James Fisher Testing Services has been shortlisted for the prestigious New Civil Engineer (NCE) TechFest awards 2018.


TechFest is an opportunity to debate some of the industry’s biggest technological challenges. The awards will highlight innovative, cutting edge solutions that are emerging across the sector.

JFTS has been nominated in the ‘Technology Driving Whole Life Performance’ category for our work in developing our Smart Asset Management System (SAMS), an advanced Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) and asset management solution.

SAMS utilises a sophisticated open software technology stack that incorporates sensors, data acquisition equipment and data processing algorithms to provide a comprehensive SHM, predictive modelling and asset data management solution.  SAMS is a highly flexible platform that can be used on a wide variety of infrastructure assets including bridges, buildings, tunnels and wind turbines.

The system is widely used on major infrastructure, including recent installations on the Forth Road Bridge and Mersey Gateway Bridge. SAMS is also currently being installed on the Merdeka PNB 118 development in Kuala Lumpur and we have some exciting projects in Europe that we’ll be able to announce shortly.

The awards are a highly anticipated event in the civil engineering calendar, with some of the industry’s biggest players in the running for accolades. The Technology Driving Whole Life Performance category is no exception, with other contenders including the University of Oxford, Bentley and Mott MacDonald.

Reacting to the announcement, Andrew Scullion, JFTS technical authority for systems engineering says:

“The whole team here at JFTS is very pleased with today’s announcement. We’ve been putting a lot of effort into R&D activities around SAMS, including the SmartBridge ‘digital twin’ predicative modelling project and some exciting developments in the area of big data analytics.

"We are competing against some of the biggest names in the industry, so to be nominated in this category really is a testament to the hard work by the SAMS team advancing the capabilities of structural health monitoring and asset management data processing.”

The winner will be selected by a board of leading industry experts at the event, to be held at the Grange Tower Bridge hotel, London on September 19th.

Find out more about the NCE TechFest Awards.