‘On the East entry slip road, the Intellicone enabled cone lamps were moved by a motorist activating a local alarm which alerted a mannned checkpoint within the worksite. The local alarm acted as a deterrent and the motorist moved on without entering the site’
In April A-one+ Area 12 deployed the Intellicone Safelane perimeter incurion system on a A180 road closure. The system consisted of 1 full closure point, 1 checkpoint with CCTV & panic alarm and 1 contractor alarm was deployed overnight as a pre-works scheme, to allow the safe implementation of the daytime network traffic management, materials and plant.
The manned checkpoint was positioned to receive an alarm signal from the full closure point which was unmanned. During the incident outlined above the traffic management operatives at the manned checkpoint received notification of the attempted breach at the full closure point. They were able to rectify the traffic management and contain the situation without having to resort to alerting the workforce using their Intellicone panic alarm system.
In case the motorist would have gained access and posed a risk the traffic management operatives would have been able to alert the workforce.
Intellicone Safelane feature prominently in the 2015 issue of World Highway magazine. The feature cover the recent successful deployments by Chevron in the Manchester area.
HRS deployed the Intellicone Safelane Panic Alarm System successfully on a recent M25 J21a/ M1 J6 closure to help provide advance warning to the workforce of any incursions by errant vehicles and emergency vehicles.
Thorley Lane Bridge Installation
Intellicone Safelane is designed not only to help minimise the number of work zone incursions, but crucially to safely manage those that do take place. It is also designed to enable traffic management organisations to reduce the number of staff deployed in dangerous perimeter guarding duties, so that they can be safely and more cost-effectively deployed elsewhere. This last point is particularly resonant in an industry typically characterised by a shortfall of human resources, a reliance on expensive agency personnel and consequently also frequent delays.
Chevron succesfully used Intellicone Safelane as part of its bridge replacement project for Balfour Beatty in Cheshire. The company had to temporarily close the M56 near Manchester Airport between junctions five and six for 24 hours a day between 27th February and 2nd March, while it installed a complete bridge across the motorway; the bridge had been fully constructed in a nearby location.
Intellicone enabled VMS were deployed at all four closure/access points, with CCTV mounted on the same platforms, and Intellicone cone barriers and contactless sensors were installed. VMS messages in advance of the work zone warned road users of the closure and CCTV surveillance. The Intellicone platform enables escalation of perimeter breaches of unmanned road closures points to gate men situated at check points and works access points prior to the actual workzone.
During the weekend, there was only one perimeter breach by a police motorcycle. Intellicone sensors detected the incursion, automatically wirelessly triggering an Intellicone alarm situated with the gate men at the checkpoint prior to the actual workzone. The gate man was equipped with a panic alarm with which it was possible to trigger a further Intellicone alarm positioned near the workforce if the situation was deemed a threat to them and could not be contained by the TM operatives.
The inclusion of this human element in the otherwise automatic solution ensured that workers were alerted only when absolutely necessary, thereby precluding the inurement that can often result from exposure to unnecessarily frequent alarms.
Said Chevron’s area manager, John Walls: “We saved 4 men per shift on labour and 4 vehicles as on the last shut down we used 6 men and 6 vehicles per shift but with the Intellicone Safelane kit in place this was reduced to 2 vehicles and 2 men per shift and we covered all closure points There was a saving of approx. £1200 after the hire cost of the equipment opposed to the vehicles and labour”
The Thorley Bridge deployment demonstrated the major advantages provided by the Intellicone Safelane system. These included:
Reduction in human resources required to man road closure points by using internal site checkpoints to simultaneosly monitor multiple closure and works access points
Panic alarm capability for gatemen in event of errant vehicles entering site and threating TM operatives and workforce
Improved customer experience by providing dynamic VMS messages to general public at major closure points
Incident driven event recording by CCTV to enable prosecutions and remote site management
The partnership between MVIS and Highway Resource Solutions (Intellicone) has shown to provide major benefits on large longer term closures where it is feasible to position mobile VMS.
Similar benefits can be realised by deploying the Intellicone Safelane system on typical nightly closures where significant cost savings (up to 50% in cases) are possible whilst making the worksite safer. This can be with or without VMS depending on the type of closure. Where VMS are not feasible incident triggered CCTV is provided by Intellicone.
A new temporary overheight vehicle detection system is protecting BAM Morgan Sindall Joint Venture (bmJV) construction crews that are working on the UK Highways Agency’s M62 and M1 J39-42 Smart Motorway Project. The bmJV group leased the temporary system shortly after its launch in September by Mobile Visual Information Systems Ltd (MVIS) and its partner, Highway Resource Solutions Ltd (HRS), creators of the Intellicone temporary work zone safety system. The overheight detection system is part of the partnership’s new work-zone safety portfolio, and is the first temporary road maintenance safety offering that combines modular electronic perimeters with variable message signs (VMS). The MVIS/Intellicone overheight detection system was launched alongside the Safelane automated traffic management system, which combining Intellicone products with MVIS’ VMS to facilitate safer work-zone traffic management by fewer personnel. The partnership will launch further safety applications in 2015.
One element of the bmJV’s ‘smart motorway’ project involves the suspension of scaffolding beneath a bridge. The road remains periodically open to road-users, and therefore personnel operating from the scaffolding require protection from errant oncoming high-sided vehicles. Signs in advance of the bridge direct high-sided vehicles away from the structure. An Intellicone Sentry Beam detects overheight vehicles, activating a message on MVIS’ VMS-A variable message sign, alerting drivers to their breach and enabling them to turn round and find an alternative route. Simultaneously, an audible Intellicone Portable Site Alarm on the scaffolding warns workers of the breach, allowing them sufficient time to reach a position of safety. While the MVIS/Intellicone temporary detection system was originally designed to protect workers from vehicles in ground-based worksites, the customer identified its potential to protect bridge personnel from high-sided vehicles during its smart motorway project.
Stores manager from bmJV, Chris Hunter, who commissioned the system in September, said, “Historically, BAM and Morgan Sindall have warned drivers of overhead obstructions via goalposts or ‘hangman’ and clatterboard constructions. Neither were as effective as the MVIS/Intellicone solution at halting errant high-sided vehicles, and neither simultaneously alerted overhead personnel of safety breaches. The new solution has quickly proved its worth; within the first week, there were three breaches, all of which were quickly remedied, as the drivers were instantly alerted and able to turn around and find an alternative route. On behalf of the MVIS and HRS partnership, MVIS managing director, Pat Musgrave, commented, “We are pleased that our new temporary overheight detection solution has been so quickly embraced by the transport management market, and that it is already demonstrating its ability to promote worker safety.”