The exceptional efficiency benefits of Converge’s concrete pour sensor innovation made it the outstanding candidate for this year’s Best Use of Technology award. The judges acknowledged that construction needed input from outside the sector: “This is what the industry needs,” one remarked.
Data from the sensors showed the concrete could reach the required strength 20 hours earlier than using the cube method, in theory reducing the five-day cycle for each floor to around four days.
Construction sensor and monitoring specialist Converge has said that it is working on a concrete thermal integrity system for the piling industry through collaboration with Keltbray Piling.
Both judges and delegates at the event felt that of the four start-ups that took part in the competition, Converge would have the biggest impact on the property industry.
After initial trials with a major contractor in 2015 the system has been deployed on projects including Hinkley Point C, the £1.7bn Royal Albert Docks development, 22 Bishopsgate and several Underground maintenance projects for Transport for London.
A technology start-up run by two Cambridge physics graduates is working with a major UK-based international contractor to develop a method of testing concrete strength using “Internet of Things” sensors and processing.