INNOVATION IN HEALTH AND SAFETY
Ferrovial Services believes that innovation can lead to new operational patterns, technologies and safety measures which in turn contribute to our goal of “Target Zero”. The company’s innovation teams and several initiatives supporting research and development of technological projects have focused on this issue. Thus, work is ongoing on several different projects to eliminate or minimise the risk of accidents at our work sites. Some of these projects are:
- Automated lane closure system: this initiative consists of the introduction of a vehicle that is capable of placing and collecting road markets safely without employees having to get out of the vehicle to do so, reducing the resources needed to get the job done in parallel.
- Mobile Lane Invasion Alert System for Road Maintenance: this technological solution, based on artificial intelligence algorithms, is designed to protect those performing road conservation and maintenance work by protecting them from vehicles invading the area where they are working.
- Safety Fleet Management: implementation of cameras in the vehicle fleet with the aim of minimising accidents involving pedestrians, cyclists, drivers and Ferrovial Services staff. This technology involves a front camera and an alert device inside the vehicle which warns the driver of potential dangers in his or her path.
- Automated tunnel inspections: the goal of this project is to identify and develop solutions to make tunnel inspection work safer by preventing workers from having to work at significant heights or in hazardous conditions, while generating reliable data in parallel to enable automated decision-making about management of the assets.
- Drones for surveys: flying Wing is an unmanned, autonomous, long-range drone designed to revolutionise asset inspection work by replacing manual inspection work, specifically by gathering more precise information and creating a deep database to underpin the provision of safer and faster services. This technology eliminates the need for surveyors and inspectors to work in hazardous conditions.
- Robotic 3D printing of rail: this project is designed to enable the repair of railroad tracks in situ, so that stretches of tracks do not have to be removed for repair and subsequently reinstalled. To do so, it uses 3D printing techniques implemented by robots.
- Driver Fatigue Simulator: the idea is to use virtual reality technology to make drivers more aware of the dangers of fatigue at the wheel. It is articulated around a simulator which provides a revolutionary 360º experience featuring movements and perceptions so that the driver feels like he or she is really driving a vehicle.
- Near Miss Simulator: it has been shown that workers that have been very close to suffering an accident – termed near misses – become more attentive to safety. As a result, Amey has developed a virtual reality project dubbed the Near Miss Simulator which as its name suggests simulates near misses in different work situations so that employees can experience the risk event without have to face any real risk.
- Safe Work Zone: this is an innovative system that virtually isolates workers to ensure their physical integrity and mitigate certain factors, such as noise, complacency and fatigue, which could put them in danger at work. More specifically, Safe Work Zone is a system designed to prevent workers from straying from safe zones on railroad and infrastructure construction sites.
- Virtual reality for task briefing and rehearsal: this project aims to ready and educate employees for working in dangerous environments, such as fire control. More specifically, Broadspectrum is developing a training programme based on virtual reality techniques combined with gaming so that workers can experience the reality of having to put out a fire in a dangerous environment.