A BAM Nuttall-led consortium will trial the use of 5G in construction as part of the government’s wider 5G Create trials (announced today, Wednesday 13 January).
The project, working as 5G AMC 2 (Accelerate, Maximise and Create for Construction), seeks to explore how 5G can enable the use of data to maximise productivity of construction processes. The project will set up a private 5G network at BAM Nuttall’s regional office in Kilsyth, Scotland and a construction project in Shetland, using cameras, drones, mixed reality and IoT sensors to monitor construction process and track assets.
The £1.7m project will be delivered by BAM Nuttall partnering with AttoCore and Building Research Establishment.
Colin Evison, head of innovation at BAM Nuttall, said: “We are really excited to join the 5G Create programme and have the opportunity to further develop our digital capability that will help us in our mission to build sustainable environments that enhance people’s lives.
“We believe the project outcomes will benefit our business and the wider construction industry in its drive to improve productivity.”
Matt Warman, the minister for digital infrastructure, said: “The government has put £200m behind some of the UK’s most enterprising innovators to explore how 5G can accelerate growth in key industries. I look forward to seeing how this new era of mobile technology can empower construction firms to work smarter, shorten delivery times and cut costs.”