Waldeck are delighted to be recognised as finalists in three categories at the up-coming NCE (New Civil Engineer) Bridges Awards for our Panoptic Bridge Management project with Network Rail, Nottingham Trent University and Birmingham City University.

The team have been shortlisted for:

  • Bridge Project Team of the Year
  • Innovation in Bridge Inspection
  • Bridge Management Project of the Year

The shortlists come following Waldeck’s on-going collaboration with Network Rail’s R&D team, Routes and University Partners – Nottingham Trent and Birmingham City, who collaboratively have been supporting Network Rail’s aspirations to digitalise their approach to Masonry Bridge condition monitoring.

Thus far, a solution has been developed to leverage digital data to provide informed decision making for asset care over the entirety of its lifecycle, as well as supporting Network Rail’s ambition to create a Digital Railway.

Veronica Ruby-Lewis, Associate Director at Waldeck, shared:

“Being able to support Network Rail with their future aspirations and to take their visions into demonstratable working solutions over the past few years has been a prestigious project for Waldeck. The project has been founded on a strong and collaborative working relationship, which has certainly enabled the teams to deliver the best results.

“We are delighted to have been shortlisted in these three categories, which is a testament to the team’s hard work, collaboration and application of the latest technologies.

“As we continue to work through the scalability of the approach and solution overall, we have also recently welcomed Software Engineer Muhammad to our team, through a Knowledge Transfer Partnership thanks to Innovate UK funding. Muhammad will support the expansion of Waldeck’s capabilities and enable us to bring this solution to market for other clients in search of proven, smart asset and infrastructure management solutions.”

Owen Thomas, Network Rail’s Project Manager for the project, commented:

“We manage a portfolio of around 6,000 bridges at Network Rail and manually examining them is challenging, costly and time consuming. The R&D team wanted to find a way to improve this, Waldeck and the project team have unlocked an innovative way to assess these structures using drones and the latest scanning technology. This has huge potential to have a real positive impact on the railway and the way we manage our bridges.”

Dr Song Wu, Professor of Construction Management – School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment, at Nottingham Trent University, added:

“I am delighted that our research project, in collaboration with Waldeck, Birmingham City University, and Network Rail, has been shortlisted for the award. It has been an ongoing effort between the industry and academia to revolutionise the bridge examination process. I am excited to see our work being recognised in these prestigious awards.”

We look forward to joining experts from across the industry at the NCE Bridges Awards dinner on the 18th July in London.

View the full shortlist here >