Conference Programme 2024

Thursday 18 April 2024


Keynote: Strategic Overview of Resilience in the Scottish Transport Network

09:00 - 09:30
  • The Scottish Government Resilience Room will present its response and preparations for winter weather.
  • Reflections on a busy year with ten named storms and counting so far.

PIARC: The 2024-27 Winter Technical Committee Plan

09:30 - 09:55
  • What is PIARC?
  • PIARC Workflow Update

Case Study: Smart Surface Temperature Sensing for Winter Road Maintenance

10:00 - 10:20
  • CENSIS has developed an Internet of Things (IoT) enabled monitoring system for roads, pavements and car parks.
  • Find out more about the initial challenge along with the main features of the system.
  • Hear about the local authorities already using the technology to deploy ‘smart gritting’ programmes.
  • Discover the technology blueprints helping Scotland’s local authorities realise the potential of IoT for the delivery of public services.

Local Authority Case Studies

10:25 - 11:00
  • Insights and best practice from a selection of the 32 local authorities

Exhibition & Networking

11:00 - 11:30

Introducing the PREDICTOR Surface Water Flood Forecasting Tool

11:30 - 11:50
  • Motivation behind the development of the PREDICTOR tool
  • High-level summary of the technical basis of the tool
  • Application of the tool to forecasting impacts on the trunk road network
  • Review of the tool’s performance in the pilot phase during recent flood events
  • Next steps towards adopting the tool operationally

How Real-Time Data Solves Real Problems

11:55 - 12:15
  • How our relationship started with Transport Scotland through implementing their Gritter Tracker.
  • Having found success in the public eye, Transport Scotland looked inward with the new Mercury Dashboard, which went live last summer.
  • Introducing a third dimension for the winter season.
  • What’s next? Digital twins, weather, winter optimisation.

Road Closures and the Haulage Sector

12:15 - 12:35
  • How do we hear of road closures?
  • The cost attached to diversions
  • Where do we go when the roads are closed?
  • Partnering to do better

Winter Service on Scotland’s Trunk Roads: Our Journey towards Net Zero

12:40 - 13:00
  • Network Management Contract: contractual requirements for Winter Service 
  • Evolution towards a more sustainable winter service, including trials with de-icing salt applications.


13:00 - 14:00

Easy Insights: Unlocking Winter Road Maintenance in Challenging Areas

14:00 - 14:20
  • Challenges in monitoring winter road conditions across diverse locations
  • IoT technology's role in collecting data from previously hard-to-measure areas
  • Enhanced affordability and accuracy in obtaining road weather data with IoT
  • Integration of data into a modern, hybrid road weather network
  • Achieving quicker and more effective measures for ensuring safer roads through technology

Gap Analysis Panel

14:20 - 15:20
  • A discussion amongst representatives from national and local transport authorities, road operators, and other stakeholders on the NWSRG’s Practical Guide for winter service and whether there are any gaps or areas to update in its coverage of key issues and topics.

Exhibition & Networking

15:20 - 16:00