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Camera detection system helps keeps an eye on mud

by Mark Cantrell
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A surveillance system designed to keep an eye on the build up of mud on construction sites has been developed to improve health and safety.

The product of a partnership between facilities management firm OCS, and the Skanska Costain STRABAG Joint Venture (SCS JV), the MudCam system continually monitors areas where mud might build-up, providing alerts to site managers.

Andrew Campbell, security systems director at OCS, said: “MudCam was developed in direct response to political and legislative requests, and to maintain the highest levels of health and safety on the HS2 Project.

“It’s a totally unique product that demonstrates our commitment to reducing the impact of construction works and ensuring the safety of the surrounding community.

The MudCam system was developed by OCS working with Skanska Costain STRABAG Joint Venture
The MudCam system.

“We’re currently in initial conversations about a number of future opportunities for MudCam, and are working with our supply chain to develop new technologies to benefit the wider industry.”

The system can be used in a number of “strategic locations” on public highways, say its developers, such as pre-determined construction site traffic routes, where awareness of mud build-up would be “advantageous” to enable “appropriate monitoring, action and response”.

Furthermore, it is claimed the system will improve safety on-site for employees, as well as help strengthen relations with local communities by preventing the potentially unsightly and dangerous build-up of mud.

Mark Starosolsky, director of logistics at SCS JV, added: “It’s often the simple innovations that have the most impact. It is important that a project of this scale constantly reviews its work and develops initiatives to create a step-change improvement for our industry.

“I am proud that OCS have developed this solution for us, to improve safety and create a better environment for road users and the local community.”

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