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NEWBIE IN THE INNOVATION TEAM

Hello all, my name is Syinyi Phoon and I am the new innovation coordinator replacing Paul Morris.  I will be looking after the innovations at eastern section and systemwide.  I am a chartered civil engineer who has championed innovation within my area of influence in my previous roles in both engineering consultancy and academic research. …

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INNOVATION MANAGER CHANGOVER

After 3 years as the Strategic Projects Manager and Innovation Programme Manager, Tim DeBarro will be leaving Crossrail to return to Nichols Group on 23rd January 2015. Tim’s achievements include a key role in ensuring that Old Oak Common was able to be handed over to Bombardier / Vinci on time. However, his most significant…

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SENDING CHRISTMAS CHEER FROM INNOVATE18!!

Have a chocolate…no have 24, on us! You should now all be mostly done your lovely Crossrail advent calendars which were the result of a brilliant idea from the Bond Street innovation team.  I’m sure you will all join me in thanking everyone who helped make the advent calendars happen. There is nothing like positive…

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INNOVATION COMMUNITY MEMBERS RECOGNISED FOR OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT!

Bechtel’s internal Engineering and Technology Innovation Awards have recognised two Bechtel Civil innovations, both of which were implemented on Crossrail.?? The field supervisor app is a new software solution developed in collaboration with Bentley Systems and the Crossrail BiDWG mobility task group. The iPad app provides a comprehensive information mobility solution for the Crossrail delivery…

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INNOVATION TEAM SETS BEST EXAMPLE WITH FIRST AWARD

The Crossrail Innovation programme has been recognised at the NEF Institute Innovision 2014 awards, winning first place for Best Example of Innovation in the Public or Voluntary Sector. Since its inception in April 2012, the programme has achieved impressive results largely due to the support it has received from the community of innovators contributing ideas…

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UPCOMING DEADLINE! – IDEAS FOR INVESTMENT

From 3 January 2015, the Crossrail Innovation Team will launch it’s fourth round of Innovate18 investment.  If you have a great idea that requires funding to progress, we encourage you to submit your idea as soon as possible so that it can be considered. This summer’s investment round allocated over £70,000 to advance several exciting innovations.  A…

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SO WHO’S HAVING FUN?

As part of Crossrail’s community investment programme, Tim DeBarro (Innovation Programme Manager, Crossrail) was invited to take part in a Dragons Den at Keir Hardie School in Newham last Friday morning. The event was organised by Newham Education Business Partnership which Crossrail sponsors. Aged 10 and 11 year old pupils had spent the week coming…

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SUPPORTING A MAJOR SUCCESS AT EUROPE’S BIGGEST TECHNOLOGY CONFERENCE.

Basestone, a London-based company providing innovative review technology for the construction industry has recently been crowned 2014’s Best Startup at Web Summit in Dublin. With the support of Crossrail’s Innovate18 programme, Basestone have been working closely with construction industry partners to bring efficiency savings to the redline review process. Their success is a prime example…

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‘STEP UP’ WITH INNOVATE18

No, not that ‘Step Up‘ (no cheesy dance moves here!), the movers and shakers of Crossrail heath and safety are Paddington C405 CSJV, who have used Innovate18 investment funds to improve observation reporting at Crossrail. Feedback from the recent Crossrail safety ‘Have your say’ survey suggests that near misses are not always reported, therefore we believe Stepping…

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SUMMER 2014 INVESTMENT WINNERS!

We recently completed the Summer 2014 investment evaluation. The Crossrail Innovation Forum ratified a further five (5) projects taking our total to 28 totalling over £375,000.   Details of each project can be found here   Below is the list of ideas that have secured investment in round 3: INV00426 SafeTime Temporary Works (feasibility) £0 INV00475 innovate18 App £15,000 INV00478 Digitised Red-line…

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