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Come to the Infrastructure Show

This month’s Infrastructure Show has something for everyone, with seminars covering everything from roads and rail, to energy and water.

NCE’s Infrastructure Show at the Birmingham NEC from 17 to 19 October is the premier, free to attend conference and exhibition for the civils sector, providing a platform for informed discussion and debate on the challenges associated with major infrastructure projects.

In collaboration with the ICE we have developed and expanded the content for the event this year to ensure that the show is an event that no one in the sector can afford to miss.

Keynote Theatre

A major attraction this year will be the new Keynote Theatre.

This presentation space will bring together influential speakers from across the sector including major clients, government and industry bodies, respected thought leaders and opinion formers to discuss the important infrastructure issues of the day.

The Infrastructure Leaders Panel will be held on the first day of the show from 10am and up for debate is the topic of how we deliver major infrastructure projects in the UK.

This space will bring together speakers including major clients, government and industry bodies, and respected thought leaders.

Major industry figures taking part include Bam Nuttall chief executive Steve Fox, London Underground head of stations Miles Ashley, ICE senior vice president Richard Coackley and KPMG global infrastructure chairman James Stewart.

At 10am on Tuesday 18 October High Speed 2 chief executive Andrew McNaughton takes centre stage to answer questions on the £33bn project.

Also, on Tuesday Dame Helen Alexander, deputy president of the CBI and chairman of the Port of London Authority (PLA), will explore the business case for diversity in the workplace.

A panel discussion at the show will look at achieving gender equality across the industry.

Olympic Delivery Authority equality, inclusion employment and skills manager Julie Amory, along with Parsons Brinckerhoff marketing and communications director Rachel Skinner, Women’s Transportation Seminar president and London, Arup associate Juliet Mian plus Constructing Equality founder Chrissi McCarthy will be talking on the subject at 3pm on Tuesday.

BAA in the Keynote Theatre

BAA will be holding several seminars in the Keynote Theatre.

Speakers will include Eastern Campus programme director Joanna White who will updating on Heathrow’s major projects.

Matt Palmer will speak about how we can ensure UK infrastructure offers best value for money and real value on a whole life cost basis.

Meanwhile, BAA infrastructure programme director Chris Elliott will explore how collaboration can help reduce costs.

Other Highlights

Other highlights in the Keynote Theatre include:

  • Infrastructure Planning Commission chairman Sir Michael Pitt on how the UK can ensure that its infrastructure is created sustainably and with less carbon at 11am on Monday 17 October.
  • Institution of Structural Engineers president Roger Plank on embodied carbon and how to calculate and reduce it in major infrastructure projects at 2pm on 17 October.
  • Birmingham Science Park Aston chief executive David Hardman on harnessing global expertise to invigorate UK infrastructure at 2.30pm on 19 October.
  • Halcrow principal environmental scientist Chris Sowerby on the sustainability question at 1pm on 19 October.

The Hubs

The popular sector-specific hubs have been improved this year with dedicated space focusing on road and rail, airports and utilities.

In these areas, visitors will receive fresh insights into major infrastructure projects, learn best practice and enjoy access to the industry’s top clients. Each hub provides a forum for free, high-level seminar programmes led by industry experts. Visitors also have the opportunity to meet specialist suppliers and manufacturers and see major project updates from the biggest clients.

Roads & Rail Hub

The Road & Rail Hub will focus on lean operations and efficiencies, examining the latest strategies to expand and improve the UK’s road and rail infrastructure whilst minimising disruption and environmental impact.

Monday 17 October is Crossrail day. Crossrail head of procurement Martin Rowark will be discussing procurement issues at the show.

“One of Crossrail’s key supply chain objectives is to keep the construction industry informed of forthcoming business opportunities with Europe’s largest infrastructure project,” says Rowark. “The Infrastructure Show provides an ideal opportunity for us to meet suppliers.”

“The Infrastructure Show provides an ideal opportunity for us to meet suppliers.”

Crossrail head of procurement Martin Rowark

Also on the Monday, Costain rail contracts director Lee Davies will offer a supplier’s perspective on the Crossrail project and Maccaferri contracts manager Daniel Evans will examine partner collaboration and innovation. Tuesday is Network Rail day.

Network Rail will host two seminars, one by director of engineering Steve Yianni, the other by head of procurement Ian Ballentine.

EC Harris head of transportation Mark Prior will also be speaking on managing cost alongside a range of top speakers.

Wednesday 19 October sees the Hub look at road infrastructure in detail. Highways Agency lean technical manager Sue Housley will discuss lean thinking and how it has helped reduce costs and increase value for money.

“The objective of lean is to continually improve process efficiency, quality and time. The aim is to meet the needs of the customer and reduce costs by systematically eliminating waste, allowing better use of people and assets,” says Housley.

“When we apply lean thinking through our supply chain we want them to adopt lean principles and drive through efficiencies in the services or products they are delivering for us. People have a preconception that saving money means cutting staff or delivering less of a product or service, but by employing lean thinking they do not necessarily go hand in hand.”

Other speakers on the Wednesday include Association for Consultancy & Engineering chairman Graham Nicholson and Audit Commission director of research Michael Hughes.

Airports Hub

The seminar programme in the Airports Hub is set to be a highlight of the show, featuring industry leaders from the Airport Operators Association, the Civil Aviation Authority and BAA.

The sessions will examine improvements to airports and surrounding infrastructure, including the best in design and value for money materials.

On the Monday the seminar programme kicks off with BAA project leader Phil Wilbraham discussing innovation in airport design and development. This will be followed by EC Harris head of aviation Paul Willis offering his perspective on getting value for money from airport infrastructure and Aecom aviation director Alex Lake discussing the challenge and legacy of airport capacity development.

The sessions will examine improvements to airports and surrounding infrastructure, including the best in design and value for money materials.

Tuesday will open at 10am with Airport Operators Association chief executive Darren Caplan describing the outlook for UK airport expansion and development. Birmingham International Airport development director Will Heynes will discuss evolution and expansion plans.

Day two will end with 3D Reid head of airports Peter Farmer, focusing on enhancing the passenger experience through good design and improved layout.

The final day will begin with BAA masterplan and capacity director Sean Horkan, discussing what innovation is needed to meet the UK’s infrastructure needs.

Utilities Hub

The UK’s water services, offshore wind projects and the outlook for the nuclear industry will come under the spotlight in the Utilities Hub.

Monday is Thames Water day and London Tideway Tunnels head Phil Stride will be discussing major project opportunities across the UK.

Concrete Pipeline Systems Association development director Stuart Crisp will talk about understanding carbon footprints and the hidden risk of publicly sourced data.

Monday is Thames Water day, Tuesday is offshore wind day and new nuclear will be the focus on Wednesday.

Tuesday is offshore wind day and Adrian Fox of the Crown Estate will reveal his thinking on the supporting infrastructure needed to develop the UK’s offshore wind capacity. Later, Crown Estate head of development and asset management Roy Evans will discuss how our port infrastructure will need to change to support development in offshore energy generation.

Mainstream Renewable Power chief executive, offshore Andy Kinsella will look at how the industry can ensure that supply chain contracts are watertight.

New Nuclear will be the focus on Wednesday and Parsons Brinckerhoff will host the opening and closing sessions on this day. Nick Flew, the company’s president and chief operating officer, will look at how we deliver energy capacity in the UK.

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