PelicanCorp’s UK joint venture,LinesearchbeforeUdig, has won the 2016 National Joint Utilities Group (NJUG) award in the ‘Avoid Damage to Underground Assets’ category for increasing the accessibility and visibility of utility assets through a single portal.
The winners were unveiled on 16 November at an event in the UK Parliament hosted by the chair of the House of Commons Transport Select Committee, Louise Ellman MP. Andrew Jones MP, the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Transport, delivered the keynote speech.
The Annual NJUG Awards, sponsored by Virgin Media, showcased examples of industry innovation that reflects the seven objectives of the NJUG’s ‘Vision for Street Works’. Submissions to the awards were received from utilities, contractors and local authorities and the winners were chosen by an independent panel of experts from national governments, local authorities and industry.
NJUG CEO, Bob Gallienne, congratulated all the winners saying: “All the entries this year are great examples of the drive for innovation and collaboration that is going on within the industry.”
NJUG said that all winning entries would be used as examples of best practice and turned into case studies to be distributed throughout the road and street works industry. They will also be posted on the NJUG web site.
NJUG is the UK’s only trade association representing utilities and their contractors that is dedicated to street works matters. It promotes best practice, self-regulation and a two-way relationship with government and other relevant stakeholders.
It says: “We work with national and local governments and key stakeholders to support the development of fair, workable, robust and proportionate regulation, which balances the need to reduce the unfortunate disruption that sometimes arises from essential utility works, as well as driving up standards through a range of voluntary initiatives promoting good practice and quality works.”
NJUG published its first ‘Vision for Street Works’ in April 2007 and since then it has become a focal point and catalyst for driving up standards in the delivery of street works.
The organisation says the Vision helps ensure that 99 percent of street works are completed within their agreed time and around 80 completed on a first time permanent basis.
“It has improved communication before and during works and encouraged greater co-ordination of works between highway authorities and utilities, and forms a crucial part of NJUG’s commitment to excellence in the delivery of street works,” NJUG says.
The Vision is designed to promote the achievement of seven key goals: safety; high quality; minimise disruption; keep the public fully informed; sustainable methods and materials; avoid damage to underground assets; innovation.
The Vision has been updated several times since 2007. The most recent version was published in February 2015.
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