WJ hosts innovation day in Scotland

WJ hosted its first innovation day in Scotland with the event attracting around 100 delegates.

The regional event, which was held at the University of Stirling, was supported by the Institute of Highway Engineers (IHE).

A programme of CPD endorsed technical presentations was followed by practical demonstrations to help delegates gain a real understanding of WJ’s ambition to find better ways to do things.

The company showcased its personal protective equipment (PPE), innovative materials development in collaboration with the Open University and ‘Solid Works’ designed trucks for effective delivery, low emissions and advanced safety features.

WJ explained their forward thinking ethos for workforce safety with automated processes aimed at removing vulnerable operatives off the carriageway and a key feature of the day was the demonstration of an automatic road stud installation.

Wayne Johnston, WJ group managing director, said: “It’s important to showcase our thinking and latest innovations but the objective of these events for me is to obtain feedback from our clients to help direct our investment in research and development.”

George Lee, chief executive of the Road Safety Markings Association, extolled the virtues of road markings as a low cost engineering solution to provide high levels of road safety.

Guest speaker Scott Lees, head of network maintenance at Transport Scotland, provided the clients view and explained the role, diversity and the challenges for the road network in Scotland. He commended WJ and explained that solutions are to be found in collaboration and innovation and encouraged the industry to bring new ideas to him. He said: “In Scotland we’re looking for quality, safety and a responsible service. WJ are on the right track, they’ve got commitment to innovation, safety and deliver a quality product to the client. It’s commendable and shows leadership in an industry that needs it. By delivering this level of performance at an event like this it will only raise the bar for other contractors in the industry.”

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