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Five in running for Highways Awards technology prize

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The shortlist for this year’s Highways Awards (formerly Highways Magazine Excellence Awards) has been announced, and five companies are in the running to be named for Best Use of Technology.

The Best Use of Technology Award, with Platinum Sponsor MVIS, is a new prize at the Highways Awards, now in its third year, but this year saw more entries than any other category. The judges have sifted through and narrowed it down to five nominees

TfL and Deloitte Digital, Crown Highways, Elgin and TomTom, Tarmac and Gaist have been nominated for the prize of best use of technology at this year’s Highways Awards, taking place on Wednesday 18th October at the Lancaster Hotel in London.

The evening is hosted this year by TV presenter Julia Bradbury (pictured), who has presented on a variety of programmes including Watchdog and Countryfile and recently ITV’s Britain’s Best Walks and Best Walks with a View.

The Award for the Best Use of New Technology in the Highways Industry 2017 is awarded to an organisation or local authority which can demonstrate that they have or are making a significant improvement to the highways industry through the implementation of new technology, this could be new software, innovative equipment or an ITS solution.

The five nominations are:

TfL and Deloitte Digital, RODAT

This project was to combine and process, in real-time, the sensor feeds and big data sources to present a view of the key routes in London’s network in an intuitive graphical tool. That would allow TfL analysts and operators to synthesise and understand the situation and make informed decisions quickly and reliably.

Crown Highways, Fit2Go TPMS Systems

Crown Highways have invested in the use of the ‘Fit2Go’ TPMS (Tyre Pressure Monitoring System) on its owned and hired fleet of vehicles. Crown Highways recognises the benefits of having a TPMS system installed on its vehicles so set areas of objectives to improve and determine whether or not it would be successful in reducing fuel consumption and hence fuel costs and it led to around a six per cent improvement in fuel consumption, saving it nearly £30,000 pa.

Elgin and TomTom, Pro Real-time Traffic

Elgin and TomTom have collaborated to deliver the first comprehensive national validated roadworks disruption dataset – Pro Real-Time Traffic. Using Elgin’s UK-wide data aggregation platform in conjunction with TomTom’s real-time floating car data (FCD) and innovative validation techniques, it helps highway authorities and organisations undertaking roadworks to monitor congestion and focus resources on the small percentage of works that are causing the greatest disruption.

Tarmac, Morpeth Northern Bypass

In 2015, Tarmac was appointed by main contractor Carillion to carry out surfacing works on a 3.8km stretch of the Morpeth Northern Bypass. Technological innovation was a critical part of the brief from Northumberland County Council. Tarmac had previously trialled automated paving technology in Wales and for Morpeth, additional emerging automated paving technology was combined with laser level control to create an accurate and efficient paving process data with sensors on plant equipment matching GPS location information with material and ticket data.

Gaist, Pothole Spotter

The Pothole spotter trial is an innovative, Department for Transport project working with Thurrock, York and Wiltshire Councils, independent research SOENCES and Gaist the innovative technology provider. It seeks to help councils in the future adopt a ‘smarter’ approach to highway repairs through the identification of potential potholes and intervention points before they start. Extremely High-definition (HD) cameras mounted to refuse collection vehicles (RCVs) and other vehicles such as small council inspection vehicles, bikes and buses are being used to identify defects that, if not repaired, are likely to develop into potholes.

Other nominations are:

Most Innovative Highway Authority Scheme of the Year Sponsored by Tripod Crest


M6 North East Spur & Rushall Canal Bridges Re-waterproofing Scheme

London Borough of Waltham Forest

Enjoy Waltham Forest

Kier Services


Bristol City Council and Alun Griffiths (Contractors) Ltd

South Bristol Link

Site Safety Initiative Award Platinum sponsorship Dynniq


Tarmac’s 5+2 People and Plant Segregation

Balfour Beatty VINCI

(A)live on Site – An Original Safety Awareness Training

Jackson Civil Engineering

Hazard Awareness Videos

WJ Group

WJ Guardian Road Stud Installation System

Road Safety Scheme of the Year

Sponsored by Keysoft Solutions

Scotland TranServ

Annual Moving Cursor Programme


CarKraft Driver Improvement Scheme

Award for Environmental Sustainability in the Highways Sector Platinum sponsorship Total Bitumen


Stafford Western Access Route – Flood Compensation Works

Morgan Sindall


R&W Civil Engineering

The R&W Way


IKO Permatrack and the Carbon Offsetting Project

GRAHAM Construction

Metrobus Contract D

Road Marking Project of the Year Sponsored by RSMA

WJ Group, Kier & Highways England

M55/M6 High Specification Road Marking Upgrade

Amey & Transport Scotland

Solar Stud Programme

Lancashire County Council

Bank Bridge

Major Project Award Sponsored by Tarmac

Balfour Beatty VINCI

M5 Junctions 4a to 6 – Smart Motorway Programme

Aggregate Industries UK Ltd and Costain Ltd

A556 Knutsford to Bowdon Environmental Improvement

Morgan Sindall

A1L2B (Robotic Construction)


M1 Junction 19

Highway Industry Product of the Year Platinum sponsorship Shell Bitumen

Carillion, Kier, Jacobs, WSP Brinckerhoff, Freyssinet Ltd & Highways England

Cathodic Protection


Spectra Pavement Optimisation System

A-one, Tarmac & Highways England


Team of the Year Platinum sponsorship MWay Comms


Suffolk Highways Surface Dressing Delivery Team


One Team Approach

A14 Integrated Delivery Team

Procurement & Supply Chain Team


A38 Gravelly Hill Collaborative Delivery Team

Highway Partnership Award Sponsored by WJ

Dorset County Council & Hanson UK

The Dorset Highways Strategic Partnership

West Sussex County Council & Balfour Beatty

Future West Sussex Plan

Suffolk County Council & Kier

Highway Services Contracts

Essex County Council & Ringway Jacobs

Essex Highways

Highways Maintenance Efficiency Award Sponsored by Kier

West Sussex County Council & Balfour Beatty

West Sussex Highways

A-one+ & Highways England

Area 12 ASC Programme Delivery

Galliford Try

Urban Vision

Thurrock Council

Street Light Replacement

Apprentice of the Year Sponsored by the IHE’s National Highway Engineering Academy

Tarmac – Richard Denman

Amey – Bradley Richardson

Lancashire County Council – Cameron Newsham

Judges Special Merit Award Sponsored by: Archway Products Awarded to any of the above shortlisted entries.

To be announced on the night

The Official Charity Partner for the Highways Awards gala evening will be the Lighthouse Club.


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