Martin McDonnell, Chairman of Soluis Group said: “The proof of concept project with Crossrail showed how this technology could be applied and add incredible value to the industry. Our vision was to develop this concept much further and create a set of tools that would form the augmented worker of the future. For a business like us, we could only drive this innovation a certain amount and working with the consortium and receiving funding from Innovate UK will help us achieve this much faster and more effectively.”
The AWE system will be designed to drive greater certainty, safety, efficiency and sustainability through five key areas – co-design, digital job guidance, progress monitoring, safety guidance and asset management. This will allow jobs to be delivered on time, and within budget, whilst also giving a greater level of collaboration and communication between teams and partners on projects. Reducing the need for paper or mobile based handheld devices, gives workers a hands free, heads-up solution for a greater level of safety whilst providing real-time visualisation on-site.
David Philp, BIM Director at AECOM said “Construction technology is reshaping how we deliver and maintain our built assets, it is increasingly helping us place digital information into the real world in the right context supporting and augmenting the decision-making process. Real time access to individualised data, analytics and instructions during the construction and operational stages will greatly improve productivity, quality and also help worker well-being. Creating a framework and guidance around the augmented worker is critically important if we are to successfully unlock this value proposition.”
The funding was awarded by Innovate UK as part of Infrastructure Systems competition which aims to stimulate innovation that creates UK business growth in infrastructure systems.
The project will launch on September 1st with a kick off meeting attended by the consortium companies.
Notes to Editor
About Soluis Group
Soluis Group has been innovating the interface of high-end visuals and proprietary software and apps that are at the centre of the current wave of BIM adoption in the UK. Soluis focuses on making BIM accessible and understandable to stakeholders of all description and recent work in virtual reality and augmented reality has created exciting possibilities for user immersion in unbuilt architecture and industrial design.
The AMRC and the AFRC
The University of Strathclyde’s Advanced Forming Research Centre (AFRC) is a globally-recognised centre of excellence in innovative manufacturing technologies, R&D, and metal forming and forging research.
The centre is part of the UK Government’s High Value Manufacturing Catapult and is the only centre of its kind in Scotland putting it at the heart of the country’s manufacturing R&D sector.
The University of Sheffield is home to the AMRC, which is a multi-million-pound industry-university partnership which builds on the shared scientific excellence and technological innovation.