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Making Innovation Work in Civil Engineering Projects, Edinburgh

  • Lecture
  • Edinburgh
  • 24 April 2019
  • 17:30 - 20:00
Making Innovation Work in Civil Engineering Projects, Edinburgh

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This talk will cover how an extensive innovation programme is been applied to convert the £4.5billion liability of abandoned UK coal mines into an asset of strategic importance to the Country. How a circa £20million annual cost to Government, in managing the risk of polluted mine water, is on track to become a net benefit.

It will cover what is innovation, the processes that are effective, how to maintain engagement and how to get stakeholders, and investors, on board. This will be a warts and all conversation, covering the pitfalls and difficulties of innovating, how to manage this as an individual and organisation, how to tackle preconceptions and resistance, and how to manage an invocation cycle from beginning to successful delivery.

Areas to be covered are:

  • What is innovation?
  • How to successfully deliver innovation
  • The conversion of waste materials into land remediation products
  • Creation of mine energy projects using mines as a source of geothermal energy, for cooling and for storage of above ground renewable energy
  • Step change redesign of mine-water treatment processes reducing footprints by 90% without using chemicals or power
  • The creation of resilient off grid sustainable developments using mines to manage water supply, replace SUDS, manage flood water, heat homes and businesses, store energy, incorporate renewable energy, reduce polluting emissions, capture industrial and sewage energy and reduce load on the national infrastructure
  • Application of transferable technologies in construction, maintenance and treatment

Registration and refreshments from 5.30pm for a 6.00pm start.

For further information, please contact [email protected]

Those joining online can join the event up to 15 minutes before the start time of 6.00pm at https://ice-org.webex.com/ice-org/onstage/g.php?MTID=e6f0eb2073c075cbc073ce363667c77eb If prompted for a password, please enter scotevent


Jeremy Crooks

Head of Innovation at the Coal Authority

jeremy crooks

Jeremy leads the Coal Authority’s Innovation Programme including developing the use of mines as an energy resource.

Jeremy joined the Authority in 2004. He has extensive experience in delivering large income generating and service provision contracts. He was previously the Head of Environment at a District Council managing over half of the Councils employees, managing front line, regulatory and non-regulatory services. He improved all services under his control to top quartile performance or country leading with financial savings of 30% over a five year period.

Jeremy’s experience includes Civil Engineering, Construction and managing the Coal Authority’s portfolio of Mine Water Treatment Schemes. As lead on Mine Energy at the Coal Authority, Jeremy takes responsibility for project delivery to ensure that our clients receive professional technical advice. Jeremy delivers competent assessments of opportunities and risks with sufficient information to influence decision making on developing an opportunity.

Event venue

Royal Society of Edinburgh
22-26 George Street
Edinburgh EH2 2PQ
United Kingdom

For more information please contact:

Lynn Dow

e: [email protected]