The innovative approach by Gaist – which PCSG supports with corporate communications – to the surveying and maintenance of critical infrastructure has been underlined with its shortlisting in two categories of the New Civil Engineer (NCE) TechFest Awards.

The technology group is a finalist in the Roads Visionary and Smart Use of Machinery categories. The award ceremony will take place on 26 September.

Gaist has developed an international reputation for its national road dataset – its bank of more than 1 billion highly detailed images covering more than 200,000 kilometres of England’s road and roadscape.

Using AI and computer vision techniques, Gaist analyses this data to provide local authorities, broadband companies and highways contractors with a rich source of intelligence. This enables them to target their resources effectively, intervene at the optimum time to resolve issues and increase safety for road users.

Gaist’s highways “digital twin” also positions the company at the forefront of the autonomous vehicles revolution. Driverless car manufacturers will need access to ‘splines’ or digital maps to inform their vehicle routes.

The group’s second shortlisting is for BridgeCat, the mobile bridge inspection system developed by a collaboration of the Department for Transport, Gaist and Cumbria County Council.

BridgeCat, which uses a sonar, an underwater camera and sensors to collect detailed data about a bridge’s condition, looks set to play a significant role in improving resilience at flooding hotspots.

Paula Claytonsmith, Managing Director of Gaist, said: “This double-shortlisting is testament to the hardwork and determination of our expert team – and those who collaborate with us – on our relentless mission to provide the richest possible insights about our infrastructure.”

The TechFest awards celebrate the projects, teams and companies within the Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) sector which are using technology to drive the industry forward and having a significant long-term impact.

The judging panel is comprised of high-profile individuals from across the sector. They include Dr Anne Kemp, Chair of the UK BIM Alliance, Jon Kerby, Digital Director at Heathrow and Alex Lubbock, Head of Digital Construction at the Infrastructure Projects Authority.