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Enabling Adoption of MMC through Development of an Intelligent Infrastructure Control Centre (IICC)

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This event took place on Friday 22nd April 2022. If you would like to watch the recording, you can do so here.




The government wants to deliver an infrastructure revolution. That means a radical improvement in the quality and delivery of the UK’s transport infrastructure to help level up the country and create the path to net zero emissions by 2050.


‘Enabling Adoption of Modern Methods of Construction (MMC) through Development of an Intelligent Infrastructure Control Centre (IICC)’ is the first instalment of the TIES Living Lab Online Advanced Learning Series, which took place on Friday 22nd April 2022 and was hosted by Neil Robertson, CEO of the National Skills Academy for Rail (NSAR).


Charlie Davies, Strategic Growth Manager at Costain, discussed how innovation and user centric approaches can unlock value from data without suffering from overload. The IICC, developed as part of TIES Living Lab, is helping to unlock this challenge through an innovative approach to data management to help business decision-makers understand impact and efficiencies by putting the user first. The platform technology, supporting the Construction Playbook, is using data to prove MMC business cases in real-time time to transition infrastructure delivery from hindsight to insight with a clear path to foresight. Matthew Talliss, Head of Cost at East West Rail, and Paul Judge, Project Director at TfL, asked questions about real-world application and the legacy of the project.


If you are involved in designing and delivering infrastructure projects, then this event is for you.


The Panel


Charlie Davies


Charlie Davies a Strategic Growth Manager at Costain and is responsible for helping clients to think differently and find the best solutions to solve the challenges they face. An integral part of Costain’s Central Government team, Charlie has led the development of a cloud-based digital platform to help drive more efficient and greener delivery of infrastructure in partnership with SAP and the Transport Infrastructure Efficiency Strategy Living Lab (TIES Living Lab).


Charlie has also been project manager of the Engineering Education Scheme and was one of two-hundred students nationwide to be selected for the Arkwright Scholarship. He is passionate about innovation as an enabler for growth. He has built a portfolio of innovative projects and products that are delivering value and impact in transforming sectors including energy, defence, and transportation.


Matthew Talliss


Matthew Talliss is Head of Cost within East West Rail, leading functions on capital cost estimating, whole life cost, and cost management. Experienced within infrastructure, he’s worked on major programmes including Heathrow Airport, National Highways, HS2 and Network Rail. He is a fellow of RICS, a member of TIES and sits on the ACostE UK steering group for Cost Estimating and Intelligence, he’s keen to encourage digital and innovative technology within the industry.


Paul Judge


Paul Judge is currently Project Director in TfL’s Capital Directorate. He has over 15 years experience in the delivery of Major Programmes in both Network Rail and TfL. Paul is currently responsible for leading TfL’s multi-billion pound Piccadilly Line Upgrade programme, which is home to three of TIES Living Lab’s live demonstrator projects. Passionate about people centric delivery, Paul is currently leading TfL Capital’s De-carbonisation Strategy and developing their Innovation Strategy linked to their Capital Efficiency Plan.


Neil Robertson


Neil Robertson has been CEO of the National Skills Academy for Rail (NSAR) since 2015, leading NSAR’s current priorities: skills, data and workforce planning, productivity, standard setting, social value, and quality assurance of training and assessments in the rail sector. NSAR has subsequently developed a suite of products to help industry and governments improve productivity and is managing the TIES Living Lab project.