Transport Scotland & Scots Seminar Theatre Programme

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Day One: Wednesday 13 November 2019


Opening Address: Transport Scotland

Scott Lees, Head of Network Maintenance, Transport Scotland


Keynote address: How SCOTS continues to provide best practice in delivering roads services

  • The major issues and challenges facing roads authorities
  • How SCOTS collaborates to meet these challenges
  • The potential for improvements to Transport Governance through the National Transport Strategy.

Stewart Turner, Chair, SCOTS


Value of the Local Roads Network in Scotland

  • Scottish Roads Research Board provided funding to the Improvement Service and SCOTS (the Society of Chief Officers of Transportation in Scotland) to undertake a study on the value of the local roads network in Scotland
  • The project involved consultation with a breadth of key stakeholders in Scotland as well as exploring existing relevant literature
  • It looked at how ‘value’ might be defined by building on traditional roads and transport oriented definitions to include wider assessments of economic and social impact
  • This session summarises the output from the research. It also introduces an emerging framework for assessing value linked to the Scottish Government’s National Performance Framework and related policy objectives identified at a local level throughout Scotland.

Derek Stewart, , Community Models


Brine and increased brine share pre-wetted salt trials in Scotland – Trial overview and next steps

  • Overview of 4-year programme of live trials on the Scottish trunk road network
  • Comparison of the performance of brine only with pre-wetted salt with different brine percentages
  • Suitability of different treatment methods for different routes

Matt Evans, Senior Researcher, TRL


Evaluation of the Friction After Polishing (FAP) Test for Skid Performance Classification

  • Why the need for research in this area
  • Testing the methodology for using a new European Standard test method called Friction After Polishing (FAP) to classify the level of skid resistance that will be achieved with specific road surfacing materials.
  • Working towards creating a more effective and efficient approach to road surface skid resistance specification

Alan Ferguson, Materials Advisor, Transport Scotland


Automated data capture to improve road pavement construction

  • Why we need to automate pavement data capture
  • How technology is driving change
  • The development of new specifications to include in future contracts issued by Transport Scotland

Michael Gordon, Technical Director, WSP


Future proofing the Scottish network - Panel Discussion

Speakers :
Eddie Ross, North West Representative, BEAR Scotland Andy Thomson, Operating Company Representative, BEAR Scotland Mark Arndt, Operating Company Representative, Amey Evan Ferguson, Planned Maintenance Manager, Scotland Transerv


Leading with Data

  • How data is revolutionising asset management
  • What are the main benefits and how it helping authorities make better decisions
  • The use of artificial intelligence-the advantages

Steve Birdsall, Chief Executive, Gaist Solutions


Future ready highways

  • From climate change to new technologies
  • Finding solutions to today’s challenges
  • Future proofing the network-how others are taking action

David Symons, Future Ready Leader, WSP


Are you ready for the next disaster?

  • Climate change and its effect on highway infrastructure
  • Competence and resilience of organisations
  • Networking and cooperation

Richard Hayes, Chief Executive, IHE


Close of day one

Please take time to visit the exhibitions, grab some lunch and refreshments and network with your peers.

Day Two: Thursday 14 November 2019


Delivering Safer Roads-an update

George Henry, Head of Road Policy, Transport Scotland


Cycle by Design

  • Cycling By Design is being refreshed to produce holistic design guidance for Scotland, based on national and international best practice while learning from previous scheme delivery
  • This presentation will examine some of the challenges where facilities meet and use existing road corridors
  • The aim of the refresh is to provide clear design guidance to improve consistency and quality of infrastructure across Scotland

Andrew Kelly, Associate Director, Jacobs


A risk-based road safety inspection policy?

  • Guidance for local authorities on how to implement a risk-based approach to safety inspections.
  • Implementing the guidance
  • The main benefits and potential outcomes

Speakers :
Kevin Hamilton, Head of Roads, Glasgow City Council Kenneth Brown, Senior Engineer – Maintenance, West Lothian Council


Protecting our Workforce

  • How is Transport Scotland, supported by its maintenance agents and contractors, addressing the issue of risk of verbal and physical abuse and threats while carrying out their job?
  • Engaging further with the topic and seeking input from the supply chain
  • Implementing change

Jonny Moran, Operating Company Manager, Transport Scotland


Improving lives through innovation

  • Innovative waterjet cutter – The injured veterans are not just given menial jobs at Scotland’s Bravest Manufacturing Company but instead are at the cutting edge of manufacturing. This allows them to utilise transferable Forces skills retrain in the use of modernised industry machinery, giving them the further expertise needed to make more attractive prospects for future employers – all whilst producing first-rate products at low cost.
  • Circular economy – Recently developed through a partnership with the University of Strathclyde, Scotland’s Bravest Manufacturing Company is undertaking a project which will see our veterans engage in the circular economy manufacturing of road and rail signage. This first-of-its-kind project will allow our factory to extract maximum value from the product – reducing waste, cost and the environmental impact of production and consumption in the process.
  • Innovative approach to learning and development – All organisations recognise the importance of up-skilling their staff. Scotland’s Bravest Manufacturing Company have taken this one step further however, developing an in-house learning and development suite, which will offer bespoke training schemes, tailored specifically to take into account any challenges our beneficiaries may face as the result of a difficult transition from the Armed Forces.
  • Flexible opportunities –The injured veterans who found their next step in life at Scotland’s Bravest Manufacturing Company have wide-ranging and often complex needs. Offering totally flexible working opportunities at SBMC to our team allows us to help alleviate any potential daily stressors whilst ensuring our beneficiaries reap the maximum rewards of employment.

Michelle Ferguson, Director, Scotland’s Bravest Manufacturing Company


Stretching technology to innovate and reduce risk

  • Amey announced its Vision 2030 plan last year, with the ambition to get to zero harm on our network by 2030. Since then it has worked with innovators in our supply chain and academic partners to develop solutions to reduce the risk for our teams and road users.
  • Using LiDAR surveying technology to survey structures on the network to reduce the need for road closures
  • Using VR technology for site inductions, training and customer engagement, to reduce people’s exposure to dangerous situations
  • Trialling the Exovest exoskeleton to reduce impact of manual lifting for people working at the Forth Road Bridge

Kathy Harrison, Account Director, Amey


A view from the US-innovation and development on the highway network

  • How technology is changing the US Network
  • Re-organising the US network
  • What technology might we be using in the future?

Scott Belcher , Independent Consultant and former Chief Executive Officer of ITS America,


Seminars End

Please take time to visit the exhibitions, grab some lunch and refreshments and network with your peers.

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