworks projects.

Adopting digital technologies leads to improved communications, accuracy, control and predictability of earthworks processes.

The study has identified 26 opportunities to unlock savings of up to £300M a year. They include:

• Expedite the use and development of Connected and Autonomous Plant (CAP) which has the potential to significantly increase the productivity, accuracy and safety of earthworks

• Use state-of-the-art geotechnical testing technologies and real time performance indicators to improve earthworks quality and reduce programme delays

• Adopt digital technology to improve communication, accuracy, control and predictability of earthworks processes

• Encourage and support the development of bespoke procedures and specifications for the engineering and processing of site-won materials where these materials sit outside of standard specification categories with the main benefit of reducing the amount of exported material from site

• Encourage the use of alternative plant fuel types (eg. electrified, hydrogen and hybrid technologies), which have the potential to reduce CO2 emissions, improve air quality and extend operational working hours

Well done to William Reddaway at Infrastructure Industry Innovation Partnership (i3P) and everyone involved.

Click here to read the full article in New Civil Engineer

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