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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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REFLECTIVE RIDING

Photo credit to http://www.dezeen.com/ London’s health and safety spotlight is on cycle safety. Cyclists in a city as busy as London run a risk – the streets are chokablock with vehicles and commuters are often in a hurry. This is not a new concern and will only become increasingly important as the population of London continues…

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CHECK OUT THE HOT-FACES!

I got my hands on one of these thermal imaging cameras and can’t help to find out how it works on my colleagues 😉 We at the Innovation Team are currently setting up further trials using thermal imaging cameras and will be procuring the iPhone claded version (FLIR ONE). Do you have more ideas in relation to…

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LECTURE ON LATEST OPTICAL FIBRE TECHNOLOGY BY CITY UNIVERSITY LONDON

The Innovation Programme together with the Chief Engineers Group organised a lecture by Prof Tong Sun and Prof Ken Grattan of City University London at 25 Canada Square, on 7th April 2015.  The lecture was well attended by designers and tunnel engineers with representatives from CEG, C121, C310 and C510. Prof Tong Sun’s presentation touched on…

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