WJ again demonstrated exceptional delivery when hosting their first Innovation day in Scotland, held at the historic location of the University of Stirling and within the Airthrey Castle Campus all under the gaze of the Wallace Monument. The regional event was attended by around 100 delegates from across Scotland and supported by the Institute of Highway Engineers (IHE) with a programme of CPD endorsed
technical presentations followed by practical demonstrations providing a real understanding of WJ’s ambition to find better ways to do things. Safety and sustainability proved to be at the heart of all WJ do with cutting-edge 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 Automatic Road Stud Installation.
Andy Thompson, operating company representative for Bear Scotland, said, “WJ understand the market and where their investment can bring more value, the demonstrations are good to show how applications are used and I was particularly impressed with the commitment to safety bringing new innovations in to the industry to remove men from working in the center of our roads.”
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 & 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 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. Scott 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.”
Tom Wallace, Account Manager Amey Highways, said, “it’s been a great event to interact and WJ are taking great strides forward in health and safety, it really is good to work with people who are looking to innovate and to take the service to another level.”
Thanks go to all the speakers for helping the day run smoothly, Katherina Lewis of 3M, David Jobling, MD at Jobling Purser and Joris Spryut of ACBWJ from Begium.
Also we would like to thank the following companies from the WJ supply chain who exhibited, Flemings, Meon, Viz reflectives and Clearview Intelligence.