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5G AMC 2

  • Started on 13 Jan 2021

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  • Government funding: £846,365
  • Total project value: £ 1,692,733
  • Location: Scotland, Shetland and Kilsyth

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5G AMC 2 (Accelerate, Maximise and Create for Construction) seeks to explore how 5G can enable the collection, analysis and use of data to maximise productivity of construction processes. The project will set up a private 5G network at construction firm BAM Nuttall’s regional office in Kilsyth, Scotland and a construction project in Shetland, using cameras, drones, mixed reality and IoT sensors to monitor construction process and track assets.

The project will be an enabler for digital solutions that improve construction productivity within BAM Nuttall and the wider UK construction industry. Additionally, it will help grow UK technical capability in the field of 5G. It will be delivered by a consortium led by BAM Nuttall partnered with AttoCore and Building Research Establishment.

We are really excited to join the 5G Create programme and have the opportunity to further develop our digital capability that will help us in our mission to build sustainable environments that enhance people’s lives. We believe the project outcomes will benefit our business and the wider construction industry in its drive to improve productivity.

Colin Evison, Head of Innovation at BAM Nuttall


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A consortium of civil engineers BAM Nuttall, network software specialists AttoCore, and Building Research Establishment, the world’s leading building science centre will run a DCMS funded 5G create project under the name 5G-AMC2 (Accelerate, Maximise and Create for Construction) to discover the advantages of 5G in remote construction environments.  

5G-AMC2 will explore and develop 5G-enabled data-rich solutions that, when integrated with existing construction data-management systems, enable the collection, analysis and use of data to maximise productivity. The project will deploy a number of solutions including cameras, drones, mixed-reality and Internet of Things sensors which monitor the construction process.  

Collaboration will be key to the success of the project, working alongside the Scotland 5G Centre to develop the potential of the project as a commercial solution across the wider construction sector. This will draw on the expertise of Strathclyde University in rural network development; Glasgow University on the use of 5G in managing the built environment and the Scotland 5G Centre in general for its wider network and dissemination strengths.  

The first site for the project, at the BAM Nuttall regional office in Kilsyth in North Lanarkshire in Scotland, has been chosen as internet coverage there is poor, particularly indoors. 

The second site is significantly more remote: a construction project in Shetland, where BAM Nuttall is working with Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks on a major link to connect the islands to the UK mainland electricity grid. This project aims to ensure the security of the island’s electricity supply and enable green power projects to feed into the British transmission system.  

The aim is for the project to be an enabler for digital solutions that improve construction productivity within BAM Nuttall and wider UK construction. Helping to connect green power from far-flung parts of the UK is just an additional bonus. 

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