Previous Programme

We are currently working on an expert programme for 2023. To give you a taster of the type of sessions we host, see the previous year below:

Thursday 7 April 2022

08:30-09:30

Registration & Exhibition networking

09:30-10:00

Keynote speech – Transport Scotland: Innovation in winter

Douglas Cairns, Traffic Scotland Operator Manager at Transport Scotland, discusses the technologies Transport Scotland has implemented over the past 12-18 months to improve situational awareness.

Douglas Cairns, Traffic Scotland Operator Manager, Transport Scotland

10:00-10:30

Ayrshire Roads Alliance: Award-winning winter service

Kevin Braidwood, Head of Ayrshire Roads Alliance, gives a briefing on how his team won the inaugural Highways Awards Winter Maintenance Award.

Kevin Braidwood, Head of Roads, Ayrshire Roads Alliance

10:30-11:00

Dumfries and Galloway: Developing the world’s first integrated Virtual Operations Support Team (DGVOST)

Neil Sturrock, Senior Organisational Resilience Advisor at Dumfries and Galloway, discusses the creation of the world’s first multi-platform digital communications strategy for winter weather.

Neil Sturrock, Senior Organisational Resilience Advisor, Dumfries and Galloway

11:00-11:30

Keeping your grip in winter: Latest laboratory analysis from F1 to local roads

Dr Campbell Waddell, Managing Director of R3 Ltd, analyses the latest grip research and how it can inform winter service.

Dr Campbell Waddell, Managing Director, R3 Limited

11:30-12:00

Refreshments & Exhibition networking

12:00-12:30

Risk, liability and climate in road resilience

Adrian Runacres, technical adviser to the NWSRG, gives a briefing on applying the risk-based approach for roads maintenance to winter service and wider climate issues with reference to legal and practical insights.

Adrian Runacres, Technical Adviser, NWSRG

12:30-13:00

Breaking the ice - Investigation into Technology in Mitigation Against Ice Accretion on Queensferry Crossing

Chris Tracey, Unit Bridges Manager, BEAR Scotland | NMC – South East Unit, gives a briefing on methodology used to manage and minimise the impact of Ice Accretion on Queensferry Crossing.

Chris Tracey, Unit Bridges Manager for South East Scotland, BEAR Scotland

13:00-14:00

Lunch & Exhibition networking

14:00-14:30

A life in winter service

Laurence Madges, Highway Resilience Manager Wales, shares his experience from a long career at the top of winter service in Wales, including the innovations he brought in and lessons he learned.

Laurence Madges, Highway Resilience Manager, Welsh Government

14:30-15:00

Roundtable

Cold Comfort Scotland speakers debate the latest winter talking points.

15:00-15:30

Refreshments & Exhibition networking

15:30-16:00

Training for winter

Former chief executive of the Institute of Highway Engineers (IHE), private consultant and experienced highways mentor Richard Hayes gives a briefing on the latest IHE winter service training.

Richard Hayes, Professional Consultant,

16:00-16:30

Rapid impact assessment: next-generation resilience

Senior local government officer John Lamb and government resilience advisor on resilience Hugh Deeming discuss their revolutionary rapid highways impact assessment tool named Stormchain.

Speakers :
John Lamb, Director of Environmental Services, Oldham Council Hugh Deeming, Resilience Expert and Government Adviser ,

16:30-17:00

National Highways and Weather Information Services

A technical overview and latest news on National Highways groundbreaking Weather Information System by James Cross, Weather Information Services – Project Sponsor and Darren Clark, Severe Weather Resilience Manager, Asset Delivery Severe Weather Planning, both from the National Winter & Severe Weather Team, Operations Customer Services Division at National Highways.

Speakers :
Darren Clark, Severe Weather Resilience Manager, National Highways James Cross, Weather Information Services – Project Sponsor, National Highways