Innovation in rail overcoming real or perceived problems, Derby

14 October, 2016 | 08:30 - 10:00

High speed rail viaduct section
High speed rail viaduct section

About this event

In his foreword to the ICE President’s Apprentices Report “Innovation: Stepping up the Industry” Prof. David Balmforth (ICE President 2014-2015) states “We struggle to build the processes that lead to innovation into our day to day work”. Yet for the UK to be successful we need to encourage innovation in order to maintain a competitive edge. We have a strong history of invention, but perceive that we are often poor at implementation and commercial exploitation.

David Clarke will explore some of the real or perceived barriers to innovation, with reference to the experience of the rail industry. In particular he will address the public procurement approach which favours “the most economically advantageous” tender, and provide an example of how the “innovation partnership procedure” can be used to facilitate the development of products or processes designed to overcome the challenges faced by infrastructure owning/operating organisations in all sectors.

This is a joint event with the Permanent Way Institution and the support of the University of Derby is gratefully acknowledged.

Breakfast refreshments will be available from 8am.

Event materials

The following materials are available for download:

David Clarke

David Clarke CEng FICE

David Clarke is a chartered engineer and a Fellow of both the Institution of Civil Engineers and the Permanent Way Institution with over 30 years rail industry experience. He is the Railway Industry Association (RIA) Technical Director, a position focussing on representing members’ interests in the important areas of safety, technical standards, technical strategy, research and innovation. (The RIA member companies include manufacturers, maintainers, contractors, consultants, leasing companies, training companies and other specialist suppliers).

Prior to joining RIA David was the Innovation Director at RSSB where he was responsible for the cross-industry Future Railway Programme which is helping to deliver the industry Rail Technical Strategy.