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Bacteria based concrete, insulation made from fungi & automated design tools make the shortlist for construction innovation competition

Ideas to improve the construction industry have flooded in from all over the world for the 2021 COINS Grand Challenge, a global competition organised by Construction Industry Solutions Ltd (COINS) to encourage innovation and ideas that could improve the built environment or construction industry  The shortlist has now been announced,

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Winners of Construction Industry Solutions

COINS has recently announced the six winning contestants of its yearly competition that will help to pave the way for greater innovation and sustainable methods of production that the industry will be able to implement into its workings in the near future to ensure its progression and development into the

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BDC 317 : Jun 2024

COINS

Bacteria based concrete, insulation made from fungi & automated design tools make the shortlist for construction innovation competition

Ideas to improve the construction industry have flooded in from all over the world for the 2021 COINS Grand Challenge, a global competition organised by Construction Industry Solutions Ltd (COINS) to encourage innovation and ideas that could improve the built environment or construction industry  The shortlist has now been announced, with 12 finalists hailing from Sri Lanka, India, Russia, UK, Canada, Indonesia and Zimbabwe – read more at www.coins-global.com Ideas range from innovative insulation materials made from fungi, to bacteria based concrete and automated structural design solutions for timber buildings. The challenge has two entry categories, professional (Open Competition) and student (Undergraduate Competition). Open Competition finalists are: Natalia Mykhaylova (CEO – WeavAir) with a data-driven IoT & predictive software system for improving wellness, safety and energy efficiency during construction & across the building lifecycle Mario Selvaraj (Co-Founder / Head of Product – DAISY) with DAISY, an innovative automated tool for the structural design of timber buildings Valentina Dipietro (Founder – Mykor Ltd) with Mykor, an insulation material grown from forest waste and fungi Kaz Hayat (Managing Director – Trent Energy Limited) with Loadtag, a SMART device that will monitor live loads on formwork during concrete pouring to help prevent overloading and potentially catastrophic failure Igor Stavrulov (CEO & Founder – AMATEC LLC) with a technology for producing building materials from high-density gypsum. Alan Gillett (Director – DrillBuddy UK Ltd) with XtraHand, a universal hands-free vacuum attachment which removes dangerous airborne dust particles when drilling holes. Student Competition finalists are Abhishek Kumar Patra (Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra) with an idea for a bacteria-based concrete utilising limestone-producing bacterial spores Mufaro Gomera (University of the Witwatersrand) with an idea for a platform powered by artificial intelligence that eliminates costly supply chain inefficiencies in procurement, logistics, and back-office activities Chalana Gunathilaka (Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology) with his concept for an automatic inflatable safety jacket Arvianto Nugroho (Sepuluh Nopember Institute of Technology) with a system to manage energy consumption during construction and operation of a building. Roshan Naik (Goa University) with a concept for a reactor system which will convert plastic into energy Rohan Ghosalkar and Deepti Shetty (V.E.S. Institute of Technology, Chembur; National Institute of Design, Kurukshetra, India) with Averto, an IoT-based solution for minimising and mitigating the danger of life-threatening injuries caused by incidents involving falls or collapsing scaffoldings Robert Brown, CEO of COINS,who has played a major role in the COINS Grand Challenge, comments: “Every year the number and quality of entries for the Grand Challenge gets stronger and stronger. It’s great to see the level of interest in new and emerging technology in the construction industry continue to grow. We are very proud to see the challenge go from strength to strength and hope that all the finalists go on to pursue a career in construction whether they win the competition or not.” The judging panel includes: Mark Beard / Chairman & Chief Executive – E W Beard (Holdings) Ltd Susan Jackson / Joint Managing Director – Campion Homes Limited Stuart Binstock / President and CEO – Construction Financial Management Association Kevin Lasitz / Senior Partner Development Manager, Microsoft The COINS Grand Challenge winners will be announced on 30 September. For more details visit www.coins-grandchallenge.com

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Winners of Construction Industry Solutions

COINS has recently announced the six winning contestants of its yearly competition that will help to pave the way for greater innovation and sustainable methods of production that the industry will be able to implement into its workings in the near future to ensure its progression and development into the 21st Century. With the amount of climate change and the dwindling of the world’s resources and materials, it is becoming more than ever a reality and a top priority for businesses in the building and construction industries to do what they can in order to improve themselves. The six deserving winners of the COINS competition were treated to a luxurious London gala dinner on Wednesday the 8th of this month of February and it is clear from the photographic evidence that the evening was a barnstorming success in every sense of the meaning of the word. Mister Robert Brown, the Chief Executive Officer at COINS, wishes to explain that despite the fact that there can only be six individual winners to the competition, the efforts and enthusiasm of all involved is what makes the competition what it is and wants to say well done to all who showed an interest in the contest. Finally, Mister Brown wishes good luck to all of those that proved themselves so good and worthy of the vital building blocks to ensure their success in the construction industry. With an agenda devoted to greater sustainability as well as different forms of leadership skills, the company ensures that every single year entrepreneurs and young minds with the capacity to promote change and progress in the construction industry are rewarded with the just merits that they deserve. The various forms of awards that COINS issues range from research and development programs to internships with exclusive and award-winning companies around the country, thus ensuring that future generations of innovation and progress remain possible within the building, design and construction industry.

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