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Innovation Advent Day 20 – How wolves change rivers

Today’s great Advent blog comes from another of our active innovation champions, Ines Faden. Thanks Ines! Trophic cascades and innovation, or, how wolves change rivers I came across the concept of trophic cascades recently while watching this fascinating 4 minute video ‘How wolves change rivers‘ (use headphones if you are watching at work as it…

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Innovation Advent Day 19: Inspiring the next gen of innovators

I think there are many reasons why I became an engineer, but I’ve no doubt that having lots of practical and educational STEM-related (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) toys when I was a kid definitely helped. Many a happy hour was spent with overflowing boxes of lego, k’nex or meccano. I had a chemistry set,…

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Innovation Advent Day 16 – Seeing out 2016 with a BIG bang!

Today see’s the Tideway Innovation Forum (TIF) meet for the fifth time this year, during which we have created the Great Think innovation programme from scratch! The meeting was hosted at COMIT (Construction Opportunities for Mobile IT) of which Tideway are corporate members. All members of the Alliance are represented @ TIF with the aim of…

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Innovation Advent Day 14 – Imagine.

This latest ‘Guest Blog’ for innovation advent is written by Joseph Henderson, Tideway Civil Engineering apprentice for West. Joe’s vision has inspired us to develop a ‘tag line’ for the Great Think Programme. Imagine. Innovate. Inspire. Imagine if we could undertake site surveys from a great vantage point and use high resolution images taken from the latest drone…

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Innovation Advent Day 13 – the iPad made me do it

Hi all, Well I’ll be honest, I ran out of time to do my innovation advent calendar today, so I thought how can I get it done quickly? So, I’m using my speech to text function on my iPad to narrate my blog and and it’s kindly writing it straight up for me. I’ll try…

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Innovation Advent Day 12 – Life on Mars

A bumper edition of the blog today(to make up for skipping weekends) – allow me to introduce eco-innovator Ben Weeks, who wants to tell us what life might be like on Mars… Over the last few weeks I have had some fantastic conversations with Sophie and Paul from the Innovation team. In fact, before then,…

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Innovation Advent Day 9 – Safer with Technology

It’s Innovation Advent Day 9 and today we have a guest blog from Harrison O’Hara, who will be shortly joining the Tideway HSW team as a HSW Technology Consultant for one of Tideway’s innovation projects.   I have spent most of my working life promoting the use of mobile and other technologies in the construction…

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Innovation Advent Day 8 – Journey to Mars?

When Sophie asked me to provide this post for the Advent calendar, I thought it would be easy, until I looked at all the excellent posts provided to date when I realised that the bar has been set HIGH… So I am going to reflect on my ‘year in innovation’. I joined the Tideway Innovation…

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Innovation Advent Day 7 – ‘Tis the season to be jolly… Sustainable

Today for Innovation Advent, we have a blog from one of our own Innovation Champions – I3P and Yammer extraordinaire Phil Smith, Environmental Advisor for West. Thanks to Phil for sharing his reflections on the year and his Christmas aims!   I’ve officially decided that this year has been record breaking.  Starting with my own milestone…

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