View from the top: Innovative initiatives

Earlier this week I spent some time considering what I might say at CIHT’s annual conference which has been taking place this week. I’m delighted to say that I didn’t struggle to find content that is both current and relevant to the topic of innovation that I was asked to address at the event today (15 April). Within the past six months or so we have completed or embarked upon the following innovative initiatives:

  • We have become a Community Interest Company to support our operating model
  • We have procured Project Amber that will see a dozen contractors working together to deliver solutions that couldn’t be achieved by them working independently. We are about to commission our first works
  • We have created an Infrastructure Innovation Board and are now seeking Innovation Champions from every local highway authority to work more closely with LCRIG
  • Within one day we received over 50 expressions of interest from suppliers wanting to come and present new innovations to us that they are currently working on. A programme to achieve this is now being pulled together
  • We managed to ask a number of questions about innovation in the annual AIA ALARM survey and are currently analysing the responses
  • We have embarked on a project to achieve certification to the collaborative management standard ISO44001 which will represent a global first for an organisation like LCRIG
  • We are currently planning to design and implement a national DPS procurement for materials and products to facilitate easy access for highway clients

If you are interested in any of these initiatives and would like to get involved or simply know more please just get in touch.