July

Cameroon Catalyst supported by CEMAR...

We are delighted to announce that CEMAR is sponsoring the delivery of a new well and pump in support of the international development charity, Cameroon Catalyst.  Its focus is on promoting sustainable development in the eastern region of Cameroon, bringing together students, engineers and specialists in developing projects that fulfil a real need on the ground.

Cameroon Catalyst was co-founded by civil engineer Claire Gott MBE who explains the critical impact of their projects and how support from companies like CEMAR can make a huge difference, “Over 50% of rural Cameroon are without clean drinking water. Thanks to CEMAR’s recent contribution, Cameroon Catalyst will be delivering another well to provide clean drinking water for over 200 villagers! These small tangible enhancements to basic infrastructure directly improve quality of life for rural communities and help them move away from the vicious cycle of poverty. By appointing only local specialists and suppliers to deliver each project, we are also investing in the growth of their practical skills and encouraging a more sustainable local economy.”

For more information about Cameroon Catalyst and their amazing work visit - http://www.camerooncatalyst.org/ 


June

CEMAR available through the government digital marketplace...

We’re delighted to have been selected for the latest framework agreement on the Crown Commercial Service digital marketplace, G-Cloud 9.  The digital marketplace helps public sector buyers streamline technology procurement, providing a marketplace of suppliers that have met the requirements of the G-Cloud framework and are compliant with cloud security principles.

CEMAR’s contract management solution for NEC3, NEC4 and FIDIC is now available on G-Cloud 9 and we look forward to serving more clients in the public sector providing a secure, simple and compliant solution for contract administration.  You can find out more about our G-Cloud 9 service here.


May

ICE Tunnel Engineering Exhibition...

CEMAR are proud to announce their sponsorship of the latest Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) exhibition at One Great George Street, Westminster.

The ICE’s tunnel engineering exhibition takes you on a historical journey featuring some of the longest, deepest and most advanced tunnels in the world.  Charting the art of tunnelling from worms that inspired Brunel to the mechanical giants burrowing under modern cities.  The exhibition builds on the success of the ICE’s bridge engineering display which attracted over 13,000+ visitors.

The exhibition is free to visit and runs until November 2017, for more information visit the ICE website - https://www.ice.org.uk/events/exhibitions/ice-tunnel-engineering-exhibition#tunnel-exhibition-home

The Infrastructure Learning Hub at One Great George Street is transforming into an exploration of the world of tunnels. Open to the public May to November 2017. Find out more at https://www.ice.org.uk/tunnelexhibition


Apr

Mildren Construction...

Following their appointment by Hampshire County Council, Mildren Construction sought a web-based approach to NEC3 contract administration, management and reporting for the upcoming A27 Improvements project from Segensworth to Titchfield, Fareham.

Due to be completed in late 2017, the team are now 6 months into the project and their move to CEMAR.  

“CEMAR has allowed us to manage the requirements of this Option D Contract much more effectively, and the benefits of the system have been noted across the team. The consistent use of the system by both parties provides everyone with the ability to take a snap shot of the contract and identify any potential issues at any time, which is an invaluable tool, especially for those who are not dedicated to the project on a full time basis.”
Ashley Harvey, Commercial Manager


Mar

NHS BSA procure CEMAR through G-Cloud...

Following a successful tender process, the NHS Business Services Authority have procured CEMAR through the Government’s Digital Marketplace, G-Cloud 8, to administer, manage and report on their Hard and Soft Facilities Management NEC3 Term Service Contracts.

Hesketh House in Fleetwood was the first NHS BSA asset to be mobilised, with phase 2 underway and a further 13 sites going live in the coming months.

CEMAR and the NHS BSA are building a solid foundation in preparation of the Procure 22 framework, where we will continue to provide the software and service that our Clients have come to expect.


Mar

A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon £1.5billion road improvement scheme...

A14 JV - CEMAR.PNG

We are delighted to be working with the A14 Integrated Delivery Team (IDT), on behalf of Highways England, to administer both the head contract and subcontracts in CEMAR.

The team have been trained on how to report on risk, change, programme and payments portfolio-wide using CEMAR Analytics and we look forward to continuing to serve the A14 IDT, Highways England and subcontractors involved in the project.


Mar

CEMAR highly commended at Construction News Specialists Awards 2017...

CEMAR was highly commended in the ‘Technology Supplier of the Year’ category at the Construction News Specialist Awards 2017.

The awards celebrate the outstanding achievements of the very best specialist contractors in the UK and are the only national awards to do so.

The Judges commented
“CEMAR’s business model was developed with the construction industry specifically in mind, rather than being a system that could trickle through any number of sectors beyond construction and engineering.”

“…significant investment had been made into the technology, … impressed with the level of dedication and attention the innovation had received from boardroom level.”

“… technology on show focused on the company as a whole, as opposed to a single product, and that CEMAR was taking an active role in trying to help clients navigate construction contracts.”

CEMAR CEO, Ben Walker commented
“We are delighted with the result. With a focus on effective project management, the new generation of construction contracts demand ‘event management’; distinct from, and just as important, as document management.  We are committed to leading in this space.”

This commendation follows the recent Gloucestershire Business Awards 2016, at which CEMAR were finalists.


Feb

CEMAR launch a new look Help Centre...

We are pleased to announce the launch of a new look Help Centre.  We’re keeping it simple bringing together CEMAR guidance, knowledge and support into a central area with an intuitive User interface.  

Adam Finch-Turner, CEMAR Support Manager, says “We have added a vast array of guidance for our Users, from quick hints and tips to in-depth walkthroughs for every event type in CEMAR.

This will be useful as a starting point for both new Users of CEMAR and those who have been using the system for years but need a quick refresher.”

Sitting alongside the existing, CPD certified, Quick Start Guides and our Support Team, the new Help Centre will continue to grow into a central knowledge base of all things CEMAR.


Dec

Aberdeenshire Council...

Aberdeenshire Council has awarded Wills Bros Civil Engineering the tender to deliver the Huntly flood protection scheme, designed to reduce the risk of flooding to The Meadows area of the town.  The work includes new embankments, new culverts, piling, various utility diversions, and the creation of a new walkway along some of the embankments.

We are delighted to announce that the CEMAR system has been implemented and is now managing the Contract administration of this NEC3 Engineering Construction Contract.

“CEMAR has been a fantastic introduction to a project managers tool kit and has enabled the contract administration to progress smoothly for all parties. I only wish I’d used it years ago”
Rachel Kennedy, Project Manager, Aberdeenshire Council


Nov

World Record Lego Bridge - ICE...

The ICE’s Bridge Engineering exhibition has opened at their headquarters, One Great George Street in Westminster.  It features the world’s longest LEGO bridge, inspired and sponsored by CEMAR, along with interactive displays, quizzes and games, model making challenge kits and a dedicated virtual reality display all telling the story of bridge building through the ages.

The exhibition is free to visit and runs until April 2017, for more information on the Bridge Engineering exhibition visit the ICE website - https://www.ice.org.uk/events/exhibitions/ice-bridge-engineering-exhibition.

Watch below the story of how the LEGO bridge was built and our Director, Nick Woodrow, talking about why the new ICE Infrastructure Learning Hub is such an important public space for showcasing civil engineering.


Nov

CEMAR attend WISE Campaign Conference London...

CEMAR Director Nick Woodrow and IT Apprentice Marjona Halimova attended the WISE Campaign Conference in London on 10th November. Along with HS2, IET and many others, the company had a stand at which it welcomed a diverse cross-section of delegates, including other members of the WISE Campaign, graduates, pre-secondary school and pre-sixth form pupils.

Nick and Marjona discussed a broad range of topics with their visitors, including the work that CEMAR do, career prospects in IT and the possibilities for both work experience and fact finding visits to the company’s offices. The opportunity to swap ideas with other WISE members, in “Getting Girls Interested”, was also explored with ideas for future events and local engagement.  As members of the WISE Campaign CEMAR fully supports its aims to increase the participation, contribution and success of women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

For more information on WISE, visit https://www.wisecampaign.org.uk/.


Sep

London’s Royal Parks...

The Royal Parks is responsible for managing over 5,000 acres of parkland across London, including Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens, St. James’s Park, Richmond Park, Bushy Park and Greenwich Park.

Since 2007 Vinci Facilities; a world leader in construction, have been the main Contractor responsible for the delivery of this Facility Maintenance Contract.  We are delighted to announce that the CEMAR system has been implemented and is now managing the contract administration of this NEC3 Term Service Contract.


Sep

Heathrow expansion will be focus of business summit...

Following the Government’s announcement of planned expansion, Heathrow’s 2016 business summit is a unique opportunity for companies to connect with the UK’s hub airport supply chain as they begin to make plans for a third runway.

CEMAR will be attending this unique event as a long term provider of contract management software to Heathrow Airport Limited (HAL).  We look forward to meeting with existing and new clients to share our positive experiences of working with HAL and how we aim to support their exciting expansion plans.

You can find out more about the 2016 Heathrow Business Summit at http://www.heathrowbusinesssummit.co.uk/


Aug

Conwy County Borough Council...

We are delighted to announce that Conwy County Borough Council are trialling the CEMAR system to assist in their contract administration across a portfolio of NEC3 contracts, ranging from Professional Services (PSC), Engineering and Construction (ECC) and Engineering Construction Short Contract (ECSC).

The Colwyn Bay Waterfront Project (VVP Phase 2) is already underway and is set to deliver improvements and enhancements along a 1 km section of promenade.


Aug

CEMAR attending the NDA Estate Supply Chain Event -Thursday 3rd November, EventCity, Manchester...

The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) and its Site Licence Companies (SLCs) are hosting their sixth annual event for supply chain members.  Since the events inception CEMAR have worked closely with the NDA providing contract management software to support their portfolio of sites.  The event is widely attended by other SME’s and procurement professionals from the NDA Estate and other Government departments.  Highlights of the event include:

  • Presentations by:
    • Site Licence Companies
    • NDA Chief Executive John Clarke
    • Rear Admiral, Director of Submarines, Ministry of Defence
  • An Innovation zone with technology demonstrations
  • Annual awards presentation

More information on the event can be found at the NDA’s event webpage - http://www.decommsupplyevent.co.uk/


Procure CEMAR through G-Cloud 8; the Government Digital Marketplace

CEMAR is proud to announce its Software as a Service (SaaS) solutions are now available on G-Cloud 8, the latest iteration of the Government’s Digital Marketplace.

Following on from its presence on G-Cloud 7, CEMAR will continue to serve local authorities and government funded organisations through this publicly accessible, searchable database.

View CEMAR on G-Cloud 8 here: https://www.digitalmarketplace.service.gov.uk/g-cloud/services/644611943745115


CEMAR to sponsor World Record attempt at the Institution of Civil Engineers...

The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) will open a brand new exhibition space in their refurbished library this Autumn with their first event called Bridge Engineering.  CEMAR are proud to sponsor the grand opening and centrepiece of this exhibition which is an attempt to build the World’s longest spanning LEGO bridge.

CEMAR Director and chartered member of the ICE, Nick Woodrow, suggested the idea as a civil engineering challenge that would require conventional design and build principles but would also add an element of fun and reach out to visitors of all ages –

“When you think of the number of engineers who must have grown up experimenting with LEGO structures, it seemed a natural choice for the bridge construction. The attempt to beat the World Record adds an exciting element and we hope to inspire many of tomorrow’s engineers.”

For the full story visit https://www.ice.org.uk/news/ice-to-mark-opening-of-new-exhibition-space.


CEMAR joins WISE Campaign...

We are proud to announce that CEMAR has become a corporate member of the WISE campaign which promotes women in science, technology and engineering.

CEMAR Director, Nick Woodrow, commented:

"We recognise that there is a significant lack of gender equality in the STEM industry and talented people from all backgrounds are required to improve our business, our service to customers and impact on a positive change to society."

This will build on our successful apprenticeship scheme, which has seen consecutive apprentice of the year awards, and we look forward to getting involved in WISE events and the promotion of the WISE campaign within the software industry and the wider infrastructure sector that we serve.

For more information on WISE, visit https://www.wisecampaign.org.uk/.


BAE Systems Site Redevelopment Programme One Year On...

The £300 million eight year Site Redevelopment Programme is delivering a mix of new build projects and the refurbishment of existing facilities to enable the Barrow-in-Furness site to deliver the next generation of the UK strategic nuclear deterrent submarines.

The implementation of CEMAR across this portfolio of work has been a resounding success, enabling robust contract control across multiple NEC3 Professional Services and Engineering and Construction Contracts.

We look forward to continuing to serve BAE and their extensive supply chain with our simple and effective system for administering NEC3.

"CEMAR has been integral to the successful management of the programme.  The intuitive interface has been an enabler to those not experienced in the use of NEC3 and the powerful reporting capability provides confidence that we are in full control of our contracts at all times. We cannot recommend the CEMAR system highly enough."
Mike Bartlett, Senior Supply Chain Manager, BAE Systems


Southern Water chooses CEMAR to support its £3bn AMP6 investment programme...

Following a successful tender process, CEMAR has been appointed as the contract management and reporting tool over Southern Water’s AMP6 investment programme.

Southern Water will be using CEMAR over all of its NEC contracts. Deployment of the solution includes powerful reporting functionality: CEMAR Analytics (watch video here), enabling aggregated trending and analysis over all or parts of the portfolio.

We are delighted to have been selected to work on this prestigious portfolio with Southern Water and their delivery partners.


May

Gloucestershire College’s Apprentice of the Year...

We are delighted to announce that Marjona Halimova has won the award for Best Apprentice of 2016 from Gloucestershire College’s Department of Computing.

Marjona only joined the company in January of this year and has made excellent progress on her apprenticeship course at the college, producing work of such high quality that she earned herself the award that she has now deservedly received.

Congratulations to Marjona...


CEMAR sponsors NEC Users’ Group Annual Seminar 27th of April 2016

CEMAR are proud to have sponsored the NEC Users’ Group Annual Seminar again this year.  We have been attending since 2010 and it was another fascinating day at One Great George Street, the prestigious home of the Institution of Civil Engineers.

The NEC team delivered an excellent programme with highlights including:

  • NEC working with the Government’s Infrastructure Alliance Group to share knowledge across major infrastructure projects on alliancing best practice.
  • Experiences and learning shared from the Kennedy Town Swimming Pool Project in Hong Kong.
  • Ken Owen, Commercial Director of Hinkley Point C, spoke about contract management and building a collaborative culture on this ground breaking project.

The ICE have provided highlights of the day here.

We would also like to congratulate HS2’s Commercial Director, Beth West, as the new chair of the NEC Users’ Group and look forward to returning as sponsors again next year.


CEMAR info-pods, ICE headquarters...

We were today delighted to unveil three CEMAR info-pods installed in the foyer of the Institution of Civil Engineer’s headquarters, One Great George Street, London.

Head inside this historic home of civil engineering and find out how CEMAR can make NEC contract management simple.  The pods will remain available to the public throughout the NEC Annual Seminar and beyond.

The NEC Annual Seminar 2016 will be held on 27th April at the ICE headquarters in the heart of London. Find out more and secure a 10% discount by mentioning CEMAR when booking:

https://www.ice.org.uk/events/nec-annual-seminar-2016


Apr

CEMAR sponsers MPH Motorsport…

We are pleased to be supporting our local rally team, MPH Motorsport. Competing in Class A (1400cc) of the 2016 BP Motors/Cotswold Motor Sport Group Stage Rally Championship, in their highly modified Ford Fiesta, currently 3rd in class.

Good luck to Matt Langford (Driver) and Paul Ohren-Bird of OB Rallying, who recently joined the team as Co-Driver.

For more photos and information visit:
http://www.obrallying.com/new-driver-championship-2016/
www.cmsg.co.uk


CEMAR Analytics – powerful, interactive trending and business intelligence tool...

We’re pleased to announce the official release of CEMAR Analytics.

Frequently teams export significant amounts of data to external software applications, commonly Excel.  They then manipulate in ways which are time consuming, whilst directing the project management effort away from the “day job”. CEMAR Analytics solves this...  


NEC Programme Webinar – Achieving Acceptance

Watch Robert Gerrard (NEC Users’ Group Secretary) and Ben Walker (Director CEMAR) both NEC tutors, consultants and ICE examiners, as they take a closer look at the role of the Accepted Programme.

18 February 2016, 13:00 - 14:00 GMT


Hinkley Point C chooses CEMAR – part of the £18 billion investment to power the future...

EDF Energy are building two new reactors at Hinkley Point on the northern Somerset coast, the first in a new generation of UK nuclear power stations, marking a significant moment in the revitalisation of the UK’s nuclear power industry.  A new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point will not only provide a clean, secure and affordable source of electricity for around five million homes, but it will also provide:

  • Around 900 jobs at the new power stations for more than 60 years
  • Around 25,000 employment opportunities throughout the build for nearly a decade
  • A programme of investment in community wellbeing, education, employment and skills
  • Opportunities for businesses to win a share of the £18 billion to be invested in construction

Hinkley Point C is a proposed 3.2 GW nuclear power plant with two EPR reactors (each of 1.6GW), producing almost four times more electricity than the Hinkley Point B station’s two reactors.

We are delighted to announce that CEMAR has been selected to be the system to manage the vast portfolio of design, construction and maintenance contracts across the various forms of NEC3 and FIDIC contracts.

As part of the roll out and implementation of CEMAR, we continue to work closely with NNB in successfully integrating CEMAR with other cloud based solutions within their Common Data Environment. 

For more information visit:
https://www.edfenergy.com/energy/nuclear-new-build-projects/hinkley-point-c.