The Future of Roads

12 November 2020 | Victoria Park Plaza

Programme

Driving Innovation, Decarbonisation and Smart Intelligence

Thursday 12 November 2020

Time Session
08:20 Registration & refreshments
09:00 Chair's welcome
BIG ISSUES
09:15 Opening Address: How can the transport sector help build more resilient cities?
  Assessing how to make our cities resilient to the effects of climate change, the implications for our transport networks and how collaboration is needed to drive change in the design and construction of rail and road projects.
09:35 The Big Interview: What will be the major changes in approach and priorities from Highways England in RIS2?
  Outlining how Highways England are putting decarbonisation, safety and technology at the heart of RIS2 and what this means for future procurement and their future project partners?
09:55 Panel: Discussing the effects of new technology and changing social factors on highway networks, their assets and their usage
  (Google or City Mapper or Uber, ORR, TFL, Transport for Greater Manchester)
  • How could declining car ownership & changing social attitude impact road usage and therefore asset management?
  • What impact have Smart Motorways and smarter vehicles had for the network and how we deliver better safety and capacity?
  • How are organisations planning for the impact of semi-autonomous vehicles and the next disruptive technology to impact road travel?
10:30 Networking and refreshments break
PROJECTS TO WATCH
11:00 Project Update: Sharing how technology is at the heart of the A14 project
  Pinpointing how the team are using technology including autonomous vehicles onsite and explaining the real impact on delivery and safety
11:20 Project Update: Exploring best practice in the expansion of the Smart Motorway programme
  Sharing how the next generation of Smart Motorway schemes, including the A1(M) junction 6 to junction 8 are being planned and what lessons are being applied from the previous generation of schemes.
11:40 Project update: Examining the economic and environmental impact of the A9 dualling
  Discussing the importance of investing in local skills and quality planning, ahead of construction and assessing the challenge of matching local concerns with national challenges such as cutting emissions.
12:00 A303 STONEHENGE: Revealing the latest developments in the tunnel projects and what will make the project’s approach unique
  Understanding the latest plans and design for the multi £million project, how the team is working with key national and local stakeholders and what the next core milestones look like.
12:20 Question and answer session
12:35 Networking lunch
 
  • Meet the Graduate Challenge Shortlist – during the break, take the opportunity to meet the shortlist and discuss their ideas, ahead of the presentations.
  • Client Hubs – network with the teams from major clients during the break and pose your pressing questions to them at their stands.
13:35 Recovering energy from traffic: assessing developments in creating positive energy roads
  How can we turn the 1.2 billion registered vehicles worldwide into something productive towards the climate crisis? What impact can technology have on the roads we build and in order to make them energy positive?
REGIONAL HIGHWAYS
13:55 Question and answer session
14:05

Interview: Midlands Connect: Ensuring that key road networks have the investment required

 

Discussing the £600m of project identified in 2019, how the body will secure the funding needed for the region and what local government and industry can do to make the economic and environmental case for projects

14:35

Panel: How will local authorities improving highways asset management for the 2020s and beyond?

 
  • What lessons have been learnt from the maintenance contracts and priorities of the last decade?
  • How is technology changing the approach to asset management and the capabilities of highways engineers?
  • What are councils seeking in future project and asset management partners?
14:45

Question and answer session

15:15

Networking & refreshment break

FUTURE CHALLENGES
15:40

Debate: How can the UK’s plans for an ‘infrastructure revolution’ align with the it’s goal to achieve Net Zero Carbon by 2050?

 
  • What role does investment in ageing infrastructure plan in reducing Carbon emission in the sector?
  • How does the way the industry designs and delivers project need to change to cut embedded carbon and carbon emissions?
  • What role do engineers, contractors, clients and the supply chain need to play ensure the next revolution meets higher environmental standards?
  • How should carbon be factored into the planning and procurement of projects?
16:10

CLEAN AIR CHALLENGE

 

A competition searching for bright graduates who have bold ideas on how to ensure the industry meets higher standards in air quality and carbon emission. If you have an exciting idea, please submit to New Civil Engineer. The top three entries will be shortlisted to present to the conference in July. The shortlist will have five minutes to present and five minutes of questions.

16:40

International case study: Sharing key insight into the global development plans of a smart roads network and the impact for engineers and the wider industry

 

Exploring how European clients are tackling the need to increase capacity and create modern, resilient roads networks, along with the need to cut carbon emission and mitigate the disruption that technology is bringing to highways.

16:55

Question and answer session

17:00

Clean Air challenge winner announced

17:05

Close of conference

17:10

Drinks reception

 

Rail and Roads Fringe Programme

Thursday 12 November 2020

Time Session
11:00 Room A: Impact in Rail – three talks from the shortlist of this year’s NCE100, share their exciting innovations, ideas and development, which make them leaders in the sector.
  Room B: Roundtable discussion (invite only) What impact will digital construction have for the future of highways asset management?
12:35 Lunchtime activity
 
  • Meet the Graduate Challenge Shortlist – during the break, take the opportunity to meet the shortlist and discuss their ideas, ahead of the presentations.
  • Client Hubs – network with the teams from major clients during the break and pose your pressing questions to them at their stands.
13:35 Room A: Impact in Roads – three talks from the shortlist of this year’s NCE100, share their exciting innovations, ideas and development, which make them leaders in the sector.
  Room B: Roundtable discussion (invite only) How have can we decarbonise rail project in the next ten years and what will this mean for the supply chain?

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