Crossrail Learning Legacy to share lessons
Crossrail has launched an initiative to share lessons learned on the £15bn project with the wider UK infrastructure industry.
Crossrail’s Learning Legacy initiative seeks to share good practice on topics such as health & safety, project management, engineering and the environment.
It includes technical papers, peer-reviewed case studies and procedures, which have been published on a dedicated website*.
Further material will be published every six months during the rest of the project.
Some of the early examples of lessons learned include:
- The benefits of Crossrail’s ‘performance assurance framework’, which compares contractor performance and shares best practice as a way of encouraging contractors to go beyond basic compliance and driving world-class standards.
- The use of ‘leading’ health & safety indicators that measure steps being taken to create safe and healthy working environments, rather than just traditional ‘lagging’ indicators, such as accident frequency rates. Crossrail’s health and safety performance index (HSPI) aims to prevent accidents occurring in the first place.
- The processes used to meet stringent emissions control standards, manage construction vibration impacts on listed buildings and source construction materials ‘ethically’. Crossrail has also taken significant steps to reduce its carbon footprint, both during construction and once trains are operational.
- Key aspects of tunnelling, including the management of ground movement and the delivery of large scale excavation and concrete lining.
Crossrail chief executive Andrew Wolstenholme said: “Passing on the lessons and good practice that we have learned at Crossrail is an absolutely essential part of raising the bar in the delivery of major projects. With an unprecedented number of infrastructure schemes around the corner, now is the time to start sharing what we have learned so the UK can build on its reputation for delivering safely, on time and on budget.”
Tony Meggs, chief executive of the government’s Infrastructure & Projects Authority (IPA), said: “The creation of a learning environment is vital to improving project performance, and we see Crossrail's Learning Legacy as an impressive example of best practice. We encourage all project professionals to draw on this excellent resource; the more we can learn from the experience of others the closer we will come to flawless project execution."
Among future projects hoping to benefit from Crossrail’s experience is the £50bn HS2 high speed rail project. HS2 development director Alison Munro said that it was “vital that we learn from Crossrail and apply the lessons to drive efficiency in our own build”.
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This article was published on 29 Feb 2016 (last updated on 1 Mar 2016).