Grand Challenge Winners Announced
8 February 2017

The winners of the COINS Construction Industry Grand Challenge were revealed during a gala dinner and awards ceremony on 8th February 2017, held in London at the historic Middle Temple. Congratulations to all of the outstanding finalists who brought their ideas and energy to the final judging event of the COINS Construction Industry Grand Challenge.

Watch highlights of the COINS Construction Industry Grand Challenge Gala Dinner and Awards Night here.




New & Emerging Technology Winner:
Christine Boyle

Topic: Senergy Solar Thermal panels designed to easily integrate with buildings and deliver the next generation of reliable, affordable and emission free heating and cooling.

Sustainability Winner:
Christel de Bakker

Topic: Linking a light system with occupancy sensors.

Leadership Winner:
Aaron Wright

Topic: The Construction Channel. A creative engine focused on the business of building and construction entertainment.

New & Emerging Technology Runner Up:
Jonathan Knight

Team: Knight Vision
Topic: Clearvue – A smart reversing safety camera system. Clearvue is an innovative safety product reducing vehicle reversing incidents in the construction and mining industry.

Sustainability Runner Up:
Anastasiia Zagainova and Klara Keutel

Team: Innovation Now
Topic: Developing a quick-scan framework for selection and assessment of sustainable innovations for real estate development.

Leadership Runner Up:
Steve Cawley

Topic: A reverse mentoring programme to support the closer integration of the diversity of people in the construction industry, for their own and their organisation’s success.


Undergraduate Winner:
Hiu Chun Kam

Topic: The Fall of Architect, Engineer and Construction Firms. The Rise of the Building Firm.

Undergraduate Runner up:
Mateusz Kotowicz

Topic: Sustainability during construction

Bouygyues Special Discretionary R&D Award

A special discretionary prize awarded by Bouygues UK to what it considers to be the most promising application. The winner of this prize is offered the opportunity for their idea to be taken forward as part of Bouygues UK Corporate R&D programme.

Christel de Bakker

Topic: Linking a light system with occupancy sensors.

COINS Software Innovation Award

A special prizes awarded by COINS for what it considers the most promising software-related submissions in the Grand Challenge. The winner will receive an internship with COINS research and development to further develop their ideas.

Usman Ahmed

Topic: Dynamic Collaborative Planning (DCP) – Responding to change.

And congratulations as well to the others who were shortlisted for the final judging

Michael Evans

Topic: New carbon negative fire retardant and moisture control building materials made from CO2 captured from industrial CO2 emissions.

Peyman Babakhani

Topic: The combination of wind-catcher, solar-chimney, and greenhouse to harness carbon dioxide emissions from buildings.

Cristal Pina

Topic: Integrating self-cleaning systems for facade glazing.

Christiaan Hesse

Team entry
Topic: Collaboration and Delivery Unit.

Yang Zou

Topic: Use of Previous Knowledge and Lessons for Assisting Lifecycle Project Risk Management Through a Risk Case Retrieval System Supported by Natural Language Processing (NLP).

Ana Zapata

Topic: Magnetic Connections for faster construction with lower material consumption.

Courtney Brown

Topic: Student Collaborative Platform and Market.

Emre Yildirim

Topic: New and Emerging Technologies.


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