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SHARPCLOUD – STORY TELLING SOFTWARE

Here at the innovation team, we’re always after finding new and innovative ways of disseminating information to people about what and how we are doing on our programme. Powerpoint is dull, requires a bit of effort to update and keep fresh. Prezi is pretty, but is not dynamic enough. PDFs are static and as per…

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3D MOVE – IMMERSIVE VISUALISATION TOOL FOR 3D MODELS

We have installed the 3D Move in a meeting room at 1 Westferry Circus (You can see the room in Outlook calendar – it is originally called “WFC 3D Move Room“). It is a fantastic and immersive tool that allows you to ‘get into’ the models rather than staring at it on 2D screen. It…

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TRELLO? IS IT EASY PROJECT MANAGEMENT YOU’RE LOOKING FOR?

About 6 months ago I investigated ways to enhance our teams collaboration. Sharepoint is too clunky to use outside of the Crossrail network, and even within the network it just does not offer a good collaboration platform from which to work. Because our team are out and about a lot, we rely on tablet and…

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SPOTLIGHT: INNOVATE18 CHAMPION TURNS ENTREPRENEUR

To celebrate Stepping Up week, the Innovate18 Programme would like to share a story about one of it’s champions.   Marcin Nowak, a Crossrail field engineer on C502, became involved in the Innovation programme early on. He contributed actively and quickly made a name for himself as a creative and inspiring contributor. Encouraged by the Innovate18…

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THE RISE OF COLLABORATION EVENT

Innovate18 is recognised as a world class example of innovation and collaboration in the construction industry.  As mentioned in a previous blog, we are currently exploring how we can take our model to the wider industry and are trialling a partnership approach with Network Rail and Thames Tideway. Over the coming months, our members will…

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INNOVATE18 IS MOVING COLLABORATION FORWARD!!

Innovate18 is going from strength to strength, and we have continued to grow our engagement with the supply chain, with interest from Bombardier, Siemens and MTR.  We’re already increasing our engagement with Systemwide and RfL, looking for opportunities to support handover through innovation and collaboration.  We’re also planning a transition strategy which will see Innovate18…

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DRONING ON ABOUT OLD OAK COMMON

The Crossrail drone working group (CDWG?) made up of myself, Imlach Shearer (H&S at Whitechapel), Paul Gorman (Field Engineer at Liverpool St), Peter Jarman (Site Superintendent at Paddington), and Daniel Garrity (Media Officer Crossrail) had the opportunity to fly the drone around Old Oak Common last week for a couple of days. Here are a…

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PINCH WITH PRIDE HITS OVER 150!

As more of our Tier 1s (Network Rail, Balfour Beatty and Siemens) join us here at Innovate18, they are contributing to an innovation collaboration that is transforming how the industry innovates.  Consequently, the uptake of other site’s ideas is increasing. ‘Pinching with pride’ is a simple concept where if you see a good idea that has been published…

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UPCOMING COMIT GRADUATE DAY

At a time when most of the Crossrail offices are filled with bright work placement students, I wanted to highlight an upcoming event that may be of interest to Innovate18 members and their graduate placements.  The COMIT graduate day event is a chance for the next generation to understand some of the issues facing construction and put…

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INNOVATE18 LAUNCHES COMPETITION IN PARTNERSHIP WITH INNOVATE UK

Innovate18 has launched a competition in partnership with Innovate UK and IC tomorrow (Innovate UK Competition), which we hope will see some innovative ideas which we can develop using Augmented and Virtual reality. Let us know what you’re already doing at your sites, and how you think we could use these technologies.  Information on the competition…

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