Highways UK 2020 Starts in

4/5 November 2020, NEC, Birmingham

PA Consulting Technology Dome

Innovations in the highways applications of digital technologies


7 November

How close is the future of transport to becoming reality?

As technology and customer behaviour rapidly evolves, speculation is growing around what the impact may be for traditional transportation. Some are eager for CAVs, hyperloop and flying taxis to whisk us further, faster around the globe. Others remain sceptical, even resistant to disruptive, technology-driven change. What is the true picture for transport over the next 5-20 years? And what does that mean for the roads industry, as we innovate and transform together? Charlie Henderson ponders the future of transport looks and how close it really is to becoming reality.

Charlie Henderson, Partner, PA Consulting


Smart Traffic - predicting traffic priorities

By using dynamic traffic data, Sweco's Smart Traffic software, which has been trialled extensively in the Netherlands, derives detailed information about the current and future traffic situation. The software makes it possible to directly translate the policy of the road manager into the control of traffic lights on the basis of specific target groups such as cyclists and public transport.

Sandra Kamphuis, Smart Traffic Product Manager, Sweco Nederland

Stuart Wilson, Technical Director, Sweco

Digital Roads - using BIM to prepare for connected and self-driving vehicles

Headline findings from an Innovate UK proof of concept project that explores the potential benefits of BIM to support the adoption of connected and self-driving technologies. The presentation sets out how a digital twin of an urban road system could form the basis of a virtual planning, design and test environment that will help prepare the UK for a revolution in transport.

Ceki Erginbas, TRL Senior Researcher

Accelerating digital information delivery across HE's Major Projects

This session looks at how Highways England is using a Common Data Environment (CDE) to coordinate and accelerate the sharing and capture of design, construction and operational based information; and how to improve digital information delivery through project supply chains. 

Rick Cooper, Head of Owner Operator Clients, GroupBC

T-TOC, T-TOC - countdown to operation 

With nearly 100,000 intelligent infrastructure devices across Highways England's network, the session outlines new Tools for the Technology Operations Centre (T-TOC) to enable improved electronic traffic management and allow Highways England to centralise operational decision-making, provide data that informs demand models, predicts future needs and identifies areas for investment.

Richard Sams, Project Manager, Mott MacDonald 

Lessons from UK Autodrive, the benchmark project for driverless cars

UK Autodrive, the largest of three projects to have emerged from the UK Government's 'Introducing Driverless Cars' competition in 2015, last month came to a grand conclusion with three days of complex demonstrations across two cities. Consortium director Tim Armitage reflects on the key lessons learnt from this ground-breaking project to help establish the UK as a global hub for the development of autonomous vehicle technologies.

Tim Armitage, UK Autodrive Project Director, Arup

Learning from other sectors to accelerate widespread data exploitation

The speed at which the highways sector has to adopt widespread data exploitation to meet the needs of a rapidly changing mobility sector needs to increase dramatically. The session takes the premise that other infrastructure sectors have made significant gains in the last five years. The speakers will take a deep dive into cross-industry case studies where data analytics has delivered manifest and rapid value, offering a balanced discussion on how the benefits and lessons learnt could be applied to highways.

Jon Jarritt, Director of Strategic Consulting, Amey Consulting

Gary Raccuja, Strategic Consultant and Wolfson Economics Prize Winner 2017, Amey Consulting

8 November


Empowering business through optimised digital tools

The construction site of 2050 will be human-free. Robots will work in teams to build complex structures using dynamic new materials. Elements of the build will self-assemble. This session set outs Balfour Beatty's vision for a digital future, geared around improving its internal capability, partnering with the best creative minds from the technology world and being bold in the adoption of new and emerging technologies.

Nick Boyle, Technical Innovation Director, Balfour Beatty

Influencing SatNavs - a view from local highways

One of the biggest challenges highway authorities face is communicating with drivers, especially where invasive traffic management, such as road closures, is being used. James Harris, CEO of Elgin, explores how authorities are addressing this challenge with exciting new technology innovations, enabling workers at the roadside to communicate with drivers via sat-nav technology in real time. James will also consider how this technology will gain in importance with the advent of autonomous vehicles.

James Harris, CEO, Elgin

Infrastructure for Connected Vehicles

An insight into the international technology interoperability testing for connected vehicles currently underway in the UK.

Kum Wah Choy, Chief Engineer, Costain

How can technology and data bring improvements to air quality and the environment?

Technology and data is the 'new fuel' to plan, design, commission and operate a well-maintained, safer, more efficient transport system, while improving driver comfort and supporting the ongoing management and performance of local and strategic road networks. The session looks at the role of Cooperative ITS (C-ITS) in improving communication and cooperation across the transport system - to the benefit of the congestion, environment, asset maintenance and the user experience.

Dr Dave Williams, SNC-Lavalin's Atkins business

Roadway Analytics - getting useful information from big traffic data

Roads Authorities across the UK are increasingly using INRIX Roadway Analytics, a portfolio of cloud-based, on-demand traffic insight tools that provides transport agencies and consultancies with quick and easy access to in-depth roadway analysis and visualisations. 

Adrian Ulisse, Director of Sales & Business Development - Public Sector, INRIX

Transforming productivity with new technology

As former construction engineers, the PlanGrid founders saw teams dragged down by paperwork, litigation and broken communication - all of which was getting in the way of actual building. They brought technology and ideas from other industries to automate the tedious tasks and free up teams to collaborate from anywhere. Learn about the surprising differences that separate good from bad technology deployment, and how to set up your teams for maximum productivity.

Rob Elvidge, Regional Sales Director, EMEA, PlanGrid

Hybrid infrastructure - supporting the adoption of CAVs

The road network we travel every day has been designed and built to meet the needs of traditional vehicles. Over the coming years greater numbers of vehicles will employ new technologies of energy, automation and communication. We must address these changing requirements to prevent delays in realising the benefits new technologies will bring, without compromising our existing fleets. This session will explore some of the challenges and solutions in the delivery of this "hybrid infrastructure"

Alex Wright, Chief Technologist, TRL


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