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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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INNOVATE18 AT CONSTRUCT // DISRUPT EVENT

It was with great pleasure to be invited to speak at the Construct // Disrupt (thank you basestone!!).  I was rather nervous and packed with adrenaline – delivered my 10 minutes blurb.  What excites me most was the conversations we shared about how we could bring more technie clever stuff to the construction industry. It was…

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KIDULTHOOD

Life is serious business. There is always work to be done and when we get home there are chores to be completed and bills to be paid. Between the daily alarms, the donning of the PPE, the meetings, the cooking and the cleaning, it is easy to get a bit bogged down and forget about…

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A BIG THANK YOU TO C310 FROM INNOVATE18

Innovate18 really appreciate the contribution from C310 to the programme where we see great collaboration between Crossrail, contractors and designers in making innovative ideas happen. So as a token of appreciation, our team brought our favourite doughnuts to C310 North Woolwich for the big shout out. Some of C310’s contribution are:- List of innovations Strain…

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GOOGLE CARDBOARD HAS ARRIVED

We’ve just taken delivery of the first batch of Google cardboard, an incredibly low cost way of trying out immersive Virtual Reality technology.  We hope to get them out onto site for anyone who wants to trial them, and we hope this will stimulate new innovative ideas.  To use them, ideally you’ll have a 5″…

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HEALTHY INNOVATING

  In case you missed the announcement last week, the innovation team has partnered with the health and safety team to support the roll out of the new Golden Rules by launching an innovation competition focused on…you guessed it, health and safety! The call is officially out for ideas that will improve the overall H&S…

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SNEAK PEEK INTO THE WORLD-CLASS C305 TBM CONTROL ROOM

C305 (Eastern Running Tunnels) proudly showed me their state-of-the-art TBM control room located in Limmo Peninsula (Canning Town).  The TBM control room monitors TBMs that are miles away (e.g. TBM Victoria that is about to break through at Farrindgon); and yet through the TBMView system that monitors and records every tiny movement of the TBM and its surrounding…

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REUSING CROSSRAIL’S GROUTSHAFTS

The Innovation team has been supporting the Sustainability team to investigate the feasibility of reusing TAMS (Tube a Manchette) and grout shafts.  Following an initial feasibility study, we agreed to fund a trial to create a source of energy by heat exchange through the TAMs and energy storage at the grout shafts, supporting the decarbonisation…

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