Highways UK 2020 Starts in

4/5 November 2020, NEC, Birmingham

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Civils & Materials Dome sponsored by Tarmac

Download speaker presentations using the links below. We can only host presentations with file sizes up to 50Mb, audio podcasts from the sessions will be available shortly


Wednesday 6 November


Innovation and sustainability - how innovation can help to reduce the carbon footprint of asphalt

Brian Kent, National Technical Director, Tarmac


How NOT to design highway drainage in the 21st century

Over decades, drainage design has fixated on removing surface water from the carriageway as quickly as possible, in ever-bigger pipes. So, discharged water races into small streams and culverts causing erosion, sedimentation and pollution. Dust off some good, traditional filter drain designs, and mix with some innovative SuDS techniques, and you can achieve simple, quick and cost-effective pollution treatment and control.

Joanna Bradley, Market Development Manager, SDS Limited


Warm mix asphalt: reducing carbon emissions and improving efficiencies

Rick Ashton, Total and Asphalt Industries Alliance


Is your use of signs safe and legal?

Local authorities and utilities companies might not realise their legal obligations with respect to the appropriate use of products used on the road from traffic signals to temporary road traffic signs. ARTSM offers its insight on the need for safety in procurement and having up to date knowledge and understanding of requirements under UK law.

Andy Fish, Legal and safety working group, ARTSM


Silverstone Case Study

Tim Smith, Contracting Technical Lead, Tarmac  


Nature inspired materials for biomimetic infrastructure

This research investigates the potential of nanotechnology and graphene materials for self-sensing infrastructure. The presenter will cover developments in self-healing concrete and the Resilient Materials for Life (RM4L) programme that develops nature-inspired materials that can self-diagnose, self-heal and self-immunise.

Ioanna Papanikolaou, Business Development Manager, Costain and PhD Candidate, University of Cambridge


BIM workflow - using the right tool at the right time

BIM management systems allocate tasks to various parties involved in the project, which can introduce a complex conversation between the Project Coordinator and Designer. Changes to services only increase the complexity of project coordination. An integrated system, where all revisions are immediately reflected in all related services, eliminates unnecessary back-and-forth communication resuling in a more efficient project delivery.

Vincent Bester, Managing Director, Civil Designer UK


Applications of intelligent technology and innovation in asset management

Reg Cook, Head of Operations, Telent


Keep it simple and ignite digital change among field workers

Despite of the increasing number of technologies available to construction companies, adoption among field workers is slow, partly because the technologies are complex and originally developed for office managers. The session considers how to increase adoption of digital tools among field workers to enable collaborative working, an increase in productivity and transparency on all aspects of road projects.

Khaldon Evans, Chief Marketing Officer, Script&Go (Site Diary UK)


Technical innovations that helped deliver pavement efficiency gains in RIS 1

An overview of how Pavement Efficiency Group has worked collaboratively with supply chain and wider industry to develop and share the technical content that enables the realisation of capital efficiencies (KPI7) that can be achieved through the delivery of pavement works.

single presentation

Jon Cole, Head of Pavement Efficiency and Productivity, Highways England

James Burdall, Associate Director, AECOM


Thursday 7 November


Innovations in bitumen technology

Gary Schofield, Technical Manager, Total Bitumen


Automating high risk maintenance tasks

The automation of works activities has become increasingly prevalent, with efficiency and safety benefits well documented across many sectors. Through a review of available evidence and existing automation solutions, high risk maintenance activities suitable for automation can be identified. The implementation of such solutions could help deliver roadworks that better manage risk and deliver improvements in productivity and safety.

Malcolm Palmer, Senior Safety Consultant, TRL


Creating the foundations for success on SMART Motorways: Recent case studies in technical solutions, lessons learned and innovation

A look into how Van Elle utilises collaboration and engineering innovation to deliver efficient geotechnical solutions for Highways England SMART Motorways improvements.

single presentation

Dave Warner, Construction Director, Van Elle

Matt Love, Preconstruction Director, Van Elle


RoadBotics: road asset condition assessment using AI technology

FM Conway has recently partnered with US company RoadBotics, bringing AI technology to the roads of London and the South. This new technology offers a revolutionary, efficient and objective method of assessing road conditions, which will ensure highway authorities make intelligent, cost-efficient and data-driven decisions for improving the safety of our streets.

single presentation

Ryan Gayman, RoadBotics, 

John Holliday, FM Conway


The digital future of Work Zone Safety

This session sets out a new approach to protecting your workforce and your customers via digitally mapped work zones and giving authorised personnel real-time information for informed decision-making. Each zone map provides information such as location, working windows and any alarms. All services are connected via secure and resilient cloud based systems, allowing works to be managed and delivered safely and efficiently.

Andrew Fennell, Chairman, HRS


Asset Management - battle of engineering judgement, automation or just who shouts loudest?

With the growth of digital, AI and sophisticated software packages, this presentation will use national and local authority case studies to demonstrate the current state of the industry and the art of the possible. 

Warren Bradley, technical director, Mott MacDonald


Best practice in contracting solutions

Rick Ashton, UK Market Development Manager, Total Bitumen


Developments in road applications of cement bound granular materials (CBGM)

The use of cement bound base in flexible composite pavements has a long history in the UK. This presentation will give a brief overview of both the mixtures and the design philosophy behind flexible composite pavements, before going into more detail around how the UK is about to introduce a new class of cement bound base following extensive oversees research and development. Roller Compacted Concrete (RCC) has higher strength and requires a thinner asphalt overlay compared to traditional HBMs. It also has the ability to be laid as a running surface on off highway industrial pavements so is an unusually versatile inflexible material.

David Markham, Senior Manager Asphalt Technology, and Ian Carr, Technical Manager, Tarmac


Managing concrete in transit to the point of use

One of the most pressing matters for any construction project is controlling the quality of their perishable ready mix concrete as it's transported from the plant to the jobsite.

Currently, a well designed mix can be batched accurately into the back of a truck but then all control and visibility ends as the live load is delivered to the site. VERIFIĀ® data gives producers and users a window onto this previously invisible but highly significant part of the process.

Helen Frape, Business Analyst Change and Innovation, GCP Applied Technologies


Low volume asphalt for potholes, patching and utility reinstatements

With the emphasis from the DfT now being on permanent pothole repair solutions, hear about Jobling Purser's innovative, bagged low volume asphalt that can be used in conjunction with on-site low volume asphalt mixers, to produce virgin asphalt materials on demand, ideal for re-instatement teams and pothole repairs.

Hayden Davie, Technical Sales Engineer, Jobling Purser

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