Highways UK 2020 Starts in

4/5 November 2020, NEC, Birmingham

Tarmac Materials & Maintenance Dome

MPA Materials Innovation Challenge

Tarmac Materials & Maintenance Dome

7 November 

Vital ingredients for successful highways asset management

The Highways Asset Manager has a tough job on her hands. Not only is the digital age resulting in more asset data than she can shake a stick at, but budgets continue to reduce whilst stakeholder expectations are sky-high. What are the three vital ingredients for successful asset management in this challenging environment?

Claire Gowson, Principal Consultant, Digital Asset Management, Transport, Atkins, member of the SNC-Lavalin Group

HTMA Sustainability Charter - key performance indicators

This Highways UK session presents the new Key Performance Indicators, being developed by HTMA, aimed at providing a common reporting and measurement format, for clients and contractors, around the five capitals of sustainability presented within the UN Sustainability Goals. The KPIs will help the sector and individual contractor sand clients assess their progress towards meeting the goal of sustainable highways management, as outlined the HTMA Sustainability Charter.

Jason Convey, Senior Health Safety Environment Quality Manger, VolkerHighways 


Asset management - data rich, knowledge... getting better! A 21st century approach to prioritising scarce resources to get the best return on investment 

A senior local authority practitioner outlines the current challenges local authorities face in ensuring the preservation of a safe and resilient highway network. The session will explain the benefit of embracing technology to better understand the condition of the network and how that information is being presented in a way that the 'man in the street' understands. It explores asset management maturity assessments and demonstrate practical case studies including on site developments that add value and further inform knowledge and understanding of how each element of the process contributes significantly to the overall condition of the highway network.

Mark Ellerington, Business Development Manager, Tarmac Highway Services. 

Nick Tupper, Assistant Director, Highways & Waste, Norfolk County Council.

Luke Meechan, Director, Metis Consultants

Realising the benefits of polymer modified bitumen

An overview of asphalt performance in its many dimensions and how polymer modified bitumen (PMB) such as Total's Styrelf product can contribute to that performance. But there are limitations and not all PMBs are the same. The session will stress that solutions need to be tailored to enhance and broaden tolerances and testing is needed to reliably predict the contribution the polymer makes to the asphalt. 

Gary Schofield, UK Technical Manager, Total Bitumen

How Edinburgh is driving efficiency in the public realm with intelligent infrastructure management

The City of Edinburgh Council (CEC) and Pitney Bowes explore how they are maximising the impact of asset lifecycle management through effective and proactive strategies. The session looks at how Edinburgh is driving further improvements through intelligent infrastructure management, spatial analysis and digital engagement with their customers. Discover how data consistency challenges were overcome to better inform decision making, resource allocation and the overall optimisation of asset lifecycle management and monitoring.

Gareth Barwell, Head of Place Management, City of Edinburgh Council 

Steve Hanks, Account Director - Public Sector, Pitney Bowes

Making assets smart: How integrated technology is driving safety and efficiency on the Forth Road Bridges

Smart structural health monitoring means infrastructure owners and operators can make better, more informed decisions and predict issues before they arise. Amey's Ewan Angus and Arup's Oliver Riches will discuss how the Forth Road Bridge and The Queensferry Crossing operate smartly - ensuring that thousands of cars, buses and HGVs can travel unhindered along these vital transport arteries through some of the UK's harshest weather conditions. 

Ewan Angus, Major Bridges Director - Forth Bridges, Amey

Oliver Riches, Associate Director - Bridges and Civil Structures, Arup

Applications of self-healing concrete

RM4L is an EPSRC funded project being undertaken by researchers at Cardiff, Bath, Bradford and Cambridge universities. Using a biomimetic approach the aim is to create construction materials that can adapt to their environment, develop immunity to harmful actions, self-diagnose the on-set of deterioration and self-heal when damaged. This innovative approach has the potential to engender a step-change in the value placed on infrastructure materials and provide a much higher level of confidence and reliability in the performance of infrastructure.

Robert Davies, Costain Lecturer in Construction Materials, Cardiff University

Zoe Rogers, Costain Sustainable Engineering Graduate, Costain


8 November

Highways pollution: tools and techniques to tackle pollution in surface water runoff

Vehicle pollution is not just about exhaust emissions. Tyre erosion, dust from brake and clutch pads, engine wear, and oil and fuel leakages all contribute to the pollutants that rainwater washes via surface water runoff into the drainage network from urban highways, trunk roads and motorways. Jo Bradley of SDS offers an overview of the tools and techniques available to tackle the problem.

Jo Bradley, Market Development Manager, SDS

Pothole predicament

Hosted by ADEPT/DfT

Across Britain, many more potholes than normal appeared during the severe 2017/18 winter. With limited resources the choice for roads authorities was either gritting the roads or dealing with emerging potholes. Gritting was prioritised because of the human and financial consequences of not doing so and the number of potholes increased, creating negative comment from the press and public. Steve Berry from the Department for Transport will introduce the new ADEPT/DfT briefing note on potholes, setting out advice for what can be done in future winters, particularly if such a challenging set of circumstances re-occur. While no simple solution exists, he says, steps can be taken to prevent the situation becoming worse that it really needs to be.

Mark Stevens, Chair, ADEPT Engineering Board


Do we have the right metric for the condition of our highway infrastructure?

As a nation, we do not have a metric, or a suite of metrics, that is/are recognised and respected country-wide, to indicate the condition of our highway infrastructure. Without such a metric we cannot establish what condition road users require - one of the pillars of good asset management is the setting of clear objectives for one's asset. It follows, we cannot establish what extra resources we need to achieve that condition level (they would be "extra" only if we all agreed currently we are below desired level).

Trevor Collett, past president, LGTAG and Asset Data Manager, Area 3, Kier Services

Future ready and resilient; a 30-year outlook

The session covers both a response to the AIA ALARM survey and offer an appraisal on the factors that will influence the road network's resilience and how we manage it in the long-term. The session will examine the main resilience challenges including climate change, society, resources, skills and technology, and set out how we can prepare to future proof highway assets.

David Giles, Director, Asphalt Industry Alliance

Creating durability in the road network - whole life costing and long term thinking

This session will focus on how material and technological advances in laying equipment and processes can increase durability on the road network. The session will focus on advanced bitumens and onsite manufacturing while discussing the barriers to progressing such efficiencies and how they can be overcome. The session will offer examples of where durability and cost reduction improvements have be delivered and provide immediate savings to the client, as well as where the need to take a whole life costing approach is essential to achieve longer term benefits. 

Brian Kent, National Technical Director, Tarmac

Road Space Utilisation Tool to manage the time, impact and frequency of road works

The demands on our road network are growing and there is immense pressure on clients and contractors to manage the time, impact and frequency of road works. In this session HTMA will present its work on a Road Space Utilisation Tool. which will allow clients and contractors to measure the impact on safety, customer, and delivery considerations when planning works

John Birkenhead, Business Director, Skanska

Robert Simmons, Highways Maintenance Manager, Colas