Tideway was well represented at NCE’s TechFest this year, with Chief Technical Officer Roger Bailey taking part in a panel discussion early in the day as to how the major industry bodies are driving the innovation agenda. Alongside fellow panelists Professor David Fisk, Commissioner, National Infrastructure Commission and Shashi Verma, Chief Technology Officer & Director, Customer Experience, Transport for London; Roger was keen to highlight the unique opportunity afforded by projects like Tideway and Hs2, who are able to focus on a legacy commitment to leave the industry in a better position than it was as the project started.
Roger commented “I’m convinced that infrastructure owners need to lead on innovation for both the construction of their infrastructure assets and their operational use. This leadership needs to be in close collaboration with the supply chain. At Tideway we are very supportive of i3P as an enabler of collaborative innovation between owners and across the supply chain. I would urge owners and the wider supply chain to engage fully with i3P to maximise our collective power to do things differently and at an accelerated pace.”
Tideway’s collaborately funded innovation of the VR TBM Training Cube – with investment from Hobs, FLO, InnovateUK as well as Tideway’s innovation programme – had been shortlisted for an award in the category “Best Use of Technology: Health, Safety & Wellbeing” and FLO’s Tom Inglis was there on the day to pitch to the judges.
I was taking part in the first ‘NCE Accelerator powered by Costain’ live judging event, with five shortlisted SMEs all looking for mentorship and possibly investment for their innovative concepts or products – all addressing real industry-wide issues, whether it is driving productivity, reducing whole life cost of operations and maintenance, improving safety or driving towards sustainable development targets. The standard was very high and there was no doubt that many of those pitching on stage would be supported after the event, but the winner was judged to be CO-YOU. More than a third by volume of waste from a construction project is derived from materials used to package products being delivered to site. CO-YOU’s patent-pending product is a novel packaging material that stably absorbs carbon dioxide and bio-degrades – it will be interesting to see how this one develops as it progresses through the Accelerator programme.
For more information about NCE Techfest and 2018’s winners and runners up, click here
For Roger Bailey’s full interview with NCE, click here