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During 2019, we had a wealth of new innovations in PM Group. This year we’ve been asking how we can harness the power of data and new technologies to make our projects faster, more efficient and more sustainable.

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Celebrating Innovation - PM Group Innovation in Action Awards 2019

Smaller, faster, better

The Innovation in Action finalists focused on digital project delivery, digital twin for process facilities, modular design for pipe racks and WELL building design.  We’ve also been developing apps and new software to more efficiently track our projects, keep them on schedule and on budget. 

Clearly we relish these challenges and our innovations reflect the dedication of our whole team to apply their expertise.

“There was an amazing array of high quality innovations on show at our annual Innovation In Action Awards.  It’s fabulous to see how innovative people are in this company,” said Andy Rayner, Chief Technology Officer, PM Group.


Overall winner - Process digital twins

The overall winner was Sean Tully, with his Best Technology Team category innovation, ‘Process Digital Twins’. 

“I’m delighted to win the award this year, particularly given the range of really great ideas from all the finalists. I’d encourage everyone to submit their ideas and innovations to this scheme. If you see a better way of doing something, that may be the seed of an innovation,” said Sean.

(Sean is pictured here with Andy Rayner and Dave Murphy)

The category winners:

1. Best New DESIGN Innovation
Paul Kavanagh, Gavin Loesberg, Eoin Costelloe
Large Modular Pipe Racks split longitudinally to enable transportation                                                                                                           

2. Best New SERVICE Innovation
Shauna Sweeney, Laura Irwin
WELL Building Platform

3. Best NEW METHOD Innovation (1)
Karol Lakatos
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4. Best New METHOD Innovation (2)
Mark O'Looney
Linear System Schedule Technique

5. Best SECTOR TLT Innovation
John Dowling, Cormac Roche, Kieron McGrath, Andy Hey, Matt Summers, Ken Brien (Food TLT)
Hygienic Finishes Selection Guidance Toolkit

6. Best PROJECT TEAM Innovation
Alan White, Angela Morrison, Roy Donnelly
Project Task Tracking, Automatic Schedule Actualisation & Project Planning

7. Best INDIVIDUAL Innovation
Katie Grehan
Implementation of Scrum Framework to Improve Team Communication

8. Best NON-TECHNICAL Idea / Innovation
Catherine Lanigan
Strategy Development - a Network Approach

9. New Idea with the MOST POTENTIAL
Colum Lynch, John Hunter 
Data Centre Projects Standardising for Replication, and Data Driven (Smart) Electrical Single Line Diagrams

10. Best Technical Published Article
Brenda Madden, Sinead Keohane
“Is it time to revise Process Safety Legislation to include evolving manufacturing processes in the Biotechnology sector?”

11. Best External Conference Paper
Liam Crowe, Georgia Mai McGrath  
Refrigeration and HVAC Control Systems in the Pharmaceutical Industry


Highly Commended Submissions:

Darragh Boyle, Pat Swords, Allen J Kenny
Fork lift for operation in areas with Toxic Gas Concentrations 

Keith McCormack
Ribo Viewer