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09:50 - 10:00

Welcome address from Transport Scotland

Speakers : Hugh Gillies Director, Trunk Road and Bus Operations,Transport Scotland

10:00 - 10:30

Keynote Address: Delivering effective and efficient winter service

  • The average winter in Alaska 
  • Making changes to drive efficiency and effectiveness
  • Delivering the right strategies and measuring performance

Speakers : Daniel Schacher ,Fairbanks District Superintendent, Alaska

10:30 – 10:55

Managing winter service delivery on bridges and structures

  • Finding the best strategies for winter maintenance on bridges
  • Testing new products
  • Measuring their performance

Speakers : Mike Robin Winter Service Manager,Forth Bridges Unit, Amey

10:55 - 11:20

Training and developing staff to deliver the best service

  • Training a team to deliver the best performance
  • Preparing staff for heavy snow events and other extreme weather
  • Continuous development

Speakers : Ian Stewart Training Manager,Scotland TranServ

11:20 - 11:45

Refreshment break

11:45 – 12:10

Winter service best practice panel discussion

  • Changing strategies to adapt to severe weather patterns
  • Developing innovation and introducing new and emerging technologies
  • Managing cost and performance

Speakers : Daniel Schacher ,Fairbanks District Superintendent, Alaska - William Gilfillan Director of Community Services,Highlands Council

12:10 – 12:35

A winter 2017/18 review

  • Reviewing winter 2017/18-the challenges and opportunities
  • An update on Transport Scotland research undertaken this year
  • Looking to the future

Speakers : Iain McDonald Network Resilience Manager,Transport Scotland - David Batchelor Project Manager - Sever Weather Plan,Highways England

12:35 – 13:00

NWSRG new guidance-what’s changed?

  • NWSRG guidance-what has changed?
  • The new NWSRG guidance-what it means for you Implementing the guidance and building on what has been done before Resilient and risk-based

Speakers : Chris Cranston Chair ,NWSRG and Devon County Council

13:00 - 14:15

Lunch, networking and exhibition viewing

14:15 - 14:40

Understanding road surface residual salt-from highways to cycle lanes

  • The processes behind salt loss
  • Monitoring the salt under different conditions
  • Considering the environment

Speakers : Goran Blomqvist Researcher,The Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute

14:40 - 15:00

Applying the risk-based approach to winter service

  • Understanding what ‘risk’ is
  • Considering the guidance
  • Applying the risk-based approach with confidence

Speakers : Robert O’Rourke Senior Route Manager,TfL

15:00 - 15:25

Managing winter on the Scottish network: A Traffic Scotland perspective

  • The Traffic Scotland winter strategy
  • Mobilising people and equipment
  • Co-ordinating with other key organisations

Speakers : Kenny White TSOIS Contractors Representative & Principal Engineering Manager-Consulting ,Amey Consulting

15:25 - 15:45

Tea and coffee break, exhibition viewing

15:45 - 16:10

A more resilient Highlands

  • The effects of geography
  • Competing resources
  • Support and resilience

Speakers : William Gilfillan Director of Community Services,Highlands Council


Closing Remarks and Close of Conference