Carillion and partners Tarmac and Northumberland County Council have been recognised for their cutting-edge work on one of the North East’s most important infrastructure projects. The Morpeth Northern Bypass team received the awards for Digital Construction and Innovation at the Constructing Excellence North East (CENE) Awards 2017, Dave Bennett, Carillion’s project director talks about the secrets of their success, in delivering the £30m, 3.8km stretch of road which opened in April 2017.
“The Morpeth Northern Bypass in Northumberland represents a project that broke new ground both literally and figuratively. From the 4D modelling used throughout the design and build of this road, to the collaborative nature of how data was shared across partners, we operated almost totally in-sync and even the freak storms and record rainfall at the end of 2015 could not knock us off our stride.
The project team demonstrated that the implementation of Business Information Modelling (BIM) across the digital construction process could result in excellent efficiency savings across the board. Savings that were then passed on to the client.
There were three key digital interventions that proved incredibly successful
· a 3D utilities model
· the use of construction simulations
· the introduction of an innovative paving system.
The use of 3D modelling helped the team to change designs to avoid working close to services and improve production, as well as improving health and safety.
The good practice developed and perfected on the scheme is now being shared widely to promote digital constructing across future Carillion projects.
As well as pioneering digital techniques, the Morpeth Northern Bypass team also blazed a trail for its innovative approach to road construction. Carillion and Tarmac made a commitment to develop and deliver an automated paving technology to accurately record and aid the consistent laying of asphalt.
This innovative approach to laying paving and surfacing work reduced waste, increased efficiency, delivered a better product with reduced maintenance, promoted better health and safety performance and increased value for money for stakeholders.
This was an incredible win-win situation for us and the client, a project and product that has surpassed expectations in all elements, providing improvements at every stage of the paving process and allowing for better information capture.”
We also created a project website that boasted everything from traffic updates to drone footage of the progress. It had everything from blogs on project milestones to ecological news, that was also complemented by a constantly monitored Twitter account where residents, drivers or any other interested parties could make comment, post pictures and ask questions, all of which were answered as quickly as possible.
Everything that could be recycled from the site was recycled and the Morpeth Northern Bypass team worked with as many suppliers as they could from the surrounding areas.
We were delighted that the judges commented on the developed processes as being an example of true innovation demonstrating an excellent set of benefits for clients and operatives.
It was clear that the Morpeth Northern Bypass would deliver real benefits to the people and businesses in and around the town and across the wider south east Northumberland – our goal was always to deliver this project as efficiently, safely and quickly as possible.”
“Carillion brought ideas, organisation and a sustained desire to drive efficiency and improvements across the entire Morpeth Northern Bypass project which matched the innovative approach that the Council was looking for.
“Data was shared regularly, progress updates were constant and any potential barriers or obstacles were tackled and overcome by the Carillion and Council teams without drama or delay. This extensive infrastructure project ran smoothly throughout, to make this pioneering project one of the safest and most collaborative we have ever completed.” David Laux, Head of Technical Services for Northumberland County Council.