Digital Transformation – The Case for Change
Our industry is facing a number of significant challenges as well as unrealised opportunities for improvements in productivity and safety.
Fundamental to addressing these challenges Balfour Beatty is embracing and leveraging digital enablers that are currently available in the digital world to create further opportunities to drive innovation forward and reduce risk.
Even today there are still too many people on our sites, maintaining the network and those travelling on the strategic road network put in harm’s way.
The challenges we all face: –
1) Latest trends identify that traffic, in terms of total miles driven, will be between 27% to 57% higher in 2040
A key performance measure for our road network is the reliability of journey times and the increase in road capacity, which will mean road users will need better traffic information to help people make the best choices. We will need to create a network of self-sustaining smart assets.
2) Our industry is facing a skills gap and capacity shortage
The Government Construction Strategy 2016-2020, the Farmer Review 2016 and Construction 2025 have identified a skills gap and capacity shortage. This could affect our ability to deliver if we do not address these key issues with new ways of working, that reduce the amount of resource required to complete works.
3) UK has some of the worst productivity in Europe
Digital Innovation will support our strategic objectives and create value for our customers and stakeholders. We need to adapt to a changing world to help us meet our challenges over the next 30 years driving efficiency, reducing cost, increasing productivity through innovation and ultimately reducing risk.
Digital initiatives currently ongoing and demonstrated at Safer Highways L!ve to reduce risk and remove people from harm include: –
Digital Twin – Enables activities to be rehearsed in the safety of the office before going to site, thus allowing us to review the risks involved and effectively trial alternative methodologies. Ultimately enabling elimination, minimisation or mitigation of identified risks to workers and the travelling public. Additional benefits include programme certainty including accurate resource, material, plant planning and certainty that works can be completed in line with carriageway closure parameters if applicable.
Plant Telematics – Fully utilising and enabling Plant Telematics improves better understanding of driver behaviour, which allows interventions to improve safety performance with the added benefit of optimising plant utilisation and reduction in environmental impacts through efficient fuel usage. .
Animated Briefings – Give the workforce a real representation of what to expect when undertaking a task, including the risks involved and the control measures required to complete works safely.
Health and Safety Process – Digitally enabling our onsite processes to capture data more accurately and enable further improvements in behaviour and H&S performance.
So, the case for change is set and is almost definitely overdue, delivering our Digital Transformation will bring efficiencies, reduction of resource requirements, the ability to plan better and ultimately reduce the number of personnel at risk and reduce disruption to the travelling public whilst achieving our goal for a Zero Harm environment.