Thames Tideway is within the “golden period” for innovation, according to the project asset management director Roger Bailey.
Speaking at the Ground Engineering Infrastructure Summit today, Bailey said that the project is aiming to raise the bar in terms of innovation and is aiming to make a “big bang” in this area in the next six to 12 months.
Bailey described the project as being within the “golden period” to adopt innovative ideas. “We completed the optimised contractor involvement process in December last year and there are a number of initiative that we are working on taking forward,” he said. “However, the innovation we are looking to adopt goes beyond the construction and we are looking at how to ensure our assets are smarter in order to monitor future performance and we are also looking at ways to take health and safety to the next level.”
Bailey added that Tideway is also working with academia to enable the project to be a laboratory to deliver research and development opportunities for the industry in the longer term.