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HS2 Innovation Challenge Workshop – Smart Pile Cage Reinforcement

Published by The KTN

HS2 would like to identify possible solutions to assuring on-site installation of reinforcement

Scope High Speed 2 Ltd. (HS2) has identified a number of cost saving opportunities which require access to the UKs innovation base. The first challenge relates to Smart Pile Cage Reinforcement. There is a significant amount of piling on the HS2 alignment including bridge foundations, retained cutting and piled walling. Traditionally the reinforcement steel cages are symmetrical and therefore over designed to allow for variances in installation.

As an example a bored pile will take loads only in certain axis yet the reinforcement cage will be designed to take the load in all axis. This project will primarily seek to identify a failsafe technological solution for pile cage alignment that will give the project confidence to allow asymmetrical pile reinforcement cages. HS2 would like to identify possible solutions to assuring on-site installation of reinforcement, and should potential solutions be identified, the HS2 would look to fund further development / site trials to prove the technology with the supply chain. This funding will be by various means and will be confirmed once potential solutions are identified.

Event Details
KTN will be hosting a briefing event on behalf of HS2 to draw together a community of interested parties to hear about:

- The Technical Requirements of the Innovation Challenge
- Funding Routes (including HS2, Innovate UK and I3P)
- One to One Meetings with Funding Bodies and other networking opportunities.

11:00 Registration
11:30 Welcome, Knowledge Transfer Network
11:35 HS2 Introduction, High Speed 2
11:45 Technical Requirements & Previous Work, High Speed 2
12:05 Funding/Innovation Routes, HS2 Challenge Call / Innovate UK’s Infrastructure Systems Call / I3P Innovation Portal 12:50 Q&A
13:00 Lunch & Pre-booked meetings with HS2, Innovate UK & KTN
15:30 Close


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