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Balfour Beatty rolls out Masternaut to power, gas and water fleets

Balfour Beatty
Masternaut engineer installing in a Balfour Beatty vehicle
14 October, 2013

A recent safety stand down day provided the opportunity for Balfour Beatty's Fleet team to carry out vehicle checks ahead of winter weather and begin the roll out of new telematics to the company's power, gas and water fleets.

The event, held in Aviemore, involved over 550 Balfour Beatty employees working on the Beauly to Denny overhead power line project, which involves constructing 230km of new lines and 500 new towers to carry renewable electricity from Northern Scotland south to the main national grid.

With the employees came 133 vehicles in a variety of shapes and sizes, which the company's technicians subjected to a number of vigorous tests. Portable weighbridges were deployed to check for vehicle weight compliance, followed by safety checks on the condition of tyres, lights mirrors and glass.

Adrian Wanford, Fleet Operations Manager, Balfour Beatty - Plant & Fleet, said:
"It is important that all of our vehicles are in peak condition, but a particular challenge for our team here in Scotland is the often inhospitable weather. We have to get our preparations in early as we just don't know when the bad weather might hit."

A new telematics system was also installed into all vehicles. Balfour Beatty's power, gas and water fleet has been using telematics to track and alter driver behaviour since 2009, but has now switched to the Masternaut system, bringing it into line with the rest of the group's fleet, which is the sixth largest in the UK, to improve efficiency through a single way of working.

Adrian continued:
"Balfour Beatty has employed a driver behaviour telematics system over the last four years to great success, with reduced collision rates, reduced severity of collisions and a general improvement in driving standards all recorded.

"The Masternaut system will maintain and continue the journey to improve on the high standards of driver behaviour achieved so far. The system feeds back performance to the driver real time and reports on trends such as instances of heavy braking, hard acceleration, hard cornering and speeding.

"In addition to this the Masternaut system will bring benefits in track and trace functionality, in-cab communications and, with the link into the vehicle management system, accurate fuel management capabilities. Another development for our heavy goods vehicle fleet is an interface with the digital Tachograph, giving remote download and monitoring capability."

Balfour Beatty's dedicated Driver Risk Management team will be analysing the telematics data and driving benefit through customised reporting, league tables, manager training sessions, best practice forums, and on-road coaching for drivers.

The company will be rolling out the new Masternaut system to a further 3900 company vehicles across the country in the coming months, as well as carrying out further vehicle checks.


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