Creating Value through Innovation
Realising the potential of digital innovation enables us to work even more closely with our clients, drive efficiencies and find solutions to our clients’ most complex challenges.
Throughout 2020, Ramboll progressed the innovation agenda and we now have a strong, revenue-generating portfolio of more than 100 innovation projects. Some of these innovation projects have been developed in Ramboll’s global innovation programme, the Innovation Accelerator, while the majority have emerged within our core business.
Galago, a solution developed in the first round of the innovation programme, began the year with a high-profile contract win with Highways England.
Galago’s AI-powered platform uses aerial and satellite imagery to monitor and analyse sites and detect land issues at an early stage. Utilising the Galago platform, Ramboll developed a digitally enabled prototype that allows Highways England to monitor their land in a cost- and time-efficient way.
According to Jason Miller, Group Head of Innovation, Galago exemplifies the enhanced value that tech-enabled consultancy can deliver to both clients and Ramboll.
'Tech-enabled consultancy has the potential to revolutionise the way we work with our clients, bringing co-creating and early-stage development into focus. Therefore, realising the full potential of tech-enabled consultancy will continue to be a key priority for Ramboll.'
Since winning the Highways England project, Galago has continued to grow rapidly, winning several other projects in 2020, where the platform is utilized to enable faster, more cost-efficient and data-driven decisions.
Data-driven decisions and automated workflows
In 2020, it was a continuous focus to consolidate Ramboll’s position as an industry leader within asset management, by advancing our True Digital Twin technology. This technology can be used for predictive maintenance, lifetime extension, damage detection and root cause analysis, among other applications.
A pilot-test of Ramboll’s True Digital Twin technology at the Wikinger offshore wind farm revealed a significant analytical potential to increase the lifetime of offshore wind assets. The pilot-test is part of the ROMEO project – an initiative supported by the EU research programme, Horizon 2020, which aims to advance the green energy transition in Europe and reduce the cost of offshore wind energy. Innovation Fund Denmark is also funding a DKK 20 million research and development project using Ramboll’s True Digital Twin technology with the aim of improving advanced damage detection.
Innovative prototyping for Highways England
On behalf of Highways England, Ramboll in the UK developed a prototype for a digitallyenabled monitoring service called Intelligent Environmental Estate (IEE).
Building on Galago, Ramboll’s innovative image analytics and monitoring platform, the prototype was designed to allow the client to regularly and efficiently monitor their environmental assets at a fraction of the cost of alternatives.
The aim of the new service is to support Highways England with strategic decisionmaking, such as defining the priority of improvement works, monitoring of key environmental metrics, and maintaining compliance with new requirements.
‘Highways England aspires to a smoother, smarter and more sustainable road network. This project has shown the potential of remote sensing and machine learning to improve knowledge of our soft estate which is key to delivering Highways England’s environmental ambitions.’ Ben Hewlett, Environmental Advisor – Safety, Engineering and Standards, Highways England.