GHD’s Innovations program cultivates the creative and innovative potential of our people to provide a positive impact on business and the community.
We are fostering a culture of innovation throughout the organisation by providing a framework for the creation, identification and development of ideas in a collaborative climate.
GHD’s Innovations group has helped develop leading edge solutions to the complex issues facing our clients and the community through the harnessing of the diverse technical capabilities and professional experiences of our people. Using a GHD-developed, customised technology platform, our Innovations group is engaging the firm’s 6,500 staff, facilitating global collaboration across our multidisciplinary teams.
With specific Innovations teams located in each of our operations, we are embedding innovation at all levels of the organisation. The ideas generated by our people are captured and then assessed by the GHD Innovation Advisory Group using transparent evaluation criteria to select the concepts that are most appropriate to test and implement.
Outcomes in 2008 include:
- Launched in March 2008, the global Innovations program has already seen close to 1,000 ideas submitted, with 20 progressing to funding stage.
- Four new provisional patent applications have been secured in the oil refining, marine and mining industries with negotiations underway to fasttrack implementation with appropriate business partners.
- GHD continues the process of finding suitable partners to take our innovations to market and assist organisations to be more efficient, sustainable and safe. We are moving forward with ideas in sectors such as mining and asset management and some innovations have already been successfully implemented by our clients, including the World’s Quietest Truck.
- A feasibility study for implementation at a large Australian mine is currently being explored to commercialise one of these innovations – the TULIP system (Truck Up Lift In Pit). TULIP is a mine hoisting system utilising a rail-mounted carrier to take a loaded truck out of a pit, operating in counter balance with a carrier to return an empty truck into the pit. The system has potential to greatly improve the economics and safety of ore handling in open pit mines.