Balfour Beatty appoints eviFile for data services
Infrastructure giant Balfour Beatty has appointed Leeds-based secure software developer eviFile to provide digital data collection services on its electrification of the Great Western mainline.
Balfour Beatty’s project covers 40 miles of track from Bristol to
Cardiff and is part of the £5.58bn
Great Western route modernisation commissioned by Network Rail.
eviFile enables Balfour Beatty’s field workers to use their standard tablet and smartphone cameras and GPS capabilities to accurately record construction inspection information, such as cables being installed.
Balfour Beatty rail director of electrification delivery, Peter Webb, said: “We see mobile site-based technologies as a key way to gather richer data, faster and more cost efficiently. These marginal gains lead to significant efficiency savings, which our project with eviFile proves, as its use has enabled us to save seven figures in costs over a 12-month period.
“The eviFile system is an amazing development and we’re extremely impressed with what the software delivers.
“It has streamlined our processes, reduced risk and given us insights to deliver a higher quality project.
“Our field managers have also commented on the huge increase in productivity from not having to chase and collate data manually.” eviFile managing director, Luke Allen, said: “Rail is necessarily a highly risk averse sector, but eviFile meets and exceeds the levels of assurance and evidence major contractors are demanding.”
He added: “We were able to give Balfour Beatty a rigorous approach to site data capture and workflow improvements which saved time and money.”