Highways UK | Inspiring ideas you’ll hear at this year’s Highways UK
Highways UK takes place next Wednesday and Thursday at the NEC in Birmingham. They hope you’ve enjoyed the Talking Heads blogs through the year, highlighting many of the ideas that will be featured across the two days.
For the final Talking Heads of the 2019 cycle they’ve got not one but five thought leadership blogs to whet your appetite. Click on the links below to access the full stories from their website.
Pavement efficiency has been a key area for Highways England in its efforts to achieve the Government’s ambitious efficiency KPI saving of £1.28 billion during RIS 1. And according to Jon Cole, Highways England’s Head of Pavement Efficiency and Productivity, it is a story of technical excellence and true collaboration with the supply chain. Not only has the Pavement Efficiency Group exceeded its savings target of £350 million, but it’s created a legacy of continuous improvement within the sector.
Five years from now, low emission vehicles – predominantly electric vehicles (EVs) – will be transforming the streets of our cities… but only if these new vehicles have somewhere to charge, says Arup Director Alistair Hunter. And if everyone is to benefit from the coming EV revolution, city authorities urgently need to lead a collaborative effort to install the right number of charging points in the right places.
If we want to get better at estimating and designing, then being able to learn continuously from each project and feeding that knowledge back into better estimates and better designs is crucial. Tony Gosling outlines how Pell Frischmann is working with the pioneering tech company Datumate which has developed market-leading drone and project cloud processing services that can measure progress and variance between as-designed and as-built for large linear infrastructure projects such as highways.
As suppliers we have had to consider how we have worked previously and how we can transform our culture successfully to provide highways solutions and services that are not just buildable and provide value for money, but also contribute directly towards improved customer satisfaction, says Richard Bowen. And beyond this it’s about helping to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by embedding them into our activities.
Neil Williams, Infrastructure Segment Manger, Leica Geosystems
Connecting the constructors
As a manufacturer looking at the industry, we are seeing wonderful pockets of innovation that are beginning to overcome the well-versed challenges facing major projects. Whether that is by streamlining workflows, increasing the ability to share accurate data between different teams or driving collaboration across multiple stakeholders, says Neil Williams of Leica Geosystems.
Across the two days there are more than 100 content events each day. You can see a summary of the full programme here.
Highways UK is free to attend, but do please register in advance.