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2017 13 Apr

Early Contractor Involvement Programme enters new phase

Posted in Supply Chain

Stage one of our Early Contractor Involvement (ECI) programme was successfully completed in December 2016, with nine companies from our supply chain coming together across seven key workstreams. These groups were tasked with recommending changes in a number of areas to the way the industry works and to identifying savings that could be made to the cost of digital technology. While work continues to follow-up on and develop many of these recommendations, stage two of the ECI programme is now firmly underway.

Whereas ECI 1 focussed on the industry’s established supplier network, ECI 2 engages with non-traditional suppliers, drawing on the experiences and expertise of companies and organisations in different sectors who will be able to enrich the Digital Railway programme. With nine workstreams spanning subjects as diverse as strategy development, product acceptance processes and telecommunications systems, ECI 2 is bringing in thinking from companies which are leaders in their own sectors – including automotive, aerospace, defence and electronics.

Stuart Calvert, ECI Programme Lead, said: “Our aim is to draw on the best knowledge and experience from within and outside our industry, whether that be from academia, the wider industry or client organisations. From the outset I have been delighted with the way the workstreams have approached their respective tasks, each displaying a great deal of enthusiasm and commitment to the programme’s aims. Building on the success of the first stage of the programme, I’m now looking forward to the reports from each of the workstreams which will be delivered in May, and to working closely with colleagues across with Digital Railway programme to see how new methodologies and new technologies might help us to deliver the core DRP objectives.”