MARIO collects prestigious award

2nd August 2013

Construction giants and 3Squared client Costain have won an award at the coveted Construction News Awards.  They were nominated for Best Use of Technology and were worthy winners at the ceremony at the Grosvenor House Hotel in July.

The winning project was the Mass Asset Recognition and Intelligent Optimisation (MARIO) system, which 3Squared helped to develop.  The system is already being used and sold commercially by Costain as method for gathering data at the roadside.  The system works by attaching a laser scanner to the back of a vehicle that will travel at speed along a carriageway or railway, collecting data.  MARIO automatically recognises assets such as signs columns and lines and allows the data to be stored and analysed at a later date.

The category, sponsored by Human Recognition Systems, had an extremely strong shortlist including Kier, Laing O’Rourke and TC Harrison JCB.

The idea for Mario came from a Costain employee, through the company’s Start-Up initiative. Chief Executive Andrew Wyllie said ‘have introduced the Costain Start-Up initiative to encourage and support entrepreneurial members of staff to develop their ideas into business opportunities. The ‘Mario’ asset management tool was one such idea, which is now being sold commercially to rail and highways customers as an addition to Costain’s range of services’.

Costain is one of the UK’s leading engineering solutions providers and all at 3Squared would like to send their congratulations to the MARIO project team.