Roadmapping case studies
The IfM has applied roadmapping techniques to over 300 projects across the world, in organisations of all sizes, from SMEs to global corporations. The case studies on this page outline the range of challenges faced by organisations we have worked with and how roadmapping has been used to visualise and develop strategies.
To identify technology opportunities
This organisation was sponsoring the development of a new technology with significant commercial application in its sector and beyond. Roadmapping helped to develop a clear understanding of its likely commercial path, and an understanding of the risks and decision points required for development and implementation.
We worked with Subsea 7 to make a step-change in the pace of innovation development.
We supported GKN to develop its technology and innovation strategy across four divisions, with a particular focus on planning for disruptive technologies and high value innovation initiatives.
Align strategy with customer needs
We worked with a unique Africa's Voices Foundation, a Cambridge University spin-out charity, to help it develop its medium-term strategy.
Develop a sector strategy
Academics and industrialists worked together to align bulk superconductivity research with current and future industrial needs.
89 participants from across 44 organisations participated in this one-day workshops to identify data measurement challenges and explore research project ideas.
A vision for future lifesaving technologies
IfM worked with the RNLI to develop a clear understanding of emerging technologies that will impact on future search and rescue operations at sea.
See the RNLI report the 'Third Dimension for Search and Rescue'.
Develop a long term technology strategy
Global heavy industry manufacturer IHI Corporation is benefitting from better goal alignment and increased dialogue across departments within the company as a result of integrating roadmapping into its business planning strategy.
Roadmapping has helped a global manufacturing company resolve a lack of strategic alignment between its business goals and longer term technology research.
The process involved eight workshops, with more than 150 participants from across the whole of the rail industry, to identify and explore over 200 application options, consolidated into 64 strategic projects
To assess the benefits of roadmapping
This case study explores some of the benefits of roadmapping and the challenges organisations face in ensuring they are realised.
Other examples of roadmapping in action:
Exploring ways to improve outcomes across the patient journey, create outline ideas for future research and service-development projects.
High Value Manufacturing at Alconbury Enterprise Campus
Roadmaps and Recommendations
Roadmapping Workshop for the EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Ultra Precision
The Road4FAME project has developed a strategic research and innovation roadmap for IT architectures and services in manufacturing.
This roadmap underpins the common vision and strategy of industry and government working together to develop export-led growth.
Roadmap for EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Ultra Precision
Identification of new and evolving manufacturing applications
Roadmap for EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Large-Area Electronics
Commercialisation potential of algae-related products, processes and services
Strategy and priorities needed to achieve the industry’s vision
The future of synthetic biology in the UK
Collaboration and leverage towards the UK 2035 landscape
Fundamental and early stage applied research in engineering and materials.
Pharmaceutical, Biopharmaceutical and Medical Device Sectors
Working with Shell, Kazakhstan to develop a national technology & R&D roadmap.
Follows on from a study into the future of High Value Manufacturing.
This study sets out to understand the global manufacturing context in which UK companies must compete and how that context is expected to evolve over the next 15-20 years.
Mapping the next 30 years of the Australian rail industry.
A shared vision to be the best place to develop, and adopted, stratified medicine.
UK Marine industries roadmap and capability study
The roadmap will help to prioritise future research support options to maximise economic growth of UK marine companies.
- Workshop 1 - Maritime services and ICT roadmapping
- Workshop 2 - Marine renewables and resources
- Workshop 3 - Marine leisure and equipment
- Workshop 4 - Shipbuilding and repair
- Workshop 5 - Ports and infrastructure
Foresight Vehicle technology roadmap for the UK automotive sector
The first Foresight Vehicle Technology Roadmap was developed to identify technology and research themes for road transport, aiming to support UK industry in the globally competitive market for transport products and to provide sustainable mobility for UK citizens. Further details are available here.
Automotive Australia 2020 Project
The AA2020 Australian Automotive Roadmap was completed in 2010, focusing on the future opportunities and capabilities for the automotive supply chain in Australia, and investment priorities for the $1.3 billion Green Car Innovation Fund. The process involved multiple workshop, with more than 220 participants from 160 organisations, including vehicle producers, automotive suppliers, research organisations and government agencies.
Computational science roadmap, Coordinated by Microsoft
International roadmap for packaging
UK Ministry of Defence roadmapping guidance
UK National Measurement Institute technology roadmaps, coordinated by NPL
UK automotive supply base roadmap
WiSEN wireless sensors technology roadmap
BioProcessUK technology roadmap
Centre for Abuse & Trauma Studies (CATS), route map for children's social care safeguarding services.
Green chemical technology roadmap