One of the TIES Living Labs projects (Identifying drivers of project performance) will be providing strategic insight into what can improve performance in projects. The partners are establishing a holistic approach to the analytical tools for benchmarking, drawing together data requirements and assessing value using a road map for the routine benchmarking of future TIES demonstrators. For each TIES project, they will understand the relationships between the causes and effects and how different decisions lead to different sustainability outcomes using a range of appropriate analytical tools (including causal chain analysis and logic modelling).
The scale of this 25-partner programme is ambitious and rare. It unites academia, businesses big and small, arms-length bodies and government around the common theme of making transport infrastructure smarter, greener, more productive, and better value-for-money.
Individual projects all bring about greater benefits around emissions.
For example, the footbridge project expects its approach will reduce embodied carbon content by up to 50%, and operational energy emissions by up to 60%.
Removing heat from the underground is a big issue for DfL and so the TIES Living Lab is trialling tube cooling panels - which is essentially a giant cold radiator. It's a passive structure with a curved lining, and with no moving parts and no requirement for manual cleaning. It is being trialled in Herne House (Acton), at a disused station near Tower Hill and in an operational environment in Knightsbridge station.
The SMART Infrastructure Calculator can support the business case development for using suppliers and teams in the most deprived parts of the country - leading to better social and economic outcomes where they are most needed. This works by assessing the socio-economic value generated by historic construction projects, and so can predict the future value of the current project based on multiple criteria, such as build type (MMC or conventional), location of the project and level of investment.
One of the most dangerous activities for workers is when they have to go on the tracks. The Cable Route Management System Project within TIES Living Lab will help automate mapping of the cables on the tube, which will reduce the need and amount of time required for working on tracks. A digital system will 3D scan and analyse the existing tunnel surface to determine available space for new cable routing. The system can then evaluate the surface for suitability in cable routing, effectively creating a heat map of the tunnel surface to identify risks, opportunities and the level of effort involved. As a result, the number of site visits needed will be reduced, installation times will be cut drastically, and the need to work at height will be cut as well.
Similarly, through encouraging the implementation of Modern Methods of Construction (MMC) and reducing the amount of work done onsite throughout transport infrastructure, we can make people safer. Some of the most common causes of accidents are as a result of lifting or working from height or the need for scaffolding – all of which is minimised through MMC.
The Advanced Logistics project seeks to deliver an end-to-end digital innovative platform that provides a flexible and all-inclusive connected solution by harnessing digital twin technology and Internet of things. This will assist in smart planning of offsite logistics activities to ensure just-in-time delivery of manufactured items to construction sites. This will schedule an asset’s production by seamlessly accessing timely and accurate information about when an asset needs to be manufactured and delivered onsite. This will prevent late production of an asset that jeopardises on-time delivery to the site.
The SMART Infrastructure Calculator will enable the assessment and visualisation of social value to identify the whole life value of construction projects, not just onsite but also at manufacturing locations through the supply chain. Additionally, the tool will support comparative analyses of the business cases for traditional construction delivery vs MMC.