2017 programme

Cold Comfort Scotland 2017: Driving efficiencies and raising standards
Time Session
09:25 -

Welcome and Introduction from the Chair

09:30 -

Keynote Address: Improving national and local winter service delivery

Humza Yousaf MSP, Minister for Transport and the Islands

09:45 -

Creating more resilient cities and towns: an Edinburgh perspective

  • The importance of creating a more resilient network
  • Plans and best practice for implementing resilient winter service plans
  • Delivering the right strategies

Gavin Sharp, Resilience Specialist, The city of Edinburgh Council

10:10 -

Liquids and other things: implementing current and future innovation and technology

  • Three years on in-depth research into use of liquids on the network
  • What next for liquids and alternative de-icers
  • Use of other technology and innovation
  • Further research and measuring performance

Martin Thomson, Network Impacts Manager, Transport Scotland

10:35 -

Using winter service technology to drive efficiencies and raise standards

  • Implementing new systems such as automated gritting
  • How they help drive efficiencies and what can be developed in the future
  • Planning for an efficient future

Andy Fraser, Operating Company Representative, ScotlandTranServ

11:10 -
Morning Coffee Break
11:40 -

Effective use of statistical weather data to more effectively and accurately predict freezing conditions

  • Managing data in relation to the new Highways Code of Best Practice
  • Creating a risk based framework for winter maintenance
  • Using historical weather station and climatic data combined with statistical analysis to examine how you can take a risk based approach to help rationalised the prioritisation and decision making process

Peter Turland, Senior Engineer, Highway Asset Maintenance, Doncaster M.B.C.

Nick Johnson, Lead Consultant, Transportation Weather Consulting, Vaisala Ltd

12:05 -

Delivering winter service on the M8 DBFO Project

  • M8 DBFO Project overview to date in relation to winter maintenance
  • Dealing with services with extensive traffic management
  • Effective communication and liaison
  • M8 – Where we are going, new works completion and full operations and maintenance 

Stewart Allan, Winter Service Manager / Performance Analyst, Amey

12:25 -
13:30 -

Afternoon Welcome from the Chair

Adrian Tatum, Events Producer, Highways magazine & Transport Network

13:35 -

Keeping it legal: a presentation of real court cases and why they were won and lost

  • Keeping yourself out of court
  • Preparing for court
  • Recording, measuring and implementing decisions from data
  • A legal minefield? What to consider, what to implement and what not to implement

Adrian Runacres, Independent Consultant, Technical Advisor and Secretary of the NWSRG

14:00 -

The future of winter service delivery in the UK

  • The future-a NWSRG perspective
  • Why we need more research in the winter service sector
  • A collaborative approach across the UK

Carol Valentine, Highway Manager, Kent County Council

14:25 -

Best practice and a front line perspective: A Derby County Council view

  • Delivering change and efficiencies
  • The importance of a front-line review of the season
  • Measuring performance and revising your strategy

David Kinsey, Highway Manager, Derby City Council

14:50 -
Afternoon Coffee Break
15:20 -

Implementing Scotland's Flood Risk Management Plans 

  • A guide to the process and principles
  • Funding & programmes
  • Challenges and opportunities

Dave Gowans, Technical Manager, Sweco

15:45 -

Local Authority Case Study

16:10 -

Closing Remarks and Close of Conference

Programme subject to change