C-Probe

A Message from Lord Pickles and Lord Blunkett, followed by C-Probe's best practice article

The ability to listen and learn from one another has always been vital in parliament, in business and in most aspects of daily life. But at this particular moment in time, as national and global events continue to reiterate, it is uncommonly crucial that we forge new channels of communication and reinforce existing ones. The following article from C-Probe is an attempt to do just that. We would welcome your thoughts on this or any other Parliamentary Review article.

Blunkett signature Rt Hon The Lord David Blunkett
Pickles signature Rt Hon The Lord Eric Pickles

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BEST PRACTICE SPONSOR 2020
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Company evolution
Our business is driven by our clients
and through good customer service.
We listen to our users’ needs and,
coupled with technology and
innovation, we have developed a full
range of additional support services to
supplement the schedules.
Along with the ability to create
schedules for a range of clients,
we also support this with specialist
consultancy services and our project
management software, MTC QS.
MTC QS is a time-saving online
estimating and quotation system, used
by the construction industry for pricing
maintenance and refurbishment works.
MTC QS houses our schedule of
rates data and takes the effort out of
finding prices, managing contracts and
producing estimates and invoices.
The software can be used for pricing
building works, refurbishments,
extensions, renewal works, highways
maintenance and reactive maintenance.
MTC QS is available with an option to
install the National Schedule of Rates.
You can choose which schedules you
require and configure the contracts for
the adjustments tendered. Our software
works for clients, client representatives,
QSs, contractors and subcontractors.
MTC QS enables data flow from client
to contractor and then from contractor
to subcontractor. This ensures that
clients are ahead of the game and
allows them to keep their budgets
on track with a clear audit trail. The
software has the ability to attach
unlimited files in any format such as
drawings, specifications, certificates
and photographs and more to keep all
the relevant information in one place.
Opportunities and challenges
Change often brings challenges, and
our experience is no exception to
this rule. This year we launched our
new interactive website and have
been supporting customers and staff
throughout this period of change.
The construction industry is notorious
for the difficulties in implementing new
technology and systems of working. It
can be easy to convince a client of the
benefits of a new system; however,
we have found that getting their
staff on board is often more difficult.
We endeavour to overcome these
difficulties with comprehensive training
both online, through our website
and a free helpdesk, and through
workshops configured for each client’s
individual needs.
Continually developing our schedules
and software to reflect industry
changes and listening to our users’
needs has required significant
investment. Bank finance has been
difficult to obtain, and our ambitions
may well have been frustrated if we
only had the banks to rely on. It was
fortunate therefore that we were
able to call on alternative funding
vehicles, which we would not hesitate
to use again if the need arose. We are
pleased with the way we have been
able to respond to these challenges,
leaving us robust as we look towards
the future.
Our software
works for
clients, client
representatives,
QSs, contractors
and
subcontractors
External view of new
offices
35C-PROBE |
INFRASTRUCTURE & DEVELOPMENT
Managing Director GraemeJones
Precasting LoCem fireproof
tunnel segments
Construction technology provider C-Probe has developed
both low-carbon alternative cements and internet-
enabled corrosion management systems. According to
Managing Director Graeme Jones, this is only the beginning –
he tells
The Parliamentary Review
that the company is growing
rapidly and continues to innovate through partnerships in both
the public and private sectors. Graeme discusses the need for
policymakers and industry to adopt an open mindset when it
comes to cutting-edge construction technology.
Following our R&D collaboration with Sheffield Hallam University and Mott
MacDonald consulting engineers, we have established an alkali-activated
cementitious material – AACM geopolymers – blending plant. Our aim is to add
low carbon and “smart” mortars as well as concrete that add service life control to
structures complementary with, as well as disruptive to, Portland concretes.
These materials are branded as LoCem and are used for a range of trademarked
restoration and build products to repair, protect and add high resilience to
structures. These are in the form of anode mortars for galvanic protection – C-Puck,
heritage stone and brick repointing – +point, reinforced concrete applications –
+chase and +shot – LoCem concrete repair and heritage void fill mortars, as well as
precast concrete – WoWSmart.
These AACMs supplement C-Probe’s original market offering of embeddable
monitoring with online performance control and management products. Together,
they offer security of service design life in a sustainable, accountable and trackable way.
FACTS ABOUT
C-PROBE
»Managing Director:
GraemeJones
»Founded in 1993, C-Probe
Systems incorporated in 2003
»Located in Merseyside
»Services: Construction
technology
»No. of employees: 6
C-Probe
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We now hold intellectual property
and commercial control of the full
product package to meet international
standards for restoring – EN 1504 –
and building – BSI PAS 8820:2016
– any structure type to meet any
demanding environment.
Integrated product packages
We understand that contractors
need to be able to procure systems
from reliable sources and reduce
or eliminate risk during installation.
Consequently, we have packaged
our technology using an integrated,
modular approachthat ensures quality
and ease of product placement. This
allows testing and commissioning to
be achieved smoothly throughout the
construction contract.
These solutions have one intent: to
prevent structural degradation from
in-service environmental impacts with
a lofty ambition of ensuring “indefinite
life”, whether from corrosion, fire,
chemicals or other extreme exposure
conditions. These are relevant to all
infrastructures, such as bridges, marine
structures, nuclear plants, car parks
and heritage buildings with corroded
steel, structural frames or components.
How can government and
industry help?
In the 1970s, cathodic protection of
offshore and pipeline applications
became mandatory as a result of the
strategic economic importance of oil
facilities. Given the similar economic
importance of new and existing
concrete infrastructures and the
resultant impact of investment issues
that disrepair has on its integrity, cost
and disruption, we would recommend
that equal emphasis is given to
thesesolutions.
This would allow technology the room
to grow, reducing the societal and
fiscal impact that occurs if structures
begin to degrade.
The British government issued
the Construction 2025 report in
conjunction with the construction
sector with the aim of reducing carbon
emissions and improving productivity
over time, costing for the whole life
of buildings, as well as increasing
exports by 2025. Our products already
contribute to these objectives and
associated service life sustainability.
We could do a lot more in the right
competitive environment.
At present there is no legislative
imperative to replace the use of
materials with high-embedded carbon.
As such, these 2025 targets will be
very difficult to achieve in practice.
Technological innovation becomes
stymied and disincentivised by remaining
within the domain of smallbusinesses.
We are currently growing in the
restoration sector and want to deliver
these benefits to more new-build
projects, too. Small-scale trials have
been well received. However, whole-
life calculations that use the high cost
of capital rates means that designs for
long-term durability are excluded at the
early stages of project development.
This can be addressed in two ways:
legislation andincentivisation.
Finishing LoCem spray
concrete anode
We have
packaged our
technology
using an
integrated,
modular
approach that
ensures
quality and
ease of
product
placement
BEST PRACTICE SPONSOR 2020
THE PARLIAMENTARY REVIEW
Highlighting best practice
36 | C-PROBE
We now hold intellectual property
and commercial control of the full
product package to meet international
standards for restoring – EN 1504 –
and building – BSI PAS 8820:2016
– any structure type to meet any
demanding environment.
Integrated product packages
We understand that contractors
need to be able to procure systems
from reliable sources and reduce
or eliminate risk during installation.
Consequently, we have packaged
our technology using an integrated,
modular approachthat ensures quality
and ease of product placement. This
allows testing and commissioning to
be achieved smoothly throughout the
construction contract.
These solutions have one intent: to
prevent structural degradation from
in-service environmental impacts with
a lofty ambition of ensuring “indefinite
life”, whether from corrosion, fire,
chemicals or other extreme exposure
conditions. These are relevant to all
infrastructures, such as bridges, marine
structures, nuclear plants, car parks
and heritage buildings with corroded
steel, structural frames or components.
How can government and
industry help?
In the 1970s, cathodic protection of
offshore and pipeline applications
became mandatory as a result of the
strategic economic importance of oil
facilities. Given the similar economic
importance of new and existing
concrete infrastructures and the
resultant impact of investment issues
that disrepair has on its integrity, cost
and disruption, we would recommend
that equal emphasis is given to
thesesolutions.
This would allow technology the room
to grow, reducing the societal and
fiscal impact that occurs if structures
begin to degrade.
The British government issued
the Construction 2025 report in
conjunction with the construction
sector with the aim of reducing carbon
emissions and improving productivity
over time, costing for the whole life
of buildings, as well as increasing
exports by 2025. Our products already
contribute to these objectives and
associated service life sustainability.
We could do a lot more in the right
competitive environment.
At present there is no legislative
imperative to replace the use of
materials with high-embedded carbon.
As such, these 2025 targets will be
very difficult to achieve in practice.
Technological innovation becomes
stymied and disincentivised by remaining
within the domain of smallbusinesses.
We are currently growing in the
restoration sector and want to deliver
these benefits to more new-build
projects, too. Small-scale trials have
been well received. However, whole-
life calculations that use the high cost
of capital rates means that designs for
long-term durability are excluded at the
early stages of project development.
This can be addressed in two ways:
legislation andincentivisation.
Finishing LoCem spray
concrete anode
We have
packaged our
technology
using an
integrated,
modular
approach that
ensures
quality and
ease of
product
placement
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INFRASTRUCTURE & DEVELOPMENT
Adopting C-Probe technologies today
would put the UK at the forefront of
low-carbon construction. Legislation
needs to rebalance the marginal short-
term financial cost implications for the
long-term benefit of the environment
and infrastructure through low-carbon
alternative cements. Also, savings
in whole-life carbon cost made in
contract could be mandated and
incentivised on achievement.
These policies would facilitate the
adoption of new technologies whilst
also helping achieve goals for climate
change and whole-life performance.
These technologies could deliver
over 80 per cent carbon emissions
savings, grow exports and leave a
sustainablelegacy.
Movement towards acceptance
Education surrounding the market
continues with industry guidelines
and the move towards set standards.
Technical changes to BS 8500 could
see low-carbon concrete viewed
by engineers on a design par with
Portland concrete.
C-Probe has been ahead of the curve
for low-carbon product development,
monitoring and control networks –
Internet of Things – since our formation
in the 1990s. This has seen the business
become increasingly self-sufficient in
its technology. We remain dedicated
to expanding and improving our
technology to improve the control
and performance of structures as a
sustainable legacy for futuregenerations.
Expansion plans
Market awareness has grown in the
UK, and we have completed our first
projects in the USA and Canada. Our
aim moving forward is to license and
distribute these branded products to
global markets through established
businesses with territorial presence in
strategic alliances.
Production of blended cementitious
materials that require no added heat
or energy from local supply of recycled
and industrial waste by-products
lends itself to localised manufacturing
underlicence.
Our production plant offers a template
for similar lean manufacturing facilities
to spring up globally. C-Probe sees
it as highly possible to utilise these
technologies to deliver large carbon
savings worldwide that would see
waste reused for constructing whilst
also repairing infrastructure that lasts
alifetime.
Our future financial performance is
encouraging, seeing us grow from
a £500,000 business to a £1 million
in 2019. Secured orders will triple
turnover in 2020 before our licensing
and distribution strategy yields benefits
in global growth.
Adopting
C-Probe
technologies
today would
put the UK at
the forefront
of low-carbon
construction
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This article was sponsored by C-Probe. The Parliamentary Review is wholly funded by the representatives who write for it. The publication in which this article originally appeared contained the following foreword from Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss.

Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss's Foreword For The Parliamentary Review

By Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss

Even by the standards of the day –this has been one of the most exciting and unpredictable years in British politics.

The leadership election we’ve just seen marks a huge moment in our country’s history. This government is taking a decisive new direction, embracing the opportunities of Brexit and preparing our country to flourish outside the EU.

As international trade secretary, I’ll be driving forward work on the free trade agreements that are going to be a priority for the government. Free trade isn’t just an abstract concept bandied around by technocrats. It is crucial for a strong economy and for the ability of families to make ends meet. Free trade benefits people in every part of our country, as British firms export to new markets and people doing the weekly shop have access to a wider choice of goods at lower prices.

The essence of free trade is in the title: freedom. It’s about giving people the power to exchange their goods without heavy government taxation or interference. Commerce and free exchange are the engine room of prosperity and social mobility. I’m determined to tackle the forces who want to hold that back.

One of my priorities is agreeing an exciting new free trade deal with the US, building on the great relationship between our two countries and the Prime Minister and US President. But I’ll also be talking to other partners including New Zealand, Australia and fast-growing Asian markets.

And with the EU too, we want a friendly and constructive relationship, as constitutional equals, and as friends and partners in facing the challenges that lie ahead – a relationship based on a deep free trade agreement. Our country produces some of the world’s most successful exports, and the opportunity to bring these to the rest of the world should make us all excited about the future. It is this excitement, optimism and ambition which I believe will come to define this government.

For too long now, we have been told Britain isn’t big or important enough to survive outside the EU – that we have to accept a deal that reflects our reduced circumstances. I say that’s rubbish. With the right policies in place, we can be the most competitive, free-thinking, prosperous nation on Earth exporting to the world and leading in new developments like AI. To do that, we’ll give the brilliant next generation of entrepreneurs the tools they need to succeed. Since 2015, there has been a staggering 85 per cent rise in the number of businesses set up by 18 to 24 year olds – twice the level set up by the same age group in France and Germany. We’ll help them flourish by championing enterprise, cutting taxes and making regulation flexible and responsive to their needs.

As we do that, we’ll level up and unite all parts of the UK with great transport links, fibre broadband in every home and proper school funding, so everyone shares in our country’s success.

2019 has been the year of brewing economic and political revolution. 2020 will be the year when a revitalised Conservative government turbo charges the economy, boosts prospects for people across the country, and catapults Britain back to the forefront of the world stage.



Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss
Secretary of State for International Development