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04/03/2016

McGee wins NFDC Corporate Innovation Award 2016

On Friday 4th March, McGee was delighted to receive the ‘Corporate Innovation Award’ at the 2016 National Federation of Demolition Contractors (NFDC) Demolition Awards.  McGee was presented with the prestigious award for pioneering their Mobile Inspection Manager application – a solution that delivers and exceeds Health & Safety regulations and Company Policy requirements regarding inspections for large and small plant, accessories, scaffolding and much more.

Taking place at The Dorchester Hotel, London, and hosted by the spectacularly witty Gyles Brandreth, the NFDC awards celebrates the success and achievements of individuals and members within the demolition industry; and an industry that has been supported for 75 years by the NFDC.

McGee uses Near Field Communication (NFC) technology built into smart phones and tablets to deliver a historically paper-based process.  Ruggedized NFC tags can be found on over 2,500 inspection points which are checked on a weekly basis across 25+ sites equipped with 250+ mobile devices.  Inspections are carried out on anything from a 45 tonne Excavator to D-Shackles.

The Mobile Inspection Manager is cleverly able to GPS track and record the location of every single inspection, and a PDF report of each inspection (where applicable) is conveniently produced within a minute of the inspection being completed.  Should an item fail its inspection, a workflow is created to effectively track and resolve the issue promptly.

Speaking after the event about McGee’s award success, Michael Kelly, Head of IT & Comms, said: “Achieving the highest recognition of innovation for the Mobile Inspection Manager application from our own industry professionals in the NFDC’s 75th year was a fantastic honour and true testament to the tireless pursuit of continuous improvement by McGee, enduring the journey of innovation in an ever changing digital world.”

The Mobile Inspection Manager app is just part of a much bigger story for McGee, as they lead the way for driving efficiency and improving safety through bespoke mobile applications to simplify time consuming paper-based processes.

Michael explained: “This application, together with our suite of applications, provides the Site Management team with the transformation from traditional paper-based management, to fully integrated digital tools and workflows.”

Chris Foulser, Project Manager at McGee’s One Nine Elms project, commented: “The introduction of the Inspection Manager application into our working environment has allowed us far greater control and confidence in ensuring that all of our inspection requirements are met and completed.  It has assisted in significantly reducing the previously large volumes of paperwork generated and allows on the spot checks to be made to ensure compliance.”

Site Supervisor, Andy Hilton, who is also currently based at One Nine Elms, said: “The Inspection Manager app allows me to check any item at any time without searching through paperwork files.  The automatic notifications when an item is due an inspection saves time and avoids anything being missed and used past its test date. This gives me peace of mind to know that all our equipment is safe and in good order.”

McGee’s mobile applications are developed in partnership with Mobilengine who specialises in improving business processes through the creation of mobile apps.

Concluding on this latest award success for McGee, Michael said: “I would like to personally thank those persons directly involved in the management and creation of the applications, those involved in the training and delivery of the applications and those site teams and users who have immersed themselves in the application technology, without whose engagement would not have made this project the success it has been recognised for, thank you.”

McGee’s passion for innovation was also recognised by the NFDC in 2014 for pioneering the ‘360° Mobile Visual Noise Indicator’