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BAM Nuttall is among contractors sharing a pot of government funding that aims to transform the construction industry through digital technology.

Among the projects sharing the £13m fund for collaborative research and development, BAM Nuttall is working with Cranfield University and Iotic Labs on “The Learning Camera” project. This technology allows users to train a camera to recognise objects within a scenario on site, and send an alert if there’s a change, which can be applied to multiple varied use cases on sites.

The funding is part of the total £170m Transforming Construction Challenge, which aims to identify innovative new construction processes and techniques.

The use of Artificial Intelligence, digital techniques and off-site manufacturing, help us harness new methods of working. This delivers on the government’s Construction Sector Deal which pledges to build better performing buildings, using less energy and providing better value for taxpayers.

These new methods to help the construction industry are a testament to the Government’s modern Industrial Strategy’s aims of building a better tomorrow for us all through scientific and technological advances.

Professor Sir Mark Walport, UKRI chief executive, said: “Technologies being developed in the UK provide a significant opportunity to transform the way we build, such as the use of augmented reality to improve design or robotics to aid complex building assembly.

“Through projects such as these, the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund allows us to catalyse innovation across the UK’s vital construction industry improving productivity, sustainability and safety.”

A full list of the 24 collaborative R&D projects can be found here.

Source: Win share of £18m innovation pots 31 Jan 2019

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