Cold Comfort 2018 Programme

Day One: Wednesday 16 May

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11:00 – 11:10

Chair’s Introduction and Welcome

Speakers : Roger Williams, Head of Surface Access Strategy, Gatwick Airport Limited

11:10 – 11:45

Keynote Address: Lessons learnt in winter 2017/18

  • A response to winter 2017/18. What lessons have been learnt this winter and why?
  • What are the challenges and opportunities now and in the future?
  • Making a more resilient network

Speakers :

11:45 – 12:10

Winter 2017/18: lessons learnt-live panel debate

  • Assessing the UK’s response to winter 2017/18
  • Adapting to change on the network and communicating with the public
  • Efficient use of people, time and resources
  • Implementing innovation on the network

Speakers : David Batchelor, Project Manager-Severe Weather Plan, Highways England Chris Cranston, NWSRG and Operations & Communications Manager, Devon County Council

12:10 – 12:35

NWSRG guidance-what has changed?

  • The new NWSRG guidance-what it means for you
  • Implementing the guidance and building on what has been done before
  • Resilient and risk-based

Speakers : Chris Cranston, NWSRG and Operations & Communications Manager, Devon County Council

12:35 – 13:00

Keynote address: Understanding road surface residual salt-from highways to cycle lanes

  • Research into loss of salt and its effect on the road network-specially related to cycle lanes
  • Monitoring salt loss under different conditions
  • Techniques relating to keeping cycle lanes clear of snow and ice

Speakers :

13:00 - 14:15

Lunch and exhibition viewing

14:15 – 14:40

Managing winter on the rail network: a fresh perspective

  • National Rail winter preparedness: route stage gate reviews
  • National Rail forecasting tools
  • National Rail winter fleet-snow ploughs and train borne anti-de-icers
  • National Rail research and developments-new products and testing methodologies
  • TOC fleet winterisation
  • Joint seasonal meeting groups and reviews

Speakers :

14:40 – 15:05

Local authority case study: Making the Code work: Implementing service changes following the introduction of Well-Managed Highway Infrastructure-A Code of Practice

  • New processes and strategies after a review of the service
  • Implementing change and making it work
  • Reviewing performance and building for the future

Speakers :

15:05 – 15:25

Coffee and tea break

15:25 –15:55

Resilience requirements in Well-Managed Highway Infrastructure-A Code of Practice

  • Resilient networks: not just your winter service network (recommendations 6,12,20
  • Influencing maintenance service levels and investment planning (recommendations 20,30 and 31)
  • Integrating risk and asset management in a risk-based approach (recommendations 3,7,14,23 and 25)
  • Sustainability and climate change adaptation (recommendations 3, 21, 22, 32, 33, 34 and 35)

Speakers :

15.55 - 16:20

Salt supply challenges and opportunities

  • Salt supply logistics, challenges and opportunities
  • Winter 2017/18 review
  • Overcoming haulage issues and logistics

Speakers : Philip Burgess, Executive Director, Salt Association

16:20 - 16:45

Dynamic Forecast Controlled Winter Road Maintenance

  • Several road weather forecast services can provide qualified support to decision makers (DSS) in winter road maintenance. 
  • The services provide dynamic road conditions forecasts and in some cases even proposals for actions needed for different road sections
  • With dynamic route optimisation the full potential of decision support systems can be realised through automation and integrating the detailed route forecast with route optimisation. The newly created route can then be sent directly to the navigation system in the salt lorry to give the driver the latest directions.
  • Actions can be done in a very detailed manner according to forecasts, i.e. increased productivity is obtained by only treating roads when needed

Speakers :

16:45 - 18:00

Drinks reception in exhibition hall

Day Two: Thursday 17 May

09:00 – 10:30

Registration, Refreshments and Exhibition Viewing

10:30 – 10:35

Introduction and Welcome

Speakers : Adrian Tatum, Events Producer & Head of Content, Highways magazine & Transport Network

10:35 – 11:00

Life in the Red Zone: Somerset’s response to the March 2018 severe weather

  • The red zone-preparing a response
  • Implementing the response
  • Monitoring and measuring performance

Speakers :

11:00 – 11:25

Dealing with the Beast from the East-a Suffolk Highways response

  • Monitoring weather and assessing conditions
  • Planning a response from the Beast from the East
  • Implementing the response strategy

Speakers :

11:25 – 11:45

Tea and coffee break

11:45 – 12:05

The challenge of managing severe weather: the private sector view

  • Contract requirements/client specification
  • Protocols and decision making
  • Plant and material usage
  • Our people-how we remain compliant with working time and statutory regulations

Speakers :

12:05 – 12:25

Managing major events during severe weather

  • Planning for severe weather during major sporting and music events
  • Communicating the  stadium’s message and co-ordinating with other regional stakeholders
  • Preparing the stadium and making it safe 

Speakers :

12:25 – 12.50

Surrey’s experience of the February 2018 Snow Event

  • Working with partners is crucial to providing an effective response
  • Good communications are almost as important as the operational response
  • There are always lessons to be learnt

Speakers :

12:50 - 13.15

Applying the Risk-Based Approach to Winter Service - Stage 1: Understanding Weather Information

  • Proliferation of weather forecast products and the variety of observations in Road Weather Information Systems
  • Focus on unravelling 'uncertainty' in weather information to facilitate more informed 'risk-based' decisions
  • Scientific capability briefing paper that will lead to collaborative guidance
  • A clear pathway for winter practitioners to engage and work with science, also to include other market factors to facilitate a review of best practice guidance on use of weather information in decision making

Speakers : Anthony Veal, Senior Scientific Consultant, Met Office

13:15 - 14:45

Lunch and exhibition viewing and close of day two