Transport Scotland & Scots Theatre Programme

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Wednesday, November 13

10:00 Opening Address: Transport Scotland

Wednesday , November 13, 10:00 - 10:15

10:15 Keynote: How SCOTS continues to provide best practice in delivering roads services
Chair: Stewart Turner

  • 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.


Wednesday , November 13, 10:15 - 10:35
Transport Scotland & SCOTS Theatre

10:35 Value of the Local Roads Network in Scotland
Derek Stewart

  • 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.


Wednesday , November 13, 10:35 - 10:55

10:55 Brine and increased brine share pre-wetted salt trials in Scotland – Trial overview and next steps
Matt Evans

  • 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


Wednesday , November 13, 10:55 - 11:15

11:15 Evaluation of the Friction After Polishing (FAP) Test for Skid Performance Classification
Alan Ferguson

  • 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.


Wednesday , November 13, 11:15 - 11:25

11:25 Automated data capture to improve road pavement construction
Michael Gordon

  • 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.


Wednesday , November 13, 11:25 - 11:45

11:45 Future proofing the Scottish network.

Contracting companies live panel discussion

Wednesday , November 13, 11:45 - 12:15

12:15 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
Wednesday , November 13, 12:15 - 12:35

12:35 Future ready highways

  • From climate change to new technologies
  • Finding solutions to today’s challenges
  • Future proofing the network-how others are taking action
Wednesday , November 13, 12:35 - 12:55

12:55 End of conference session for day one

Wednesday , November 13, 12:55 - 00:00

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