Balfour Beatty plc is a multinational infrastructure group with capabilities in construction services, support services and infrastructure investments. A constituent of the FTSE 250 Index, Balfour Beatty works for customers principally in the UK and the US, with developing businesses in Australia, Canada, the Middle East and South East Asia.Balfour Beatty is the largest construction contractor in the UK. Wikipedia.
Agency: GTR | Branch: EPSRC | Program: | Phase: Research Grant | Award Amount: 491.66K | Year: 2015
The worlds manufacturing economy has been transformed by the phenomenon of globalisation, with benefits for economies of scale, operational flexibility, risk sharing and access to new markets. It has been at the cost of a loss of manufacturing and other jobs in western economies, loss of core capabilities and increased risks of disruption in the highly interconnected and interdependent global systems. The resource demands and environmental impacts of globalisation have also led to a loss of sustainability. New highly adaptable manufacturing processes and techniques capable of operating at small scales may allow a rebalancing of the manufacturing economy. They offer the possibility of a new understanding of where and how design, manufacture and services should be carried out to achieve the most appropriate mix of capability and employment possibilities in our economies but also to minimise environmental costs, to improve product specialisation to markets and to ensure resilience of provision under natural and socio-political disruption. This proposal brings together an interdisciplinary academic team to work with industry and local communities to explore the impact of this re-distribution of manufacturing (RDM) at the scale of the city and its hinterland, using Bristol as an example in its European Green Capital year, and concentrating on the issues of resilience and sustainability. The aim of this exploration will be to develop a vision, roadmap and research agenda for the implications of RDM for the city, and at the same time develop a methodology for networked collaboration between the many stakeholders that will allow deep understanding of the issues to be achieved and new approaches to their resolution explored. The network will study the issues from a number of disciplinary perspectives, bringing together experts in manufacturing, design, logistics, operations management, infrastructure, resilience, sustainability, engineering systems, geographical sciences, mathematical modelling and beyond. They will consider how RDM may contribute to the resilience and sustainability of a city in a number of ways: firstly, how can we characterise the economic, social and environmental challenges that we face in the city for which RDM may contribute to a solution? Secondly, what are the technical developments, for example in manufacturing equipment and digital technologies, that are enablers for RDM, and what are their implications for a range of manufacturing applications and for the design of products and systems? Thirdly, what are the social and political developments, for example in public policy, in regulation, in the rise of social enterprise or environmentalism that impact on RDM and what are their implications? Fourthly, what are the business implications, on supply networks and logistics arrangements, of the re-distribution? Finally, what are the implications for the physical and digital infrastructure of the city? In addition, the network will, through the way in which it carries out embedded focused studies, explore mechanisms by which interdisciplinary teams may come together to address societal grand challenges and develop research agendas for their solution. These will be based on working together using a combination of a Collaboratory - a centre without walls - and a Living Lab - a gathering of public-private partnerships in which businesses, researchers, authorities, and citizens work together for the creation of new services, business ideas, markets, and technologies.
Agency: GTR | Branch: EPSRC | Program: | Phase: Research Grant | Award Amount: 3.44M | Year: 2013
Compared to many parts of the world, the UK has under-invested in its infrastructure in recent decades. It now faces many challenges in upgrading its infrastructure so that it is appropriate for the social, economic and environmental challenges it will face in the remainder of the 21st century. A key challenge involves taking into account the ways in which infrastructure systems in one sector increasingly rely on other infrastructure systems in other sectors in order to operate. These interdependencies mean failures in one system can cause follow-on failures in other systems. For example, failures in the water system might knock out electricity supplies, which disrupt communications, and therefore transportation, which prevent engineers getting to the original problem in the water infrastructure. These problems now generate major economic and social costs. Unfortunately they are difficult to manage because the UK infrastructure system has historically been built, and is currently operated and managed, around individual infrastructure sectors. Because many privatised utilities have focused on operating infrastructure assets, they have limited experience in producing new ones or of understanding these interdependencies. Many of the old national R&D laboratories have been shut down and there is a lack of capability in the UK to procure and deliver the modern infrastructure the UK requires. On the one hand, this makes innovation risky. On the other hand, it creates significant commercial opportunities for firms that can improve their understanding of infrastructure interdependencies and speed up how they develop and test their new business models. This learning is difficult because infrastructure innovation is undertaken in complex networks of firms, rather than in an individual firm, and typically has to address a wide range of stakeholders, regulators, customers, users and suppliers. Currently, the UK lacks a shared learning environment where these different actors can come together and explore the strengths and weaknesses of different options. This makes innovation more difficult and costly, as firms are forced to learn by doing and find it difficult to anticipate technical, economic, legal and societal constraints on their activity before they embark on costly development projects. The Centre will create a shared, facilitated learning environment in which social scientists, engineers, industrialists, policy makers and other stakeholders can research and learn together to understand how better to exploit the technical and market opportunities that emerge from the increased interdependence of infrastructure systems. The Centre will focus on the development and implementation of innovative business models and aims to support UK firms wishing to exploit them in international markets. The Centre will undertake a wide range of research activities on infrastructure interdependencies with users, which will allow problems to be discovered and addressed earlier and at lower cost. Because infrastructure innovations alter the social distribution of risks and rewards, the public needs to be involved in decision making to ensure business models and forms of regulation are socially robust. As a consequence, the Centre has a major focus on using its research to catalyse a broader national debate about the future of the UKs infrastructure, and how it might contribute towards a more sustainable, economically vibrant, and fair society. Beneficiaries from the Centres activities include existing utility businesses, entrepreneurs wishing to enter the infrastructure sector, regulators, government and, perhaps most importantly, our communities who will benefit from more efficient and less vulnerable infrastructure based services.
Agency: GTR | Branch: EPSRC | Program: | Phase: Training Grant | Award Amount: 3.68M | Year: 2014
The UK water sector is experiencing a period of profound change with both public and private sector actors seeking evidence-based responses to a host of emerging global, regional and national challenges which are driven by demographic, climatic, and land use changes as well as regulatory pressures for more efficient delivery of services. Although the UK Water Industry is keen to embrace the challenge and well placed to innovate, it lacks the financial resources to support longer term skills and knowledge generation. A new cadre of engineers is required for the water industry to not only make our society more sustainable and profitable but to develop a new suite of goods and services for a rapidly urbanising world. EPSRC Centres for Doctoral Training provide an ideal mechanism with which to remediate the emerging shortfall in advanced engineering skills within the sector. In particular, the training of next-generation engineering leaders for the sector requires a subtle balance between industrial and academic contributions; calling for a funding mechanism which privileges industrial need but provides for significant academic inputs to training and research. The STREAM initiative draws together five of the UKs leading water research and training groups to secure the future supply of advanced engineering professionals in this area of vital importance to the UK. Led by the Centre for Water Science at Cranfield University, the consortium also draws on expertise from the Universities of Sheffield and Bradford, Imperial College London, Newcastle University, and the University of Exeter. STREAM offers Engineering Doctorate and PhD awards through a programme which incorporates; (i) acquisition of advanced technical skills through attendance at masters level training courses, (ii) tuition in the competencies and abilities expected of senior engineers, and (iii) doctoral level research projects. Our EngD students spend at least 75% of their time working in industry or on industry specified research problems. Example research topics to be addressed by the schemes students include; delivering drinking water quality and protecting public health; reducing carbon footprint; reducing water demand; improving service resilience and reliability; protecting natural water bodies; reducing sewer flooding, developing and implementing strategies for Integrated Water Management, and delivering new approaches to characterising, communicating and mitigating risk and uncertainty. Fifteen studentships per year for five years will be offered with each position being sponsored by an industrial partner from the water sector. A series of common attendance events will underpin programme and group identity. These include, (i) an initial three-month taught programme based at Cranfield University, (ii) an open invitation STREAM symposium and (iii) a Challenge Week to take place each summer including transferrable skills training and guest lectures from leading industrialists and scientists. Outreach activities will extend participation in the programme, pursue collaboration with associated initiatives, promote brand awareness of the EngD qualification, and engage with a wide range of stakeholder groups (including the public) to promote engagement with and understanding of STREAM activities. Strategic direction for the programme will be formulated through an Industry Advisory Board comprising representatives from professional bodies, employers, and regulators. This body will provide strategic guidance informed by sector needs, review the operational aspects of the taught and research components as a quality control, and conduct foresight studies of relevant research areas. A small International Steering Committee will ensure global relevance for the programme. The total cost of the STREAM programme is £9m, £2.8m of which is being invested by industry and £1.8m by the five collaborating universities. Just under £4.4m is being requested from EPSRC
Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CSA-CA | Phase: SST-2007-1.2-01;SST-2007-1.2-02 | Award Amount: 1.14M | Year: 2009
InfraGuidER Coordinated Action primary objective is to define the guidelines for developing an effective European method/tool for the environmental impact evaluation of the railway infrastructure (existing and new). Despite a similar process has been already provided for the rolling stock the railway infrastructure is a more complex system where in the last year a silent revolution has been performed in order to face the high performances of trains (high speed trains), to attract the freight transport, to reduce the maintenance and operational costs, to comply with the local, regional regulation in terms of environmental impact. To avoid that this revolution will create a great unbalance among regions and to support the know-how and best practices transfer it is important to assess by a consensus process at European level the following items: the current state of environmental performance within the railway sector, and to highlight the criticalities to become effective and practical for the internal Environmental Management system implemented by railway companies and suppliers; the infrastructure functional subsystems and interfaces from the environment point of view; balance of goods in terms of material flow, environmental performance indicators EPIs and relevant ranking. Finally, as result of the three steps, the specification for the environmental part of a sustainability management system is provided and disseminated to end users (railway infrastructure managers and international organisations), to suppliers and academia (through EURNEX poles of excellence). According to this description InfraGuidER will be delivered in four main work packages. Other two work packages related to the management and communication/dissemination of the project are included in order to guarantee and to monitor the quality and effectiveness of the coordination mechanism. InfraGuidER fits with SST.2007.1.2.1 The greening of transport-specific industrial processes
News Article | February 15, 2017
DALLAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Balfour Beatty Campus Solutions, a leading developer and operator of infrastructure projects for the college and university market, along with Dallas-based developer Wynne/Jackson and lead equity partner Star America, announced today they have reached financial close on the second phase of a mixed-use project for The University of Texas at Dallas. In this phase, the development team will expand on the Northside Phase 1 development, delivering an additional 275 housing units and more than 6,600 square feet of retail space valued at $67M as part of a Public-Private Partnership. Located on more than 12 acres adjacent to Northside Phase 1, which opened in 2016, the Phase 2 project will include mid-rise apartments and townhomes that will add 900 beds, as well as additional shops, restaurants and entertainment venues to serve the nearly 27,000 students, faculty, staff and young professionals of the University and the greater Richardson, Texas area. The community will also include spaces for small gatherings, as well as a fitness facility, programmed courtyard amenity with a resort-style pool and generous patio areas located in a park-like environment. The project is being developed in partnership with Dallas-based residential and commercial developer Wynne/Jackson and New York-based infrastructure developer Star America. Andres Construction, also Dallas-based, will lead the overall design/build team, featuring Architecture Demarest as the lead design firm. "Northside 2 is the next phase of what we envision to be a transit-oriented development that encourages a live, work, study and play environment for students, faculty, staff and the community," said Dr. Calvin D. Jamison, vice president for administration at UT Dallas. "When this project is completed, we will have more than 7,000 students living on or near campus, and this phase will offer enhanced housing and retail opportunities to support our growing campus and community." Construction of the project has commenced and will be delivered in August 2018 in preparation for the 2018-2019 academic year. Upon completion, the housing will be operated by Balfour Beatty Communities. The development team has secured a 61-year ground lease with the University to develop the project which will be 100 percent financed through developer equity and conventional construction financing provided through First United Bank. “We are quite pleased to continue our relationship with The University of Texas at Dallas and support their growth with new and expanded infrastructure,” said Bob Shepko, president of Balfour Beatty Campus Solutions. “The first phase of the Northside project has been very well-received by the students, faculty, administration and community, and we look forward to building on this success with Phase 2.” Balfour Beatty Campus Solutions, LLC provides development, asset/property management, and other real estate services to colleges, universities, and their affiliated entities with a special focus on projects utilizing a Public-Private Partnership model. The company offers an alternative solution for higher education institutions to finance and execute their necessary capital plans, including academic facilities for faculty, classrooms and labs, athletic spaces, wellness centers and student housing. Balfour Beatty Campus Solutions is part of Balfour Beatty Investments, Inc. a global company focused on financing and operating the vital assets that enable societies and economies to grow: roads and railways, health and education facilities, power and water systems, places to live and places to work—the infrastructure that underpins progress. Balfour Beatty Investments is a division of Balfour Beatty plc, a UK-based international infrastructure group operating in construction services, support services and infrastructure investments. Star America Infrastructure Partners is an independent US headquartered developer and manager of greenfield infrastructure assets in North America, backed by US pension funds and insurance companies. Star America focuses on partnering with states and public agencies in delivering infrastructure projects across the transportation, social and environmental sectors. Over the past 15 years, Star America’s team members have had experience financing, underwriting and managing over 45 infrastructure projects valued at over $60 bn. Wynne/Jackson is a real estate development firm with a diverse background and a proven track record of successful developments and engagements over its near 35 year history. The principals have developed properties worth in excess of $1 billion and have provided asset and property management, leasing, marketing, and consulting services on over $1.5 billion of real estate developments and projects and over 10,000 residential lots. Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, Wynne/Jackson has operated on a regional basis throughout Texas and adjoining states.
News Article | February 15, 2017
CLEBURNE, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Balfour Beatty US has been selected to serve as construction manager for Cleburne Independent School District’s (CISD) $100 million, 500,000-square-foot update and expansion of Cleburne High School (CHS). The 2016 voter-approved school bond calls for the update and expansion of the 41-year-old existing high school to provide students and faculty a secure, state-of-the-art learning environment. The city itself is rich in architecture, and the newly renovated high school will mirror the design of the Guinn Justice Center, which served as the community’s high school in the early 1900s. The transformation of CHS into a future-ready school for 21st century learners will include a new Career Technology Education facility, a two-story advanced science wing, a two-story classroom wing for core classes, a library and a new alternative school. The performing arts center, fine arts instructional areas and all athletic facilities will also undergo renovations and additions. Balfour Beatty’s scope includes selective demolition, site preparation, new utilities, audiovisual equipment, hardscape and landscape elements, as well as the addition of 1,000 new parking spaces. Designed by Corgan, the new CHS incorporates key sustainable features such as daylighting with floor-to-ceiling windows throughout many areas of the school, dimmable lighting to adjust for incoming daylight, motion and occupancy sensors, as well as full LED lighting and low-flow restroom fixtures. The project will also feature new courtyards in the center of the building along with outdoor learning spaces, science and student courtyards, and a new outdoor practice area for the band. Balfour Beatty will leverage the latest technologies, including BIM and BIM 360 Field, digital plan rooms and lean construction methods such as pull planning and integrated team alignment to achieve the school’s progressive design. “This partnership signifies a successful collaboration between CISD, Balfour Beatty, our design and trade partners, and the surrounding community,” said Jon Moreau, vice president of Balfour Beatty’s education group in Texas. “The planned amenities will enable the district to keep pace with their students’ expanding academic, performing arts, technological and athletic requirements. We are honored to serve as CISD’s trusted advisor on this legacy project, and we look forward to helping advance the education experience of the next generation of Cleburne students.” The groundbreaking ceremony will be held in early spring of 2017. The project start is May 2017, and it is expected to complete by summer 2019, welcoming students for the 2019 - 2020 school year. Balfour Beatty US is an industry-leading provider of general contracting, at-risk construction management and design-build services for public and private sector clients across the nation. Performing heavy civil and vertical construction, the company is the US subsidiary of London-based Balfour Beatty plc (LSE: BBY), a leading international infrastructure group that finances, develops, builds and maintains complex building programs focused on social and commercial buildings, power and utility systems, and transportation. Consistently ranked among the nation’s largest building contractors, Balfour Beatty US is the No. 3 Domestic Building Contractor as ranked by Engineering News-Record. To learn more, visit www.balfourbeattyus.com and www.bbiius.com.
Balfour Beatty plc | Date: 2013-12-18
An apparatus for installing cables or pipes in tunnels comprises a motorised vehicle. A cable/pipe positioning arm is at each end of the vehicle, which is controllable to move a cable/pipe from a temporary installation position to a final installation position. One or more cable/pipe sagging arms are spaced from the positioning arm at the other end of the vehicle which are controllable to apply a desired amount of sagging to a length of cable/pipe between adjacent final installation positions. The apparatus can be driven along the cable/pipe performing the positioning and sagging in a single sequence and in either direction.
Balfour Beatty plc | Date: 2010-08-11
A device for monitoring an insulated joint between sections of rail comprises a monitoring arrangement for monitoring current flow between two points along a rail in the vicinity of the rail joint by measuring voltages at the two points.
Agency: GTR | Branch: Innovate UK | Program: | Phase: Collaborative Research & Development | Award Amount: 306.44K | Year: 2012
RailSAFT aims to develop an affordable and reliable Non-Destructive Testing (NDT), automated ultrasonic inspection technique for high manganese, wear-resistant steel rail crossover points (Frogs). These are commonly used on the UK and global rail networks and are susceptible to in-service cracking due to high impact loads from rolling stock. The early detection of cracks at safety critical locations in rail is vital because they can propagate in service and may ultimately lead to failure with potentially catastrophic consequences. Flaws detected at an early stage in their growth cycle can be monitored/ assessed and repaired before risk of failure. Modelling & simulation methods will be used to develop algorithms for the precise control of the ultrasonic beam generated by phased array probes that are to be developed. Synthetic Aperture Focusing (SAFT) together with advanced signal processing will enhance Signal Noise Ratios thus improving defect detection in cast Frog rail sections.
Agency: GTR | Branch: Innovate UK | Program: | Phase: Collaborative Research & Development | Award Amount: 244.06K | Year: 2015
3D Repo (http://3drepo.org) is a multi-award winning open source version control system for the engineering and construction industry. Together with Balfour Beatty, the largest construction company in the UK, and the Association of Interior Specialists AISFPDC, a membership organisation that represents the majority of the interior fit out and finishes industry in the UK, the consortium aims to develop and test the 3D Repo Bid4Free cloud-based platform for Building Information Modelling (BIM) in the UK and abroad. In the construction industry, on average 2 to 3 man-weeks per subcontractor are spent on costing during each tender. For micro contractors working on single discipline tenders, this is a man-day, which is proportionally a very significant cost for them, too. However, such high multi-party expenses are recouped by only those companies that win the contracts. The aim is to pilot a process change in order to digitise the costing of work and submission of tenders for contracts and subcontracts with a reference to 3D data directly in web browsers.