Creating Value through Innovation
Client-driven innovation that unlocks the potential of digitalisation is key to deliver value to clients in the future. By realising the potential of digital innovation, we work even more integrated with our clients, drive efficiencies and find new sustainable solutions to address major global challenges. This is why Ramboll has made digital innovation a key priority.
Throughout 2019, Ramboll has progressed with the innovation strategy and initiatives that were initiated in 2018.
We have completed the second successful cycle of Ramboll’s global innovation programme, which develops, matures and scales ideas within the company. In 2019, 256 employees submitted ideas and 58 participants were selected to test their solutions with clients in the ideation process. And according to Ramboll’s Chief Innovation Officer, Hilde Tonne, the potential is vast:
“Our innovation program has already provided Ramboll with a strong portfolio of solutions that will drive results in our business units. And this is just the beginning. Going forward, our focus will be on creating continuous and scalable new revenue and realising the full potential by delivering tech-enabled consultancy that enhances the value for both our clients and for Ramboll.”
To reach this ambition, a key priority in the coming year is to establish strong support around the Innovation projects and bring in new necessary competencies. This will ensure that Ramboll can act with speed and agility when taking new solutions to market.
Utilising knowledge across the company
In order to stay at the forefront of digital development in our industry, we need to mobilise knowledge across the company. Therefore, an important focus area in 2019 has been to create an effective setup for knowledge management and sharing.
“We have established three Centres of Excellence within Advanced Simulations, Data Analytics and Liveable Places for People. In these units, experts within each field will collaborate to expand our capabilities and ensure that Ramboll remains at the cutting edge of progress,” explains Hilde Tonne.
Furthermore, we have set up two Group Competence Networks within BIM (Building Information Modelling) and GIS (Geographic Information Systems).
In 2019, we also continued our efforts to optimise workflows across the company by utilising automation processes and tools. As part of this plan, the newly established Digital Development Centre in India is now operational and handling projects from all geographies. To increase global impact, we have set targets for all geographies in relation to offshoring and monitoring, going into 2020.
Furthermore, it has been a key focus area to consolidate our position as an industry leader in asset management with Digital Twin technology, based on further research and dialogue with our clients. Ramboll Energy has continued to prove the effectiveness of Digital Twin technology when used on offshore projects such as Equinor’s Draupner platforms in the Norwegian Northern Sea. Based on the success in the offshore energy industry, we are scaling Digital Twins for other markets.
Driving innovation is a continuous process. And according to Hilde Tonne, this process will only grow in importance going forward:
“Digital innovation will influence on everything we do. It will transform the way we work internally, what we can offer and how we collaborate with our clients. 2019 has proved that our focused and systematic efforts have enabled innovation to flourish in Ramboll, but we shouldn’t rest on our laurels. To be a digital leader in our industry, we need to keep pushing the agenda.”