UK: Balfour Beatty announced its acquisition of video and laser infrastructure asset inspection specialist Omnicom Engineering on September 30.

Omnicom Engineering’s products include OmniVision, which combines high resolution on-train cameras and pattern recognition software capable of operating at up to 160 km/h to replace manual track inspection. At InnoTrans 2016 the company launched a survey system which adds laser point cloud capture and asset modelling to its OmniSurveyor3D video product. Clients include Network Rail and Aurizon.

‘Omnicom Engineering is a true innovator which is benefiting from over 20 years of investment in research and development’, said Mark Bullock, Managing Director of Balfour Beatty's UK Rail business. He said this expertise would be combined with high speed laser measurement technology within Balfour Beatty to serve the ‘growing high speed and unattended data collection market in which we see opportunities for increasing our business.’

Omnicom Engineering co-founder and CEO Stirling Kimkeran will now lead technical sales development across markets including southeast Asia and Japan.