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, East Sussex Highways

11:10:
11:45

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

  • 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 of Local Roads, Innovation, Resilience, Light Rail and Cableways, Department for Transport (DfT)

12:10:
12:35

A reasonable response: Managing risk in relation to personal injury claims and winter service delivery

  • Highway authorities responsibilities and duty under Section 41 
  • What is 'reasonable' in the eyes of the law?

Richard Hayes, Chief Executive, IHE 

12:35:
13:10

Transforming winter service: A front line perspective

  • An overview of changes made to Derby CC's winter management strategy
  • A driver's perspective: What went well and what didn't
  • A decision maker's perspective: What went well and what didn't
  • Summary of savings and improvements made and appraisal of lessons learnt

David Kinsey, Area Manager-Highways, Kiley Cudworth, Highway Inspector and Decision Maker and Scott McDonald, Senior Highways Officer and 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, 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
Afternoon coffee 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

Mick Noone, Operational Director - Policy, Planning and 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

Satbir Gill, Network Manager, Ringway Hounslow Highways Ltd

16:30-18:00 Mercedes-Benz Unimog 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, Events Producer, Transport Network

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 Principal Engineer, Norwegian Public Roads Administration

11:00:
11:25

Using winter service technology to drive efficiencies and raise standards

  • Implementing new systems such as automated gritting
  • How they help drive efficiencies and what can be developed in the future
  • Planning for an efficient future 

Andrew Adam, Operations Delivery Manager, Scotland Transerv

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 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 rationalise the prioritisation and decision


Peter Turland, Senior Engineer, Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council
Nick Johnson,
Lead Consultant - Training and Education, Vaisala ltd
  

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, Area Manager Technical Services, 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:
14:45
Lunch and exhibition viewing
14:45

End of day two

Programme subject to change