Highways UK 2020 Starts in

4/5 November 2020, NEC, Birmingham

Technology Innovation Theatre

CAM Speaker Hub

IIC Competition

IET Lounge

Technology Innovation Theatre and Hack the Highways, sponsored by PA Consulting

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


Welcome: Charlie Henderson, Global Roads Expert, PA Consulting

People and the machines - AI from hype to reality

AI and automation present a major opportunity for roads, with higher productivity and lower costs. But the impact on skills and the workforce has been less clear. This session sheds new light on the people implications - and what organisations need to do to make their workforce fit for the future.

Heledd Straker, people and talent expert, PA Consulting 


Creating a step change in customer engagement 

Much of the industry is focused on the latest digital innovations and the use of visualisation is increasing, but are we really using digital tools and technical innovation effectively enough to involve, inform and consult users and operators?

Ian Owen, Technology Principal, Mott MacDonald


The future of advanced traffic management

The world of traffic management is changing. Evolving IT infrastructure, changing political aspirations, financial pressures and new technologies such as connected cloud based solutions provide new opportunities for advanced traffic management. This talk will explore the work that TRL is undertaking to unlock existing transport infrastructure while advancing the next generation of SCOOT powered urban traffic control. 

Mike Guerin, Head of Software Sales and Marketing, TRL

Mark Crabtree, Professional Services Consultant, TRL


US case study: achieving efficiency through cloud-based collaboration tools

Creating an almost unprecedented atmosphere of trust and cooperation on the I-95 Express Lanes Southern Terminus Extension, Virginia, USA

Josh Progar, Manager, Global Technical Solutions, Autodesk/PlanGrid


Shaping Future Infrastructure

Dr Kum Wah Choy discusses how we are shaping future infrastructure with the emerging Connected and Automated Mobility (CAM) technologies.

Dr Kum Wah Choy, Chief Engineer, Costain


The future of Rapid Engineering

Liam Gallagher (BIM and Information Director - Jacobs) will demonstrate and explain the future of Rapid Engineering. This includes enhanced capabilities that will allow the business to make informed decisions on a fully integrated basis including (but not limited to) safety, risk, costs, schedule and sequencing, and an advanced machine-readable DMRB capability. The system is being developed on the three key attributes of connectivity, Digital Built Britain readiness,and being digital twin enabled.

Liam Gallagher, BIM and Information Director, Jacobs


Deploying a digital twin and the digital roads agenda

Adrian Malone, Head of Digital Project Delivery, WSP


The future of learning (or how to be a good lobster)

James Woodcock, learning and performance innovation expert, PA Consulting


Integration and delivery

Dave Powell, Head of ITS Delivery, Cubic



How new data sources are helping to transform transport demand forecasting

An overview of how intelligent mobility and demographic data and insight helps local, regional and national government, commercial transport operators and consultancies understand how people use our transport infrastructure - helping us to better understand and solve real city issues.

O2 already offers game changing solutions for clients such as Highways England, Transport for London, Department for Transport, Network Rail and many more...this session will also provide an overview of how deploying this data in Thames Valley will help to improve health, travel and the economy.

David Sweeney, Director, O2 Motion


Hackathon highlights and insights

Team Delta

Team Echo

Team Foxtrot

Thursday 7 November


O2 breakfast briefing


Highway's Digital Front Line

Analysis of an in-depth survey with CIHT on the state of digitalisation within the Highways and Transportation sector in the UK, focusing particularly on impact digital can have to the end user, how digital will drive a productivity revolution and the digital readiness of the workforce.

James Atkinson, Chief Operating Officer, Causeway Technologies


From smart motorways to digital roads

Connectivity and automated vehicle systems have the potential to dramatically improve safety and customer experience of smart motorways in the near future as well as the longer term, when full digital roads become reality. The session will look at the short, medium and long term opportunities and how to make sure the full benefits are realised.

Dr Jill Hayden, Technical Director - Intelligent Mobility & Smart Technologies, Atkins, member of SNC-Lavalin Group


Data, data everywhere but not a drop to drink

Reflecting on the current and future states of road based mobility data for use in the strategic control of managing networks, future mobility service provision and personalisation of journeys

Marc Roberts, Consultant, Chordant


Embedding digital approaches and intelligent infrastructure into Highways schemes

Ours is an industry faced with a breadth of challenges, from a significant predicted increase in road capacity to enhancing some of the worst productivity in Europe whilst improving health and safety alongside the skills gap and capacity shortage. In order to successfully overcome these challenges, it is fundamentally important to re-engineer our business processes by embracing digital transformation in the roads sector.

Ellie Wilson, Head of Digital Transformation, Balfour Beatty



Managing change in a technology driven world​

As technology offer new performance opportunities and innovation potential, harnessing it's true value can also present challenges for workforces who have to adapt. Find out how, by using the levers of social change, the roads sector can release and sustain the value of technology deep in safety-critical, operational environments.

Chris Sheryn, Global Lead - Operational Excellence, PA Consulting 


Big data and human behaviours

If we want to use the masses of data available to us in the construction industry to help make a difference to our clients, we need to ensure that we focus as much on the people as the data.

Adam Street, Vice President of Digital Solutions, Jacobs


International experience in the use of artificial Intelligence for the control and optimisation of road construction projects

This session considers the application of AI-empowered project management in the road sector including insights from a recent project in the Middle East. It sets out the general challenges faced by both large strategic and local road projects and how AI can resolve and reduce project management challenges and pitfalls. 

Dr Houssem Jerbi, CEO, Smart PMO


Incentivising innovation and better management of the sector

Within the Highways sector, our current systems and processes do not incentivise innovation within our technology spectrum. Despite significant changes in technology, the barriers to using new technology remain. Using our case study of novel ways we have supported innovation and seen the benefits it brings, we will explore the different barriers we have had to overcome in order to capitalise upon new technology and how this can be applied across the Highways sector. 

single presentation

Nathan Watt, Senior Consultant, Atkins, member of SNC-Lavalin Group

Emma Chester, Consultant, Atkins, member of SNC-Lavalin Group


13.30-13.50 Integrating BIM in highways temporary works applications

The benefits of early temporary works involvement using the principles of BIM and digital platforms is impressive, however, we see far greater scope for cost and time savings.This session explores BIM as an enabler to forward workload planning, establishing common goals and open data exchanges, the promotion of off-site manufacture together with modularised temporary works systems and collaborating both vertically and horizontally with all the enterprises engaged on a project.

Steve Hesketh, co-founder, Temporary Works Forum and Engineering Director, MGF



The emergence of low-cost sensors has transformed the way in which infrastructure is managed and maintained, enabling localised customisation of service provision. This is driving change in the transport industry, increasing digitisation of manual services and encouraging the rise of digital transport professionals. We'll showcase how sensorisation of infrastructure is transforming management and maintenance today, enabling truly connected smart communities.

David Trousdale, Principal ITS Engineering Manager, Amey


A roadmap for the adoption of connected and autonomous plant

The Highway England Connected and Autonomous Plant project is collaborating with industry to develop a roadmap that sets the direction for the adoption of connected and autonomous plant in highways construction. We will provide an overview of the programme, current status, future plans and how to engage with the work, including trials in 2020

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Muneer Ahktar, Innovation Supply Chain Manager, Highways England

Alex Wright, Group Manager, Technology, TRL

Charlie Davies, Innovation Engineer, Costain

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