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Collaborative Insight April 2018 - ISSUE 45

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Innovation and Collaboration

Imperial College, London

28th March 2018
Sponsored by Altran
Lord Evans
Lord Evans, ICW Chairman
Les Pyle
Les Pyle, ICW Chief Executive

The Imperial College in London provided the back drop for our recent Executive member's event, which focused on the relationship between Innovation and Collaboration. Our grateful thanks to Altran who sponsored the event, which attracted over 120 guests.

Lord Evans welcomed the gathering, which included his special guest HE Mrs Tamar Beruchashvili the ambassador of Georgia. His address, light hearted as always, poignantly focused on the importance of innovation as the UK seeks to build relationships beyond the European community.

Les Pyle the Chief Executive of the Institute for Collaborative Working (ICW) orchestrated the event.


Mike Simms
Mike Simms, Altran

Altran Overview - Mike Simms, CEO, Altran UK

Mike was appointed the UK CEO for Altran, a leading global engineering consultancy company. Under Mike's direction the Altran UK business has undergone significant growth, including four strategic acquisitions. Mike's theme focused on True innovators breaking through to the top, highlighted by the changes in Top 10 market capitalisation between 2011 and 2016, and the transition from more traditional companies to those deploying more disruptive technologies. He also outlined the trend of clients where they are calling for ‘Co-innovation' harnessing Global footprints, Cross-industry fertilisation, Transformational capabilities and Asset-IP leverage and new levels of value. This was supported by examples of new business models from Strategic partnerships at NOKIA through Co-development, Shared IP by JAGUAR LAND ROVER, Innovative procurement process for NETWORK RAIL to Start-up support at DIVERGENT. He outlined how Altran support innovation by identifying where to focus efforts within Core and Context.


Dr Paul Connor
Dr Paul Connor, WMG

University Perspective - Dr Paul Connor, Warwick Manufacturing Group

Paul has been working with ICW for several years and is currently Module Leader on the postgraduate modules of Strategic Marketing, Reputation & Relationship Management, International Trade, and Collaborative Leadership for MSc students at the University of Warwick's WMG faculty. Paul also is the module leader for Marketing, Sales and Reputation module for the Post Graduate Award in Innovative Business Leadership for SMEs. His presentation centred on the need for Building New Learning Streams for Collaborative Innovation.


ICW Collaboration Awards - 2017 Winners

This year we decided to feature some of the 2017 Award winners to provide the background to their successful entries all of which included innovative approaches.


Kelvin Marner
Kelvin Marner, Boeing Defence UK

Kelvin Marner, Head of Business Improvement, Boeing Defence UK

Inventory and Warehouse Management Services (BIWMS) was a visionary partnership between Boeing's Information Services (BIS) programme and the Ministry of Defence's Defence Equipment & Support (DE&S) organisation. It has seen the successful roll-out of the Base Inventory and Warehouse Management Services (BIWMS) programme. The programme is a fantastic example of a forward-thinking partnership, bringing together a clear and concise vision and mission, subject matter expertise, which will deliver tangible benefits to the defence enterprise for years to come.


Richard Howell
Richard Howell, Costain
Nick Toy
Nick Toy, Tarmac

Richard Howell, Head of Supply Chain, Costain and Nick Toy, Business Development, Tarmac

Their journey started with an idea to do something different and deliver an integrated approach to demand planning back in 2012 for Lancashire CC. This simple idea of communicating with each other, providing clarity on requirements and logistics, brought about demonstrable benefits ranging from financial, sustainable and efficiency outcomes. They built a stronger relationship between production team and site team the new structure is based on this learning and has reinvented our business.


Andrew Hopper
Andrew Hopper, Skanska

Andrew Hopper, Senior Quality Manager (Rail), Skanska

Set up in 2015, the Wessex Capacity Alliance is between, Network Rail, Skanska, Colas Rail, AECOM and Mott MacDonald carry out improvements to the Wessex Line. It includes new track and signalling around Waterloo, new platforms, Waterloo International Terminal being brought back into use and improved access at Vauxhall Station. Collaborative working has been at the heart of the Alliance to achieve maximum efficiency and value for money.

These alliancing principles have been further developed throughout the supply chain.

The collaborative working process has been cascaded down to Tier 2 contractors with behaviours forming part of the contract award process. This ensured that selected supply chain partners would work most effectively in a collaborative team-focused environment. The benefits of this approach enabled the Project on time and on budget with over £20M of Cost Reduction.


Rachel Wingfield & Anna O'Kane
Rachel Wingfield & Anna O'Kane, The East Midlands Leadership Academy

The team from the East Midlands Leadership Academy unfortunately could not attend but sent a video along to highlight the work they have done in leading the way for developing new models of leadership within the NHS.


Ronan O'Boyle
Ronan O'Boyle, Hobs Studio
The Hub
The Hub

Ronan O'Boyle, Hobs Studio

Ronan has led the Innovate UK funded research project into Health & Safety Training in Virtual Reality for construction and the development of a sustainable, portable and affordable, immersive system. He outlined the development of the Hub, which the Hobs team assembled on site during the day for people to experience.


Paul McCracken
Paul McCracken, BAM Nuttall
Colin Evison
Colin Evison, BAM Nuttall

Paul McCracken, Strategic Development Director and Colin Evison, Head of Innovation, BAM Nuttall

Paul and Colin provided a joint presentation on some of the innovative approaches developed and deployed by BAM Nuttall including their most recent project supporting the Antarctic exploration programme.

Re-establishing railway to Borders Rail involved 30 miles of new track with 7 new stations. Seen as a driver for economic growth, BAM Group engaged in ECI process and delivered on time and budget including delivery into service on time. The project is seen as a model for collaboration by Network Rail.

The design and construction of 13,000Te gravity bases for 8.3 MW large turbines in deep water - the World's first gravity bases for wind turbines for EDF. The process allows for placing at sea without piling.

Providing a direct link between Manchester's three mainline stations (Piccadilly, Oxford Road and Victoria). The world's first asymmetric network arch, delivered on time and to budget with numerous awards and commended for pioneering collaboration in BIM.

Collaboration gives you the platform to innovate where the whole team brings opportunities concentrating on outcomes, that focus the mind on value NOT cost. ECI process gives the team the time to challenge and develop those benefits. If "necessity is the mother of invention", then collaboration is the father! The construction industry faces severe challenges in the next 10 years.


Dr Richard Porter
Dr Richard Porter, Meridian

Dr Richard Porter, Autonomous Vehicles, Meridian

Richard explained how Meridian Mobility's lead for Technology Strategy and development of the UK's Connected and Autonomous development ecosystem plans to harness UK innovative technology.


Ken Greenwood
Ken Greenwood, Altran UK
Robert Forde
Robert Forde, Network Rail

Ken Greenwood, Altran UK and Robert Forde, Programme Manager, Network Rail

This joint presentation by Altran and Network Rail provided insight into how they jointly addressed the challenges of significant signalling failures leading to extensive train delays and service cancellations costing upwards of £130M in the last financial year. They explained how Degraded Mode Working System (DMWS) can enhance degraded mode working even further by providing technical support, and how early business case work has shown that DMWS delivers more benefit and in a greater number of failure scenarios.


Speaker Panel
Speaker Panel

The speaker panel that followed opened the way to some lively discussions on a variety of topics, which cascaded into the networking session that followed.

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