Keynote: Building effective and efficient infrastructure for the UK
The NIC is compiling the UK’s first National Infrastructure Assessment, which sets out how infrastructure can best improve sustainable growth, competitiveness and quality of life over the next 30 years. For this session, Lord Adonis will talk about some of the strategic challenges facing UK infrastructure and how the NIC is working towards meeting them. The session will cover:
Scenarios for changes in demand for infrastructure over the next 30 years
Emerging priorities for investment
Interactions between infrastructure sectors, such as the electrification of transport
Cross-cutting issues such as financing and funding, planning and governance, and the environment and climate change
Digital transformation – who is driving it and what are they up to?
As the digital revolution becomes a reality, digital enhancements are becoming more cost-effective than traditional physical enhancements. The core value proposition is that smart infrastructure delivers better outcomes for the ultimate customers: fare- bill- and tax-payers, and voters. Together we’ll re-imagine the infrastructure industry.
Digital revolution and the rise of information
The most cost-effective ways of adding value to infrastructure
Keynote: Delivering the national infrastructure and construction pipeline
The National Infrastructure and Construction Pipeline outlines £500 billion worth of public and private investment in UK infrastructure. For this session, Tony Meggs will examine how the IPA is working to ensure the effective and efficient delivery of the future pipeline of infrastructure and construction projects.
Institutional framework for infrastructure
Improving the project delivery system and infrastructure performance
Energy & Utilities – Strengthening the Foundations of a Modern Economy
Assessing the UK’s energy mix and the role of waste as a resource
In April 2017, National Grid registered its first working day without coal power since the use of fossil fuel began. While this feat demonstrated the progress being made to decarbonise the UK’s energy supply, much must still be done if Government is to balance its climate change commitments with the need for stable sources of power.
The changing nature of the UK’s energy mix
The key challenges of the low-carbon future
Energy from Waste as a viable option for baseload generation
How industry and government can work together more effectively
Panel discussion: Creating an energy system for the 21st century
The UK Utilities sector faces an array of challenges stemming from its complex political, environmental, regulatory and technological context. Some of the key questions to be discussed in this panel include:
How can we expect the regulatory environment to shape the generation, transmission and distribution of energy in the UK?
What will be the potential consequences of Brexit for competition, openness and funding of utilities markets?
Low-carbon targets – can they be met, what will the consequences be?
Which disruptive technologies are pushing the most exciting rethinks of approaches to project delivery?
How can engagement be used to better convey the complexities of the utilities market with the wider public?
How can the sector train and retain its workforce in the context of a STEM skills shortage?
Keynote: Driving growth and productivity through investment
Building the stock of the UK’s economically productive infrastructure is a central plank of delivering the government’s strategy to increase growth and productivity. Having world-class infrastructure will be essential to compete in an internationally oriented post-Brexit Britain.
Developing economic infrastructure to transform the growth potential of our economy through the National Productivity Investment Fund
Unlocking land for housing development through targeted investment in local infrastructure
Delivering a sustainable 21stcentury transport system
Providing the world-leading digital infrastructure to underpin our connected future
As devolution gathers pace, the coming years will see growing involvement from regional organisations in the development and connection of sub-national infrastructure. Key questions to be discussed in this panel include:
What will be the impact of devolution in funding over the coming year?
What lessons can we learn from localised asset management as a tool for regeneration and growth?
In which ways can the boundaries between LEPs, Local Authorities and other stakeholders be effectively torn down to aid in interconnections?
How can local infrastructure best be financed through New Development Deals, Economic Investment Funds and other sources?
How can local government authorities cultivate the necessary skills to ensure their workforce is ready and able to take on the challenge?
To what extent will devolution create the opportunity for more agile uses of context-specific smart technologies and innovations?
Transport – Connecting People, Connecting Economies
Transport: Connecting people in the digital age
The UK’s main transport arteries connect people and markets but are not themselves digitally connected. As we move towards a world of smart cities and ubiquitous high speed internet connectivity, how do we ensure that passengers aren’t settling for an analogue transport system in the digital age, whilst at the same time leveraging rail and road infrastructure to unleash the full economic benefit of 5G?
How can the public and private sector improve the travelling experience
An international perspective on connectivity on transport networks, and how to bring best practice to opportunities in the UK
What does next generation digital infrastructure on transport networks look like?
Panel discussion: Creating an integrated and efficient transport system
UK transport spending is among the lowest in OECD, facing some of the most congested roads and highest fares in the developed world. Overcoming this disadvantage is a key plank of the government’s new industrial strategy. Key issues to be discussed include:
How can we better connect national and sub-national transport networks?
What lessons can be learned from the planning and delivery of major project such as HS2, Crossrail, Smart Motorways and the Lower Thames Crossing?
What is the outlook for finance in the years ahead and howcan the sector facilitate joined-up infrastructure investment, not only in terms of transport but for other sectors like housing and telecommunications?
What next for the Transport infrastructure skills strategy, apprenticeship programmes and overcoming of skills shortages in general?
How can different sub-sectors of transports collaborate with each other and local authorities to deliver more co-ordinated transport networks?
What opportunities and potential risks are posed to the sector as a result of the Brexit vote?
Panel discussion: Redesigning the urban landscape of Britain
The government’s new housing white paper has set out plans to reform the housing market and boost the supply of new homes in England. Having missed building targets for a generation, effectively delivering reform has gone from essential to critical. Key questions to be discussed in this session include:
How does the housing white paper seek to reform the sector, and in what ways does it have potential to do so?
What lessons can we learn from successful regeneration projects about how to plan for and deliver urban change?
Why does planning often prove such a hurdle for development, and in what ways can and has this been overcome?
How can housing providers and local authorities work with the wider infrastructure sector to ensure appropriate utilities and transport networks reach new developments?
To what extent are ‘garden towns’ a solution to the housing crisis, and what opportunities do they create?
How can greater public-private collaboration and SME involvement in the supply chain deliver more effective regeneration and development of local areas?
Delivering the infrastructure to underpin British business success
In uncertain times, one thing is clear: the impact that investment in infrastructure can bring makes it a priority for government and business alike. For this session, Carolyn Fairbairn will provide the CBI's perspective on the business priorities for UK infrastructure in the changing political and economic context. Topics will include:
The role of infrastructure in strengthening UK competitiveness in a post-Brexit economy
The importance and potential of the government's new industrial strategy
Building business confidence and attracting finance for the delivery of infrastructure in energy, transport and digital
The Hot Seat is designed for high level, strategic discussion with a range of key leaders from across the infrastructure world. Located on the show floor, up to six one-on-one interviews will take place during the day.
The 2017 Hot Seat is presented by Tanya Beckett, Presenter, BBC World News and included an excellent line-up of leaders from across the sector, including:
For this session, Jules Pipe will discuss some of the key priorities for the mayor over the coming years. This includes the development of London’s first strategic infrastructure investment programme, the release of Phase 2 of the London Infrastructure Mapping Application, as well as insights into the next London Plan.
Insights from Crossrail that support opportunities for future investment in rail infrastructure
In this talk Sir Terry Morgan CBE will expand upon some of the lessons learnt from the visionary Crossrail project, soon to be the Elizabeth line. Come to this session to find out what Crossrail means for large infrastructure projects and how its benefits will be felt over the years ahead.
Delivering critical and complex infrastructure projects
The IPA supports the government in delivery of critical and complex infrastructure projects across all sectors, such as Thames Tideway, Mersey Bridge, Rural Broadband and HS2. Join IPA's Head of Infrastructure Delivery, Stephen Dance, to hear about how the IPA are currently supporting projects, lessons learned and IPA's future priorities.
2017 is a pivotal year for Europe’s largest construction project, with shovels in the ground in the coming months. Sir David Higgins will discuss the next steps in making HS2 a reality, and how it will address the broader challenge for post-Brexit Britain - building a more productive and better balanced economy.
An outlook on consultancy and engineering over the coming years
As chief executive of the leading British business association for infrastructure, Dr Nelson Ogunshakin OBE will here provide a sector-wide overview of the challenges ahead and what will be necessary to meet them.
Building on the success of Britain’s renewables agenda
With 2017 having the first day without coal for over a hundred years, the renewables revolution is rapidly transforming energy production in the UK. For this session, Dr Nina Skorupska will outline how these successes can continue to be built upon in the years to come.
A city-based approach to successful infrastructure delivery
Building on their recent Cities and Infrastructure White Paper which set out ten ways to improve infrastructure delivery, world leading engineering firm WSP will draw out a number of ways in which to ensure infrastructure can be an enabler of national prosperity in a well-informed, joined-up and inclusive way. This will include:
Focusing on the three big themes of the regulatory regime
Resolving issues with funding and the flow of money
Tackling social and environmental barriers to infrastructure being an enabler of growth
Better connecting cities through economic growth corridors
Introducing the World’s fastest underground system, making Manchester to Leeds in 9 minutes a daily reality on an eventual Liverpool to Hull route of just 29minutes. This will use Maglev Trains which already exist in China and Japan at up to 340mph, or possibly using Hyperloop ‘trains’, which are being developed up to 650mph, any of which will deliver…….
£1.3 billion of additional annual GDP just between Manchester and Leeds
£1.1 billion of additional annual FDI (Foreign Direct Investment) just between Manchester and Leeds
BCR (Benefit Cost Ratio) of 2.8
Similar benefits expected between Liverpool and Manchester and Leeds and Hull
Fully achieving the benefits of station development
For this session, David Biggs from Network Rail Property will discuss some of the ways in which the benefits of station development can be fully achieved, and how their roles as connectors and gateways can be fully realised. Key themes also include:
Meeting and surpassing passenger expectations
The wider impact of station regeneration on the community
Regeneration of stations as a catalyst for regeneration of surrounding areas
Economic and housing benefits of regenerating stations
Birmingham Airport is now the third largest airport in the UK outside of London and is the regional gateway for the Midlands at the centre of the UK road and rail network. In this session Paul Kehoe will provide an update on the airport and region, including:
Proposed expansion plans for the airport
How Birmingham airport fits in the ‘midlands engine’
Potential for a midlands hub with the expansion of HS2
Preventing and overcoming infrastructure skills shortages
Within the context of a growing infrastructure pipeline and potentially increasingly limited access to workers after Brexit, infrastructure is set to face a squeeze on skills in the coming years. How can the sector respond to these substantial challenges to ensure the talent pipeline is effectively cultivated, and the right skills delivered to the right projects?
The successes and shortfalls of apprenticeship programmes and strategies to bring more workers into the infrastructure market
Retraining and up-skilling the workforce to deliver increased productivity gains
Overcoming the changing mobility of construction workers in light of Brexit
Government policy on STEM, Technical Education and its Industrial Strategy – what does it mean for the sector in the short and long term?
Cyber security in critical national infrastructure
Critical National Infrastructure has developed methodologies for determining if a system is ‘safe’, but we don’t yet have the same methodologies for determining if a system is ‘secure’. Instead we rely on compliance to industry best practice or standards without reference to any real assurance criteria. This makes it difficult for leaders in Critical National Infrastructure to confidently answer the question; ‘Am I secure enough?’. This talk outlines the Thales-developed assessment methodologies for obtaining a level of security assurance and ensuring that unique business risks are sufficiently addressed within the CNI environment.
Determining if you're secure enough
Ensuring your unique vulnerabilities cannot critically impact your core business
The future for water and energy infrastructure: A focus on customers and communities
The leading programme management organisation MWH believes the nature of massive capital investment programmes is changing; gone are days when the aim is simply to replace ageing infrastructure. The next two decades will witness a massive shift towards “outcomes and benefits to customers” that large scale capital investment programmes can bring. For this session Paul Taylor will share his thoughts on this rapidly changing landscape, including:
Understanding how the voice of the customer has strengthened in recent years
The shift among regulators towards customer focused commercial mechanisms for major energy and water companies
How a focus on customers and communities is driving a change in how large capital investment programmes are planned and delivered
People and projects: Harnessing skills for effective infrastructure delivery
How do we prevent project failure and ensure major energy infrastructure projects are delivered on time and to budget? This session will examine the skills and workforce capabilities needed to guarantee the efficient delivery of projects across new-build, maintenance and decommissioning activities. It will cover the following issues:
Project leadership – how employers can develop project leaders
Supply chain collaboration – driving productivity through collaborative working
Transferability of skills – mobilising the skilled workforce for each stage of the project lifecycle
Standardising qualifications and competency requirements – eliminating unnecessary costs
2016 was a seminal year for British wind as its energy production overtook coal for the first time in British history. Hornsea Project 1 is set to take this a stage further and when complete will be the world's largest offshore wind farm. This session will examine some of the challenges involved in bringing such large projects to reality.
The big picture of offshore wind in the UK
Technology and innovation driving the sector
Hornsea 1: challenges and opportunities faced in development, construction, operations
Western Power Distribution are involved in two pioneering smart grid projects, Electric Nation and OpenLV. For this session, WPD Innovation Engineer Mark Dale will provide an introduction to the projects and provide insights on:
How the OpenLV project opens up the smart grid with a solution analogous to the smartphone
Meeting the network needs of the increasing number of Electric Vehicles through public engagement in the Electric Nation programme
Better information, quality outcomes – Delivering real value from your assets
Assets are interconnected to each other and to all other information sources. Don’t miss out on the added value that effective information management can bring to optimise performance of all infrastructure for the benefit of the ultimate customers.
Data won't think - The anatomy of smart infrastructure
Five steps to success - The exponential benefits of asset information management
BIM and beyond - The added value of effective information management
Intelligent construction – Connecting your sites for optimised production
Through innovation and advances in technology the use of ‘Connected Assets’ and speed of data transfer and analysis from assets, back to site has given customers remote insight into their operations allowing them to take proactive action ensuring projects are delivered on time and within budget. The session will cover:
Operator Competency – capabilities and skills training
Health & Safety – including site layout, machine & pedestrian interaction
Productivity and Efficiency – fuel consumption, haul road optimisation, cycle time reduction, payload compliance, increased tonnes per hour
Driving innovation and productivity through supply chain engagement
The Sellafield site is one of the largest concentrations of nuclear expertise in Europe and has handled a complex supply chain associated with its various roles in decommissioning, fuel reprocessing, production and transportation. For this session delegates will consider:
How to develop the capability to effectively engage with suppliers
The increasing power of data and the internet of things has made smarter cities more than just a buzzword, having the genuine possibility to increase the sustainability, efficiency and flexibility of infrastructure within the UK’s urban areas. Discussion topics for this session include:
The potential – where and why have smart cities succeeded?
What smart shouldn’t be – understanding the limits
Challenges of collaboration, technology and more involved in implementing smart
How can smart can make cities greener, more habitable and more prosperous?
The myriad challenges facing the UK infrastructure sector necessitates more innovative methods of working than ever before. Yet innovation projects are frequently unnecessarily costly and disruptive, and fail to deliver on their high aspirations. For this session delegates would consider:
What is the purpose of innovation?
Effectively planning, testing, executing and then scaling innovative projects
Cultivating a culture that encourages innovation
Delivering innovation through Smart and BIM that effectively leverages the new technology
Drax Power has been slowly transforming the biggest power plant in the UK from coal to biomass, the largest decarbonisation project in Europe. This has required the evolution of an entirely new international supply chain. In this session, find out about:
Working internationally to ensure smooth transportation, delivery and processing
Connecting and integrating with local networks across all infrastructure subsectors with specific focus on the Trans Pennine route
Opportunities and lessons for contractors and suppliers
Over half of the National Infrastructure and Construction Pipeline will be financed by the private sector. Matthew Vickerstaff will examine private investment in UK infrastructure and support available by the IPA:
Increasing housing stock by unblocking infrastructure
Around 230,000 new homes need to be built each year in England to meet future demand, but only 137,000 have been built on average over the last 10 years. A key issue is the supply of utility infrastructure in new housing developments, a solution for which is being piloted by the HFI. In this session delegates will hear about:
Common problems in the supply of utilities to support new housing
Lessons from key players in water, sewerage, electricity and road – why do blockages happen?
Potential benefits for developers, and how to get involved with the pilot’s future development
Infrastructure investment will change the geography of Britain, giving rise to opportunities to plan strategically for new and extended communities. As the Government’s Housing White Paper hints at a resurgence of regional planning for housing, or at the very least planning at a scale which is ‘larger than local’, local authorities will need to plan collaboratively to ensure their considerable housing needs can be met. In this seminar, we will:
offer a view from the coal-face about how local authorities, developers, planners, masterplanners are responding to these challenges
examine the role that good spatial planning can play in highlighting and realising investment opportunities
highlight some of the places which demonstrate the propensity to grow
explore the tools needed to match housing and employment growth with long term infrastructure plans
The role of technology in infrastructure delivery success
Infrastructure delivery is a complex and risky venture that should only be undertaken by those who can deal with the complexity and risk. In this session, explore how the public sector, city planners, and construction specialists can collaborate to ensure infrastructure delivery success for innovative smart city development programs. This session focuses on:
the benefits of an integrated approach to the planning, building, and maintenance of public infrastructure assets
the enabling role of technology platforms across the infrastructure asset lifecycle phases
a special focus on the benefits of a common data model for project portfolio planning, project management and controls, contacts administration, and facilities management
Opportunities for Chinese-British collaboration in third party countries
Under the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), China is focused on developing connectivity and cooperation for countries between the PRC and the rest of Eurasia. In this session, the audience will hear about:
Chinese-led investments in belt and road countries and possibilities for collaboration
The UK-China Infrastructure alliance and its impact on trade in these areas
Ways in which British companies can use their experiences and expertise to facilitate development and implementation of projects in BRI countries
Ways in which the UK can work with Chinese partners to create foundations for Public-Private Partnership cooperation along the BRI
Leveraging infrastructure to deliver place-based growth
Connecting cities and regions is increasingly being seen as the crux of an emerging national and local industrial strategy to broaden growth across the UK. For this discussion, delegates will hear about:
Ways in which the government’s new industrial strategy aims to boost productivity and spread the benefits across the region
How new infrastructure projects such as the Oxford-Cambridge expressway can create new corridors for growth
Ways in which hubs can be developed, such as opportunities arising with increased connectivity from HS2
How local partnerships can collaborate in a coordinated way to integrate regions and enable growth
The Projects Hub will feature sessions throughout the day with updates from projects or programmes in planning or under construction across the UK infrastructure sector. The hub also presents an opportunity to meet with the buyers and learn about opportunities as well as pitch for a place in the supply chain.
Burges Salmon launches the findings of its recent report into UK Infrastructure
The report benefits from contributions from across the infrastructure sector including:
a survey (in collaboration with Infrastructure Intelligence) of a wide range of decision makers, from infrastructure procurement to delivery
in-depth interviews with leaders from across the infrastructure sector, and their thoughts on what can be done to deliver infrastructure more efficiently
a YouGov survey of 1,600 members of the general public, who have given their perceptions of infrastructure delivery in the UK
For this session, find out about HS2’s vision to be a catalyst for growth across Britain and how the supply chain can get ready to take part in what will be Europe’s largest construction programme. Attend to hear more about:
What, when and how HS2 Ltd will conducting procurement in categories such as Design, Enabling works, Civil engineering and Stations
HS2’s strategic themes and how they will be reflected in HS2’s assessment of the supply chain
What HS2 Ltd is doing to support the supply chain to get ready for HS2
Crossrail has proven a triumph of modern engineering that looks set to transform connectivity in London. The proposed Crossrail 2 line hopes to build upon these successes to improve the capital's infrastructure still further. For this session find out:
The planning process and key milestones for the years ahead
What to look out for in opportunities for regeneration, jobs and supplier engagement in areas across London and the South East
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