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Boskalis jaarverslagen 2012

Research and development

Boskalis Innovation Challenge

Constant innovation is crucial to Boskalis’ future. We want to leverage our wealth of knowledge and experience and transform it into innovative initiatives that support our activities. We give our employees all the space they need for this, for example through the Boskalis Innovation Challenge (BIC) introduced in 2014. The focus of the program, which challenges individual employees or teams to put their innovative ideas forward, keeps shifting slightly in order to keep people interested. Of the 70 ideas presented in the context of the BIC at the end of 2014 seven inspirational projects were further developed in 2015. The winning idea – 3D printing of reefs using sand – will be put into practice in 2016 during a pilot project in Monaco (see CSR report 2015 for a case study).The BIC was repeated in 2015 and this resulted in 123 ideas, six of which were selected by a jury chaired by a group director. Moreover, three topics were chosen which could turn out to be groundbreaking in the long term.

Port Innovation Accelerator

When it comes to innovation we do not only take an inside-out approach (for example with the Boskalis Innovation Challenge) but also an outside-in approach. A good example of the latter, which also involves looking at innovations that could be game-changers for Boskalis, is the Port Innovation Accelerator (PortXL).Boskalis participates in this initiative, which was launched at the end of 2015 by the Rotterdam Port Authority and pools the forces of companies with international standing. The Rotterdam Port Authority hopes to attract 10 port-related start-ups with the initiative.

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