The best innovations in the rail industry were in the spotlight at the annual Railway Industry Innovation Awards, held in London on 22 June.
The awards, the longest-standing within the industry, invite entries from firms in all areas of the industry across seven categories. Jon Shaw, Network Rail’s Chief Engineer, was guest of honour and highlighted some of NR’s own work around innovation while calling for the industry to continue to lead in this area.
The winners of the 2018 awards were as follows:
Winner: Artemis Intelligent Power, Digital displacement hydraulics
Highly commended: Hilti, Hammer drill with integrated dust removal; Turbo Power Systems, Power conversion system
Winner: Rail Delivery Group, National barcode acceptance project
Highly commended: DGauge, RouteSpace; Southeastern and Network Rail, Bank Holiday diversionary project
Winner: Virgin Trains East Coast, Seatfrog
Highly commended: Virgin Trains West Coast and Perpetuum, track and rough ride monitoring; GoMedia, infotainment system
Operations and performance
Winner: Siemens, Thameslink High Capacity Infrastructure
Highly commended: Incremental Solutions, Network Rail and Arriva Rail North, Project Rapport; telent – TPCMS Scada
Small scale project
Winner: Andromeda Engineering, Cardiff intersection bridge
Highly commended: Network Rail, signal sighting; Network Rail, Enhanced Points Condition Monitoring
Engineering and safety
Winner: Altran, Compass degraded mode working system
Highly commended: Keltbray, Blue safety light; Network Rail and Sekisui, synthetic sleeper
Winner: Thameslink Programme
Highly commended: Wessex Capacity Alliance, Waterloo station upgrade
A full write-up of the awards will appear in the August 2018 issue of Modern Railways.