Bal­four Beatty ap­points eviFile for data ser­vices

Yorkshire Post - Business - - BUSINESS / NEWS -

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.”

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