The shortlisted entry focuses on the success of the VERIFI® – in transit concrete management used on the M6 J21a to 26 Smart Motorway Project.
Whilst the shortlisted entry is specific to the M6 J21a to 26 Smart Motorway Project, this recognition actually highlights the success of a 2 years collaboration which has seen Extrudakerb and GCP Applied Technologies “innovate the innovation”.
VERIFI® was already an innovation in its own right. For a number of years, GCP Applied Technologies had provided major suppliers within the concrete industry with VERIFI®. The technology had already proven itself as a successful in-transit concrete management tool with higher consistency concrete, but was seldom used with low consistence concrete.
GCP and Extrudakerb’s respective Technical departments worked tirelessly to trial and develop the VERIFI® system. The data required to develop the system could only been collated when the system was in operation. This meant the trials and development had to be undertaken whilst Extrudakerb continued to deliver tight and demanding programmes on various National Highways projects up and down the UK.
Over the course of several months, data was captured, analysed and adjustments were made to the VERIFI® system and as each month went by, improvements in slipform outputs were being realised.
Over the last 12 months, Extrudakerb’s Customers have realised the benefits of the hard work and collaboration between Extrudakerb and GCP, utilising the bespoke algorithm’s that now form part of the VERIFI® system.
We believe the introduction of Extrudakerb’s state of the art bespoke ready mix concrete trucks, the addition of their in-house Concrete and Materials Manager, both perfectly complemented by GCP’s innovative in-transit concrete management tool has seen a collaboration that has offered more to the slipform industry than any other innovation in the last 10 years.
Extrudakerb received the National Highways Award for Outstanding design innovation, using research and development to create efficiencies and continuous improvement earlier in the year and securing this award would further cement our position as the leading specialist slipform concrete contractor in the UK.