Aptus Utilities Ltd is an award-winning multi utility provider that works with construction industry clients on industrial, residential and commercial developments across the UK.

The Independent Connections Provider (ICP) was formed in Bolton, in 2010, to fill a gap in the market for a multi utility solution that reduces bureaucracy, streamlines processes and helps developers to meet industry targets.

The demand for effective multi utility provision was accentuated by the fallout from the 2008 economic recession. Prior to this, it was customary practice for separate gas, water and electric companies to install services as a single utility on construction sites, necessitating the repetition of a number of procedures such as excavation and reinstatement of highways.

Aptus Utilities’ one-stop-shop approach removed this need by coordinating the installation of all services within an integrated scheme of works, thereby refining processes and reducing costs.

The company takes the pressure off developers by managing the whole process, from design and installation through to commissioning and adoption. This approach is delivered with one project manager to oversee the whole scheme, freeing the client to focus fully on the completion of their development.

Street lighting services were added to the company’s portfolio in 2012 further augmenting its offer to clients and establishing a benchmark in the provision of multi utilities. Eight years on Aptus Utilities has completed works on almost 1000 sites across the UK for more than 300 clients.

The company’s winning formula has resulted in consistent year-on-year growth in terms of turnover, profit, workforce and scope of geographical operations which has gained national recognition – the company was named in the Sunday Times Virgin Fast Track 100 in consecutive years in 2016 and 2017 and included in the 2017 London Stock Exchange Group Report ‘1000 Companies to Inspire Britain’.

Aptus Utilities is on course to increase turnover for a seventh consecutive year as it approaches an eighth anniversary in March 2018 and continues to play an integral role partnering with national house builders and providing essential support to independent builders which is helping to drive construction growth and assist in meeting the housing demand.

At the heart of this success is a well-skilled and unified team focused on the delivery of exceptional customer service which has been achieved by a strategic approach to recruitment and a commitment to investing in apprenticeships and staff development.

An estimated 1.5 million workers are required to help build housing in the UK by 2021 but an ageing workforce and other economic factors mean the industry is facing a critical skills shortage which is intensifying the demand for properly qualified personnel within the sector.

Aptus Utilities has made it a priority to address the skills shortage by growing its own workforce from the outset, focusing on attracting a younger generation into the industry within both construction and administrative roles to lead the company forward.

The demand to nurture new talent and a skilled workforce will continue to be a priority as the company seeks to grow its share of the UK multi utility marketplace safeguarding not only the future of the company but ensuring a supply of skilled personnel to future proof the industry.


Innovation In Road Infrastructure


Executive TV are pleased to announce Innovation In Infrastructure, a new addition to our series focusing on transportation in the UK. We’re proud to have brought together some major infrastructure experts to discuss the future of our road network and the change we can expect to see in the coming few years.

Roads are the arteries of commerce. Without them goods would sit in warehouses and people would be stuck at home. Even when planes and ships are used, cargo is delivered to them by road. It’s critical that we continue to invest in our road network, but we need to build in a way that engages with local stakeholders and achieves real results for everyone. In this program we’ll explore the whole process from design and consultation through to maintenance and operation.

Innovation In Infrastructure has brought together speakers from some of the leading industry voices. Our contributors are civil engineering consultants David Tucker Associates, curb-side management pioneers GRID and the Road Surface Treatment Association who speak for the road maintenance industry. We’re excited to bring together this range of speakers and discuss the future of our roads.

Innovation In Infrastructure will be first broadcast on our usual channel, Propeller TV (Sky 189) on Sunday 11th of March at 10.30am, and repeated on Sunday 1st of April at 10.30am. After the initial broadcast the program will be available online at www.executivetv.org with the rest of our digital archive.

Environmental Solutions


Executive TV are pleased to announce Environmental Solutions, the next in our continuing series A Green Approach To Business. Protecting the environment has become the duty of everyone in our society, including our businesses. In this program we’ll look at the solutions there are to waste, and how they can ensure a better future for everyone.

In today’s world sustainability is a critical part of every business. We have to protect our environment and natural resources; and when we do create waste we need to handle it safely. Especially when waste products contaminate land or water, it’s absolutely essential the we treat it quickly and effectively before it can damage the local ecology or prevent future use. The waste management industry is one of the most vibrant in the UK, and we’re proud to have brought together three authoritative voices from across the whole breadth of the sector.

Environmental Solutions brings together a real cross section of the waste management industry, including experts from solid waste, water and land remediation sectors. We spoke with Nanobite Global, thought leaders in oil remediation; leading commercial water treatment providers Alpheus Water and The Chartered Institute Of Waste Management who represent the UK’s waste industry as a whole. We’re proud to have brought this discussion together to explore the future of waste.

Environmental Solutions will be first broadcast on our usual channel, Propeller TV (Sky 189) on Sunday 18th of March at 10.30am. After the initial broadcast the program will be available online at www.executivetv.org with the rest of our digital archive.

Construction And Utilities


Executive TV are pleased to announce Infrastructure And Construction, the latest instalment in our long running series Engineering The Future. We’ve brought together three major names from the infrastructure industry to discuss the challenges they are facing today such as skills, training and the constant pace of innovation.

Infrastructure is a critical part of the modern world. Our daily lives are hugely dependent on the millions of miles of pipes and cables that bring crucial energy, water and telecoms into our homes and businesses. With a growing population and constant development across the UK, investing in our infrastructure is essential to keep the economy thriving and in this program we’ll discuss how to make that happen. the best possible standards of care.

This program brings together three companies with decades of experience building and installing our utilities infrastructure; Blu-3, Aptus Utilities and Kilnbridge Construction. Between them these businesses have delivered hundreds of successful projects and millions of miles of installed infrastructure and bring a unique insight into the challenges the industry faces today.

Infrastructure And Construction will be first broadcast on our usual channel, Propeller TV (Sky 189) on Sunday 11th of March at 10am, and repeated on Sunday 1st of April at 10am. After the initial broadcast the program will be available online at www.executivetv.org with the rest of our digital archive.

Claytex – Technology In Transport


Transport is undergoing a number of technological changes that have the potential to dramatically affect every aspect of this sector including how the vehicles are powered, controlled, owned and used. An increasing number of vehicle manufacturers are announcing their intention to produce hybrid or electric vehicles and to make them fully autonomous over the next 3-5 years. Ride sharing services such as Uber are also working on autonomous vehicles which could add a new dimension to their services with the potential to disrupt more than just the taxi industry.

These changes present many challenges for the engineers working on the design, development and testing of these vehicles to make sure they work correctly and safely. The complexity of the next generation vehicles will mean it is not possible to carry out comprehensive physical testing of all the vehicle systems in every conceivable scenario. Researchers estimate that to prove with 80 percent confidence that autonomous vehicles are 90 percent safer than human drivers, each vehicle being designed would need to drive 11 billion miles. This also implies that for every hardware and software change the full range of tests would have to be repeated making physical testing impractical.

To address this the manufacturers will have to make extensive use of simulation and virtual testing to validate their new designs. For this to be effective the models used will need to include all the vehicle systems and their different physical domains (mechanical, electrical, thermal, cooling, and control). In addition, the virtual test environments need to provide a realistic environment with the possibility to immerse the vehicle sensors and the driver into the same environment. Claytex, and our partners, have been developing technologies to meet these challenges for many years.

By using virtual testing the scenarios that the car needs to be tested under can be condensed into a much shorter distance. Millions of miles of real-world driving can be condensed into a few hundred miles in the virtual environment.

Some aspects of vehicle development have relied on virtual testing for many years, such as control system validation using hardware-in-the-loop (HiL) test rigs where the actual vehicle control unit is connected to a real-time computer. The computer runs a simple model of the vehicle that can generate the sensor signals the control unit normally receives so that the controller recognises its environment. Typically, HiL rigs are just used to test one controller in isolation and the model on the real-time computer is as simple as possible. However, there are a number of issues with the current approaches that mean they need significant changes to support the testing necessary for the next generation of vehicles.

Making best use of simulation for control system development and testing, demands high quality physical models to simulate the behaviour of the system being developed. These models need to capture the behaviour of the complete system including all mechanical, electrical, thermal and fluid systems. Due to the complexity of the next generation of vehicles with many more interconnected systems, the vehicle system models will have to be created using modelling languages that cover all of these different domains.

One modelling language that has been designed for this purpose is Modelica. Modelica is an open source modelling language that Claytex has been using along with the modelling and simulation tool Dymola. Together this tool and language provide us with a powerful, flexible modelling solution capable of modelling all the vehicle systems and, most importantly, giving us the freedom to easily extend its capabilities to cover new technologies.

A detailed and physics-based, rather than empirical-based vehicle system model is key for control system development and for testing of diagnostics and failure modes, particularly when relying on virtual testing to prove how the product will behave in the real world. Models should also be able to cater for scenarios such as sensor failure due to soiling and other situations representative of use within the real world. The controllers will be required to operate precisely with narrow tolerance bands and detailed physical models will aid their development.

For autonomous vehicles, the environment in which the vehicle will operate needs to be well represented. For this purpose, immersive driving simulator environments like rFpro, already in use by motorsports and passenger car OEMs, can be used for simulating the environment that the vehicle and all its sensors will be operating in. These tools can be coupled to the vehicle physics models and real controllers via HiL rigs.

Using rFpro, a camera sensor can be positioned inside the virtual vehicle with the appropriate field of view, frame rate and then lens distortion effects can be applied to generate an image as it would appear on the camera sensor. The sensor model can then replicate the communication protocol used by the real device and this can be transmitted to the real controller via the HiL test rig. The same can be done for all the vehicle sensors allowing the control systems to be fully immersed into the virtual environment.

The final challenge is the complexity of the control system design. This needs to be well structured not only because of regulations like ISO 26262 but also because the complexity of the systems and how they interact; it would be impossible to keep track of these systems without the use of specialist tools and methodologies. We also believe it is necessary to change the practice of the control system developer also creating a simulation model to test their controller. Often these are either based on test data rather than physics or use the same simplifications and assumptions that led to the design of the control system. This means that the control systems are often designed and tested against models that do not fully represent the real system and then problems are only discovered when the first prototype becomes available.

Claytex has been working on solutions to address all of these problem areas. Using state-of-the-art systems engineering solutions that work seamlessly together we can help address all these challenges.

Technology In Transport


Executive TV is happy to announce Technology For Transport, the latest in our continuing documentary series on infrastructure and transport. This instalment focuses on our cars and the technologies that are moving to re-define the way we think about driving. We’ve brought together four industry heavy weights to talk about the cars of the future and the technologies that will drive them.

The road industry has long been one of the most forward looking in the world, embracing ever better technology to deliver a better experience. For the past century we’ve seen continual improvement in almost every aspect vehicles, from manufacturing to fuel economy to in-car technology. Today we’re in the middle of a revolution in road transport; with new fuels, new engines and new technologies to assist the driver.

The coming years promise to bring major changes for road vehicles, and we’ve spoken to four companies from across the whole industry to discuss every aspect of the coming changes. In this program we’ve brought together commercial vehicle giants IVECO, the voice of the British car industry Drive Midlands, advanced automative simulation specialists Claytex and vehicle patent experts Venner Shipley. We’re excited to have brought these voices together in one program to talk about the long term future of road travel.

Technology For Transport will be first broadcast on our usual channel, Propeller TV (Sky 189) on Sunday 25th of February at 10.30am, and repeated on Sunday 25th of March at 10.30am. After the initial broadcast the program will be available online at www.executivetv.org with the rest of our digital archive.

Technology For Healthcare


Executive TV are pleased to announce Technology For Healthcare, the latest instalment in our Innovation In Healthcare series. This program brings together a three major healthcare technology companies as well as clinicians and administrators from the care trusts they support to talk about the potential of investing in new advances.

Technology has always been central to healthcare. For hundreds of years medicine has driven research and fuelled innovation; and today is no different. The moves being made towards fully digital healthcare are a major investment in the future of public care. With real time data access and instant communication it’s an exciting time to work in medicine. Today more than ever, the whole care team can use new technologies to work together and give the best possible standards of care.

This episode brings together four companies working to deliver a truly digital NHS; IT experts CoolSpirit Solutions, database providers Commvault, device manufacturers Getac and innovative hardware developers Safe Patient Systems. Together these companies can speak to every step of the digital transformation taking place in today’s NHS. Alongside out corporate contributors we’ve invited special guests from East Midlands Ambulance Service and Royal Chesterfield Hospital to give us the perspective of the doctors and nurses on the ground.

Technology For Healthcare will be first broadcast on our usual channel, Propeller TV (Sky 189) on Sunday 25th of February at 10am, and repeated on Sunday 25th of March at 10am. After the initial broadcast the program will be available online at www.executivetv.org with the rest of our digital archive.