In a prestigious ceremony held at Grosvenor House Hotel in London on Tuesday, 8 November, organisations from across the construction industry were honoured across 18 categories in a night of recognition. The awards celebrate the people striving to make construction a more inclusive industry and the businesses doing outstanding work to improve the construction industry’s reputation and employment practices.
Following a rigorous judging process conducted by HR, equality and diversity and organisational development leaders from inside and outside the industry, Structural Soils emerged as the winner of the Technology Team of the Year category for its work on Flowfinity, a business-wide collaborative digital innovation.
The judges praised the team for the adoption of digital data capture, which has been a game changer within Structural Soils. Team members are able to send data to clients in real time and, through their excellent use of data, they have created tangible efficiencies and productivity improvements.
Structural Soils Associate Director Mike Addinall said: “The point of development and delivery we have achieved to date is the result of a decision made several years ago by Structural Soils Managing Director Stephen Mackereth and the senior management team to go digital: we had to be ahead of the curve and stay at least one step ahead of the competition. I believe we have achieved these goals; however, the digital data capture project is far from complete. With further investment, development and increased utilisation, further efficiencies will be realised. A huge amount of thanks goes to Mark Bevan and Jackie Bland, who have led from the front on our digital journey.”
Structural Soils Associate Director, Mark Bevan added: “Digital transformation of ground investigation processes is a significant challenge involving software, hardware and cultural changes at every level of the organisation. I am very proud of our team who have helped us earn this award – but it is also a ‘whole of Structural Soils’ effort, where all staff are involved in creating this success.
“Migrating away from long-standing practices is not always easy, but I am confident we are already starting to see the major benefits of going digital and retiring our paper-based systems and processes (clipboard and pencil). We have forged strong relationships with our technology partners at Flowfinity who are truly engaged in our mutual success.
“My thanks to Stephen Mackereth (Managing Director) and Adam Lumber (Associate Technical Director) and all the directors for their steadfast support, to my team for their extraordinary work at the coal face, and to all our staff who are supporting the success of such an organisation-wide project.
“Digital transformation on this scale is a marathon, and not a sprint, and we still have a long way to go on our roadmap. The journey has been an exciting one so far and I am looking forward to even greater success in years to come!”
The judges commented: “This is a company with a strong drive for digitisation that is continuing to invest in digitisation and can demonstrate integration across the wider business.”
Congratulations, Structural Soils!