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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.

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News Article | May 8, 2017
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This will be a live, interactive online event where investors are invited to ask the company questions in real-time - both in the presentation hall as well as the association's "virtual trade booth." If attendees are not able to join the event live on the day of the conference, an on-demand archive will be available for 90 days. It is recommended that investors pre-register and run the online system check to save time and receive event updates. Learn more about the event at www.VirtualInvestorConferences.com. Balfour Beatty is a leading international infrastructure group. We finance, develop, build and maintain innovative and efficient infrastructure that underpins daily life, supports communities and enables economic growth. We provide the essential infrastructure assets societies need to function, develop and thrive. Our teams operate across the full infrastructure lifecycle: With more than 100 years of experience in delivering highly complex infrastructure projects, we know how to operate with the highest levels of quality, safety and technical expertise, integrate with clients and local supply chains and work with local communities. We operate principally in the UK and the US. Since 2010, VirtualInvestorConferences.com, created by BetterInvesting (NAIC) and PRNewswire, has been the only monthly virtual investor conference series that provides an interactive forum for presenting companies to meet directly with investors using a graphically-enhanced online platform. Designed to replicate the look and feel of location-based investor conferences, Virtual Investor Conferences unites PR Newswire's leading-edge online conferencing and investor communications capabilities with BetterInvesting's extensive retail investor audience network. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/balfour-beatty-to-webcast-live-at-virtualinvestorconferencescom-may-11-300452984.html


DALLAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Balfour Beatty US has been selected by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) to undertake the $625 million Southern Gateway reconstruction and improvement project as part of a design-build joint venture with Fluor Corporation. The project is located along Interstate 35E and U.S. 67 in Dallas, Texas. The purpose of The Southern Gateway project is to improve safety, congestion relief, traffic operations, address roadway deficiencies, and improve system linkage. The project will rebuild and widen Interstate 35E (I-35E) south of downtown Dallas. The 11-mile project will expand I-35E from four lanes to five lanes in each direction, and build two reversible, non-toll express lanes in the center of the corridor. In addition, the project calls for rebuilding the I-35E/U.S. 67 interchange and widening U.S. 67 from I-35E to I-20 by adding a third lane in each direction. “We’re honored to have been selected by TxDOT to deliver this complex design-build transportation project in partnership with Fluor,” said Ray Bond, president and chief executive officer of Balfour Beatty US. “As we near delivery of the $798 million Horseshoe project for TxDOT in Dallas in partnership with Fluor, we are pleased for the opportunity to continue our work to help the state achieve its long-term transportation needs in a fast-growing metropolitan area.” TxDOT’s Texas Clear Lanes initiative serves as a major source of funding for The Southern Gateway project, which is a program that prioritizes funding for congestion relief projects in Texas’ metropolitan areas. The project will also enhance safety by rebuilding and smoothing out existing sharp curves, adding shoulders, and improving entrance and exit ramp movements. The project will help improve traffic flow for 180,000 motorists per day in southern Dallas county and is expected to begin in late 2017 with a projected completion date of 2021. 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.


News Article | May 15, 2017
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Balfour Beatty's presentation will be available 24/7 for 90 days. Investors and advisors may download shareholder materials from the "virtual trade booth" for the next three weeks. Learn more about the event at www.VirtualInvestorConferences.com. Balfour Beatty is a leading international infrastructure group. We finance, develop, build and maintain innovative and efficient infrastructure that underpins daily life, supports communities and enables economic growth. We provide the essential infrastructure assets societies need to function, develop and thrive. Our teams operate across the full infrastructure lifecycle: With more than 100 years of experience in delivering highly complex infrastructure projects, we know how to operate with the highest levels of quality, safety and technical expertise, integrate with clients and local supply chains and work with local communities. We operate principally in the UK and the US. Since 2010, VirtualInvestorConferences.com, created by BetterInvesting (NAIC) and PRNewswire, has been the only monthly virtual investor conference series that provides an interactive forum for presenting companies to meet directly with investors using a graphically-enhanced online platform. Designed to replicate the look and feel of location-based investor conferences, Virtual Investor Conferences unites PR Newswire's leading-edge online conferencing and investor communications capabilities with BetterInvesting's extensive retail investor audience network. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/balfour-beatty-presentation-now-available-for-on-demand-viewing-300457207.html


DALLAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Balfour Beatty US has announced the promotion of Scott Skidelsky to chief operating officer in Florida, and the promotion of Pat Dean to chief operating officer for the Carolinas and Georgia operations. In their new roles, both Skidelsky and Dean are responsible for executive oversight, project acquisition and business growth across their respective geographies. In addition, Skidelsky retains his national leadership responsibilities for Balfour Beatty’s business acquisition, strategic procurement and communications, while Dean remains responsible for the company’s military housing operations across the country. “Each of the markets we serve in Florida, the Carolinas and Georgia are strategic markets for our company and I am pleased for the opportunity to promote Scott and Pat to lead our growth in these states going forward,” said Ray Bond, president and CEO for Balfour Beatty US. “We have talented teams delivering some of the most high-profile projects for our clients in these markets. Now, with the creation of these new COO roles, Scott and Pat have the experience and expertise to enable our teams to maximize the opportunities we see in these geographies.” Skidelsky has spent more than two decades in the construction industry in a wide variety of leadership positions, serving clients across the United States throughout his career. Well known for his unique ability to connect with and inspire teammates from all facets of the business, Skidelsky is a Building Design + Construction “Forty Under 40” alumni and was named “Man of the Year” among the “Forty Under 40” winners by the Orlando Business Journal in 2007. Prior to his career in construction, Skidelsky served in the United States Navy as an Officer in Charge of Construction and as a Contracting Officer. He also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in General Engineering from the University of Illinois. Dean joined Balfour Beatty in 2006 as a vice president and business unit leader for the Carolinas business. His strong operational and strategic leadership resulted in significant growth in both the private and public markets. Under his leadership as president of the Carolinas, Balfour Beatty grew to become the largest general contractor in North Carolina and the third largest contractor in South Carolina. With 25 years of construction industry experience, Dean continuously demonstrates a high level of performance with teams, clients and partners. Dean is a graduate of Kansas State University with a Bachelor of Science in construction management. 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.


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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.


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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.


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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


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.


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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.


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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.

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