Programme 2019

12 November 2020 | Victoria Park Plaza


Pre-Conference Seminar

3rd July 2019, Inmarsat, London

Embracing new developments in sustainable future materials

13:00 Registration and coffee

13:30 Chair’s opening remarks

Mark Hansford, editor, New Civil Engineer

13:40 Managing the shortage of materials and resources for planned road projects

  • Obtaining the required resources in a consolidated and stretched supplier industry
  • How will the increased road projects planned by local authorities and Highways England impact the supply chain
  • How can the roads sector and supply chain collaborate to manage the materials shortage?

Matthew Lugg, president, CIHT

14:05 Cumbria trials: Substituting bitumen with recycled plastic in a standard asphalt mix

Andy Brown, senior asset and network manager, Cumbria County Council

14:35 Examining advances in self-healing concrete and commercial applications

  • Examining the business case for biometric materials
  • Defining self-healing systems
  • Developments to date by the M4L and RM4L national team
  • Examining the field applications and commercial parameters

Dr Chrysoula Litina, senior post-doctoral researcher, University of Cambridge

15:00Developing self-healing asphalt roads

  • Using the flow of bitumen to drain into and fill the cracks
  • Controlling the flow of bitumen with gravity, viscosity, thermal expansion, and surface tension
  • Altering the flow of bitumen by changing the temperature of the road, which makes bitumen expand and pushes it into the cracks, or reducing the viscosity of the bitumen, which allows it to flow more easily
  • Using techniques such as microwave and induction heating, or solvent releasing capsules next to cracks, that improve the flow of bitumen in a controlled way and contribute to self-heal cracks
  • Future; repairing cracks in asphalt at ambient temperature by periodically passing a specially-designed roller compactor over the road

Dr Alvaro Garcia, assistant professor, Nottingham Transportation Engineering Centre (NTEC), University of Nottingham

15:25 Networking coffee break

15:50 Case study: Manchester Airport Group: Intelligent pavements to improve asset management

  • ​Assessing pavement condition and future deterioration to develop maintenance strategy and improve whole life cost
  • Assessing conditions with; annual surveys to assess surface defects, ride quality, skid resistance and bearing capacity
  • Collecting real time condition data using in-pavement sensors to determine the health of pavement infrastructure and plan/prioritise treatment
  • MAG scoping study; reviewing the feasibility, variability and implementation of such innovative technique as a part of the airport asset management.

Dr Bachar Hakim, head of pavement design and asset management, transportation, AECOM
Matt Ralph, assistant project manager - airfield and aprons, Manchester Airport Group

16:20 Panel discussion: Highways England Pavement Efficiency Group - Developing and delivering a programme of pavement 
efficiency and productivity initiatives

  • Driving change in laying pavements within HE and the supply chain
  • Enabling the identification and implementation of pavement efficiencies whilst creating a legacy of continuous improvement

Jon Cole, head of pavement productivity and efficiency, Highways England
James Burdall, project manager and technical lead, AECOM and Pavement Efficiency Group
Paul Edwards, technical support to HE Pavement Efficiency Group and HE Safety, Engineering and Standards
Chibuzor Ojum, technical lead, HE Pavement Efficiency Group

17:00 Chair’s closing remarks and close of workshop

4th July 2019: Main conference

8:25 Registration and morning coffee

8:55 Chair’s opening remark

                  Mark Hansford, editor, New Civil Engineer

9:00 Keynote interview: The vision for creating Britain’s modern and sustainable road network

Outlining the Department for Transport’s short and long-term vision and strategy for the UK’s strategic and local road networks and in tackling congestion and poor air quality. How much funding will Treasury be allocating for the Road Investment Strategy 2 (RIS2) period, what the impact of the hypothecated road tax will be and ensuring continuity in the face of Brexit and economic uncertainty.

Richard Bruce, director of energy, technology and innovation, Department for Transport

9:20 Highways England: Successfully funding and delivering the vision up to 2025

  • Outlining the highways development schemes for the short and long-term and understanding how projects will be prioritised
  • Obtaining funding for new and planned projects (Lower Thames Crossing, Stonehenge)
  • What does the future hold for delivery models; partnerships and alliances, in managing risk and responsibilities?
  • Strategies to create a safer and cleaner road network

Jim O’ Sullivan, chief executive, Highways England

9:45 Panel discussion: Ensuring the urban and inter-urban infrastructure is delivering the needs of a modern Britain

  • Delivering more with dwindling resources, what are the planned schemes to upgrade and maintain city and inter-city infrastructure?
  • Strategies to manage the increasing congestion, decreasing capacity and poor air quality
  • How will transport authorities be delivering smart, connected and futuristic urban and inter-urban infrastructure? 
  • How will road user satisfaction be boosted as more roadworks take place?
  • Strategies to create a modal shift; getting road uses bikes and making roads more pedestrian friendly

Peter Molyneux, strategic roads director, Transport for the North
Anthony Smith
, chief executive, Transport Focus
Nick Fairholme
, director of project and programme delivery, Transport for London
Elliot Shaw
, executive director, strategy and planning, Highways England

10:30 Networking refreshment break

11:00 Panel discussion: Bridges - replacing and upgrading 22,000 structures across the country

  • Understanding what the strategies and funding initiatives are to maintain, upgrade and replace the 22,000 bridges and flyovers within the UKs road networks
  • Ensuring a regular inspection regime to assess the lifetimes and maintenance needs and how funding will be allocated to ensure well maintained and safe bridges
  • Exploring alternative solutions to bridges which require less maintenance and financial investment over the longer-term

Kevin Dentith, chief engineer (Bridges & Structures), Devon County Council and chair of the ADEPT National Bridges Group
Lila Tachtsi, asset management director, Highways England 
Tony Nicholls, professional head - structures, Connect Plus


David Barton, business development manager, XEIAD

11:40 Panel discussion: Debating the wider challenges of mega-tunnels

  • Comparing large scale tunnel projects with alternative surface crossing options
  • Connectivity, safety, durability, mobility, aesthetics and wider socio-economic benefits
  • How do we ensure return on investment is readily understood and supported by stakeholders?
  • ​Drawing on experiences from a range of international mega-tunnel schemes

Bob Frew, vice president, North American tunnelling practice, AECOM
Roger Bailey, chief technical director, Thames Tideway
Roy Slocombe, director, Herrenknecht International
Mark Southwell,
managing director, civil infrastructure, AECOM

12:20 Connected and automated vehicles (CAVs): What does the future hold in store and how do we prepare for a seamless

Mike Waters, director of policy, strategy and innovation, Transport for West Midlands

12:45 Networking lunch break

13:45 Outlining the vision and allocation for Britain’s local roads network

Steve Berry, head, local roads, light rail and cableways branch, Department for Transport

14:10 Case study: Delivering the infrastructure for the Commonwealth Games 2022 and Coventry City of Culture 2021

  • Taking a holistic approach to planning and ensuring the investment programme meets current as well as future demands
  • Examining impact of devolution and the creation of combined authorities on financing and developing infrastructure
  • Creating and modifying the infrastructure which will be interacting with HS2

Sandeep Shinghadia, director of capital programmes delivery, Transport for West Midlands

14:35 Panel discussion: Alternative models of working and partnerships to manage the local road networks

  • Examining the effect of combined authorities and devolved powers
  • How will controlling your own purse strings enhance the maintenance and development of local roads
  • Challenges faced by local authorities and how best to overcome them
  • Outlining asset management projects as well as new road schemes

Andy Warrington, technical director, ADEPT
Jason Humm
, head of transport, West of England Combined Authority
Matthew Lugg
, head of profession, local government, WSP and president, Chartered Institute of Highways and Transportation (CIHT)
Martin Tugwell,
programme director, England's Economic Heartland

14:10 - 15:20 Air quality: Striving towards cleaner air for Britain

Young engineers challenge: Implementable and cost-effective solutions to improve air quality in the next 5 years

Exploring practical and sustainable strategies for improving air quality by reducing levels of nitrogen oxide and particle matters. How can we redesign and reengineer our road networks, what sort of strategies can we implement to reduce vehicle usage and perhaps ownership? With the rise of electric vehicles, what impact does it have on the power supply and what to expect if we move into a truly electric society?

Shortlisted presentations followed by announcing the winning proposal.


Simon Birkett, founder and director, Clean Air in London
Rupert Clubb
, chief officer, Transport for the South East
Roger Geffen
, policy director, Cycling UK
Benjamin Heydecker
, professor of transport studies, Centre for Transport Studies, University College London
Anita Konrad
, England director, Sustrans

15:15 Networking and coffee break

15:45 Panel discussion: Managing the UKs blue and white-collar skills shortage

  • Examining the impact of Brexit on the shortage of skills and the plans to manage the consequences
  • Raising the profile of engineering and the roads sector to attract talent at all levels
  • How are the required skills-set evolving as we spearhead towards a digital and connected age?

Sue Stevens, director of education and membership, Chartered Institute of Highways and Transportation
Rupert Clubb
, chief officer, Transport for the South East
Catherine de Marco, deputy director for infrastructure skills, Department for Transport

16:20 Announcing the winner from the ‘Young Engineers Challenge’

16:30 Closing futuristic keynote address: Journey to 2040

A quick glimpse into the future of transportation and how evolution in technology will change the way we live. Matt will be sharing how current advances in artificial intelligence, robotics, sustainable materials and construction is changing the face of infrastructure around the world.

Discover the latest research on renewable energy systems and electric vehicles and how the automotive industry is preparing for the death of the car! Will we be embracing the idea of mobility as a service and what impact will that have on urban design, spaces and smart infrastructure?

Matthew Griffin, Fanatical Futurist

17:00 Chair’s closing remarks

17:05 Close of conference


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