Programme

Time
Session
Day One: Wednesday 17th May 2017
09:30:
11:00
Registration, refreshments and exhibition viewing
11:00:
11:10

Chair's Introduction and Welcome

Roger Williams, Head of Network Assurance Highways, East Sussex Highways

11:10:
11:45

Keynote Address: The challenges and opportunities of delivering a new winter maintenance programme in Buffalo Grove, Ilinois.

  • Why Buffalo Grove was awarded the APWA National Excellence in Snow & Ice Control Award in 2016 and the story behind its success
  • The re-writing & implementation of its new winter service maintenance programme
  • Future challenges & opportunities
  • Managing cost while delivering innovation and development

Bryan Beitzel, Maintenance Superintendent, Village of Buffalo Grove, Illinois, USA

11:45:
12:10

Making the UK network more resilient during winter

  • Implementing recent guidance and planning for the future
  • Considering what is needed in the winter service sector and adapting to change
  • Working with local authorities and other key organisations

Steve Berry OBE, Head, Local Roads, Innovation, Resilience, Light Rail and Cableways, Department for Transport (DfT)

12:10:
12:35

Keeping London moving in extreme weather

  • The challenge of re-locating London's salt store
  • Maintenance of the Cycle Super Highways during winter
  • Use of liquid de-icers on TfL structures
  • Severe weather or contingency plans? Co-ordination and management of severe weather

Robert O'Rourke, Senior Route Manager, Transport for London (TfL)

12:35:
13:10

Transforming winter service: a front line perspective

  • An overview of changes made to Derby CC's winter management strategy
  • A DRIVERS PERSPECTIVE: What went well and what didn't
  • A DECISION MAKERS PERSPECTIVE: What went well and what didn't
  • Summary of savings and improvements made and appraisal of lessons learnt

David Kinsey, Area Manager-Highways, Michala Medcalf, Senior Asset Management Technician and Scott McDonald, gritter driver, Derby City Council

13:15:
14:15
Lunch and Exhibition Viewing
14:15:
14:40

Using the Internet of Things to transform UK winter Service

  • Understanding the use of the internet to help deliver low-cost road temperature sensing
  • Road Weather Information Systems and the future
  • What will our needs be in the future?

Lee Chapman, Professor of Climate Resilience & Director of Knowledge Transfer, University of Birmingham

 
14:40:
15:05

Implementing the new Highways Code of Practice-risk based approach in the winter service sector

  • Understanding what the code means for the winter service sector 
  • Adapting plans and developing a risk-based strategy
  • Implementing the strategy and measuring performance

Chris Cranston, Operations & Communications Manager, Devon County Council

15:05:
15:25
Coffee and tea break
15:25:
15:55

Local authority case study - Halton Borough Council

Halton's Winter Plan

  • A regional approach to winter 
  • Closer to home-Halton’s winter plan
  • What next for winter

Mike Noone, Operational Director, Policy, Planning, Transportation, Halton Borough Council

15.55:
16.20

Local authority case study: Hounslow Highways
How engagement with the local community has helped deliver more effective and efficient winter service

  • Getting the most from community engagement and planning
  • Emergency and continuity planning
  • Delivering the right strategy and right approach

Ian Lennock, Operations Manager, Hounslow Highways & Satbir Gill, Network Manager, Hounslow Highways

 

 

16:30-18:00 Drinks Reception in exhibition hall
 
Day Two: Thursday 18th May 2017
09:00:
10:30
Registration, Refreshments and Exhibition Viewing

10:30:
10:35

Chair's Introduction and Welcome

Adrian Tatum, Group Editor, Surveyor, transportnetwork.co.uk and Surveyor events

10:35:
11:00

Day two keynote speaker

ITS as a means towards safer winter roads

  • ITS technologies and instrumentation, road side and in vehicles
  • Road state monitoring systems and decision support
  • Connected vehicles 
  • Automation of the spreader and plough functions 

Torgeir Vaa, Senior Principle Engineer, Norwegian Public Roads Administration

11:00:
11:25

Session TBC

11:25:
11:45
Tea and coffee break
11:45:
12:05

Effective use of statistical weather data to more effectively and accurately predict freezing conditions

  • Managing data in relation to the new Highways Code of Best Practice
  • Creating a risk based framework for winter maintenance
  • Using historical weather station and climatic data combined with statistical analysis to examine how you can take a risk based approach to help rationalised the prioritisation and decision


Peter Turland, Senior Engineer, Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council
Nick Johnson, Global Training Manager, Vaisala

  

12:05:
12:25

Local authority case study: Northumberland CC
Winter service investment plans and the challenges of managing winter

  • A new fleet of gritters: what that means for our strategy
  • Developing a sustainable strategy for the future
  • The challenges and opportunities of winter service delivery
     

Kris Westerby, Highways Delivery Area Manager, Northumberland County Council

 
12:25:
13:15

What next for the UK winter service sector: New strategies, new approaches, new technology

Various NWSRG members

13:15:
14:30
Lunch and exhibition viewing
14:30:
15:15

Session TBC

Programme subject to change