M25 partnership is highly commended for exceptional contribution to workforce safety at National Highways Industry Awards

Sensat’s digital twin of the M25 demonstrates outstanding contribution to workforce health and safety

London, UK - 11 February, 2022: Sensat, the leading next-generation digital twin technology startup, today announces that it has been highly commended forExceptional contribution to workforce safety-projects over £50 million’ at this year's National Highways Industry Awards. Working with partners, Connect Plus and Osborne Infrastructure, the teams were recognised for their collaborative project Digitising the M25.

The project demonstrates an exceptional contribution to delivering against National Highways ‘Home Safe and Well’ aspirations on a large project. The award took into consideration actions taken to reduce safety issues on the roads as well as areas of safety that affect the workforce and its customers. Factoring in the impact of reducing RIDDOR and lost-time incidents over the project lifetime, the digital M25 visualisation has reduced workers time spent on a live highway environment and allowed teams to access the digital site replica from any internet-connected device.

“When we were awarded the 30-year contract to operate and manage the M25 network on behalf of National Highways, we knew the task was significant, yet the concept simple: to create a single source of data that the M25 community of suppliers could access within a single visualisation platform as part of our journey towards creating a digital twin,” said Andy Dean, Chief Executive of Connect Plus. “The idea of creating a highly detailed, precise digital representation of the busy, complex network was an exciting prospect for the team involved.”

Sensat CEO, James Dean comments, “Seeing the improved performance and efficiencies made as a result of our technology being embedded across teams is incredibly satisfying. Previously, the M25 site data was siloed across several different repositories and systems, leading to data being difficult to access and share, not only across different stakeholders but also within departments. However when linked with emerging technologies for predictive maintenance of assets it has the potential to create a step-change in whole-life asset management. Using this technology teams are minimising site visits and disruption to the network by consulting the digital twin first.”

Showcasing the very best in the industry, the National Highways Industry Awards has become one of the most prestigious and coveted honours in the transport sector. On the night the ‘Digitising the M25’ project was the only project to be highly commended amongst the fifteen awards, and Sensat the only SME to have won an award amongst the industry giants which was a momentous occasion for 4-year-old Sensat.

“We’re so thrilled to have been highly commended for a project we’re really proud to be a part of. Being able to capture 23 billion data points and 85,000 high-resolution images in just 30 days and create a single source of data for the entire M25 network in our digital twin platform was record-breaking for us,” concluded Dean.

Being Sensat’s first award submission to the National Highways Industry Awards, Sensat is excited to continue to work towards construction software that supports improvements in health and safety for civil infrastructure in the coming months and years.

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