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HS2 Declared 2022 Winners of Project Rival to Drive Best Practice

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HS2 Ltd. revealed this year’s winners of a competition to share insight from Britain’s largest construction project with the wider UK infrastructure industry.

The HS2 Learning Legacy initiative sees the publication of lessons learnt from across the project, comprising good practice and innovation. It is supported by various industry partners, containing the Institution of Civil Engineers.

The winners of the 2022 Technical Paper competition are:

  • Driving efficiency and sustainability in material reuse through GeoBIM (Mott MacDonald, Vinci Construction Terrassement Grands Projects and Balfour Beatty) – This paper outlines how to use Building Information Management to drive efficiency and sustainability in terms of reuse of materials.
  • Reducing emissions in construction through Non-Road Mobile Machinery Retrofit (HS2 Ltd, Balfour Beatty VINCI, Imperial College London and Eminox) – This report addresses how to cut emissions and keep current machinery in use for longer and extend the utility of the embedded carbon and the financial investment in those assets.
  • Designing with landscape maintenance in mind (HS2 Ltd) – This paper takes a balanced and pragmatic approach to landscape design and consideration for future maintenance.
  • Euston Bridge 7 Mitigation Works Design and Construction (Arup, Skanska and HS2 Ltd) – This paper brings together structural design, geotechnical analysis and construction solutions that were applied to mitigate the impacts of tunnelling on a fragile bridge on the approach to Euston station.
  • Streamlining Utilities Ground Movement Assessments (Arup) – This paper outlines how to improve reliability and speed-up decision-making backed by data.

The winning submissions have been published on the dedicated learning legacy website here.

These are amongst 28 new Technical Papers that are said to be published following the competition covering a range of topics comprising Design Engineering & Architecture; Environment, Digital Engineering; Health & Safety and Occupational Health & well-being.

Every year, new Learning Legacy papers are issued, containing technical papers and case studies, and there are currently more than 150 resources on the website. HS2 Ltd. is also partnering with the industry to share learning through events and engagement, plus academia to share real-life case studies with postgraduate students.

The project makes on alike initiatives at London 2012, Crossrail and Thameslink London Bridge project – but HS2 Ltd. is the first one to begin early in the project lifecycle allowing the capture of learning from the early project’s stages such as procurement, initiation, design and enabling works.

Giles Thomas, HS2 Ltd.’s Integration Director congratulated the winners: “Major projects like HS2 do not happen in isolation – we build on the experience and lessons learned from previous projects and rely on the wider industry to deliver. That’s why I’d like to thank everyone who has contributed to our Learning Legacy project – and particularly our five winners for sharing their insight and experience from across the design and early stages of the project.”

The awards were given out at an event at the Institute of Civil Engineers in central London on Friday 11th November.

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Director of Engineering Knowledge at the Institution of Civil Engineers, Mark Hansford, pointed out:
“Congratulations to all the winners of the Technical Paper competition. The ICE is always looking to collaborate with those who are on the same path as us, and our partnership with HS2 Learning Legacy is an outstanding example of that. I look forward to working with today’s winners and many of the other contributors to this initiative to bring their insights and experience to a wider audience.”

  • To guarantee that the information can help as much of the industry as possible, HS2 Ltd. is working with the following industry partners to share the lessons learnt:
  • Association for Project Management (APM)
  • British Occupational Hygiene Society (BOHS)
  • Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB)
  • Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE)
  • Institute of Occupational Medicine (IOM)
  • Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)
  • International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE UK)
  • Major Projects Association (MPA)
  • Permanent Way Institute (PWI)
  • Rail Industry Association (RIA)
  • Royal Institute of British Architecture (RIBA)
  • Society of Occupational Medicine (SOM)
  • Supply Chain Sustainability School

All the learning legacy papers and resources are going to be published on the website, and two books of technical papers, published by ICE, will be launched as well.

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